Tuesday, October 11, 2016

North Dakota Fall Educators Conference

The North Dakota Fall Educators Conference that you are registered for begins Wednesday, October 12th, with registration from 5 pm - 6:15 pm. The keynote speaker will follow with the evening ending at 8:30 pm.

You will be able to attend all of your classes as scheduled on Wednesday, until at least 4 pm, or so.

On Thursday, October 13th, the conference day runs from 8 am - 5:15 pm. You will get an agenda with more information when you sign in at the conference. Your registration has been paid so you should have received a ticket through the EventBrite site. 

On Friday, October 14th, concurrent sessions are from 7:30 am - 12:45 pm. The conference concludes after that time. 

Represent yourself, your family and UTTC well, as we know you will. Enjoy and learn lots!

Conference Information 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spring 2017 Registration

A friendly reminder we will not be registering anybody for spring 2017 semester who has not taken their Praxis test. Please get this done as soon as possible so you don't miss any deadlines.

For more information, feel free to visit with Leah or Lisa A.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Upcoming Professional Development Conference

Mark these dates on your calendar. The Project CEDAR grant will pay your registration to attend. Great topics and a great opportunity!

Friday, July 15, 2016

One More Year of CEDAR Funding

I just received notice today that CEDAR has been officially extended for one more year, until June 30, 2017. The good news is this will give some of you additional funding to finish your classes and student teaching during fall 2016 and spring 2017.

It will also allow time for those of you who are completing your beloved (jk) Praxis tests. If you need to take the test(s), and have not contacted Jen Heid yet, do so as soon as possible so you can get vouchers ordered. This is for those of you taking both the Praxis Core and the Praxis II.

Even if you've graduated, remember that you are still eligible for this funding to pay the costs of the Praxis II.

This extra year is a blessing but it will go fast so we don't want to wait to do things. Leah and I are in and out of the office this month but always available by email. Jen is in her office and your best point of contact. Again, be sure to check with her if you need a voucher for a test.

Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Checking In

Now that we're into mid-summer, it's extremely important to have your Praxis Core tests scheduled. If you have a voucher, get the test scheduled now. If you don't, you must get a hold of Jen Heid so we can get one ordered for you.

The Finance Office at UTTC is closed for business during the month of June so they can prepare for the end of the fiscal year on June 30. So if you requested a voucher within the month of June, we had to wait until July 1 (Friday) to request payment for your voucher. If you haven't contacted her yet, do so immediately.

There are still lots of questions about student teaching and wondering when you are going to student teach. These are all good questions and we will do everything we can to offer the courses you need that lead up to student teaching.

What we can't do for you is schedule the Praxis tests. This is 100% up to you. And you MUST pass at least two of the tests before you student teach (all 3 is even better). So make sure you allow enough time to take and pass the tests BEFORE you are scheduled to student teach.

You are all going to make phenomenal teachers and if we didn't believe in you, we wouldn't push you so hard. Unfortunately, there are rules beyond our control (like the Praxis tests) that have to be met in order for you to become a licensed teacher. Keep pushing!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fall 2016 Registration

Leah and Lisa are going to be mapping out class schedules for fall on Monday, June 13, for all returning CEDAR participants. We will be ready to register all returning students after that date so you can get everything in place for fall.

If you haven't scheduled your Praxis Core tests yet, make sure you schedule and take the test(s) as soon as possible. All of you are at or nearing the end of taking courses. You don't want the dreaded Praxis to hold things up for you!

You must pass at least two of the Praxis Core tests before you student teach. We've made two exceptions in the past and simply cannot do it again with the grant nearly done. The CEDAR grant has been extended so there is funding through May 2017.

If you need a Praxis voucher, be sure to contact Jen Heid as soon as possible. This is your responsibility. Unfortunately, because of privacy issues, we cannot register you or do anything with your Praxis accounts or setting up tests.

Stay cool this weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Practice Praxis Core Website

As I mentioned to you within the past few weeks, we ordered accounts for you so you can access a tool called "Magoosh". At the present time, this site is set up to let you practice the Praxis Core Math test. Within the next month, or so, it is supposed to be set up to include Reading and Writing practice tests.

Alicia already has access to this account (I gave her the free account we got as a trial) but the rest of you will have to stop by Jen Heid's office to set up your account (will take about 5 minutes). You have to set up your account in Jen's office because we only have 10 accounts, enough for each one of you. If you accidentally sign in twice when you're setting up your account, you'll use two of them. And we want to make sure everybody gets one.

Once you get your account, you begin studying. Your account will be valid for six months. After you have set up your account with Jen and are registered, you will log in to your account by going to praxis.magoosh.com, using the username and password you used to set up your account.

I will have an instructor account so will be able to see how much you have been prepping for your tests.

For some of you, you need to pass these tests (at least two of them) so you can apply for student teaching for fall. That deadline is in March so watch the Teacher Ed website for due dates.

Let's get started ASAP! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Student Teaching Application Update

I wanted to remind you about the up-coming deadline for student teaching for fall. This information is on the UTTC Teacher Ed website at http://ted.uttc.edu/field-experience/:

Bismarck Public Schools Student Teacher Placement Schedule

For Fall semester of the 2015-16 school year, the following dates apply:
  • March 9, 2015 — Student teacher applications due at Bismarck Public Schools. At this time all applications will be reviewed and considered for placement.
  • April 20, 2015 — Notification of placements sent to colleges.

It is your responsibility to keep track of these dates. We've been hearing about a couple of people saying we're not telling you what to do or when due dates are. We have provided you with this information, and have reminded you many times over the past two years, that this information is on the Teacher Ed website.

Of course, if you call or email and ask, we will certainly give you the information. But if you don't get in touch with us, we will presume you know. So watch the deadlines and get those Praxis Core tests scheduled! Hopefully, the practice test sites will be available soon.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 North Dakota Indian Child Welfare & Wellness Conference

The 15th Annual North Dakota Indian Child Welfare & Wellness Conference is going to be held February 17 - 19, 2016, at the Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly the Seven Seas Motor Inn) north of Mandan, North Dakota. If you are interested in attending, and WILL attend the sessions, please contact Jen Heid about registration. The CEDAR grant will pay your registration for you.

The deadline to complete the registration form and give it to Jen Heid is Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5 PM.

Praxis Core Online Tutor

We have submitted payment for an account for each one of you for an online Praxis Core tutoring tool called "Magoosh". At the present time, there is only tutoring available for Math. This is a brand new tool that was released this fall so it's still in the development stage. The company is expecting to have the Writing and Reading sections ready this spring.

One of you had the opportunity to pilot this tutoring tool this fall and said it was a great help. So we're purchasing an account for each one of you.

As soon as we get the accounts, we'll share them with you so you can get started. 

Stay tuned!