December, 2015Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/infobrief/2015-12/
In September, area AVID Elective teachers led training for MSU teacher candidates who will serve as tutors in AVID classrooms in partner schools. Ali Beggs (Le Sueur-Henderson) and Andy Krause (Mankato East) coached MSU tutors on how to help students through posing questions rather than just explaining, as you might in a typical tutoring situation. Students solved math problems in a simulated tutorial experience the process first-hand. This led to many ohhh’s and aha’s throughout the room! The simulated experiences made the new tutor role real. MSU provided 28 tutors across 6 districts in Fall 2015. To learn about AVID's Teacher Preparation Initiative, go to http://www.avid.org/teacher-preparation.ashx
The following Minnesota State University Mankato Military Science students were recently notified they have been selected for active duty (Army) in the following branches:
- Cadet Zachary Jacobson-Psychology-Signal Corps
- Cadet Elliott Johnson-Law Enforcement-Field Artillery
- Cadet Jacob Hendrickson-Law Enforcement-Field Artillery
- Cadet Zachary Yozamp-Sports Management-Aviation
- Cadet Roman Mulvihill-Geography-Military Intelligence, Branch Detail Field Artillery
- Cadets Yozamp, Hendrickson, and Jacobson will graduate as Distinguished Military Graduates
Cadet Jacobson and Yozamp will graduate in the TOP 10% of 4200 Cadets in the nation this year. Both of these Cadets were also selected to attend prestigious leadership seminars in the spring and fall terms based on their outstanding performance.Both of these honors are based on the tremendous academic, leadership, character, and physical fitness competencies displayed the past four years.
This summer and fall we had a wonderful time exploring the new outdoor blocks and wheelbarrow in our Messy Materials Area. The children, as usual, helped unpack and set up the new area. They had a great time incorporating the shipping boxes into their first construction endeavors. We also installed a 15 key Marimba that stands 24” tall in our Music and Movement area. Next spring we will be installing the stage that goes with it. We have some amazing performers!
We are having so much fun watching the transformation of our outdoor classroom. We are already planning the additions for next summer!
The search for a new Infant teacher was successful. We welcomed Sara Ahrens to The Children’s House in July. Sara worked at The Children’s House during her undergrad years at MSU. She has already developed great relationships with children, parents and coworkers.
Three of our staff members attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference in Orlando Florida Nov. 18-21.
We are very happy to continue to support MSU students for their lab and observation hours. Since the beginning of fall semester we have served 92 lab students from 4 classes and 10 students fulfilling their volunteer hours for various scholarships, classes, and organizations.
New faculty Members in the Department
We are excited to welcome two new faculty members to the department this year, Dr. Kiersten Hensley and Dr. Kyena Cornelius. Dr. Hensley recently completed her Ph.D at the University of Iowa. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Hensley worked for six years as a special education teacher in a variety of settings. Her research interests focus on mathematics instruction and technology in the classroom. Dr. Cornelius, who completed her Ed.D from Johns Hopkins University, brings to the department over 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher here in the U.S. and abroad. Her primary research interests focus on teacher preparation. The addition of these two new colleagues completes the faculty in department of Special Education.
Research and Scholarly Work
The faculty in our department have been very productive in research, writing, and scholarly activities over the last year. We have seven publications in peer reviewed journals, over 20 presentations at national and regional conferences, and numerous research projects in all stages of completion. The Special Education Department at MSU, Mankato had a strong presence at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, with four of our faculty presenting. In addition, Dr. Andy Johnson had two books published, 10 Essentials of Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers; a Brain Friendly Approach and Academic Writing: Process and Product. All of our faculty are currently working on numerous scholarly projects, with the goal of making meaningful and applied contributions to the field.