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.
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.