News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 July/August
Education Faculty Retreat
On Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, the education faculty gathered in Dickinson for a retreat. We wanted to review our progress from last year and our plans for this upcoming year, and we wanted to make time for socialization.
Both mornings, Susan Moberg catered breakfast for us, and we conducted business for a few hours. New (returning) faculty member Renae Ekstrand was able to join us via videoconferencing technology, so it served as an orientation for her, too.
New faculty member Rachel Star had planned to join us, too. However, earlier in the week, she notified us that a family emergency prevents her from joining our department this fall; so part of our time in the retreat was spent planning to cover her duties for the academic year.
Thursday afternoon we went to Medora! We ate lunch at Theodore's Dining Room and then explored the shops around town. Then we drove through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, enjoying the views, snapping photos of the bison and wild horses, and visiting and laughing.
At the end of Friday morning's work, we went to lunch together at Stix 'n' Twigs Cafe and then went our separate ways. We're feeling ready to return in August for another school year.
Schedule of Field Experience Days and Collaboration Days/Applied Learning Days
As you plan your course schedules for the fall, you may wish to know the dates of the education faculty's Collaboration Days, which are Applied Learning Days for our students (who meet those days without us for group or individual application projects). Extended faculty members teaching education courses on either campus are invited to join us for all or part of any of those days. Those dates and sites are indicated within this document.
Also indicated are the proposed dates for the year's Field Experience Days, on which elementary, secondary, and K-12 teacher candidates go into area schools to teach PreK-12 students there, applying what they're learning from us in their on-campus courses. Those dates are very much subject to change once the instructors of ELED 398B/C and SEED 398B/C are able to contact area school administrators and verify whether they can host DSU teacher candidates on those dates.
Stay tuned for more information in late August or early September from Renae Ekstrand or Pam Krueger (ELED 398B/C) or Candice Moench (SEED 398B/C), once they have heard back from area PreK-12 school principals.
M.Ed. Program Collaboration with MiSU
The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed; and I have met with Minot State University faculty and administrators to plan the details of how to offer people in the Dickinson and Bismarck regions a Master's of Education degree from MiSU that utilizes all five of the graduate courses offered by DSU!
Do you know any good candidates for an M.Ed. degree? If so, please let me know so that I may contact them with information about this opportunity.
Food, Information, and Collaboration on August 15
On May 27, faculty and adjunct instructors in the Teacher Education Program received from me an e-mail inviting them to a get-together on Monday, August 15. Education faculty wanted an opportunity to meet with the extended faculty to discuss the program; to collaborate as teaching partners (of different sections of the same courses) and team members (of the various methods blocks); and to eat (of course!).
As a reminder, here is the schedule:
9:00-11:00 A.M. (10:00 A.M. to noon Central) -- Education faculty will meet with Bismarck-based extended faculty in National Energy Center of Excellence 432.
11:00 A.M. to noon (12:00-1:00 P.M. Central) -- The education faculty will serve lunch!
2:00-4:00 P.M. -- Education faculty will meet with Dickinson-based extended faculty in Klinefelter Hall 216. The education faculty will serve desserts, coffee, and tea!
And here are the topics on the agenda:
Chalk & Wire Training
Chalk & Wire, the company whose e-portfolio and program assessment software we use in the Teacher Education Program, will send one of its trainers to Dickinson August 17-19 to make experts out of the education faculty! Thereafter we should be good resources for the rest of you when you have questions about Chalk & Wire.
In the News
June 19: Click here to read about Laura Knudsen and Tiffany Towne, two education majors on our Bismarck campus. They have been awarded scholarships from the North Dakota United Foundation.
July 12: "Moberg Appointed as CAEP Accreditation Team Site Visitor"