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Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Ximena Suarez-Sousa served as member of Minnesota Board of Teaching team

Posted on November 19, 2014

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, served as member of the Minnesota Board of Teaching team that conducted the onsite visit for the institutional approval of Concordia College, November 16-18.

Steve Grineski publishes paper in “At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education”

Posted on November 18, 2014

Steve Grineski, STL, recently had a paper published in the Critical Questions in Education Special Issue, At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education. The paper is titled, “The multi-dimensional lives of children who are homeless”

Spotlight on Service-Learning – Keri DeSutter

Posted on November 18, 2014

This is the second of what have become monthly segments entitled Spotlight on Service-Learning.  Each monthly Spotlight highlights the endeavors of one of the many MSUM service-learning practitioners.  This Month’s Spotlight on Service-Learning recognizes Keri DeSutter.  Read the rest of this entry →

Steve Grineski, STL, recently presented paper at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines in Rome

Posted on November 11, 2014

Steve Grineski, STL, recently presented a paper titled, “The multi-dimensional lives of children who are homeless” at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines held at the American University of Rome, Italy. This paper detailed a 2-year ongoing study of the children and youth staying at a local homeless shelter.

David Tack presented research at National Association of Multicultural Educators conference

Posted on November 07, 2014

Dr. David Tack, Teaching & Learning, presented his research at the National Association of Multicultural Educators conference in Tucson, Arizona. His study, “A Culturally Just Curriculum for Non-Native Teachers on a Reservation School,” was presented as part of the first day proceedings, and he had the opportunity to discuss publication with the three editors of the journal Multicultural Perspectives.

Three education students appointed to national and state committees through EMSP

Posted on November 04, 2014

Several education students have been appointed to national and state committees through Education Minnesota Student Program.  Kelsey Odegard has been appointed to the National Education Association Student Advisory Board. She will attend legislative sessions in Washington DC four times this year. Daniel Bihrle has been named to the Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection committee, and Emily O’Meara and Daniel Bihrle have been named to the Education Minnesota teacher representative assembly as student delegates. This opportunity allows the students to develop their leadership skills.  These students represent the excellent teacher candidates at MSUM!

Sue Severson, School of Teaching and Learning, served on MN Board of Teaching team

Posted on November 04, 2014

Sue Severson, School of Teaching and Learning, served on the MN Board of Teaching team that conducted the onsite visit for licensing at the Adler Graduate School October 26-28.

Dr. Mary Dosch, Dr. Valerie Ritland and students presenting on trip to Finland

Posted on November 03, 2014

Dr. Mary Dosch and Dr. Valerie Ritland along with numerous students will be presenting their experience and research from their Educational Study Abroad trip to Finland last May. They will be sharing about the highest ranked schools in the world and the Finnish political, economic, cultural, and social models that have helped create their success. Join us on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. in CMU 101. Read the rest of this entry →

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, grineski@mnstate.edu 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.”

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