Richard Wassen is the director of the Educator Licensing Division. The division is responsible for reviewing and issuing licenses for educators to work in a Minnesota school. They also provides assistance to schools in order to comply with Minnesota and federal licensing standards, and work closely with the Board of Teaching and the Board of School Administrators to ensure Minnesota has the highest quality possible educator workforce helping kids succeed in school.
Mr. Wassen worked for many years at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in roles to support the development of educators as a career services director, admissions director, program manager, and coordinator for policy outreach. He completed his graduate education at the University of Minnesota, and began his education career as a librarian and community educator.
Gifted and Talented Education Symposium – June 9-12
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium—a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Hormel Foundation and Austin School District. Daily sessions address best practices on the assessment of students for services, program models, social and emotional needs, instructional strategies, under-represented populations, under-achievement, integration of STEM and technology as well as specific content in the areas of science, mathematics, language arts and social studies.