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!