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October 2017


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Green Card Voices
Sharing the stories of immigrant students is at the heart of the nonprofit organization Green Card Voices. Students in Minneapolis, Fargo and now St. Paul have shared stories about their journey to America, which then becomes a published book and online videos. Read more

Minnesota teachers bring training to rural Bolivia
Jackie Smith and Debbie Hadas spend their summers like most educators—teaching and participating in professional development opportunities. But unlike most other educators, for the last five years Smith and Hadas’ professional development classes have been taking place in rural Bolivia. Read more

Denise Specht: Choices outside the classroom affect test scores
This spring I went looking for some of the most influential people in Minnesota education and found them in London, inside a glass-and-steel conference center just down the road from their massive, 90-year-old, stone headquarters overlooking the Thames River. Read more

Apps help educators share their classrooms with parents
Educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate and share with parents. Of course, there’s actually an app for that! There are many apps that allow educators to share pictures, videos and message parents. One being used by many educators is Seesaw. Read more

Political Action Committee provides members voice in political work
Education Minnesota’s Political Action Committee is a group of members from across the state who guide the organization’s political and election programs. Read more

Free childcare available at MEA conference
Education Minnesota will again offer child care during the MEA conference, Oct. 19-20. The service will be open to kids ages 6 months to 10 years and will be free to all Education Minnesota members. Nonmembers will be able to use the service, but will be charged a fee. Read more

MEA Friday workshops for members only
A major change is taking place at this year’s MEA conference. The popular Friday workshops are now open to Education Minnesota members only. Read more

Nominations open Oct. 1 for 2018 Teacher of the Year award
The 2018 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 6, 2018, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. 
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Reflections on the Teacher of the Year process
When my colleagues told me they had nominated me for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, I was floored. I had no idea of the path of self-reflection, affirmation and renewed dedication that was ahead of me. I didn’t know about the amazing people I would meet. Read more

Another year of fair fun
Education Minnesota's State Fair booth was once again a success. Educators who worked the booth shared stories, took pictures and gave high-fives and well-wishes to students about to start back at school. Read more

NextGen committee supports new union activists
It took Heather Giese 10 years of working in the Willmar School District to learn what the union is all about. Giese and others now work to help make sure that is not the case for all educators new to the profession. 
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Resources for students, educators with questions about DACA
Educators may be facing questions from students or worry themselves about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Education Minnesota, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers have resources available to help educators talk with students who have questions and get help and training for themselves. Read more

Help educators affected by recent hurricanes
The National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers have joined forces to help educators in Texas and Florida who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read more

What are educators required to say to the police?
One of the difficult situations educators face is when a member of law enforcement requests protected data about a student. Read more

New training provides introductions to restorative, trauma-informed practices
Education Minnesota is now offering two new professional development trainings, based on last year’s Educator Policy Innovation Center report on trauma-sensitive, restorative practices. “Introduction to Restorative Practices” and “Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices” are now both part of the Education Minnesota Professional Training for Educators offerings. Read more

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

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