User:Jason Kurtz

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Jason Gustav Kurtz is an English educator in South Dakota, and has taught at several high schools, colleges, and universities in the state. He was born in Brookings, SD in 1972. He has two children. Jason Kurtz was awarded the South Dakota English Teacher of the Year award for 2015 by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English.

Wikipedia Work[edit]

Goal 1: To expand and collect information about young adult literature.

Work in Progress:

Jay Asher:

Chris Crutcher:

Adam Rapp:

Markus Zusak:

Goal 2: To fill in gaps in information about genealogical topics.

Blog[edit]

Reddish Work : A young adult literature blog for readers, writers, and educators.


Education[edit]

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN - 2010
Elective concentration in technology
President, NSU Student Education Association 1999-2000
Columnist, The Exponent
History Minor
Elective concentration in literature and photography
Columnist, The Reporter

Secondary Teaching Experience[edit]

Secondary Teacher 1999-Present

Harrisburg School District, Harrisburg, SD 2013-

Advanced Composition, Novels
Head Oral Interp Coach

Dell Rapids School District, Dell Rapids, SD 2004-2013

English I and III, Creative Writing (online), The Short Story, and Film Criticism
Head Oral Interp Coach 2004-2012
President, Dell Rapids Education Association 2004-09 & head negotiator

Hoven School District, Hoven, SD 2001-2004

English III and IV
Advisor for student newspaper and yearbook
Technology Administrator and Computer Teacher
President, Hoven Education Association 2003-2004 & negotiator

Sully Buttes School District, Onida, SD 1999-2001

English II, III, IV, Speech, and a variety of English electives
President, Sully Buttes Education Association 2001 & head negotiator


University Teaching Experience[edit]

Adjunct Professor 2006-Present

University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 2006-Present

ENG 200 Introduction to Literature
ENG 400 Technical Writing
ENG 480 Applied Research Project
EDU 541B Teaching in the 21st Century
EDU 541J Teachers as Writers
EDU 541N/GEN 199I Genealogy: Exploring Family History

Colorado Technical University, Sioux Falls, SD 2011-present

ENGL 101 Critical Thinking and Composition
ENGL 103 Research and Composition
ENGL 212 Principles of Professional Writing
LITR 220 World Values in Literature

Mount Marty College

ENG 103 - Composition I: The Essay

Recent Activities[edit]

  • Advisor
Co-operating teacher for Dakota State University practicum program Dell Rapids, SD 2008
Co-operating teacher for University of Sioux Falls practicum program Dell Rapids, SD 2005
  • Presenter
"“Evolving Student Reading Strategies: E-Reading and Social Networking” Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) National Young Adult Literature Symposium, St. Louis, MO - 2012
"New Reading Strategies in (and out of) the Classroom” South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, Chamberlain, SD - 2012
“Teaching with Teen Tech in the English Classroom” South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, Chamberlain, SD - 2011
"Beyond Titillation: Understanding Sexuality in YA Fiction" Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Albuquerque, NM - 2010
"Beyond Titillation: Sexuality in Realistic YA Fiction" Thesis presentation Hamline University, St. Paul, MN 2010
"Utilizing Teen Culture in the English Classroom" Current Trends South Dakota Education Association, Sioux Falls, SD 2009
"Pop Rocks!: Pop Music & Culture in the English Classroom" National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), New York, NY 2007
"Collaborative Online Learning Secondary & Post Secondary" MERLOT International Technology Conference 2006, Ottawa, Canada 2006
"Improving Student Writing with Technology and Online Communities" Current Trends South Dakota Education Association, Sioux Falls, SD 2006
"Improving Student Writing with Technology and Online Communities" University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 2006
"Improving Student Writing with Technology and Online Communities" South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, Chamberlain, SD 2006
"Pop Music in the Classroom" South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, Chamberlain, SD 2005
  • Attendee
National Council of Teachers of English-Convention, New York, NY - 2008
MERLOT International Technology Conference, Ottawa, Canada - 2006
National Council of Teachers of English-Convention, Pittsburgh, PA - 2005
  • Participant
Hamline University Winter Writing Residency, St. Paul, MN - 2010
Hamline University Summer Writing Residency, St. Paul, MN - 2009
Hamline University Winter Writing Residency, St. Paul, MN - 2009
Hamline University Summer Writing Residency, St. Paul, MN - 2008
Every Teacher Grant: Program MERLOT triad with USF, Pierre, SD - 2005-06