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Excellent Educator: Dodge Middle School’s Steve Terhaar

School is in session and that means WCCO is beginning our Excellent Educator awards. This week, we honor a teacher who loves to make students laugh while they learn.

09/12/2014

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Engineering A Love For Science In Kids

Kevin Jarrett isn’t your typical computer teacher. His students build walls from clay, sand and water. They design parachutes from coffee filters. And it’s perfectly fine if the things they build don’t work the first time.

09/08/2014

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Generation Next Announces Plan To Bridge Achievement Gap

A group of Minnesotans say they have a new strategy to correct one of the state’s biggest disparities. Four out of 10 students make it to graduation in the city of Minneapolis, seven out of 10 in St. Paul, Minn.

08/18/2014

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Mpls. English Teacher Named MN Teacher Of The Year 2014

Thomas Rademacher, the 32-year-old English teacher from the FAIR school, was named the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on Sunday.

Rademacher teaches English at the FAIR school in downtown Minneapolis. He is the first winner from the West Metro Education Program district, a voluntary partnership of 11 school districts.

05/05/2014

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Teacher’s Strike Possible In Anoka-Hennepin District

A teacher’s strike could be looming in the Anoka-Hennepin District. The Anoka-Hennepin District and its 2,800 teachers have been negotiating a new contract for 10 months with little results.

03/14/2014

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House Education Panel OKs Military Licensing Measure

A House education committee has approved a bill granting current or former military members and spouses temporary licenses in a variety of fields. The licenses are for professions such as teaching, social work or architecture. The bill endorsed Friday is one of a few under consideration because of the many professions the push encompasses.

03/07/2014

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Minneapolis Teachers Reach Contract Agreement

The Minneapolis school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement. The district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers say they reached the deal Saturday after what they said were “three consecutive days of productive talks.” Negotiations had begun last June.

03/02/2014

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Panel Considers Repeal Of Teacher Skills Test

Several members of a House education committee favor repeal of a law that requires a basic skills test for teachers. The K-12 education committee met to consider a task force’s report on the test.

02/20/2014

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Teacher Note Outrage

One Pre-K teacher has sparked outrage with a note about student hygiene.

11/27/2013

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MN Teacher Conference Focuses On Mental Illness, Behavior Issues

Many students are starting a long weekend tonight. That’s because most schools are closed Thursday and Friday for an annual statewide teachers’ conference.

10/16/2013

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Mpls Golf Pro Headed To PGA Championship

One of golf’s biggest tournaments, the PGA Championship is Aug. 5-11 in Rochester, New York. A Twin Cities PGA golf pro Jeff Sorenson – who makes his living teaching others how to golf – is playing in it.

07/05/2013

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Brainerd Grads Get Surprise Letters From 1st Grade Teachers

When graduating Brainerd seniors grabbed their diplomas this year, a number of them received a gift they weren’t expecting. It came in the form of a personalized letter from two teachers who gave them their start.

06/06/2013

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Mpls. Charter School Could Close After Losing Sponsor

Emily O. Goodridge-Grey Accelerated Charter School has been told its main source of funding won’t be renewed.

03/12/2013

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Best Places For Guitar Lessons

Regardless of taste in music, age or ability, you can find guitar lessons that fit your needs.

01/31/2013

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Fish Head Ornaments? They’re High In Demand

In tiny Verndale, just a few miles east of Wadena, the spirit of Christmas is alive and well. “In the beginning, we didn’t have that many people ordering, but now we got a lot of people ordering like crazy,” high school junior Eric Blaha said.

12/19/2012

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Kitchen In The Market Helps You Learn The Craft

If you’re a foodie, or just someone who loves to eat, there’s a spot in Minneapolis you’ll want to check out.

12/15/2012

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Teachers Become Students To Learn Technology Integration

It may be summer break, but some teachers were back in the classroom Tuesday. This time, they were the students — learning how to best integrate technology into their lesson plans.

07/31/2012

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History Teacher Retires After 7,224 Days On The Job

After spending 7,224 days teaching students at John Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville – that’s 42 years – the district’s longest-serving teacher is calling it a career.

05/30/2012

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What’s Done, What’s Left To Do In Minnesota Session

Minnesota lawmakers have been meeting in St. Paul for just over two months, and are likely to wrap up the 2012 session in a month or less. Though legislators are nearly done, there’s not a lot of final product to show.

03/30/2012

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Legislators Aim To Unmask Severance Packages

Minnesota legislators sought Tuesday to compel greater disclosure of public employee severance packages in the wake of a secretive $255,000 payout to a Burnsville administrator.

03/06/2012

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Dayton Signs Skills Test Requirement For Teachers

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that requires teachers to pass a skills test in order to get a Minnesota license.

02/22/2012

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College Student With Disability Battles To Become Teacher

A successful college student blames a testing company for keeping him from his dream of becoming a teacher.

02/15/2012

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Minn. House Passes Bill Requiring Teacher Test

The Minnesota House has unanimously passed a bill that would require teachers to pass a basic skills test before getting a teacher’s license.

02/13/2012

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Post-9/11 Generation Marks Distance From Historic Event

For the children born on Sept. 11, 2001, the decade has not shown them changes in America. Rather, they have always known things to be as they are — but for others, the scars linger.

08/11/2011

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Minn. Lawmaker’s Proposal Puts Teachers To The Test

If some lawmakers have their way, a teacher’s future could depend on how well their students grade-out.

03/29/2011

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