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August/September 2018


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New year, new look
“Choose Union” is not just a hashtag anymore for Minnesota’s educators, but a real decision about joining their colleagues to improve their lives, both at work and at home. As the new school year begins, Education Minnesota is also changing the way we look at our programming, resources and communications. Read more

Get education news in new ways
Education Minnesota’s official publication is taking on a new look and a new frequency. You are reading the new Minnesota Educator magazine, which will be coming to your mailbox six times a year. Important and timely stories, videos and links will be posted on Education Minnesota’s website and social media channels. Read more

There's an app for that: Education Minnesota goes mobile
Stay up to date, find events, get a digital membership card and more on Education Minnesota’s new mobile app. The free app is now available for all iOS and Android devices – including tablets. Read more

Denise Specht: We need to respond to politics of division
Because there’s so much going on, it can also be easy to miss the cues when students are in distress. It can be even more difficult when you don’t yet know their personalities, or whether their behaviors are changing because of the summer break. Nonetheless, educators need to keep our eyes open this fall. Read more

IO fall drive-ins starting soon
Session topics at some of this year’s fall drive-ins include developing nurturing and professional relationships, financial planning for beginners, social media and student safety, bargaining communications, legal updates, treasurer trainings and how to deal with workplace bullying. Read more

Where are you reading your Minnesota Educator?
Our summer contest was a huge hit! Thank you to everyone who sent in a photo. We had more than 100 submissions showing the Minnesota Educator traveling all over the world! Congratulations, Marci Greisen from Le Sueur for winning the first contest! We're going to keep it going. Read more

ESSA plan implementation begins
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will begin to be implemented in Minnesota this fall. The Minnesota Department of Education and Education Minnesota have been working together, making sure educator voices have been heard throughout the planning and now implementation process. Read more

MSCF looks ahead to new union world
The Minnesota State College Faculty held its annual leadership conference in August, focusing on the importance of the upcoming election and our new union world. “Everyone was engaged and demonstrated that we fully understand the challenges that we have and that we can adapt to the changing world,” said Matt Williams, MSCF vice president. Read more

Summer Seminar 2018
The annual professional development conference featured both union-leadership and classroom-focused workshops, as well as networking opportunities. More than 550 educators attended, including 279 who attended for the first time. Read more

Members drive PAC work, support
The Education Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) is a group of members from across the state who guide our union’s political and election programs. It is not affiliated with any political party. The PAC is governed by a board comprised of one representative from each Education Minnesota Election District, plus one higher education/statewide affiliate and one ESP representative. Read more

Osseo ESPs collect boatloads of books for students in need
Becky Hespen knows the value of putting a book in the hands of a child. So when she heard about the Osseo district’s Freedom Schools program, which works on closing the literacy achievement gap during the summer, she knew she wanted to help. Read more

Wadena-Deer Creek science teacher spends summer in space
Brad Wollum lived out his childhood dream this summer—attending Space Camp. Wollum, a science teacher at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle-High School, had applied for the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program for the last two years, and was accepted this year to receive an all-expenses paid week at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Read more

Foundation awards nearly $5 million in grants in 25-year history
The Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is the major source of grants through the union that is open only to active members. The foundation offers grants for professional development, classroom projects and scholarships for members pursuing National Board Certified Teacher status. Read more

Members-only, free at the 2018 MEA conference! Register today!
Education Minnesota members can now register for the state’s largest professional development conference! The 2018 Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference will be Thursday, Oct. 18, only and open to just Education Minnesota members and college students working to become teachers. Read more

Nominations open for 2018 ESP of the Year
Nominations are open until Oct. 1 for the next Education Minnesota Education Support Professional of the Year. The program honors exemplary professional and union work by an Education Minnesota member in any ESP job category, including paraprofessional/education assistant, secretarial/clerical, custodial, food service, maintenance and trades, transportation, groundskeeping, security, technology services, health services and others. Read more

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

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