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  • Great Decisions

    Join an informative discussion on issues significant to American foreign policy. Each evening features a skilled presenter with expertise in the topic and time allowed for diverse viewpoints, comments and questions. You are encouraged to read, although not required, the Great Decisions briefing book prior to the meeting, available to check out at the Galaxie Library. Free! Open to adults of all ages in all communities! No registration needed but is encouraged. For more information visit www.district196.org/ce or call 651-423-7925.Great Decisions is sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library and is coordinated by Global Minnesota, www.globalminnesota.org. Location: Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley Dates: March 12, 26, April 9 and 23 Time: 6-7:30pm Topics Include (dates vary on speaker availability): Mideast Realignment Science Across Borders NATO's Future Understanding Indonesia
  • Growth Mindset: An Explanation, How We Can Use it in Our Schools and the Supporting Role of Parents

    What is meant by “Growth Mindset”? You might be hearing about it more and more from your children’s teachers and how they are using it in their classrooms. However, you might wonder, as a parent, how to encourage the growth mindset in your own home? All parents, students and teachers (CEUs earned) are welcome to join us. Learn how the brain works, how to praise kids, how to encourage your children to challenge themselves and that it is ok to make mistakes because that is how we learn. The concept of a growth mindset will also be discussed from a parent’s standpoint at home, in school and in co-curricular activities. Be challenged to learn something about your own mindset as well. Question and Answer will follow presentation. Due to capacity limits, registration is required. This lecture is sponsored by and all proceeds will go to “Support Our Teachers” a nonprofit whose mission is to empower District 196 math teachers by providing them with the support, encouragement and the tools they need to help students reach their full potential. For more information or to make a donation go to the Support Our Teachers website
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    Knowing Your Muslim Neighbor

    Learn about basic beliefs and practices of community members who practice the religion of Islam. You'll also learn about the role of women and family, social justice, Shariah law and other topics. There is ample time for discussion and Q&A. Questions often come up due to the lifestyle of Muslims. There is curiosity, but no platform to ask and learn. This class strives to fill that gap. Class is interactive and there is time for Q/A.
  • Minnesota Muslims Up Close

    Historical records show a Muslim presence in Minnesota that goes as far back as 1880. Current estimates put the Muslim population in Minnesota at about 140,000. Obtain an exclusive insight into the lives and experiences of Minnesota Muslims from different cultural backgrounds and their pioneering work. Much of the information that will be presented was gathered from the exhibit, Tracks in the Snow – The Minnesota Muslim Experience Since 1880, which Islamic Resource Group put together with support from the Minnesota Historical Society in 2014. Meets criteria for Minnesota teacher licensure renewal in Differentiation and is approved for 1.5 CEUs.
  • What You Always Wanted to Know About Islam

    Gain a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. Learn basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. Gain an understanding about the beliefs and practices of Muslims, as well as religious celebrations. Time allowed for questions and answers. Meets criteria for Minnesota teacher licensure renewal in Positive Behavioral Intervention and is approved for two CEUs. Sorry, no discounts apply.
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    Women in Islam

    Explore Islamic teachings about the different roles of Muslim women in society, including cultural differences. Learn about common misconceptions regarding Muslim women and gender equity in the spiritual, social, and economic aspect of life. Presentation is concluded with examples of Muslim women and their role in history and today.