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Minnesota State Mankato Wins National Education Award

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Education has received a national award for its part­nering efforts with area school districts.

2012-03-12
Brian Ojanpa, Mankato Free Press, 3-10-2012

MANKATO — Minnesota State University’s College of Education has received a national award for its part­nering efforts with area school districts.

The 2012 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award cites MSU for collaborating with school districts in the training of future teachers.

“My enthusiasm is run­ning amok right now. It’s a very high honor, a rare dis­tinction,” said Ginger Zierdt, director of MSU’s school-university partner­ship program.

She said the award places MSU on a stage of national prominence. Past honorees have included Penn State, Indiana State and Kansas State universities.

“ The East Coast has been a leader in this area, so for a Midwestern university, and a small university, to receive this is special.”

There are 30 teacher- edu­cation programs in Minnesota, but Zierdt is unaware of any others that have received the award.

The award recognizes the collaboration between MSU and eight public school dis­tricts — Mankato Area, St. Peter, Le Sueur-Henderson, Sibley East, Waseca, Owatonna, Faribault and Bloomington.

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