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Education Continuing Studies

Payment Deadline Extended to October 6, 2017.

Participants encouraged to inquire with school/district as to availability of professional development fund support.

ECS 590 CE:  Early Career Educators of Color Seminar

The Anoka-Hennepin Teachers of Color Coalition and Augsburg University are pleased to offer a new professional development opportunity for educators of color in their first five years of teaching during the 2017-2018 school year.


  • Teachers participating in this course will have opportunities to:
  • Explore the intersections of cultural identity and teacher identity.
  • Investigate critical consciousness and critical pedagogy.
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Acquire tools for navigating the micropolitics of schools.
  • Practice strategies for maintaining a healthy work / life balance.
  • Improve the efficacy of their curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.
  • Build on ongoing community of support with other educators of color.


Seminar: Monthly face to face seminar held the first Thursday of each month, 6 to 9 pm, at Augsburg. Meeting dates for 2017-18 will be: September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7,  January 4, February  1, March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7.

Reflection:  Monthly professional reading and reflection.

Inquiry: A guided inquiry project each semester to complement the work of early career teachers.   

Mentorship: Opportunities to collaborate with experienced educators of color.


Justin Grinage is an African American educator with eleven years of experience teaching high school English and AVID. He recently earned his Ph.D. in Culture and Teaching from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota.

Vanhtha Rasavong is a Laotian-American educator with thirteen years of experience teaching English Learners at Champlin Park High School. He earned his M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota.

Meng Yang is a Hmong-American educator with eleven years experience teaching English. He earned his M.Ed. from Bethel University. He is currently the AVID Program Coordinator at Champlin Park High School.