Introducing the NED Excellence in Teaching Series

Showcasing the expertise of Board of Trustees Award Recipients

Minnesota State is filled with incredible faculty who are doing amazing work focused on their teaching craft. The purpose of the Network for Educational Development (NED) Excellence in Teaching Series is to continue honoring and showcasing the experience and expertise of the Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Educators of the Year through the opportunity to present, share, or teach about teaching and learning topics that have contributed to their recognition as excellent educators.

Bill Breen

Join the first installment of this series, “The Teacher’s Life: Guided Reflection for Renewal” on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

This virtual workshop is facilitated by 2016 Educator of the Year Bill Breen from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Learn more about Bill Breen

Bill Breen has been teaching English, literature, and creative writing at the Cambridge campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College for twenty years. In addition to his roles on campus as curator of the Minnesota Writers Series and MSCF chapter president, Bill works with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a nonprofit that brings creative writing classes and mentorships to incarcerated writers. He is also a recipient of the Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant. He lives with his family in St. Paul.

The Teacher’s Life: Guided Reflection for Renewal

October 8 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Workshop

The teacher’s life is a tempest of prepping, grading, emails, technology challenges, and committee work. By the time we reach the classroom, rather than inspired educators, we often feel like shipwrecked survivors washed upon the shore. Even on our best days, the inner voices of anxiety, imposter syndrome, martyr complex, and comparisons with colleagues can discourage and deplete us. And, of course, all of these challenges and anxieties have only been compounded through the pandemic.

This workshop offers an opportunity to hit the pause button on our professional lives, a time to reflect and reset our intentions for this work we love. We’ll use guided freewriting and discussion to reconnect with our passion for teaching, dispel the false narratives that burden us with doubt, and set healthy work-life boundaries. Based on these reflections, we will come away with some personal touchstones to continue to center our joy for teaching and protect ourselves from the rest.

2023 BOT Awards

The nomination guidelines for the 2022-2023 Minnesota State Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence are now available on the BOT Awards Connect Page. Log in using your and password.

Award nominations, including the nominees’ portfolios, are due 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2022. Please note the earlier timeline.

Information Sessions

For those who are nominated or are part of the nomination process, join an information session to learn more and ask questions.

The Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement of our college and university teaching and service faculty.


Questions may be addressed to the Program Director for Educational Development, Catherine Ford, at 651.201.1443, or by email at

View videos and programs from previous Board of Trustees Awards at

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