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Teacher Education Updates
01 December 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) - Literacy Event

      The North Dakota National Guard Youth Coordinator's office hosted a free collaborative literacy event entitled, “Sharing Our Stories” at the Raymond J. Armory on April 19. The office worked with local children's book author Jennifer Berry Jones; Student Education Association chapters of Dickinson State University Extended Campus; United Tribes Technical College; University of Mary; Student North Dakota Education Association, and Burleigh County 4-H. The collaborative event was initiated by the UTTC Student Education Association.

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      The event was held for children in first through fourth grades and provided participants the opportunity to meet Jennifer Berry Jones; take part in activities provided by Burleigh County 4-H and the North Dakota National Guard Youth Coordinator's office; created a story; and videotaped their stories that were sent to deployed National Guard soldiers.

      Student Teaching Seminars

      Fall teacher candidates have had the opportunity to come together during the course of their student teaching semester to take part in professional development activities that will enhance and assist them as they pursue a job in their field. The presenters come from a wide range of educational professionals. Presenters are Dr. Janet Welk (Executive Director of Educational Standards and Practices Board), Lisa Kudelka (Human Resources Manager of Bismarck Public Schools), Scott Sheldon (Representative of Horace Mann), LeAnn Nelson (NDEA Director of Professional Development) and Josh Askvig (NDEA Northwest Uniserv Director). Topics presented have been on: Financial Management and Professional Teacher Memberships, Writing an Effective Cover Letter and Resume, Signing Your First Contract, and Code of Ethics/Teacher Certification and Licensure.

Kara Runs After assists “Sharing our Stories” attendees in the creation of their written stories.

      Field Trips

      The teacher candidates in Introduction to Education had the opportunity to visit three schools in Bismarck during the fall. The first field trip took the students to Missouri Valley Montessori where they were able to observe classrooms of mixed age grouping from ages 2-and-one-half to 6. Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was the second site where candidates were given the opportunity to observe in grade four to eight classrooms. The last field trip taken was at Jeanette Myhre where they observed in the classrooms Kindergarten to three.



Attending the Missouri Valley Montessori field trip, from left: Harv Bustos, Eric Archambault, Kememee Blatt, Jenna Skunk Cap, Rondina Cavanaugh, and Charlie White Tail.






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