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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.
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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