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Positive Classroom Environments to be Discussed in Beginning Teaching Seminar

Sept. 30 seminar is first-of-its kind.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-27-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Thirty P-12 teaching professionals will attend a first-of-its-kind beginning teaching seminar from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 in the Northeast Ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

The topic of the seminar is “Promoting Positive Classroom Environments and Responding Appropriately to Student Misbehavior.”

It’s the first of four new seminars designed to support beginning teachers that are being offered this year by the Center for Mentoring & Induction in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Education. Future seminar topics include “Long-Range Instructional Planning” on Dec. 12, “Assessing Student Learning” on Feb. 4 and “Matching Instruction to Student Needs” on May 1.

The four seminars are intended to provide professional development and opportunities for collaborations between beginning teachers from multiple school districts. Through the seminars, the Center for Mentoring & Induction is striving to help beginning teachers accelerate their effectiveness and also counter beginning teacher attrition rates. Studies have estimated that between 40% and 50% of new teachers leave within the first five years of entry into teaching, according to a May 16, 2012 Education Week opinion piece by Richard M. Ingersoll.

The Center for Mentoring & Induction is working collaboratively with P-12 partners to implement the Center’s comprehensive support system called Communities for Transforming Teaching & Leading, which is a unique program in Minnesota set up to bridge the induction support offered from pre-service teacher preparation, to beginning teachers, and on to distinguished teaching.

In developing seminars for preparing highly effective teachers and supporting them throughout the continuum of professional practice, the Center for Mentoring & Induction partners with the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., a national leader in teacher induction programs, as well as being a partner in the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), an Archibald Bush Foundation initiative.

The Monday, Sept. 30 seminar facilitators are Lori Bird, the director of the Center for Mentoring & Induction, and Carol Burns (, 507-389-5448), the center’s assistant director and Marcia Applen, university supervisor.

To request registration information for future seminars, please contact Linda Winans at 507-389-6116 or

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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