November, 2016Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/infobrief/2016-11/
Laura Bemel-Interim Director, Center for Educator Partnership and Student Success
Contact Laura Bemel for more information about how to participate in AVID professional learning as part of the Teacher Preparation Initiative.
Dr. Alex Panahon, department chair
In addition, the Department has entered into an exciting new partnership with St. Peter Schools-Project TEAM (Teamwork Enhances Application Meaningfully). Drs. Dana Wagner, Kiersten Hensley, and Kyena Cornelius worked closely with teachers in St. Peter to develop this new experience for our students. This innovative field experience is designed meet four main goals.
(1) To build pre-service teachers’ knowledge and skills in math and reading. intervention delivery, progress monitoring, and data based decision making.
(2) To build pre-service teachers’ knowledge and skills in communication and collaboration with peers
(3) To improve the math and reading outcomes of students in grades K-2
(4) To strengthen the University-School partnership between MSU Mankato and St. Peter Public Schools
All Block IV students in the ABS program participated in the field experience. After faculty and staff from St. Peter identified students in need of intervention, our students worked in pairs to develop and implement interventions in both reading and math. Pre-service teachers worked with students 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week throughout the semester. MSU faculty were on site regularly to support our field placement students. At the end of the semester, pre-service teachers prepared progress reports for each student, and shared that information with each student’s teacher. Students will also give presentations of their experiences at a symposium here at MSU in early December.
Dr. Kitty Foord, Faculty member in K-12 and Secondary Programs
In addition to their constant communication with the MN Board of Teaching, MN Department of Education, MN State Legislators, and various other stakeholders on our behalf, MACTE hosts three important professional meetings each year in which you may participate. These meetings involve one day of business and one day of conference.
The Fall Meeting/Conference just concluded and was packed with important information and learning!
During the business meeting there was discussion and news from the MN Board of Teaching and MN Department of Education, covering teacher education issues and policy discussions, as well as MACTE business. Updates on NES testing, PERCA, EPPAS, and state proposals for program assessments were provided. The latest news on state legislation and responses to the Office of the Legislative Auditor’s report on Teacher Licensing was discussed. Information about the effects of new federal legislation was also provided. These meetings keep ups up to date on new policies and potential legislative agendas.
This year MACTE has chosen a theme for all conferences: Engaging All Voices: The Power of Professional Community. In congruence with MACTE’s mission, “bringing together schools, colleges and departments of education to provide leadership in the preparation of highly qualified professional educators” the Fall Conference included three strands for MN teacher education programs to share “best” or “promising” practices., Faculty/administrators from MN institutions presented on topics related to Diversity, Program Effectiveness & Quality, and Technology. Presentations within these three strands shared practices regarding:
- Increasing teachers of color and American Indians
- Working with racially and ethnically diverse students
- Personalizing diversity activities
- Piloting yearlong student teaching
- Engaging stakeholders in data analysis to measure program effectiveness
- Evaluating assessment instruments utilizing CAEP’s assessment rubric
- Developing viable measures of beginning teacher effectiveness
- Integrating the iPad in K-12 classrooms
- Creating collaborative learning experiences in online courses
Feb 9 Business Meeting
Feb 10 Conference
April 6 Business Meeting
April 7 Conference
Join the hundreds of educators from across Minnesota who not only assure excellence in teacher preparation, but assure excellence in professional growth and community. Leadership opportunities to serve this amazing organization are also a wonderful way to provide service while you grow professionally and you can contact Dean Haar or Kitty Foord to find out more about MACTE.
Dr. Karl Matz, faculty member in Elementary and Early Childhood
Drs. Peg Ballard and Steve Reuter are serving as representatives to the Minnesota State Transfer Pathway Team. Dr. Ballard is a member and co-chair of the Elementary Education TPT. Dr. Reuter is a member of the Early Childhood Education TPT. TPT members are charged with developing a statewide pathway that allows students to transfer the full Associates Degree in the student's respective field of study into a designated baccalaureate degree program offered at a Minnesota State University. TPT meetings are held once every two weeks at different Minnesota State campuses. The final TPT version for each program will be completed by February 5, 2017.
Dr. Candace Raskin, department chair
Meet New Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership
Jinger Gustafson. Ed.D.
A seasoned public education leader with a collaborative style, Gustafson has served as a classroom teacher, building administrator and associate superintendent. Her experience has helped her prioritize resources when dealing with issues—making sure resources of time and effort are expended on the most valuable entities. “In whatever role I have served, there have been commonalities and necessities: people, process, protocols, procedures, policy, and product,” said Gustafson. “On this list, people come first; and the first people are students.”
Gustafson appreciates the talent and dedication of the faculty at Minnesota State Mankato and looks forward to contributing to the common goal. “I am very grateful to be able to work with extremely talented people, in both the Department of Educational Leadership and the College of Education,” she said. “As I enter a new phase in my career, I view this opportunity as a way influence future leaders, specifically, women and people of color, in E-14 education.”
Bernadeia Johnson Ed. D.
After spending many years in Pre-K12 leadership positions—5 as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools—Johnson was interested in staying connected to organizations and institutions focused on education as a common good. “Using my PreK-12 experience to help prepare the next generation of leaders was really important to me,” she said. “However, not any institution of higher learning would do.”
Johnson wanted to work with courageous leaders who "get it" and demonstrate a deep commitment to changing outcomes for Minnesota students. She found that at Minnesota State Mankato. “The College of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership provides an amazing environment for me to continue to grow and develop my own leadership and to pass on the torch to others whose values are aligned to the needs of today’s children,” said Johnson. She looks forward to the opportunity to influence a new group of leaders, especially around the issues of race.
On a side note: Johnson is extremely excited about her new title of grandmother. Join us in congratulating her on this life milestone!