March 2021
Springtime is here = planning for next year!
As you all head into your last quarter of the 20-21 year, we are looking ahead and securing dates and plans for next year's training!

In this month's newsletter we are highlighting:
Training feedback/data updates
ND SEL Network member insights
Updates on ESSER grant work & SPDG grant submission
21-22 Training Dates to get on your calendar

We're getting dates on next year's calendar so please take a peek for *tentative* training dates to pencil in. We'll continue to update and send out dates/registration when opportunities are official.

Sept. 1 & Sept. 17 (held again in January 2022)
Registration opening soon.

Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 (held again in February/March 2022)
Registration opening soon.

Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 | +2 coaching calls (Nov. & Jan.)
Registration opening soon.
Tier 3: Prevent-Teach-Reinforce Series moving into Modeling Sessions for Spring 2021
ND SEL Network Member Insights
2021-2022 Training Dates
Tier 3 System Support

Intended for educators who are responsible for implementing FBA/BIPs or who are supervising educators who implement FBA/BIPs.

MEASURE quality of completed FBA/BIPs
IDENTIFY specific areas for FBA/BIP improvement

Virtual Series*:
- Sept. 1-15 | 2-hr online recorded content review released Sept. 1 and available through Sept. 15

- Sept. 17 | 1-3pm Live Virtual
*Series held again Jan. 3-19, 2022*

Registration opening soon.

Ideal for educators who are responsible for implementing FBA/BIPs, lead teachers, special educators, and educators who provide behavioral consultation to teachers.

ANALYZE evidenced-based behavior supports

Virtual Series* (1:30-3pm each session):
- Oct. 5 | Good Behavior Game
- Oct. 12 | Opportunities to Respond
- Oct. 19 | Self-Monitoring
- Oct. 26 | Check In Check Out
*Series held again Feb./March, 2022*

Registration opening soon.
Intended for district-level teams.

This training is designed to support the district, and in some instances, school building leadership teams, in creating the conditions for optimizing social-emotional learning through application of the NDMTSS Essential Components and continuous improvement. Investigation of the four approaches to SEL, evidence-based programs and practices supporting SEL, and translating current educational research to practice in an attempt to impact outcomes for all students. 

Leadership Teams will:  
- Define Social-Emotional Learning
- Understand CASEL competencies &
associated skills. 
- Understand the four approaches to SEL; 
- Access and apply ND generated or
National resources to advance
implementation of the 4 approaches; 
- Identify evidenced-based programs and
- Apply the NDMTSS Essential
Components as they relate to systemic
- Initiate the development of
comprehensive systems-level planning
and coordination of SEL
Virtual Series (8:30-11:30am):
Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 14
+ 2 60min coaching sessions in November and January

Registration opening soon.
NDMTSS Capacity Building, Evaluation, and SPDG Grant Submission
NEW Regional Support Liaisons help provide direct support for NDMTSS schools statewide
Through the ESSER grant funding contracted through N.D. Department of Public Instruction (read more about these funds in a post from December 2020) the NDMTSS State Lead Team and Implementation Team have utilized a Community of Practice framework to establish Regional Support Liaisons (RSLs) at multiple regional education associations (REAs) across the state to deliver direct support so schools engaged in NDMTSS.
Extra Resources for your tollbox.
On the 5's

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction - Special Education, has recently released “Improving Literacy through Self-Regulation: On the 5’s,” a free resource guide to use with children of all ages.
On the 5’s” provides brain breaks to help youth calm, focus, and engage in learning. For some youth, self-regulation and social-emotional skills can be very difficult to master. This resource guide can help adults and children interact through calming activities that can be done in 5 minutes or less.
 “On the 5’s” is made possible through the North Dakota Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant for children ages birth through grade 12. Please feel free to distribute this resource to anyone who helps your child: family, friends, daycares, coaches, teachers, etc. 

For more information about the free resource guide as well as training opportunities, please call the Office of Special Education at 701-328-2277.

The Role of SEL in Reintegrating to In-Person Learning: 6 Tenets to Guide Your Transition Plan

Reopening and transition plans will take shape differently in every district. However, with everything that students and adults across the country have been through over the past year, it's clear that social-emotional learning (SEL) must be prioritized due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Social-emotional learning can foster a safe, supportive, and equitable environment that grounds students. It can also create the conditions for students to be able to access academic learning when they're back in the physical classroom.

Here are six principles to ensure that SEL takes a front seat in the transition to in-person learning.

1. Educator resilience must come
2. Check on students' SEL and
well-being - early and often.
3. Build and strengthen Tier 1
SEL supports
4. Every child deserves
individualized support from a
caring adult.
5. Help students heal and cope
through trauma-responsive
6. Partner with caregivers and
community organizations to
smooth the transition for

Pathfinder Services of ND Resources

Pathfinder Services of ND is a leading source of information and support in ND for children and youth who have special needs, their families and others who support them.

They promote efforts to welcome and include diverse learners and families at home, in school, and in the community. Their high-quality resources help build collaborative relationships and create connections and partnerships.

Their scope of services include:
- Technical Assistance
- Outreach & Leadership
- Resources
- Training & Development

Take a peek at the variety of webinars available on-demand webinars to watch on your time, hosted webinar series that you can bring to your staff, plus additional resources and tools!

Interactive guide to family-based services and organizations, as well as schools and special education units in ND.
The Planning Committee is interested in hearing from YOU!
Take a moment to share your insight & submit ideas on format, topics, presenters!
Jennifer Glasheen
South East Education Cooperative
Lyndsi Engstrom
Central Regional Education Association