Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Welcome Win O'Toole

We would like to welcome our newest Teacher Education faculty member, Win O'Toole. Dr. O'Toole recently moved to Bismarck from Wisconsin. She is a native of Chicago, IL, and has been an educator for twenty years. She has a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree and Doctorate from Harvard University. Prior to coming to UTTC, she was a college professor in Beirut, Lebanon, Ireland, and, most recently, Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. When you see her, be sure to welcome her to United Tribes!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Year 3 of Project CEDAR

We are now entering Year 3 of the Project CEDAR grant. Two of your peers have completed the program and are now teaching in their own classrooms. Even though at times, you will feel overwhelmed, and as if you are never going to finish, you will.

This is the toughest year you will have in your educational career EVER and the year that will determine what you are made of. You are going to be doing a ton of homework, and learning a ton of content,  but you will survive. If it was easy, everybody would do it and you wouldn't be able to experience the overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you finish.

Not only will your family and community be proud of you, but you will feel an indescribable sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction for what you were able to do. And nobody can ever take it away from you. If you have children, you will have provided a powerful role model for them. They will see somebody who struggled at times, who felt like taking the easy way out and quitting, but who pushed ahead and demonstrated that you can achieve whatever your goals may be through hard work and perseverance.

According to the wisdom of the "seventh generation prophecy", you are the generation of Tribal people who will "rise up and demand your rights and stewardship over the earth" and lead the next generation of Native people. As a teacher, you will be fulfilling this prophecy.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Admissions Process for Bachelor Degree Programs

According to Mona Schell in the UTTC Admissions Office, if you recently graduated with an AAS degree and now plan to continue with your bachelor degree, you will have to submit a new application to UTTC. You can do this on the UTTC website.

Mona said they will have most of your documents on file so they won't need new copies. She said you might have to update your physical.

After you submit your application, and everything is received, your application will be sent to a committee that approves all applications. Make sure that you mark "BS degree in Elementary Education" on your application so your information is accurate.

A few of you have had to get a letter from us stating that you have been provisionally accepted into the Teacher Education program. This is a separate process from applying to the college so make sure you have both completed. Most of you, as part of the CEDAR project, have all of your information submitted to us for admission to Teacher Education already.

If Admissions or Financial Aid tells you that you need a letter of acceptance from Teacher Ed, you can stop by and pick one up. Jen Heid can provide this to you. I've given her permission to sign it on my behalf if I'm not available and then initial it.

If you have any questions about this process, either Leah or me will do our best to answer your questions. The Admissions Office is doing everything they can do, too, to make this process go smoothly for you.

Enjoy the weekend!

Lisa A.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Smithsonian Institute IV - July 28-August 1

The second Smithsonian Institute for the summer will begin on Monday, July 28th, and conclude Friday, August 1. As you know, all of you are taking this for credit (EDU 360) so attendance and full participation is required in order to meet the requirements for this course.

Leah wanted me to let you know that on Tuesday, July 29th, we will be leaving at 8 AM sharp from the Barden Center for our field trip to Medora, in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We will return to campus at 5 PM that same day so make sure you make arrangements for the full day. Lunch will be provided, as well as drinking water. If you want to purchase soda/pop or other drinks, you will have to purchase those on your own.

See you Monday, July 28th, at 8:30 AM at the Barden Center. If you have any questions, please let Leah know.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Financial Aid Disbursements

Jessica Stewart in Student Accounts just confirmed that your financial aid excess funds will be disbursed this Friday, June 27th, at 4 PM. IF you have excess financial aid, over and above your cost for tuition, fees and whatever else this summer semester, you will be getting a check.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Message from Leah Regarding the Smithsonian Institute on Monday

Hello all!
Please read the following information closely regarding next week’s “Using Arts in the Classroom” Smithsonian workshop.  The information will include: Monday’s morning schedule, materials that you need to collect and bring in Monday, and dress requirements for Monday.

The workshop will be held in the lower level conference room in the Jack Barden Center during the week of June 23rd to June 27th.

All participants will receive a printed copy of the week’s agenda – however; I am including Monday morning’s schedule for your information.

Day One:  Monday, June 23rd

8:30-9:00 am                           Registration/ Check-in

9:00-9:20 am                           Opening Prayer                                                                                                                                
9:20-9:30 am                           Welcome
Wally Mertes

9:30-10:30 am                         Native Peoples of the Americas: An Introduction
When Christopher Columbus reached the Americas in 1492, he met people unknown to Europeans. Thinking he had reached the Indies, he called them Indians. This is only one of the many mistakes, misunderstandings, and misconceptions that continue to plague America's native peoples. Dr. Herman Viola, anthropologist and curator emeritus at the National Museum of Natural History, A fundamental mistake that persists to this day is to speak about "the" American Indians as though they are one people. Despite their small numbers, the Indian peoples of North America were as dissimilar from each other as were the peoples of Europe. In terms of language, clothes, lifestyles, militancy, and religion the tribes in different parts of North America differed greatly from each other. These differences are considered "cultural" and the regions are known as “culture areas.” The North American culture areas are the Arctic, Subarctic, Southwest, Northwest Coast, California, Plateau, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast.

10:30-12:00 pm                      Large Format Abstract Painting
Karen O. Brown, visual artist, will lead a session on large format abstract painting on Tyvek and heavier paper that will be used to create an Eastern landscape wall installation as well as small puppets.  She will demonstrate techniques of layering abstract designs.
12:00-12:30 pm                      Lunch (on your own)

Materials you will need to gather and bring with you for Monday.   Please, if you can bring extras of any of these items, it would be very much appreciated.

1)  an empty cereal box,
2)  a plastic container with a lid (from sour cream, large-ish yogurt, cottage cheese or  take out), and
3) some recyclable materials for art projects (bottle caps, water bottles, tea boxes, cracker boxes, more cereal boxes, whatever you may find interesting).

Monday’s attire – each participant will be involved in creating materials that require acrylic paint.  Please, either wear or bring a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting paint on. 

See you on Monday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PPST Tests Reminder

By this time, you should all have your Praxis 1: PPST tests scheduled. Your vouchers have an expiration date so make sure to do this soon!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Correct Dates for Institutes

The dates for the second Smithsonian Institute were incorrect in my earlier post. I have since corrected it.

The first Smithsonian Institute for 2014, the one for EDU 315, is June 23 - 27th, Monday through Friday.

The second Smithsonian Institute for 2014, the one for EDU 360, is July 28 - August 1, Monday through Friday.

Please remember these institutes fulfill the requirements for two courses. You are registered for these two courses (EDU 315 and EDU 360) and will earn a grade for each one at the end of the summer semester. Project CEDAR provided you with funding to cover the cost of tuition and fees (there are no books for you to purchase).

If you have any questions, please let us know. Leah is the coordinator for these institutes but feel free to contact me if you can't get in touch with her, OK?

See you in a few weeks!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Your First Summer Course: Smithsonian Institute - June 23 - 27

The first Smithsonian Institute for 2014 is scheduled for one week this summer, from Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27. The focus of this first one is "Teaching English/Language Arts (ELA) through Music, Drama, and the Arts. It should be a really great experience as we have invited the presenters back who you enjoyed the most last summer, as well as added some new ones.

As a heads-up, the Smithsonian Institute IV is scheduled for the week of July 28-August 1. This one will focus on science methods. We will actually take a day trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora for a geologic dig and to search for plants for natural paints.

You will earn credit for the EDU 315 course for participating in the full 5-day institute. Like last year, you will come away with a wealth of knowledge, a ton of fun, and a whole collection of resources. I’m sure Leah will be letting you know what time things start on Monday, June 23, but you can expect about 8:30 AM in the lower level of the Jack Barden Center. You will go each day until 4 – 4:30 except for Friday, when you end about 3 PM.

Let me know if you have questions. Take care!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Praxis I: PPST Vouchers

Good day, all - A friendly reminder to keep track of the expiration date of your PPST vouchers. They do expire so don't wait too long before scheduling your tests (if you haven't already done so).

If they do expire, you'll have to pay for it on your own and you don't want to have to do that!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Praxis I: PPST Scheduling

Waylon is scheduled to take his two exams this week so that tells me two things: 1) If CEDAR paid for your PPST fees, you have received the voucher(s) in the mail; and 2) The process that I provided on this blog for registering to take the exams works. If you follow it, you will be able to get yourself registered.

Make sure you identify UTTC to receive your scores. The testing system will ask you to send them to a university/college so select UTTC. We will need those for your files.

Enjoy the week!

Friday, April 18, 2014

iPad Training This Week!

Remember the iPad training is held this next week from 2 - 4:30 PM on Tuesday, April 22. We will meet at 2 PM in the Reading/Math Center at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School. Brenda Rhone, our trainer, wanted us to meet there so she can show you some of the tools she has in her classroom.

Remember - Brenda asked you to set up a Dropbox account BEFORE the training so don't forget to do that. If you're in EDU 288 Tech in Education, you already have one. BUT BE SURE YOU REMEMBER YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD TO ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT!

Some of the apps we're going to learn about are as follows:

Audio Memos Free
Book Creator for iPad
Book Magic
Word Wizard
BrainPOP Jr.
Cash Cows
Coin Math Free
Dragon Dictation
Math Ninja
Talking Ben the Dog
Pic Collage
Popplet lite
Puppet Pals HD
Screen Chomp

We will bring the iPads for you to use for this training. It should be a lot of fun!

(Attendance will be taken for EDU 288 Technology in Education.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Praxis I Core Testing Information (Reading, Writing and Math)

By now most of you have received your vouchers in the mail for the Praxis I tests. This is what you'll need to do next:

  • Go to the Praxis website at www.ets.org/praxis and register for the Praxis I: PPST tests on your voucher. You'll have to enter the voucher information to schedule the tests. 
  • The Praxis Test Center is located at:
    • Prometric Testing Center
    • 2610 Old Red Trail
      Mandan, ND 58554
      (701) 663-5203 (If you call them, you'll get a recording, telling you to go to the website.)
  • Be sure to take your voucher and an ID with you when it is time to take the test. You will not be able to take it without both of these items.
  • I would suggest finding the test center BEFORE your scheduled time to take the test. You don't want to be driving around north Mandan, lost and looking for the testing building the day of your test!
  • Some of you are taking one test and some of you are taking two. Your voucher lists which tests you will be taking that day.
  • Remember that you cannot be interrupted during the tests. If you are, they will not be valid and you will have to take it over again at a later time. Be sure to tell family and friends you are going to be off the grid for awhile so you can get it done.
Any questions, please feel free to ask. If we don't know the answers, we'll find out! Have fun, relax and do well! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UTTC Program Approval Site Visit

As you may have heard, there will be a team of people here next week (April 14-17) to evaluate and approve the bachelor degree program in elementary education. This process happens every few years. The purpose for this is to continue a state-approved program that benefits you - the teacher education candidates - so that you are assured you are participating in a program that has been evaluated for quality.

A few things:
  • On Tuesday, April 15 at 9 AM, you are invited to join us in welcoming the team members at the Wellness Center conference room. This would be a way for you to meet the team members and be part of the Teacher Ed community, which you are. Coffee and rolls will be served.
  • The computer lab in B06 will be closed all week. This is where the team will be meeting.
  • Members of the team may be visiting your classes, particularly Leah's and Theresa's. So, if somebody walks in, you'll know who it is.
Remember: If anybody asks you, or conceptual framework is "Preparing Competent, Caring Teachers" and our symbol is the dragon fly. Just in case.....thank you and enjoy the week!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Parking Passes for Fargo Conference

The parking passes you will need to park your car (and not have to pay) in the parking lot at NDSU (ND State University) for the Preservice Teachers Conference have arrived and are available from either Lisa Azure or Jen Heid.

The parking lot system at NDSU requires you to have a parking permit, a parking pass, pay a daily rate for parking, or drive a car that is part of the state fleet (a ND government car). None of you drive state fleet cars. (Inside joke for Alicia.)

This pass is valid for one day only - for Friday, April 4th - the day of the conference. Make sure you display it on your rear view mirror on your vehicle, on your windshield, or you will get a ticket. I have five of them so there should be enough for all drivers.

Monday, March 24, 2014

App for iPad Training on April 22 at TJES

It's some time from now but here's the latest on the iPad training that will be held at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School (TJES) on Tuesday, April 22:

Brenda Rhone, who is conducting the training, has asked that you have a Dropbox account prior to this training. We have talked about Dropbox in Ed. Tech. but for those of you NOT in Ed. Tech, you will have to create your own account.

I love Dropbox (as you know) and use it all the time. I have the desktop icon installed on my office computer here at work and my laptop at home. When I leave for the day, I drag and drop things into Dropbox and then access them when I get home. No need to carry flash drives around anymore!

Go to www.dropbox.com and create an account. I suggest putting the icon on your desktop for easy access. Of course, you can still access Dropbox from any computer that has an internet connection. But it's easier if you have the icon on your desktop - and quicker.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask Jen Heid as she is also a frequent user. You can ask me, too - of course. Play around with it a bit before the training next month so you're ready to go with the resources Brenda is going to share with you.

Let technology work for you - have fun!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fargo Conference Information

An update on the ND ACTE (Association for Colleges of Teacher Education) conference on Friday, April 4th, that a number of you are attending:

Stacy at NDSU is going to be mailing me parking passes for you to use for that day. As you may know, parking on university campuses requires a pass. Stacy is going to mail them to my home address to make sure we get them on time. I've requested 6 of them; one for me, one for Wylee and his family, and four others. I believe that should be enough. If it's not, I'll give up mine.

I also have a map of the campus that you'll need so you know where to park AND where the conference is located. NDSU is a huge campus so it's easy to get lost. Since I am driving in that morning, you will have to figure out the route from your hotel to the location of the conference. Be sure to do this ahead of time so you're not driving around lost the morning of the conference!

You will be staying at the Homewood Suites the night of April 3rd, checking out before you leave for the conference the morning of April 4th. The Homewood Suites is located at 2021 16th Street North in Fargo - Phone (701) 235-3150. Jen Heid has your confirmation numbers for your room reservations.

I will email you the NDSU campus map. Any questions, please ask Jen. She has all of the info you need.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Updates for Your MacBook Pro Laptops

There seems to be a few questions about the email you received from Jen Heid about updating your Mac laptop.

We received this message from our campus IT Department:

Apple Inc. has recently notified the public of a flaw in its IOS and OS-X operating systems which previously left users vulnerable to security breaches while browsing online. A fix has been issued for both operating systems and can be installed through normal Apple updating procedures. We recommend that you update all of your Apple devices immediately or risk losing personal data such as passwords, credit card info, social security number etc. Links on how to update your devices have been provided below.

IOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod) http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4623
OSX (Laptops and Desktops)

Jen forwarded this message to you but said your laptop should be fine. When I was visiting with a few of you, your concerns were that you might accidentally download somethings that harms your computer. This is good to be concerned as it can happen. If in doubt about any of this, or if you want to check to make sure your laptop does not need the updates from the IT message above, please feel free to stop by and visit with Jen at her office.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mandatory Technology Trainings

All Teacher Education students are invited to attend the two technology trainings we have scheduled for the month of April.

On Tuesday, April 8th, we will have training using the Active Board, Active Inspire and Prometheum Planet. The training will start at 2 PM and conclude at 4:40 PM. You will bring your laptops to this training and also be required to have Active Inspire software installed onto your laptop prior to the training. To do this, you will need a code. I'm going to post directions for a link on how to install this software. If you have any trouble, please see Jen Heid and she will assist you.

On Tuesday, April 22nd, we will have iPad training on education apps. This training session will begin at 2 PM and conclude at 4 PM. It will be held in the RMC (Reading/Math Center) at Theodore Jamerson School. We will provide you with the iPads to use for this training.

Brenda Rhone, TJES teacher and "education tech guru" will be facilitating both of these training sessions.

Project CEDAR participants are MANDATED to attend both of these. You might wonder what will happen if you don't, but you do not want to find out! (I'm kidding.) Seriously, we look at participation in these types of things as considerations for additional student support, travel to conferences, etc. so it is worth your time. Most important, you are going to learn things that will really benefit you in future courses AND your future classroom.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Smithsonian Institutes for Summer 2014

The two Smithsonian Institutes for Summer 2014 have been scheduled and planning is under way.

June 23 - 27, 2014:
Smithsonian Institute III - Teaching English/Language Arts (ELA) with Music, Drama, and the Arts

The first one will focus on the integration of art, drama and music into the curriculum. According to Wally Mertes, the coordinator from the Smithsonian, Herman, Dovie, Russ, Karen and Oran will be returning as presenters.

Oran will lead a variety of session on using drama in the classroom. His presentations will be based on "The Tale of Despereaux". You will receive a copy of the book and some related objects as a participant.

According to Wally, some of the activities are as follows:
  • Herman will provide Social Studies content aligned with the standards that Karen will use as the basis for art activities.
  • Dovie will do storytelling and using stories and songs in the classroom, relating to specific ELA standards.
  • Butch Thunderhawk will share strategies and techniques for teaching tribal arts to elementary-aged children.
  • Russ will review foldables, some Reader's Theater and two voice poems, and more.

July 28 - August 1, 2014:
Smithsonian Institute IV - Science and Technology Integration

 A geologist well be presenting hands-on object-based activities based on the content you learned in your earth science classes. You will actually be going on a field trip for one day to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora to learn first-hand about the geologic processes that shaped the Badlands landforms including how minerals are important in the fossilization process.

A planetary geologist will be presenting "A Spacecraft Tour of the Planets" and you will be doing activities based on this topic. You will also be participating in activities and games specifically about Mars.

The curator of meteorites at the Natural History Museum (a tribal member from the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) will be presenting on planetary geology and Native American astronomy. He will also lead a session on Mars rovers. If possible, you might also have time to actually build your own rover using Legos.

More details on this session will be coming soon....still in the works!