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October, 2015

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Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)iStock

Kitty Foord, K-12 & Secondary Programs

MACTE is once again sponsoring a wonderful conference this fall! The theme of the 20th Annual Fall Congress is Reclaiming the Profession. The business meeting is on November 4, 2015 while the MACTE Congress is on November 5 and 6, 2015, held at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN. Directions are located at:

Over the two days of the Congress, we will hear keynotes from: Teacher of the Year - Amy Hewett-Olatunde; President of Winona State University – Dr. Scott Olson; and Vice President from CAEP – Stevie Chepko. There will be an in-conference workshop prepared by colleagues from several IHEs entitle “Beyond Recruitment: Equity-Driven Institutional Change” which will help us rethink how we create equitable institutional settings to better retain teacher candidates. There are also lots of other interesting sessions from which to choose that are presented by our colleagues across Minnesota. Go to for more detailed descriptions of these sessions.

Hopefully you have already registered by contacting Jerrad Aspelund at If not, contact him today. Dean Haar will graciously pay for your registration.

MACTE is actively working with the Board of Teaching on many policy and testing changes initiated by laws enacted by the Minnesota State Legislature. We continue to focus on supporting effective and manageable practices for teacher preparation programs.

Hope to see you all at the Fall Congress!

Recruitment and Retention- Teachers of Tomorrow ProgramiStock

Robbie Burnett, Maverick Recruitment Coordinator, ToT

Wednesday September 16, 2015 the Teachers of Tomorrow (ToT) program hosted it’s 6th Annual Academic Meet and Greet event. The evening began with a keynote address from first year teacher Mrs. Shonita Harper, a recent graduate of the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EEC) program. The evening concluded with a student-faculty team building activity.

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President Ms. Almena Baskett (2nd to the left) planned and coordinated ToT’s involvement in this fall’s Barnes and Noble Children Book Fair event at Mankato Riverhills Mall. ToT members participated by reading to small children, making arts & crafts while promoting College of Education (COE) programs.

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This fall, efforts began to launch ToT at MSU, Edina. An introductory conversation was held with EEC Block III candidates of color to identify their current needs and ways to prepare for student teaching. A deeper reflection about mindfulness and social-emotional well-being in relation to their academic success was also explored.

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Updates from the Center for School University PartnershipsiStock

Laura Bemel, Acting Director, CSUP

College of Education Hits the Road: PDS Site Visits

This fall, directors from three College of Education offices are visiting with district leaders and mentor teachers in each of our ten Professional Development School districts. Elizabeth Finsness (Office of Field & International Experience), April Rosendale (Center for Mentoring & Induction) and Laura Bemel (Center for School-University Partnerships) appreciate the chance to see the wonderful school environments and meet the individuals that support our teacher candidates. We’ve been happy to meet MSU graduates who are now teaching in PDS districts and even serving as mentor teachers. Our intention is to

show appreciation for the work school partners do
listen to hopes and ideas of our partners AND
reflect on our collective PDS work with key stakeholders in our partnership.

These insights will be shared with other College of Education colleagues through the Professional Partnerships and Support Advisory Board. The opportunity to connect with building principals, superintendents, teachers-on-special-assignment and graduate teaching fellows all in one visit has provided a rich picture of the great work happening in the field. Professional Development Schools hold central the mutual benefit and investment in the constant development of great teachers and learning environments. CSUP and colleagues recognize the unique value these deep professional relationships bring to our entire system.

Welcome New Partners: Centennial Public Schools and Tri-City United Public Schools. PDS Partners: Bloomington, Centennial, Faribault, Le Sueur-Henderson, Mankato, Owatonna, St. Peter, Sibley East, Tri-City United, Waseca.


News from the Department of Educational LeadershipiStock

Candace Raskin, Department Chair, Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership

Survey of Graduates 2014-2015

In Fall 2015, the Department of Educational Leadership surveyed their most recent year’s graduates. The goal of the survey was to evaluate the effectiveness of the department’s degree programs, with specific attention focused on whether degrees from the department promoted professional advancement. A total of 37 graduates responded to the survey (23 females and 14 males, 84 percent white), representing graduates from summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015. Sixty-two percent of graduates reported prior employment in PreK-12 education, 19 percent in higher education, and 19 percent in other fields. Graduates approximately represented the annual composition of students across the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (5 percent), Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (35 percent), M.S. in Educational Leadership (49 percent), and M.S. in Experiential Education (11 percent) degree programs. Notably, 70 percent of graduates reported career advancement subsequent to completing the degree, and 81 percent of those graduates attested that the career advancement was the result of earning the degree in the Department of Educational Leadership.

News from Counseling and Student PersonneliStock

Jackie Lewis, Department Chair, Counseling and Student Personnel

CSP Department Welcomes Dr. Ann Miller


Dr. Ann M. Miller is the newest member of the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2007 from North Dakota State University. For the past 8 years she has taught graduate courses and served as the Director of Community Counseling Services at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Dr. Miller has published 7 referred journal articles, 1 book chapter, and written 1 successful private grant. Her professional interests include: accreditation, clinical work, crisis counseling, end of life issues, ethical standards, licensure and certification, supervision, technology in counseling, and vicarious trauma.

Dr. Miller served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Kansas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision for 7 years, and served as the Treasurer of the Kansas Counseling Association for a 2-year term. In March of 2015, she was awarded Kansas Counselor of the Year and Kansas Counselor Educator of the Year by the Kansas Counseling Association, and she received the Dr. Mary F. Headrick Award that recognizes the contributions of women on campus and in the community through Emporia State University. Dr. Miller is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor.

Dr. Ann M. Miller is excited to join the faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, teach counseling courses in the master’s and doctoral programs, and serve as the Mental Health Counseling Practicum and Internship Coordinator.

CSP Students present at Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Philadelphia

The Department of Counseling and Student Personnel was well represented by its students at the national Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Philadelphia, PA. This year several doctoral and masters’ students presented at the national Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference in Philiadelphia and the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) conference. The doctoral students included Casey Baker, Aaron Suomala Folkerds, Dharshini Goonetilleke, Jamie Hedin, Breanne Hiivala, Nikhil Kaistha, and Bruce Yang presented. Meanwhile, doctoral students Nicole Bietz and Nikhil Kaistha, and Master students Katie Kline, Jolissa Yonkers and Tessa Delany presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association.

Eleventh Annual Play Therapy Conference

The Department of Counseling and Student Personnel (CSP) and the Center for School-University Partnerships (CSUP) have partnered since 2005 to host a Fall Play Therapy Conference at MSU, Mankato. This year, over 100 mental health professionals serving children in this region attended the workshop "Attachment-Focused Play Therapy: Creating Connections," presented by Dr. Anne Stewart, Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University in Virginia Dr. Stewart trained with Dr. Mary Ainsworth, an early researcher in attachment theory, and over the last 20 years has developed a number of attachment-based play therapy strategies for outpatient, residential, and community-based trauma work.

Since 2009 the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel has been an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy, and remains the only Approved Center in the Upper Midwest. Along with hosting the annual conference, play therapy classes are taught annually through the CSP department. Since 2002, over 200 mental health professionals in the region have taken CSP 654 Play Therapy, and almost 100 have taken CSP 656 Play Therapy. Many of these professionals have gone on to attain national recognition as Registered Play Therapists (RPT) or Registered Play Therapy Supervisors (RPT-S). The 2016 Conference will be September 16, with Dr. Lawrence Rubin presenting on "Playing in a Post Modern World."