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Courageous Conversations: Every Heart Mattters Teacher of the Year, Kristine Holstine

When:  March 6 from 6 to 7:30 pm

MN 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Presentation by Kelly Holstine

The Education Department at St. Catherine University cordially invites you to attend two energizing events designed to support your growth and sense of well-being in the classroom.  Both events are scheduled on March 6 and are free of charge. Feel free to forward this email to any educators you feel would be interested in attending.

 Courageous Connections: Every Heart Matters

Kelly Holstine will highlight the importance of owning flaws and prioritizing one’s own mental health in order to make more authentic connections with others. She will reveal the roles vulnerability and courageous connections play in creating equity for every heart – along with insights borne of personal struggles that helped her become a better teacher and healthier human being. Lastly, Holstine will share her journey as a gender non-conforming, lesbian teacher and how it has helped her be an advocate for at-risk students.

Bio: Kelly Holstine is an English teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee – an alternative high school that she helped to design and open in 2012 that serves students in grades 9 through 12 in the Shakopee district and surrounding areas. Her professional experiences in media, team building, social work, and education have helped to shape both her teaching philosophy and practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from Augsburg College.

             2004 Randolph Ave.

             President’s Dining Room in Coeur de Catherine, Room 372

             St. Paul, MN 55105 – Map & directions  

Parking: O’Shaughnessy Parking LotPlease click here to RSVP.RSVP Deadline: 11:59 pm on February 25, 2019
Certificates of participation will be provided that can be used for CEU’s.

ENVoY Training

When:  March 6 from noon to 4:00 pm

ENVoY TrainingHow can you develop a classroom environment that focuses on students’ developmental needs and maximizes learning time?
ENVoY is a well-regarded classroom management system focused on the principles of non-verbal management. Attending this training will add to your knowledge of effective management practices and strengthen your understanding of the connection between a well-managed classroom and improved teaching and learning. You can read more here about the history of ENVoY (including what the letters in the acronym mean).

The ENVoY training session is free, but because space is limited, you must RSVP by the end of the day on February 25 to reserve your spot. We will confirm your reservation on or before March 1.

Please click here to RSVP.RSVP Deadline: 11:59 pm on February 25, 2019

Where: St. Catherine University

             2004 Randolph Ave.

             President’s Dining Room in Coeur de Catherine, Room 372

Where: St. Catherine University

             St. Paul, MN 55105 – Map & directions 

Parking: O’Shaughnessy Parking Lot
Certificates of participation will be provided that can be used for CEUs.  

Kind Regards, Dr. Kevin Mackin, Education Department Chair

Service Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity for Recent Graduates:

Ryen Dwyer is the coordinator for a large volunteer teacher program at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Red Cloud is a Lakota Catholic K-12 school district in the Jesuit tradition on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with nearly 600 students. Volunteers serve in one year increments and can serve up to three years. Volunteers work with and for the Oglala Lakota people, and most volunteers are eligible for AmeriCorps benefits after their term of service.

The school is seeking recent college graduates who have a passion for education and service. For the 2019-2020 school year, they are especially looking for qualified high school English teachers.

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From RedCloud School Website: Supporting Students

Ryen will be tabling at St. Kate’s, across from the Info Center, on Wednesday, February 13, 10AM-2PM, and will also be in the St. Paul area on Thursday the 14th. Please share this information with any recent graduates you think might be interested. Here is a link to more information on the volunteer program.

Gender Equity in STEM and CTE

We are looking for teachers who would be interested in leading their colleagues in improving their use use of gender equitable teaching strategies in their CTE or STEM courses. This “train the trainer” opportunity is available to secondary teachers in Minnesota who would help recruit ten participants from your district or region to participate in your group.

Our previous research has found significant improvements in studetns’ STEM identity when teachers participate in this professional development or graduate coursework.

Participants receive a stipend and free credit hours or very reduced cost graduate credits. Want to learn more?

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The strategies are very accessible, and require incremental shifts in practice leading to improved outcomes for female students and students from marginalized backgrounds. In particular, our research has demonstrated the efficacy of simply integrating near-peer role models across the curriculum.

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Free Hour of Code for Teachers

Hour of Code

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CST       Add to Calendar

The MN Chapter of CSTA is hosting an Hour of Code™ event designed for teachers who want to learn more about coding in the classroom. Join us for a fun networking event, experience the Hour of Code™ for yourself! Participants will earn a one-hour Technology CEU.

We’ll have three Hour of Code options for you to choose from including Scratch, Circuit Playground Express and Processing. No prior coding experience necessary! Laptops are optional but encouraged.

Registration will remain open until all spots are filled.

The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [] and [] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

Location:  MN State IT Center of Excellence1380 Energy Ln.,  Suite 104,  St. Paul, MN 55108    View Map

St Kate’s Adjunct Professor Kim Gerst and Alums will be presenting.  We hope to see you there!



NSF Research Opportunity for Middle Level Science Teachers

We received this announcement recently and want to encourage teachers to consider participating in this research. You need to teach three lessons from or within the tool this year. It is NearPod like in it’s interactive structures.

If you do join, tell us what you learn and if you recommend this tool for other teachers!


I’m Seijin from PlayPosit. I’m spearheading our research grant in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and leading research professors.

I am excited to announce the release of AdaptivePosit, PlayPosit’s brainchild to increase student engagement featuring a pre-built curriculum that adapts videos to each student’s proficiency level.

We are seeking middle school science teachers who would like to receive AdaptivePosit for free. We are looking for participants who are

  • simultaneously enthusiastic about incorporating technology into their science curriculum and
  • willing to participate in our Phase II user study.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, fill out this 3-field form to receive free access to our first unit, Structures of Matter, a 12-video-lesson unit, ready-to-use in your classroom. We will follow up with you shortly to help you get started.

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