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2017 AuSM Educator Challenge winners announced

winnerimageWe are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 AuSM Educator Challenge:

Courtney Hess, Forest Lake Project Search–Fairview Lakes, Forest Lake Public Schools
Heather Jacobs, White Bear Lake Area High School, White Bear Lake School District
Mary Jensen, Leaf River Academy, Freshwater Education District
Angie Young, Stevens Elementary, Dawson-Boyd
Linda Wagner, Willow River Elementary, School District of Hudson, Wis.

Educators in Minnesota and surrounding states were invited to share strategies on how they encourage and motivate their students in the classroom. Winning teachers’ tips included incorporating “brain breaks”; relating to students by learning about students’ special interests; flexible seating options; incorporating a “refocusing zone”; and using optical illusions to show how our brain can sometimes trick us.

The five winning teachers will present their strategies during Chris Ulmer’s keynote presentation at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on April 28. Chris Ulmer is a special education teacher and motivational speaker who founded “Special Books By Special Kids”, an organization that seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity and collaboration.

The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, which will take place April 26-29, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, will feature more than 34 expert-led presentations on cutting-edge topics, 40 exhibitors offering products and services to those affected by autism, the AuSM Bookstore, networking, and much more. Click here for more information and to register.