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Minnesota Autism Conference

The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 26-29, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place in Minneapolis. During the conference, experts, educators, therapists, direct support professionals, parents, caregivers, and people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.


Held during National Autism Awareness Month, this four-day conference is organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), the state’s oldest nonprofit organization focused on ASD, with a mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by ASD from birth through retirement. 


With a prevalence rate of one in every 68 people (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), ASD is the fastest growing developmental disability in Minnesota and the U.S., and AuSM believes programs and services are needed now more than ever to serve this increasing population.


“By bringing the autism community together, AuSM is providing a platform for the community to connect, learn and grow,” said Jonah Weinberg, AuSM’s Executive Director. “The state autism conference is an important event where individuals with autism and caregivers, educators, and providers can find the latest ASD information and resources that will help people with autism thrive.”


The goal of AuSM’s annual conference is to advance understanding of ASD through daily keynote speakers, 32 expert-led topical breakout sessions, exhibitors offering a variety of autism services and products, and resources provided through the AuSM Bookstore. 2017 keynote speakers will include autism icon Temple Grandin, PhD; Steve Silberman, best-selling author of NeuroTribes; Kerry Magro, autism advocate; and Chris Ulmer, special education teacher and motivational speaker. 


To encourage educator involvement in Chris Ulmer’s presentation, AuSM is holding the “AuSM Educator Challenge” through March 15. Educators are invited to tell AuSM how they encourage and motivate their students in the classroom. Five educators who enter will be given free tickets to attend Chris Ulmer’s keynote presentation on April 28 and will share their strategies with the audience. 


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Minnesota Board of Social Work, and the Minnesota Board of Psychology will be available for participants. The final day of the conference will focus on post-secondary transition and life skills for individuals with autism.


In addition to its 22nd annual conference, AuSM will hold its third annual gala during the conference on Friday, April 28 from 6-10 p.m. The gala, “Oh, the AuSM Places We’ll Go!”, will bring the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and a celebration of those who inspire and support individuals affected by autism. 


For a complete conference schedule, session descriptions, biographies of presenters, and to register, please visit For more information e-mail, or call 651.647.1083


Audubon Center of the Northwoods

​Let the Audubon Center of the North Woods Become Your School’s Environmental Learning Center

If you’ve ever wanted to give your students an incredible field trip experience that meets academic standards for your classroom in a fun, educational, outdoor setting – now is the perfect time and the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is the perfect place!
The ACNW Experience
Some of the quality features that make ACNW the best choice for your school:

Convenient, accessible, central location

An intimate campus size 

Flexible scheduling options

Robust and engaging wildlife, adventure and ecology-based programming

The best food you’ll experience at a school-related field trip (seriously- GREAT food!)

Enthusiastic and caring staff of both experienced educators and budding naturalists who are at ACNW for the same reason: it’s the best place to be for environmental education!

National Board Certification Teachers

Good morning and happy Wednesday, readers! I hope your week has been going swimmingly so far.
“National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. NBC has national standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.The National Board certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process. National Board Standards are developed by a committee of outstanding educators who are broadly representative of accomplished professionals in their field.”
Congratulations to the following recipients!:
Denise Gloudemans, Big Lake High School
Claire VanBlarcom, Big Lake High School
Laura Unterholzner, Rochester School District
Read about their accomplishments on page twelve in our most recent issue, now available in K-12 schools throughout the state as well as online at
Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Hamline University

It’s just another manic Monday. Ha! Greetings readers! Was it just me, or did that weekend go by way too quickly? Somebody slow down the timeline. We’re already a week into February. Unbelievable.

Hamline University has some wonderful graduate education programs, in fact the broadest array in the region.
Look into receiving your Doctorate of Education, Administrative liscensure, Master’s degrees such as Education, English as a Second Language, and much more!

They can be seen on page eleven in our most recent issue.

Our paper is available in K-12 schools throughout Minnesota, or online at

We’ll catch you later, everyone! Have a marvelous, and hopefully not manic, rest of your Monday!

Educators’ Road Map to Graduate Studies

Friday is here! Cheers to the weekend, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a marvelous week.
Page ten in our most recent issue features some excellent tips for graduate studies for educators. Be sure to check it out!
Our most recent issue is now available in K-12 schools throughout the state, as well as online at
Have a WONDERFUL weekend readers! See you Monday!

Out of this World

Good morning everyone! Where has January gone? We’re already a month into 2017. That’s amazing. I hope your Monday is going wonderfully so far and continues to do so.

Space exploration is an absolutely enthralling field of study, and students from Wayzata’s Blake School’s Highcroft campus had a fantastic opportunity to speak with Nasa’s now-retired astronaut twins, Mark and Scott Kelly. Read about the students’ experience on page five in our most recent issue!

Hard copies have been distributed to K-12 schools throughout the state, and please also catch the latest issue online at

Have a magnificent rest of your Monday!

TTMN’s Latest Issue Now Here!

Greetings and happy Friday, readers! I hope everyone had a smooth, productive, enjoyable week as we head into the fabulous weekend.
The latest issue of Teaching Today – Minnesota is HERE and being distributed to K-12 schools across the state! The live version is also available online at
In this issue we’re proud to feature articles such as St. Cloud School District 742’s new Language Immersion Program for kindergarten students, or Mckinley’s wonderful fourth graders of the Anoka-Hennepin School District making fleece blankets for cancer patients (both articles seen on cover page). Check these out and many more!
Have a marvelous weekend and we’ll see you Monday, everyone!