Minnesota: Working in Education in Minnesota

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Technology Links Curriculum and Instruction, Education Managers, and Teacher's Aides in Minnesota

In 2008 the Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute for education technology, ranked Minnesota ninth among all the states for its online learning policy and practice. The award recognizes excellence in funding for technology; number of students served; policies that promote online student access; trends in enrollment; licensure reciprocity; elementary, secondary, and postsecondary initiatives; online teaching and professional development; and alignment of technology education with high school reform programs.

Formed in 1967 as the Technology Information Education Services, TIES brings together technology and education to create comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions for education managers, teachers, and students. TIES offers software applications, hardware and software, Internet services, and professional development in for the purpose of helping educators optimize student learning.

The Minnesota Learning Commons (MLC) is a pathway to quality online learning. Resources help K-12 educators create online course content and assist their students with postsecondary planning. MLC also has resources on online learning options, postsecondary enrollment, and career and college planning.

The Online College in High School enables high school students to take college-level courses from their own high school campus. Minneapolis Public Schools Online serves Minneapolis students in grades 9-12 to increase elective opportunities, offer courses for students with schedule conflicts, and provide students with chances for credit makeup.

Cyber Village Academy, one of Minnesota's first online schools, combines online and classroom instruction.

A school based in Minnesota is the first online high school for students who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. The curriculum consists of mainstream courses, including Advanced Placement classes.

Minnesota has a number of resources and initiatives that support paraprofessionals. The Minnesota Paraprofessional Consortium, which has been in existence for over 15 years, consists of teachers and paraprofessionals as well as individuals from state agencies, unions, and institutions of higher education. The consortium advises the Minnesota Department of Education regarding activities that prepare, assist, and recognize the paraprofessional educator workforce in the state. The consortium also provides leadership in the development of a statewide infrastructure to support paraprofessionals.

Based on the Minnesota Competencies, the Para eLink is an online curriculum for preparing and training paraprofessionals. Para eLink offers targeted modular training to be used in self-directed study in conjunction with facilitated group learning. Posters for Paraprofessionals is a collection of fun and educational artwork for paraprofessionals; the collection includes teaching tips and reminders for classrooms and offices.

Preparing Teachers to Direct the Work of Paraprofessionals is a website that provides staff development specialists and faculty and staff of teacher preparation programs in Minnesota with the information and resources to prepare training for teachers who are or will be directing the work of paraprofessionals.

A program of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota (CLM) informs and supports curriculum development and instruction in public schools in Minnesota through programs and conferences. The CLM network is a learning community that gives curriculum leaders a culture for sharing, learning, and creating.

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