Did you know?
The SEEC holds multiple Summer Conferences?

With Spring in season and the end of the school year not far off - we want to provide you with our upcoming Summer Conferences. Make sure you have the dates saved on your calendar and get registered ASAP!

Aug. 1-2: ND Out-of-School Summer Conference  (Registration opens May 15)

Registration for all conferences can be found at  www.escweb.net/nd_seec.
SEEC got GROOVY in March... with Miss North Dakota!
In case you weren't able to make our Healthy Schools Family Fun Night we want to make sure you see how much fun we had! Kids and parents were able to visit nearly 30+ booths full of activity, creativity and experimentation, plus we got to Groove!

Plus, take a moment to view our photos and videos on Facebook from our Healthy Schools Summit with Groove EDGEucation. We had a blast and we hope watching these makes you want to learn more about making your school healthier!

March's 11 buzzworthy 
edtech tools
5 Biggest Barriers to 
Education Technology
Brain-Based Strategies 
to Reduce Test Stress

Four Teaching Moves

that Promote a Growth

Mindset in all Readers


N.D. Legslative Updates

ACCESS 2.0 Test Data - Matching the Classroom Expectations for Academic Language
ND / SD English Learners Colony Conference - June 1-2

In the summer of 2016, WIDA conducted a standard setting study with educators from consortium member states. As a result of the standard setting, the 2016-17 ACCESS 2.0 scores will reflect the increased language complexity in the updated academic standards (NDSS) and assessments (NDSA).

We should expect to see a decrease in students' ACCESS 2.0 scores this year as compared to previous years. Therefore, a decrease in the ACCESS proficiency level score from 2016 to 2017 may not mean that students are not failing to make progress in their language proficiency. It would also be expected that fewer students will exit from the English Learner (EL) program as a result of the updated 2017 ACCESS 2.0 scores. School administrators and EL staff should be discussing the possible impact on service minutes and caseload for next year with this in mind.
Data Champion 
Part 3
Oakes Public

Improving Academic Literacy Graduates

Paralysis By (Lack Of) Analysis: Analyze Your Data In A Timely Manner

 The tip this month is inspired by one of the great founding fathers of the United States - Benjamin Franklin. Why? you may ask. 

Because he's the one who coined the phrase "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and using data effectively" (O.K. the part about data may have been my own prophecy, but after these tips I hope this also holds true). Anyways, as tax season draws to a close, I hope this tip helps you and your team save a few Benjamins.

Once you have identified which data needs to be collected, in what manner as well as made sure everyone is clear on what the data means, it is time to go out and collect your data. 

Nearly 500 students make up the Oakes Public School System and are lucky to have such great leadership and staff that always put the students first.

"OPS is unique as its level of communication and teamwork with 1st year staff is outstanding knowing that they make up 27% of all teachers, counselors, and administration here."

"We actually completed a communication study to evaluate our internal and external communication with all staff and stakeholders of our district. Our new staff to the district have overcome the challenges of their first year with teamwork and grit."
2016-17 IAL Cohort wraps up
Over 40 individuals from multiple SEEC member schools took part in this year's Improving Academic Literacy Project. 

This professional learning is five days spread out over the course of the school year with Dr. Kevin Feldman working on research-based literacy strategies that will increase student achievement. 

SEEC Program Updates

N.D./S.D. Colony Conference
June 1-2, 2017  |  Watertown, SD
Welcoming all colony teachers from North and South Dakota to participate in a mini-conference specific to the unique needs of Hutterite colony teachers. Get ready to hear from nationally-known speaker Jill Jackson and get a copy of her book "How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text" Register today at  www.ndseec.com/ell.

7th Annual ND MTSS Conference
June 5-7, 2017  |  Holiday Inn, Fargo
Registration is NOW OPEN and you can save up to $50 be registering by April 30! Awesome keynotes include Safe & Civil Schools: CHAMPS, Interventions & Tough Kids; Shannon Harken & Sarah Brown Wessling.  www.ndmtss.org/ndmtss-conference-2017

Beyond the Bell Webinar
10-11am, May 9
Beyond the Bell is a research-based, cost-effective, flexible Toolkit that provides professional development in a user-friendly framework for effective afterschool programming. Staff will learn practical, motivational, and results-driven approaches for intentional high-quality programming that gets results. Learn more at www.ndafterschoolnetwork.com.

N.D. Out-of-School Summer Conference
Aug. 1-2, 2017  |  Avalon Events Center, Fargo
Registration will be opening soon! A fun "You're the Star!" conference theme will have you entering on a red carpet to a host of fabulous speakers and breakout sessions full of innovative, hands-on activities. Watch www.ndseec.com/21ccclc for more information.

Nutrition Service Pre-Planning - be ready for August in May!
May 9 (Minot), May 10 (Bismarck), May 11 (Jamestown) 
Discover evidence-based, easy-to-use strategies to nudge your students towards the healthier options in your cafeteria. Complete a collaborative mission statement, learn what factors influence food choices, apply research-based marketing strategies to your lunchroom; Implement at least one Smarter Lunchroom strategy. 
Visit www.ndseec.com/healthyschools soon for info and registration!

N.D. Reading Corps receives $71,500 Otto Bremer Trust grant
North Dakota Reading Corps recently received a grant from the  Otto Bremer Trust for $71,500 towards our mission to help students in North Dakota become successful readers by the end of third grade. These funds help us to provide high-quality training and support for our tutors across the state to ensure we are serving children to the best of our abilities! Read more here...  |   We are currently hiring for 2017-18!

Upcoming Trainings & Events
Click individual events for more details

PowerSchool Winter Workshops Available January - April - Full schedule here.

April 10-11
NDATL Spring Conference - Baymont Inn & Suites, Fargo
April 19-20
Math Science Partnership Core Team  - 8am-5pm, Skills & Tech Center, Fargo
April 19-20 Improving Students Success through NDMTSS: Building a System in Your School - Minot, ND

May 4
ND DPI ESSA Regional Workshop - Baymont Inn & Suites, Fargo
May 9, 10, 11
Nutrition Service Pre-Planning - Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown
May 30 - June 2


June 1-2 ND/SD ELL Colony Conference - Watertown Event Center, SD
June 5-7 ND MTSS Conference - Fargo Holiday Inn
June 5-7 ND United Professional Growth Institute - Medora, ND
June 6-8 Metro Tech Camp - Liberty Middle School, West Fargo
June 8 Governor's Summit on Innovation in Education - Bismarck

Save the Date

July 11-12
N.D. Indian Education Summit - N.D. State Capitol, Bismarck
July 17-19 Metro Summer Project- Based Learning (PBL) Institute 101 - Davies High School, Fargo
July 24-26 Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work Institute - Minneapolis
Aug. 1-2 ND Out-of-School Summer Conference - Avalon Events Center, Fargo
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