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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

EdEx Partnerships Launched

To expand our reach helping teachers develop computational literacies — from coding to physical computing and data crunching — we have begun partnering with organizations that provide high quality K-12 curriculum in Computer Science (CS) fields.

Zulama Game Design Course Professional Certificate

Teachers can learn curriculum designed in a partnership between the Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) and Zulama by EMC School, and earn a graduate credit through St.Kate’s. The course is aligned with student curriculum, and could be taken as part of a more in-depth dive into CS education with additional courses offered online at St.Kate’s.

Together, we can better help students get the knowledge and skills they need to be citizens and creators in this new economy.

Many thanks to the team at Zulama and CSTA for creating this partnership for the greater good!

Contact Dr. Anderson to learn more about how you or your organization can join in this expanding network of organizations committed to building the common good and sharing the power of computational literacies with all.

Zulama CSTA SCU Partnership


Mildred Speranza Award for Teachers in Catholic Settings

Through the generosity of alumna Mildred Speranza, St. Kate’s will offer a $200 per credit stipend (off of $475) to a Catholic school teacher completing the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction or our New Technology Integration program.

Mildred Speranza graduated from St. Kate’s in 1939 with a degree in French and went on to receive law degrees from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell. She was President of Produce Exchange Bank from 1960-1980. This family bank helped Italian immigrants in the early 20th century secure funding to buy homes and start businesses in Minnesota. She was one of the first women bank presidents. She attributed her own success, in part, to the strong education she received in Catholic schools. One arm of her generous and ongoing legacy of community building is to support teachers who work in Catholic settings.

Attend an online information session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity.

St Paul, MN Produce Exchange Bank painted sign

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