Updated:
Original:

Education Minnesota weekend: helping teachers or unnecessary break?

Author:

Students are on the annual Education Minnesota break. The break comes every October in Minnesota as schools break to allow teachers the opportunity to hold the annual Education Minnesota Conference.

Education Minnesota estimates that 10,000 people will attend the conference, which runs through Friday, at St. Paul's downtown RiverCenter.

KARE 11 reports that Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says the conference is about helping educators prepare students for their lives beyond school.

It is impossible to tell who attends the conference or where they come from because the event is free and open to the public and there is no registration.

A Pioneer Press report said that union leaders and education advocates are unaware of another state with an event of similar size and scope, and while union officials say the conference is very important, it certainly has its critics.

State Rep. Sondra Erickson is the ranking Republican on the House Education Policy Committee, she attended the conference as an English teacher and later as a lawmaker. Erickson thinks the conference comes at a critical time of year. Erickson believes that students need to be in the classroom.

The Education Minnesota break is traditionally a Thursday and Friday in October, but some districts extend the break by adding in conferences or other training.

Specht says the conference happens at the perfect time, because it allows teachers to put new skills to use right away.

There are no signs the conference will end soon, as the the union has booked the weekends through 2022.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-15 at 10.01.55 PM

Large police presence at Emagine Willow Creek movie theater in Plymouth

There are few details at this stage as to what has happened.

Maple Grove Police Department

Maple Grove-based businessman convicted of fatally shooting wife

Wiseman owns properties in both Minnesota, Nevada and China.

betty and earls biscuits facebook

Jason Matheson's biscuit shop to briefly close ahead of relaunch

Betty & Earl's will shut down for two weeks before reopening under a new name.

Simon Merino Go Fund Me

Worker dies in forklift accident at paper recycling business

The victim was described as a loving father of two who was devoted to his church.

rosie means - go fund me

Authorities ID woman killed by hit-and-run driver who ran red light

A fundraiser was created to support the family after the "sudden and senseless loss."

Prior Lake Football

Watch: Prior Lake stuns Rosemount with last-second hook and ladder

The Lakers dusted off an old favorite to get a victory on Thursday night.

unsplas - maple leaf frost fall lawn

MN gets its first frost advisories, freeze warnings of the season

The coldest spots could dip to below 30 degrees overnight.

Fleck

Ahead of Big Ten clash, Huskers fans spend their Friday mocking PJ Fleck

Huskers fans are in a playful mood ahead of Saturday's game.

Jamal Smith

New 1st-degree murder charge for man accused in youth coach's killing

A grand jury indicted the suspect in connection with the shooting of Jay Boughton.

trick or treating halloween

COVID: Mayo Clinic's tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating

A layered approach, especially for those who aren't vaccinated, is recommended.

Walz

'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.

Related