Beth Aune is the Director of the Academic Standards and High School Improvement Division, which oversees the development and implementation of state K-12 academic standards and graduation requirements and high school improvement initiatives. Additionally, the division provides technical assistance to schools on a broad array of topics including research-based best practices in curriculum, instruction and classroom assessment in all subject areas; alignment of local curriculum to standards; career and technical education programs; transition-disabled and work-based learning; annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Performance; and strategic high school innovations that result in improved student achievement and successful transitions to college and work.
In her previous leadership roles at MDE, Ms. Aune served as the gifted education state specialist, coordinated P-16 education initiatives, and assisted with the research and development of Minnesota’s K-12 academic standards. She is a former classroom teacher and district gifted education coordinator. She has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and recently completed a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.