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School supplies efforts expanded

Find out more about Education Minnesota's new partnership with the 13th Annual Ride for Children’s School Supplies and how to participate.

Union-sponsored training

The AFT Summer Educator Academy takes place in July; the Professional Development Program occurs year-round.

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Mark your calendar


American Federation of Teachers TEACH Conference

Date: July 13, 2015 08:00 AM

Contact: Heidi Glidden, 202-393-7476

More information: Website

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road N.W., Washington, District Of Columbia


The American Federation of Teachers TEACH conference, a biennial event devoted to professional development, will be held July 13-15 in Washington.

All local presidents should receive an information packet from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that includes a tentative schedule and hotel and conference registration forms. AFT plans to begin mailing the packets in mid-April, so local presidents who have not received information by May 10 should contact Heidi Glidden, AFT TEACH coordinator, at 202-393-7476.

Education Minnesota will provide funding for one member from each election district, as well as one statewide/higher education member and one education support professional member, to attend the conference. Read more.

All members are welcome to attend at their own expense.


Financial and Retirement Planning Essentials workshop

Date: July 15, 2015 09:30 AM

Contact: Deb Skog, 651-642-4624

More information: Learn about this workshop

Location: Prestwick Golf Club
9555 Wedgewood Drive, Woodbury


Start your retirement planning by attending the Financial and Retirement Planning Essentials workshop offered through ESI. Space is limited, so register now!

9:30-10 a.m.: Registration, rolls, juice and coffee
10a.m-12:30 p.m.: Workshop, boxed lunch and prizes

Topics covered are pensions, planning and protection. Contact Deb Skog, 651-292-4856, for more information.


Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom workshop

Date: July 20, 2015 06:30 AM

Contact: Molly Stoddard,, 218-998-4489

Location: Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
602 State Highway 210 E., Fergus Falls


An immersion experience for K-12 educators July 20-23.

All Who Teach Children are Invited.

  • Learn how to use the outdoors as a classroom with integrated curriculum and in support of your state’s academic standards to enhance and strengthen a child’s education.
  • Observe professionals experienced in place-based education working with youth outdoors daily.
  • Apply methods and lead the same youth daily, outdoors, in a supportive team teaching environment.
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on experience with the prairie pothole ecosystem.
  • Discover new ways to motivate students, and interact with children who are excited about learning.
  • Strengthen your outdoor teaching and reflection skills, and apply them to your indoor curriculum.
Deadline:  Sign-up online by June 12 or learn more about this workshop.


Biotechnology and Microbiology for Teachers In the Classroom

Date: July 20, 2015 08:00 AM

Contact: Lee Schmitt 555-222-1212

More information: Biotechnology and Microbiology for Teachers In the Classroom

Location: Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul

Description: The BioTIC Institute brings middle and high school biology teachers up-to-speed on the rapid advancements in biotech research, careers, applications, and issues while providing inquiry modeling/practice and curriculum enrichment that support standards related to cell structure, disease, genetics, and biotechnology.

Teachers participating in BioTIC will receive four graduate credits upon completion of course assignments. Lunch is provided lunch each day.

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