Host a Teacher from Berlin, Germany October 21-25, 2016 -- Deadline Oct 1!

Global Migrations: Hosting a Teacher from Berlin, Germany October 21-25, 2016

Date: October 17 and 21-25, 2016
Place: West Bank, University of Minnesota

Registration Deadline October 1, 2016
Register here:
Cost: Free
CEUs: 2 CEUs

Questions?  Call 612-624-7346 <tel:612-624-7346>  or email Deborah Jane <>  

This program, offered by the Center for German and European Studies <>  (CGES) at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), which is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Center of Excellence, offers  up to 10 German educators (both primary and secondary) the opportunity to visit Minnesota, while encouraging participants to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of student identities in the classroom through structured collaboration with Minnesota educators.

Migrations are changing our classrooms and students are struggling with managing multiple identities in a complex global world.  German teachers will collaborate with Minnesota teachers to discuss the challenges brought to the classroom from global migration. We will talk about questions such as how does having students from multiple backgrounds affect our classrooms in both good and challenging ways?  In order to help students capture their own stories of migration, German teachers will have the opportunity to learn about digital storytelling and learn technical skills to use free online resources.   German teachers will also have the opportunity to tour culturally important places in Minnesota as well as spend several days staying with a host teacher and visiting area schools.

What do we need from you as a Minnesota educator?

* In order to make this program a success, we need Minnesota teachers who are willing to host a German teacher for Friday night, October 21 through Tuesday evening October 25th.  Minnesota teachers will pick up the German teacher from a hotel near the University of Minnesota West Bank Friday, and bring them back Tuesday evening, October 25th for the workshop on Social Movements and Identity.
* Minnesota host teachers must

* Attend a welcome dinner Monday night, October 17, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the University of Minnesota.
* Pick up the German teacher from Days University Hotel  Friday, October 21, 2016 (MEA weekend).
* Bring visiting German teacher to your school Monday-Tuesday, October 24-25, 2016.

* Bring German teachers to youthrive office Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30-7:30 for workshop on Social Movements and Identity and stay for whole workshop (dinner will be included).  

In return, host teachers will receive 2 CEUS, 2 awesome dinners,  an gift card in appreciation of volunteer services, parking vouchers for University of Minnesota ramps during dinner and workshops, and most importantly, will enjoy the opportunity to develop meaningful, professional friendships with educators from Germany.

Register here <>  to be a host for Global Migrations, to attend the Welcome Dinner and to attend the workshop on October 25th.

Deborah Jane
Outreach Coordinator | Institute for Global Studies

MN AATG Workshop -- Samstag, 24. September 2016 -- REGISTER NOW!

German Educators and Supporters:
Please join us for professional development and networking.
Herbst 2016:
MN AATG Workshop
Content and Collaboration in your Classroom
Samstag, 24. September 2016
University of St. Thomas, OEC 317 (St. Paul, MN) Campus map

ab 8.30
Geschichte im Deutschunterricht der Grund- und Mittelstufe (mehr unten)
Wie entdeckt man die Schweiz, Österreich und Berlin durch gemeinschaftliches Schreiben?  (mehr unten)
MN AATG Treffen

Dr. Susanne Wagner, University of Saint Thomas
Dr. Juliane Schicker, Carlton College
Fr. Katie Casson, Northfield Schools


·  $20.00: AATG-Members who pre-register by Sept 13 (incl. breakfast/lunch)
·  $25.00: Non-Members who pre-register by Sept 13 (incl. breakfast/lunch)
·  Walk-ins: add $5 each
·  Current Board Members and Presenters: Complimentary admission

then make your payment by mail:

Make check payable to:  
Mail to:
Amanda Stenberg
711 Fair Oaks Drive
Mora, MN 55051

Questions? / (320)247-2532 (Amanda)

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Um 9 Uhr mit Susanne Wagner: Teaching History at the Elementary and Intermediate Levels
                    Language programs have relinquished curricula based solely on grammar-centric textbooks, which restrict meaningful teaching of culture.  Reforms are based on the premise that students learn more effectively, if they focus on narration at the lower level, shift to explanation by the fourth semester, and conclude with argumentation in the most advanced classes, while they learn grammar functions necessary to communicate when they need them and not before.  By integrating course content with proficiency-level appropriate tasks, students engage and re-engage with specific topics throughout their studies.  They not only develop a deeper understanding of target language material, but also acquire multiple literacies.
                   A literacy-based language curriculum lends itself to integrating history as a content strand and foreshadowing historical events, personages, texts, images in the lower levels to allow for deeper engagement in more advanced literature and film courses.  Interweaving history in this fashion allows students to understand how a culture preserves collective and collected knowledge.
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to integrate significant historic events into the L2 curriculum, so that students a) understand how history resonates in a nation’s cultural memory, b) allows for a more natural integration of cultural information, and c) are prepared for more in-depth analyses in higher-level courses.  
                  Through this approach, German, as a humanities discipline, furthers skills in communication and interpretation relevant to the 21st century student.  Featured instructional activities highlight pedagogical approaches and demonstrate how a more theme-based curriculum can facilitate reflective acquisition of language so that students, who complete their language studies after the second year, still gain meaningful intercultural skills fostering critical thinking that may be useful for a future career.

Um 11 Uhr mit Juliane Schicker und Katie Casson: Getting to know the German-speaking world in collaboration: AP German/third-semester college German explore Switzerland, Austria, and Berlin together
              Collaborative writing projects have been increasingly advocated for the SLA classroom to expand social interaction, to foster communicative teaching, and to strengthen the students’ self-awareness and self-confidence. Few sources present ideas about connecting high school German learners with college students in this context.
Our collaborative writing project is ideally suited for the third or fourth semester college classroom and the AP high school classroom. Best used when both groups learn about Europe, the project covers the geographical and cultural areas of Switzerland, Austria, and Berlin. It cultivates individual and collaborative learning moments, group dynamics, video watching and text writing. Through short online videos about the two countries and Berlin, students are made familiar with the cultural aspects of the German-speaking world. In a GoogleDocs project, they then discuss aspects from these videos as well as their own impressions of the areas and videos with other students.
This project aims at connecting the K-12 German classroom with the college German classroom. It enhances the students’ learning experiences with peers and improves their confidence in talking/writing in German. They debate, interact socially online, acquire new knowledge together, express their personal likes and dislikes, and collaboratively search for meaning. At the same time, this project strengthens the ties between K-12 and college German education. It opens the college classroom to the community and offers opportunities for high school students to step beyond their AP classroom and realize that college German is not scary at all. In the long run, projects like this can increase enrollments in both high schools and colleges, which will aid the general goal of increasing enrollment in German.

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New Prague Position Opening -- Starts August 17, 2016

.5 High School German Position

Begins the 16/17 school year - August  17 -18, 22-25 Workshop Days, August 29 - First Day of School

Appropriate licensure required.

Apply at: under Careers/Employment

New Prague Area Schools is a consistently growing district of 3,900 students, Pre K through 12.  The district is located about 45 miles southwest of the Twin Cities.  The district serves the students and community members of the New Prague, Elko New Market, northern Lonsdale areas, as well as several other communities.  The district offers a small-town quality of life with easy access to the conveniences of a major metropolitan area.

I.S.D. 721 is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Opening in New Prague for the 2015-2016 School Year.

New Prague High School has a .75 (full benefits) German opening for the 2015-2016 school year. We have a very strong program here at the HS with an annual student trip to Germany and a robust German Club.  

Here is the link:    

Job Description: Position begins the 15/16 school year.

Appropriate licensure required.

New Prague Area Schools is a consistently growing district of 3,900 students, Pre K through 12.  The district is located about 45 miles southwest of the Twin Cities.  The district serves the students and community members of the New Prague, New Market Elko, northern Lonsdale areas, as well as several other communities.  The district offers a small-town quality of life with easy access to the conveniences of a major metropolitan area.

Could you send this link out to anyone that might be interested!  They can contact me if they have any questions.

Danke schön,

Brittany Elsen 

Brittany Elsen,  German Teacher
New Prague High School | 221 12th St. NE  | New Prague, MN 56071
phone: 952-758-1255 |  fax:  952-758-1799
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Job posting: Early Childhood Teacher for German Immersion Preschool

Job posting: Early Childhood Teacher for German Immersion Preschool


The Germanic-American Institute is currently hiring a teacher for the KINDERSTUBE GERMAN IMMERSION PRESCHOOL in St. Paul. Our preschool program provides an early childhood education to young children in a German speaking environment.



  • Teacher must be native or fluent German speaker and have experience teaching young children.  3+ years of Preschool teaching experience desired.
  • Post high-school education required. Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development preferred.
  • Teacher must possess a genuine love for children ages 3-5yrs old.


Primary Responsibilities


  1. Create a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment.
  2. Follow MN State pre-school licensing regulations and Kinderstube policies regarding childrens health, safety, behavior, and learning progress.
  3. Lead daily activities and oversee assistant teachers’ and classroom aids’ to be
    sure they are in alignment with above-stated policies.
  4. Plan, organize, and implement a weekly thematic curriculum to meet the Kinderstube educational and developmental objectives.
  5. Communicate with parents regarding childs activities, behavior, social interactions, and any health or other concerns on a daily matter.
  6. Organize and execute twice yearly family conferences in alignment with State Licensing policy.
    7.  Ensure that daily classroom order and cleanliness is maintained and a pleasant
    and welcoming environment is provided.

  1. Assist in maintenance and update of childrens files.
  2. Complete required number of yearly in-service hours; first aid-training within 1 month of hire date.
  3. Attend extra curricular activities, such as family events, holiday performances,
    staff meetings, or preschool fairs.
  4. Report to the Kinderstube Director

 Starting Pay

·    $14.00-$15.00/hr


  • Paid holidays for employees working 20+ hrs./week
  • PTO (paid time off) for employees working 20+hrs./week
  • Free language classes at the Germanic-American Institute
  • Flex spending account options
  • Retirement plan options

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Babett Larimer at