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Valley Partnership Programs Celebrate Spring 2013 Graduations

MSUM graduating candidates are congratulated by College of Human Development & Education Dean, Dr. Boyd Bradbury


MSUM School of Teaching & Learning Co-chair, Erin Gillette (center back) poses with graduating candidates


MSUM faculty and candidates enjoyed refreshments and sharing of student teaching experiences


NDSU attendees at graduating candidate celebration together with teacher education faculty


NDSU's Kim Overton welcomes graduating candidates and announces awards.  Taylor Mortensen was named Outstanding Student Teacher by her cooperating teachers at the West Fargo STEM Middle School.


Katrina Arndt prepares to be the first presenter as VCSU's activities began with Teaching for Learning Capstone portfolios


VCSU President, Dr. Steve Shirley, visited with graduating candidates at the celebration luncheon


Jessican Suchor (left) receives congratulations from her VCSU student teaching supervisor, Kathleen Bennett Zaun for graduating with honors and being named an Outstanding Student in Elementary Education


Graduates celebrated and families cheered as more than 230* candidates from the three Valley Partnership teacher education programs completed their formal teacher preparation in May 2013.  MSUM, NDSU and VCAU marked the occasion with celebrations, awards, congratulatory speeches, warm wishes and food.  This is just the beginning of this journey for these graduates who are a part of the Bush Foundation Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) grant initiative.  Valley Partnership programs have collaborated with state and regional mentoring programs and K-12 districts to provide these new teachers with three years of professional development support in their first classroom experiences.  North Dakota Coordinator for New Teacher Support, Laurie Stenehjem commented, "It's so important to work together to provide mentoring and other support for our new colleagues so they can become highly effective in their positions as quickly as possible."  Being ready for the first day of school" is the theme of three summer academies that will be offered at no charge to help prepare these new teachers for the coming year.  Summer Academy registration and event details are available by clicking on the summer academy highlight on the homepage at


*Graduate number includes VCSU candidates who completed their program in December 2012.

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