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Online learning resources

As of press time, Minnesota educators are preparing for how to best ensure the health and safety of their students, themselves and their communities in wake of the coronavirus.

Education Minnesota has compiled a resources page of online professional development for educators, as well as remote learning resources for educators, students and parents.

To see all of the resources, visit our website.

Professional development

Math educators’ symposium, conference

The Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics is hosting its spring conference, as well as a pre-conference symposium in Duluth. The symposium will take place April 23, and has participants explore the five main task structures that support students in learning mathematics in groups. The conference will take place April 24-25 and features workshops, exhibits and keynote speakers. To learn more about the symposium or conference, including how to register, go to www.mctm.org/springconf.php and www.mctm.org/symposium.php.

Hamline summer science teacher institutes

Hamline University is offering two free summer institutes for teachers of science. The three-day WaterWorks Institute allows teachers to enrich their water-related curricula by learning from experts how safe drinking water is produced while experiencing a host of water resources and activities for the classroom. The Rivers Institute is designed to promote environmental and ecological concepts in the science classroom. For detailed information and online applications, please visit www.hamline.edu/education/cgee/teacher-institute.html.

Two Prairie Wetlands workshop opportunities

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center has a spring and summer workshop for educators looking to bring their classrooms into the outdoors. The Compass to Nature Workshop, April 18, and the Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom workshop, June 22-25, will have educators explore ways to use the outdoors as a classroom with integrated curriculum, discover new ways to motivate students, apply outdoor classroom methods and gain knowledge in the prairie pothole ecosystem. For more information or to register for either workshop, go to www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com.

Climate change summer institute

Climate Generation will host its Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, July 22-24, at Hamline University. This year, the institute will be highlighting resources for teaching climate change in science, English and social studies classrooms. Participants will receive 20 hours of continuing education and two graduate credits. Registration is $200, but scholarships are available.

National teacher leadership conference

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year is hosting its teacher leadership conference in Minneapolis, July 8-10. The conference is open to all educators and school leaders. The conference will feature many of Minnesota’s Teachers of the Year and focuses on three tracks of equity, being a teacher leader and learner-centered instruction practices. There are two pre-conference sessions on racial literacy and social justice curriculum writing, and building youth leadership skills. Registration for the pre-conference sessions is $99, and the full conference is $350. For more information on the conference and how to register, go to www.nnstoy.org/national-conference-2020.

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