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.
History Day Winter Webinars
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is offering webinars on History Day. Teachers are invited to attend an hour-long webinar about different aspects of the History Day project. The webinars are spaced over the winter season and reflect the general History Day project timeline. Topics include: • History Day Theme, Nov. 11, 3-4 p.m. • Thesis Statement, Dec. 11, 3-4 p.m. • Project Organization, Jan. 6, 3-4 p.m. • Competitions and Judging, Feb. 3, 3-4 p.m.