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Minn. Teacher Says Prep. Program, edTPA Portfolio Helped Make First Year a Success

By Linda McKee


 What a difference a year makes.

Last spring, Phil Munkvold was in his final months of college at Minnesota State University (MSU) Mankato, finishing his clinical experience and preparing his edTPA portfolio.

Thanks to a strong partnership between the MSU Mankato program and the school where Munkvold student taught, he was exposed to the edTPA process as well as the school’s staff and its students shortly after he moved to Minnesota from another state to continue his teacher preparation.

Still, Munkvold wasn’t sure what all the buzz was about and was even less enthusiastic about the work that was required to complete and submit the edTPA portfolio, which MSU Mankato requires for program completion before becoming a licensed teacher. “It just seemed like a lot of work and I didn’t see the direct value,” Munkvold recalls. “I had a lot of other work to do, and it just didn’t seem applicable.”

This spring, Munkvold is finishing his first year as a kindergarten teacher in the Mounds View School District outside of Minneapolis. Responding to a statewide move to all-day kindergarten, Mounds View created a kindergarten center, where youngsters from four Mounds View schools attend kindergarten.


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