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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

February, 2016

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/infobrief/2016-02/

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iStockAviation Updates

Tom Peterson, Aviation Coordinator

The Aviation program entered the spring semester with a number of areas moving in positive directions. The regional airlines have continued hiring at a brisk rate and our graduates, who obtain their qualifications, move on to these jobs usually within a year of their graduation. Since almost all of our flight instructors are MSU students or recent graduates, the turnover in this area is fairly quick. This can create some problems in the flight training area, but having our graduates successfully and consistently moving forward is a very positive thing.

Last semester a few of our classes became involved with various student service-learning projects. The classes developed teams who determined their project, planned, and then executed these different service-learning projects. Although the students were initially unsure of the value of these projects, feedback from the vast majority of students in these classes indicates it was a very valuable experience. We have expanded these projects this semester and are collaborating with an EEC class under Dr. Ron Brown. Indications so far show the value of these projects once again.

For the first time in the history of our department, we have entered a competitive team in what is known as the Air Race Classic. This race is a cross-country air race which is entirely composed of all female flight teams. The race covers multiple stops across the entire country and takes about a week to complete. MSU has a team of two pilots and two additional support pilots. The girls have planned and organized every facet of this effort and are in full swing to raise the necessary capital to complete the race. http://www.airraceclassic.org/

Air Race Classic

iStockTeachers of Tomorrow

Robbie Burnett, Maverick Recruitment Coordinator
Paulkani Siddela, Teachers of Tomorrow-Program Advisor

We will be hosting 5th year of Teachers of Tomorrow Summer Institute (ToTSI) on campus in June 2016. The camp is geared towards high school students who aspire to be future educators.

2016 Teachers of Tomorrow Summer Institute:

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iStockMACTE Update

Dr. Kathleen Foord, Faculty member in K-12 Secondary Programs

MACTE

Minnesota Association of College for Teacher Education (MACTE) actively supports and advocates on behalf of all teacher education programs in Minnesota. The organization monitors and advocates for effective teacher education program approval, teacher licensing, and state legislation. Our parent organization is the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education who helps us monitor national issues, policies, and practices. To support our colleagues directly we host three business meetings and two conferences each year. This year our ongoing theme is “Reclaiming the Profession”. During MACTE business meetings, we tackle issues of polity and practices that can shape the education profession in collaboration with the Minnesota Board of Teaching, Department of Education, and with a variety of teacher education organizations in Minnesota. Our spring Business Meeting will be held on April 14th. Our spring conference will be held on April 15th at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth Minnesota. Our Keynote Speaker will be Daniel Bittman, MN Superintendent of the Year, Superintendent of Sauk Rapids–Rice Public Schools. MACTE invites colleagues to both join us in learning and in sharing your research and effective practices with others. The call for proposals is attached and is due on March 25th. There are three strands planned for this collaboration with questions we hope to explore:

Theme I: Diversity in the Teaching Profession

What is the research and discourse about how to best recruit and support teacher candidates and newly minted teachers of color? How are candidates being supported to effectively teach diverse learners, including those students from lower socioeconomic areas?

Theme II: Technology and Teacher Preparation

What educational technology skills do teacher candidates need to be profession ready? What are your candidates learning about educational technology and how they applying in the field? How are candidates becoming familiar with the educational technology used in schools?

Theme III: Assessment and Teacher Evaluation

How do our current assessments define who is profession ready? Do they include important considerations in determining how we understand professional readiness? What specific strategies are institutions using for analyzing their professional preparation?

Our College of Education Dean supports our participation in this important source of professional development by paying for your registration in the event. You can register for this conference by contacting Jerrad Aspelund (jerrad.aspelund@mnsu.edu) and he will take care of your registration. Please consider sharing with others and join use for important professional discussions. Please join us in “Reclaiming the Profession”. http://mnacte.org/

iStock Center for School-University Partnerships takes its Monumental Ideas to Washington, D.C.

Laura Bemel, Acting Director, Center for School-University Partnerships

6 teams representing the College of Education and its 10 Professional Development School districts will present at the National Association of Professional Development School (NAPDS) annual conference on March 3-6 in Washington DC. The teams will highlight the signature initiatives in teacher preparation at Minnesota State Mankato, including instructional mentoring, AVID, Teachers on Special Assignment, and the successful structure of collaboration we have built within our state. The NAPDS national conference is attended by representatives of school districts and universities across the country who work jointly to impact teacher development as a system. Minnesota State University is consistently recognized as a key contributor in this arena, most notably, receiving the 2012 NAPDS Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement.

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