Hauge KristenKristen Hauge, principal of Osseo Area Learning Center, has been awarded a Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The grant will take her to Finland for an intensive 10-day program to learn about best practices for enhancing student learning and preparing them for careers and citizenship in a global economy.

Hauge is one of only 20 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program in 2020-2021. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Hauge has been principal at the Osseo Area Learning Center since 2016.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many areas, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

kori brown and jan radderThe field of candidates for the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award has been narrowed to 36, and two Osseo Area Schools educators are among the semifinalists.

Kori Brown and Jan Radder, who teach art and second grade, respectively, at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, were selected by a panel of community leaders to continue to the next phase of the competition. Throughout the next month, the panel will review semifinalists’ video submissions and take a second look at their portfolios. Approximately 10 finalists will be named this spring, with the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year announced at a ceremony at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on May 3.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota and receives support from several other organizations and businesses.

Candidates for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include prekindergarten through 12th grade, early childhood, and adult basic education teachers at public and private schools statewide.

PHOTO: Kori Brown (left) and Jan Radder (right) have advanced as semifinalists in the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition.

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