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January, 2016

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iStockNews from the Department of K-12 & Secondary Programs

Dr. Carrie Chapman, Department Chair, K-12 & Secondary Programs

Over the past semester, the K-12 & Secondary Programs (KSP) Department has been active in a variety of areas, with two activities and collaborations taking the lead. First, Dr. Teresa Kruizenga and her Fall, 2015 Honors section of KSP220W, Human Relations in a Multicultural Society class, worked with the KSP Department, the COE Dean’s office and other MSU, Mankato campus entities to sponsor the Green Card Voices project. Green Card Voices was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a mission to educate others about the misconceptions people have about people who may have differing life experiences. The exhibit includes 22 large posters with immigrant stories and their photos. It includes digital storytelling, a collection of videos featuring the immigrants themselves sharing their experiences of coming to the United States, which can be viewed on students’ smartphones or iPad for a more personal experience. An opening event was held November 17 and the exhibit was staged in the CSU, just outside the Ballroom until the end of finals week in December, 2015. Everyone in the university community and general Mankato public was invited, in addition to specific K-12 school groups attending or visiting the exhibit during that time, in addition to using the Green Voices curriculum with their own students. This was a wonderful opportunity for the work of KSP, our faculty and students, to be the impetus of a community-wide event and enriching experience.


Second, the KSP Department in collaboration with our science and math education colleagues from CSET, the Office of Field and International Experience (OFIE), the Center for School-University Partnerships (CSUP), and the Center for Mentoring and Induction (CMI) have developed and begun the work on a STEM initiative grant. Our initial work has included developing our vision, mission and values for the work of reimagining our science, math and KSP programs in leading towards a STEM focus and perhaps leading towards a year-long student teaching with more course work and experiences based within the K-12 school environments. We will now be bringing in our K-12 partners to help us in rethinking, planning and piloting a small starter program with this emphasis. Additionally, OFIE, CSUP and CMI are working with us to provide mentoring and logistical support as we move forward with our STEM initiative.

iStockUpdates from the Academic Advising Office

Dr. Mymique Baxter, Student Relations Coordinator

The Academic Advising Office facilitates academic advising, orientation & registration. We guide our students through the process of setting and achieving meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values and abilities.

Mission of the Academic Advising Office:

To assist and support College of Education (COE) students with admission to educational programs, general education course selection, academics and recruitment & retention.

Notable Achievements:

The Advising Office works with over 600 students a year with academic assistance.

Professional Education:

The Academic Advising Office also manages admission to Professional Education for all initial teacher licensure programs, COE variance requests, professional communications and COE Policy, Procedures and Review.

Professional Education Requirements:

  • Application
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • National Background Check
  • Completion of Basic Skills Requirements


  • For the upcoming 2016-17 academic year the COE will be awarding over $150,000 dollars in scholarships to College of Education scholars.


Students can apply for scholarships at:

  1. MSU General Application
  2. Teacher Education General Education Application

Community Service:

  • Homework Helpers - A free tutoring program for K-12 students.
  • Saturday Study Buddies – A weekly family event with story time, arts & crafts.
  • Dr. Seuss Day – A university wide collaboration focused on children’s literacy and learning. Over 350 kindergartners from around the Mankato Area celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participated in a fun filled day of story time and arts & crafts.
  • Literacy Day - A day sponsored by COE future educators focused on literacy and learning. Spring 2016 will feature Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems.

iStockTechnology Updates

Greg Leslie, Technology Director for the College of Education


Tk20 is rolling out now!

As of January 2016, students from Elementary Education, K-12 and Secondary Programs, and Special Education, have begun receiving their new accounts. Between writing this article and its publication, we’ll have had multiple training sessions for faculty and staff with our implementation coordinator, as well. After two years of research, selection, and implementation, it’s exciting to see this project nearing the finish line. Tk20 accounts are slated to expand to Educational Leadership and Counseling and Student Personnel this fall.

Phishing attempts during tax season

As electronic delivery of financial statements becomes more widely adopted, it increases the opportunity for phishing attempts to misappropriate your financial data. Since the end of 2015, I’ve already received three emails prompting me to download my electronic W-2s, only one of which was legitimate. The other two counterfeit emails looked professional, however counterfeits can never hide their true link destination. Hovering over a link will show you whether it goes to the State of Minnesota Self Service website or to the URL of somewhere much, much different. The latter’s landing page may also look legitimate, apart from the URL, but it serves only to collect your login information. With this, counterfeiters can then download your W-2s themselves and file a fraudulent tax return before you do, thereby stealing your tax return. Don’t give them the chance, always check a link before you click. Even safer than that, eschew all links and navigate to the Self Service website yourself.

For more information on phishing, see our ITS Security page on the topic:

To practice the method above, hover over the link and verify the address goes to where it claims.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Windows 10 are coming soon

Multiple operating systems are moving into retirement this spring, including OS X 10.9 Mavericks for Mac users and Windows XP/Vista for PC users. These operating systems will no longer be updated by their respective companies, leading to security vulnerabilities as exploitable flaws are not patched. The currently-approved versions for MSU asset-tagged computers are OS X 10.10 Yosemite for Mac users and Windows 7/8 for PC users. OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Windows 10 are under review and ITS will notify campus users when they are supported. If your computer is running one of the operating systems scheduled for retirement, please contact me, your friendly neighborhood Tech Director, or the ITS Service Desk.

iStockThe Department of Educational Leadership

3nd Annual Leading Courageously for Racial Equity Conference


Dr. Nekima Levy Pounds and Dr. Yvette Jackson


~ Opening Keynote ~

Re-imagining Public Education: The time for racial equity is now

Dr. Nekima Levy Pounds

We are fortunate to announce our opening keynote speaker: Dr. Nekima Levy Pounds. She is an award-winning law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, president of the Minneapolis chapter of NAACP, founding director of the civil rights legal clinic Community Justice Project, and a nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. In 2014, Levy Pounds was named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer and recognized as one of 50 under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country by Lawyers of Color magazine. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named her one of 40 Under 40 in 2015.

~ Closing Keynote ~

“The Pedagogy of Confidence”

Dr. Yvette Jackson

We are excited to announce that Dr. Yvette Jackson, best-selling author, CEO of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, and visiting lecturer at Harvard University will be giving the closing keynote address. Internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students, Jackson has developed an integrated process to motivate and elicit potential in underachievers. Her best-selling book, The Pedagogy of Confidence, is a must-read for all educators. In it, she asserts that focusing on weaknesses as a route to increasing achievement has blinded us to the strengths and intellectual potential of urban students and devalued the motivation, initiative and confidence of dedicated educators to search for and optimize this potential.

Jackson’s mission is to rekindle, in educators, the passion and beliefs that led them to choose education as their career. The Department of Educational Leadership invites faculty and staff to join us for this exceptional day of learning from school leaders in the field.

For full conference details click on the following link.