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February/March 2019


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Meet Mary Cathryn Ricker
Gov. Tim Walz, a former teacher himself, named long-time teacher and education advocate Mary Cathryn Ricker as his commissioner of education last December. Ricker sat down with the Minnesota Educator in January to share her thoughts as she started this new role. Read more

Educators in action during legislative session
Even if you’re not into politics, politics is into you. Join us in our planned actions this session and follow Education Minnesota on social media and at for more information and ongoing updates or to sign up to get involved. Read more

Denise Specht: Let's be bold, blunt, relentless for our students this year
This can be the year of the educator in Minnesota if we make it so. It is time to be bold in our ambition, blunt in our demands and absolutely relentless in pursuing our dreams for the students of Minnesota and for our profession as educators. Read more

Degrees Not Debt lobby days, workshops this spring
Education debt took center stage in the 2018 election. Now, it is time to make real progress on expanding our state teacher loan forgiveness program and creating a consumer advocate in state government for borrowers who were misguided or mistreated by loan servicers and lenders. Read more

Runestone ESPs unify through first contract as EdMN members
“We wanted our staff to become more unified because we work in a co-op. We are spread out all over the place and do not get many opportunities to come together,” said Taryn Ladd, who is now the local president. “We also were concerned about proper representation during wage negotiations." Read more

Teaching in a 'fake news' world
In Rachel Steil’s newspaper class at Stillwater High School, she teaches them about writing and editing, taking photos and doing layout. But she also spends a lot of time on news literacy. “Even if these kids aren’t going into journalism, I need them to be savvy consumers of media,” Steil said. Read more

Who's the boss? Educators as 'acting principals'
The Education Minnesota legal department has occasionally received questions about the consequences of administrators designating teachers or other school staff to serve as an acting or substitute for a principal on days when a principal is absent. Read more

Minneapolis teacher looks to broaden student musical experiences
In Sarah Minette’s music classes at Minneapolis South High School, she doesn’t look for students to just play a piece of music together as an ensemble. She wants to see them create. That philosophy is a big reason why Minette was recently named one of the five 2018 Music Education Innovator Award winners from the Give A Note Foundation. Read more

Education Minnesota Member Honor Roll
Check out the educators -- perhaps even your colleagues -- who are making local, state and even national headlines with awards and more. Read more

Teaching, union advocacy award goes to Owatonna's Noet 
Scott Noet never thought that his love of baseball would lead him into teaching, but after an invitation to share his knowledge and memorabilia with a friend’s class, he was hooked. “I graduated with a history major and political science minor,” Noet said. “A friend of mine asked me to come in and talk about baseball and the history of the Negro leagues, and the hour went by so fast. I said, ‘wait, you get paid for this?’” Read more

Two endorsed for TRA board
Education Minnesota has endorsed Marshall Thompson, a math teacher in Osseo, and Yohannes Agegnehu, a business and accounting faculty member at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, for the active teacher seats up for election on the Teachers Retirement Association Board of Trustees. Read more

2019 RC delegate selection underway
Plans are underway for the 2019 Education Minnesota Representative Convention, taking place April 26-27 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Represent your colleagues on issues that affect all educators by seeking a post as a delegate or alternate. Read more

Second REA cohort begins anti-racism work
The second year of Education Minnesota’s Racial Equity Advocate program has begun. This year’s cohort will have monthly assignments and be able to connect via Google Classroom.  The members of the first cohort have continued on with their work in their local unions and together with Education Minnesota. Read more

Education Minnesota foundation spring grant deadlines approaching
Applications for the second round of professional development grants from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are due April 5. Read more

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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