Possible Opportunities

FYI: Head Start will be looking for Associate Degree graduates for Fall 2011. Contact your local Head Start for more information.

Congrats Jill!!


I want to post a personal CONGRATS to you for earning Teacher of the Year 2011. I know the students enjoy your classes and learning from you. You may never know the full magnitude of your influence on them, but I’ll bet they never forget you…and your silly antics!

I’d also like to say thank you for being an outstanding colleague and mentor to me as well!


Click HERE to read more about Jill’s ToY award and see pictures from her proud moment.



The Class of 2011 Commencement will be held on Tuesday, May 10th at Treasure Island Event Center. 

Ceremony Details
The 2011 Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011. In addition to brief welcomes from DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D., and representatives from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, there will also be student recognition awards and a special commencement speaker. DCTC will host a reception immediately following the ceremony for graduates and their families and friends.

Say Cheese!
Chappell Studios will be taking photographs of graduates as diplomas are handed out on stage. Five to seven days after the ceremony, graduates will receive a free passport-size proof in the mail or via e-mail. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Because this service gives graduates the opportunity to have a professional graduation photograph, family and friends are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.

Do I get my diploma on May 10?
Whether completing a certificate, diploma or degree program, diploma covers will be handed out to graduates when their names are announced and they cross the stage. The actual awards will be mailed to graduates within 10–12 weeks after the graduation ceremony. Those who graduated in December have probably already received their award and cover (if not contact, Diane Frandrup in Student Services at 651-423-8254.

Is there a rehearsal? Where do I sit?
DCTC does not have a graduation rehearsal. However, we ask that graduates arrive at Treasure Island Event Center (allow time for travel and parking) by 6 p.m. on May 10, 2011. Graduates will check in and receive name cards to verify pronunciation and receive instructions about the processional. Students will be lined up alphabetically within their program. The lineup has to be complete by 6:30 p.m. so that the ceremony can begin promptly at 7 p.m. Please be on time or risk not being able to sit with your fellow students. Graduates will have reserved seats.
*The ceremony is scheduled to end about 8:30pm.


I just want to say THANK YOU to the students in our program here at DCTC. I am very honored and humbled by the award of Teacher of the Year. In my mind, this is the highest honor – one from the students. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and am grateful for all the memories and shared learning opportunities I have had with students. Thank you!

~Jill Behnke

Nursery Rhymes

This is brillant  :)   You’ll probably recognize a handful (if not all) of the songs. What creativity and courage this man has! Click HERE to view.

May 2011 Guest Speaker

Another month has passed and although it still feels like March here in MN, it’s May. It’s my favorite time of the month for posting on the blog – guest speaker time!

And the guest speaker this month is………

Angèle Sancho Passe, a writer and a consultant in early childhood education with a focus on early literacy, school readiness, family involvement and the transition to kindergarten. Additionally she teaches at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Childcare and Referral Network. She is past president of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children.

Listen in as she shares information about transitioning to Kindergarten, tips for teachers, her new book and how to contact her. You can access her blog message to you HERE.

Stout Conference Schedule Break Down

Friday, April 29


7:30 am Check-in begins; exhibits open in Heritage Hall (Formerly Home EC)
7:30 – 8:30 am Buses run from Kmart and Menomonie hotels to UW-Stout 
8:30 – 9:00 am Orientation for first-time conference participants
9:15 – 10:15 am I Workshops 
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:30 am II Workshops 
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Break Lunch is served in the Johnson Fieldhouse between
11:30 am – 1:30 PM
12:00 – 1:00 pm III Workshops
1:00 -1:30 pm Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm IV Workshops 
2:30 – 3:00 pm Break 
3:00 – 4:00 pm V Workshops 
4:00 pm CEUs are handed out at the registration desk
Please remember to pick up your CEU certificate before you leave the conference.


UW-Stout Conference – THIS WEEK!

*Just a reminder to those that registered and ARE attending the Early Childhood Conference at UW-Stout.

The conference is THIS FRIDAY, April 29th, 2011. We have two pick-up locations: DCTC in Rosemount and the Park-N-Ride in Prescott. (If you haven’t signed up in the classroom yet, please let Jill know which pick-up you’ll be at- call/email)

The bus will leave PROMPTLY at 6:30am from DCTC-Rosemount. Plan to be there a few minutes early so you have time to park and get to the bus. Park in the WEST LOT (side closest to Rosemount). Meet at the West doors. The bus will not wait for you if you are late. Usually I wait with students at DCTC and Jill waits with students in Prescott, but because I’m presenting at the pre-conference this year, Jill will be at DCTC instead.

The Park-N-Ride pick up in Prescott will be at approximately 7am. Again, please arrive a few minutes early – the bus will not wait if you are late.

 Things to do TODAY: Visit the conference WEBSITE and view the workshop descriptions. It’s up to you which sessions you choose to attend. It’s nice to get some choices down before you arrive. Please note the time schedule on the website. Some sessions are only offered at certain times while others are offered more than once or all day.

Things to bring: There will be vendors there so you may want to bring some money. I recommend coming with a budget in mind…it can be like a kid in a candy store (for me anyway). It’s also a good idea to bring a camera. Some sessions allow you to take pictures, while others do not. I’d also bring some type of bag to carry items in.

What to Wear: You’ll want to dress comfortably as you’ll be walking/ sitting the majority of the day. Please remember that you are representing DCTC so be tasteful in your clothing choice. Wear good shoes! Sessions may be spread out in various buildings on campus.

Color R World is an amazing workshop and this year is her LAST YEAR! You might consider attending one of her sessions. Some students may see that I am teaching a sign language workshop and want to attend. I would highly encourage you to attend OTHER SESSIONS if you are planning on taking the sign language course from me at DCTC. There are plenty of other professionals and topics to benefit from at Stout.

When you arrive on campus, you’ll need to check-in. There you’ll receive your name badge and conference folder. Don’t forget to also go to the same area at the end of the conference to receive your certificate of attendance. Do this before you get back on the bus. It’s also a good idea to go to the bathroom before sessions begin. Some sessions (aka Color-R-World) fill quickly so you might want to get your spot early! FYI- There will be construction going on at the UW-Stout campus.

Earth Day

Last Friday was EARTH DAY. What did YOU do to celebrate? (Comment below) Click HERE for some neat ideas to bring nature to children.

Make-Up Internship/Practicum Meeting

Did you miss the original summer/fall Internship (Practicum I) and Practicum (Practicum II) meeting? You’re in luck!

Jill is hosting a make-up meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 12:30pm in our classroom for site supervisors and students that missed the original meeting and students that have yet to sign up. If you plan to do summer or fall Internship (Practicum I) or Practicum (Practicum II), it is crucial that you attend this meeting. (Students, it really is mandatory) You’re setting yourself up for success by attending the meeting and getting all the start-up information needed.

Remember that you will not be placed for Internship (Practicum I) or Practicum (Practicum II) until you are actually registered for the course. You also need to speak with us (asap) about getting your background check underway so it’s through by the time you need to begin, even if you begin in the fall.

Contact Jill if you (and/or your site supervisor) plan to attend the make-up summer/fall Internship (Practicum I) and Practicum (Practicum II) meeting so she can plan appropriately.

Thank you!