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Silent auction, benefit concert for former MSUM employee family

Posted on October 01, 2014

A silent auction and benefit concert for Michael and Joyce Gallo will be held Sunday, October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom. Joyce was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006; she is now 64. Michael taught at the MSUM Preschool for about 20 years and then taught in the Education department for about 6 years. He touched many lives–young children and their families, and college students, which earned him an advising award. Please join us in supporting Michael and Joyce and check out the great silent auction items: a bed and breakfast stay in Vail, Colorado; golf clubs; clothing from Strauss; gift certificates from local restaurants; and many more usable items. Folk singer Pat Surface will provide the music. Refreshments and a free will offering provided. Questions? Contact Steve Grineski, or x2017.



VCSU, NDSU and MSUM team up to help alleviate teacher shortage

Posted on September 30, 2014

Prairie Public News

North Dakota continues to experience teacher shortages.

Many school districts have had to go outside North Dakota to recruit teachers. And the state’s Education Standards and Practices Board says for this year, it has licensed more teachers from outside the state than it has in-state college graduates.
Valley City State University officials say they’re working to meet the needs.

“We have 290 elementary education majors, and 250 secondary majors (at Valley City State),” said Gary Thompson, the dean of the school of education at Valley City State. “But I guess we’re still not meeting the needs of what the state needs right now.”
Thompson says the rapid growth out west and the number of baby-boomer retirements is outstripping the number of people enrolled in teacher education programs.

Valley City is working with NDSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead to recruit teachers. The schools call it the “Valley Partnership.” Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Camille Brandt gave presentation on classroom environment and behavior management

Posted on August 26, 2014

Dr. Camille Brandt, School of Teaching and Learning, presented at a staff development event for special education staff and teachers for Fargo Public Schools. The topic of the presentation centered upon classroom environment and behavior management. Dr. Brandt serves as a mentor to new special education teachers and will be providing staff development to other areas schools this academic term.

School of Teaching and Learning professors travel to Peru

Posted on July 31, 2014

Sue Severson, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, traveled to Peru to provide professional development on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Spanish version of the Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale to the Ann Sullivan Center of Special Education (Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru, CASP). The CASP is recognized as Peru’s leading institution in the provision of services to individuals with disabilities across the age span. Dr. Severson was invited to visit with CASP alumni who graduated from the Supported Employment program and were currently working at area companies.

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, traveled to Peru to coordinate a Global Service Learning experience for Peggy Morken (TESL Master degree candidate) and Cynthia Wagner (Woodland Elementary Intermediate Literacy Coordinator). They spent 4 weeks immersed into the Spanish language, Peruvian culture, and local educational system. Mrs. Morken and Mrs. Wagner provided over 50 hours of English and American culture lessons to elementary and secondary Peruvian students and observed lessons taught by Peruvian teacher across the curriculum and grade levels.

Dr. David Tack presented at “Come Together” teaching conference

Posted on June 23, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching and Learning, spent June 16-20 helping lead professional development with 120 teachers at the “Come Together” conference in the Detroit Lakes public schools. The week was spent on analyzing curriculum to create Essential Learning Outcomes, create formative assessment, and Understanding by Design (on which Dr. Tack presented).

Dr. Mary Dosch, Dr. Valerie Ritland and students traveling to Finland this weekend for tour

Posted on April 30, 2014

Dr. Mary Dosch, Dr. Valerie Ritland and 23 education majors are leaving to Finland this weekend for a two-week study abroad tour (May 3rd-16th). All of the students will be conducting research and participating in a seven-day program through the University of Helsinki to get an in-depth understanding of the Finnish school system. Finnish P-12 schools rank #1 in the world on international assessments in the core areas of education.

John Benson presents at Annual Association of American Geographers

Posted on April 16, 2014

John Benson, a geographer in the School of Teaching and Learning and the son of missionaries, presented a paper at the Annual Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, April 9. The paper was titled, “Faith of Our Fathers Living Still?: A Comparison of the Religious Development of Children of Missionaries to their Parents.” The paper was based on research he has done on the missionary community that he grew up within.

MSUM alum named Fargo teacher of the year

Posted on April 14, 2014

KFGO article.

FARGO (KFGO-AM) — A fourth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School is Fargo’s teacher of the year.

Wendy O’Meara was honored during a ceremony at the school. O’Meara’s selection was heavily based on a large number of letters from parents, colleagues and administrators.

O’Meara has taught in the school district since 1989. She attended Fargo Public Schools and Minnesota State University Moorhead. O’Meara earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Tack publishes article for second time in “The Voice”

Posted on April 10, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching & Learning, published an article in “The Voice,” a publication of The National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. The April edition features his article “Two ‘Wrongs’ Are More Than Alright: Using and Stealing Cheat Sheets.” This is Tack’s second contribution in four months to this publication.

Suarez-Sousa and Bradbury presented at the American Educational Research Association

Posted on April 08, 2014

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, and Boyd Bradbury, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia last week. The presentation was entitled “The Impact of Testing Variables on Math Performance among Native American Students from the White Earth Indian Reservation.”

School of Teaching and Learning professor publishes research

Posted on April 04, 2014

Dr. Mary Dosch’s research entitled, “The Course Fit Us: Differentiated Instruction in the College Classroom” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the “International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.”

Free movie showing of “Front of the Class”

Posted on April 02, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, SCEC (Student Council for Exceptional Children) is having a free movie showing of “Front of the Class.” The movie will be in Langseth 104 (Science Lab Auditorium) at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy the movie!

Mahlum presented at AACTE in Indianapolis

Posted on March 17, 2014

Dr. Lynn Mahlum, Director of Teacher Education and Field Experiences, presented at AACTE in Indianapolis on March 2. As a member of Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), Mahlum collaborated with colleagues from Winona State, Bethel, Roosevelt Education Center, and FHI 360 to present ‘New Clinical Experiences: Earlier, Longer, More Frequent, and Higher Quality.’

Dr. Severson and Dr. Suarez-Sousa attend AACTE meeting and conference

Posted on March 04, 2014

Dr. Sue Severson and Dr. Ximena Suarez-Sousa from the School of Teaching and Learning attended the Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of College for Teacher Education (AACTE) in Indianapolis, March 1-3. They focused their attendance on meetings and presentations pertaining to teacher education accreditation including sessions that addressed data gathering and analysis, program evaluation, and new CAEP standards.

Tack led professional development session on co-teaching models

Posted on February 28, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching and Learning, led an hour-long professional development session with the teachers in the Early Education Center. Together they focused on implementing strategies to enhance the co-teaching models that are utilized within the center, as well as discussed instructional strategies that would best facilitate effective learning in these models.

Art education major founds Art Club for homeless children; featured in Fargo Forum

Posted on February 20, 2014

Springing from work done in Steve Grineski’s Ed. 310 class, art education major Marissa Van Vleet continued her social justice work by volunteering at Churches United for the Homeless on Saturday mornings running an art club for children. Van Vleet’s advisor Brad Bachmeier hopes to turn this into a sustainable program in the future.

Read more in The Forum article.

Student Erica Clark receives Ethical Citizen Award

Posted on February 20, 2014

Erica Clark, an MSUM student studying elementary inclusive education, was presented with a framed Ethical Citizen Award in recognition of exemplary ethical behavior within the Fargo-Moorhead community.

Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and Graduate Studies Boyd Bradbury presented Clark with the award in front of the School of Teaching and Learning faculty Wednesday afternoon.

“It was my privilege to present Erica with the Ethical Citizen Award,” Bradbury said. “It is easy to do the right thing when people are watching, but it is an altogether different thing when no one is watching. Erica’s actions truly exemplify the sort of integrity that we want in our teacher education majors. I am proud of Erica and our teacher education program at MSUM, and I believe that Erica is representative of the type of teacher we produce at MSUM. It should be remembered that it is our choices in life that truly define who we are.” Read the rest of this entry →

Tack publishes chapter

Posted on January 23, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching & Learning, published a chapter “Using Visualization and Deep Breathing” in the upcoming book Educational Psychology Reader: The Art and Science of How People Learn (Peter Lang). This chapter draws upon Tack’s research on strategies for alleviating school-related distress in high school students.

David Tack conducts seminar for Detroit Lakes teachers

Posted on January 22, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching and Learning, conducted a seminar for teachers in the Detroit Lakes Public Schools during their professional development day. His presentation (“Just Take a Couple Breaths” – Identifying and Addressing Anxiety in Your Students, Your Colleagues, and You!) draws upon his research he conducted on his dissertation, as well as from the number of seminars he has led for K-16 students and teachers.

Teresa Shume presented at Association for Science Teacher Education international meeting

Posted on January 22, 2014

Teresa Shume, School of Teaching and Learning; Biosciences Department, presented a research paper entitled “Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Environmental Literacy” at the international meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education in San Antonio, Texas.

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