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Education Minnesota kicks off community conversations on teacher quality in Rochester

Tue, Nov 12th, 2013
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 8, 2013 - A series of statewide conversations on what it takes to recruit, train and support high-quality teachers to serve Minnesota’s students will begin later this month.

The first is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Rochester.

Education Minnesota leaders are hosting these community conversations to start a dialogue on how to improve teacher preparation, recruitment and diversity in the profession. Parents, educators, students, advocates, community leaders – anyone interested in the future of Minnesota public education – are invited to attend.

“We want to hear from people across the state about their ideas to improve teacher quality and better meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student population,” said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht. “Minnesota has great teachers, but everyone can always get better.”

The evening will begin with a 30-minute panel discussion followed by small group conversations. Ideas will be collected and brought to a wider audience in spring 2014. The goal is to use this information and craft new ideas – whether it’s forging new partnerships with organizations or crafting new policies and legislative proposals – to improve teacher quality.

Here’s a listing of the community conversations scheduled so far:

Nov. 18 – Rochester

7-9 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Rochester Community and Technical College

Coffman Center (CF 206/208)

851 30th Ave. S.E. in Rochester

Registration is preferred, but not required. The event is free and open to the public. Visit to sign up.

Tweeting about our community conversations? Use #edmnchat to follow the discussion.

About Education Minnesota

Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at

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