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More than 122,000 teachers from all 50 states have stepped up to the challenge of achieving national board certification, a peer-reviewed process leading to recognition as an accomplished teacher. Mike Yell, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Hudson (Wis.) Middle School, completed certification in 2003 and renewed his certificate in 2013. The Wisconsin educator said he would “strongly recommend national board certification to teachers wishing to take on a rigorous growth challenge that will ultimately improve their practice.”
One goal that Mary Cathryn Ricker has at the Minnesota Department of Education is to “reinvigorate” the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards work that is going on in the state. “At one time, Minnesota was one of the state leaders in creating pathways for board certification for our teachers,” the acting commissioner said. “Over time, that has waned quite a bit.”
ST. PAUL - When Gov. Tim Walz appointed Mary Cathryn Ricker as the Minnesota commissioner of education, he knew her background and passion would make her the right person for the job. The Minnesota Senate agreed and confirmed her.
RED WING, Minn. - When Josef Mohr wrote the lyrics to “Silent Night” in Austria in 1818, he could have had no idea that three generations of his descendents would be proudly singing the song in Red Wing 200 years later. In a ceremony Sunday, Dec. 16, at United Lutheran Church, singers, wearing traditional clothing from the country they represented, sang the song in four languages. Kristianna and Franz Harris sang in German, Emily Christianson sang in Norwegian, Jeanette Santiago sang in Spanish, and the choir and congregation sang in English.
RED WING, Minn. -- If teachers want students to work hard, be engaged, and learn well, those teachers encourage students to work on something they care about, something that fits their passions. That’s exactly what Travis Thul, dean of trade and technology, hopes to do with the new bicycle design and fabrication program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing.