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.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.