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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Effective: Competent, Reflective, 21st Century Educator

The Maverick Educator is a content-expert and demonstrates strong knowledge, understandings and skills in evidence-based practice in teaching and learning. In addition, he or she is able to infuse instruction with literacy and academic language support so as to allow students access to higher levels of academic content and to advance students' critical thinking skills.

The Maverick Educator is skillful in reflecting on one's practice and decision-making, and is able to analyze causal relationships, view occurrences from students' point of view, prioritize decisions, and set meaningful goals for the future so as to be responsive to the needs of all learners.

As the 21st Century teacher, the Maverick Educator understands and embraces the nature of the digital learning environment, which is not bound to a place or time and where learning is life-long, self-directed, global, mobile, inquiry-based, networked, transparent, personalized and independent. The Maverick Educator is a leader in educational technology and innovative about supporting learning in new digital learning environments.