South East Education Cooperative Newsletter - December 2017
Happy Holidays!

From all of us here at the South East Education Cooperative we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break where you can take time with friends and family and experience the wonderful N.D. outdoors! Remember to travel safe wherever you may be going. 

Here is a little fun from our staff to yours! 

In this issue:

Is There a Magic Bullet on the Horizon?
Taking a critical look at personalized learning and innovation
By Jennifer Glasheen, SEEC Director of Teaching & Learning

As we tear off the last page of the 2017 calendar, I am once again reminded thatI am getting older! I finished my student teaching 19 years ago this month and what I have learned since then is overwhelming to be sure! One of the most important is to be a critical consumer of information and reflective of how to truly engage in continuous improvement that will impact students for the better. 

As we all do, I have my biases - as a student, teacher, parent of three uniquely amazing kids, wife of an educator, and Director of Teaching and Learning at the SEEC - which have shaped who I am and how I engage in conversations about "the next big thing".

To be clear, I spend my days (and nights) trying to help schools make connections between seemingly competing initiatives and striving to develop supports for educators and schools that are practical, reasonable and doable. The questions I am faced with most often is "What is going to make the greatest impact?" and "How do we do it?"  

In the complex world of education, the answers to these two questions are not always clear and to complicate things further, they are most certainly contextual to the school or system involved - which means simply that just because it works in one school doesn't always mean the exact same thing will work in another place. 

So what do we do when faced with the new opportunities or flexibility to make positive changes in our schools? My hope is that educators engage in critical analysis of research, evidence-based practices and establish a solid foundation on which to build.    

There has been a lot of BUZZ surrounding Innovation, Personalized Learning, and Competency-based education as the direction schools should move to prepare students to be Choice Ready in our state in the past year and a half. As we exercise our critical thinking muscles and make decisions about what this means in our schools and for our kids, I've provide some resources to consider.  Survey
Survey results show REAs as the most sought after resource for PD 
Legislative Council education survey results shows regional education associations relevance in multiple areas.

At a Nov. 20 Legislative Education Policy Committee the N.D. Council of Educational Leadership Executive Director Aimee Copas shared results of a recent education survey that was conducted as part of the HB 1318 legislative management study of the state aid funding formula for elementary and secondary education.
The results show regional education associations (REAs) as the most likely sought after resource for professional development for teachers with 84% of all districts participating (131 of 200 districts responded) indicating receiving PD for teachers from REAs (2nd = special education cooperatives 53%; 3rd = ND DPI 50%; 4th = EduTech 48%). 
REA's were also the #1 resource used for receiving PD for administrators/leaders (66% of districts), followed by NDCEL (65%), and a tie between NDLEAD and NDDPI (53%).
In fact, REAs were ranked in the top 3 for everything sought after, except for ranking 4th for educational placement agencies.
SEEC's Data Specialist Chris Thompson took these results and created the visual you see below. This graph ranked each entity based on the number of districts surveyed who indicated using each Educational Service Organization and we have chosen to show where the REAs rank amongst all categories. MSP

Math Science Partnership
MSP Community of Practice Teachers see large and statistically significant increases in multiple areas

As part of a collaborative grant with the N.D. State College of Science, the SEEC engaged nearly 100 teachers and over 2,500 students through two cohorts of the Math Science Partnership (MSP) Community of Practice (CoP) focusing on two main goals:

Goal 1)  Show an increase in the ability of students to demonstrate career-ready skills and t eacher use of skills module activity in the classroom due to professional learning

Goal 2)  Ensure teachers have regular and meaningful interactions with Community of Practice members outside of their institution and g row the COP to include members that are new to the project DigitalSkills
Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers
Audio/Visual has helped increase assessment scores and time for differentiation

December is a time when both students and teachers alike are able to showcase their creative talents to partake in yuletide festivities. Whether it be cutting out paper snowflakes, door decorating, or watching your favorite holiday movie, school activities during this time of year seem to get much more...well, merry! 

Although these types of activities provide a different spark compared to the typical school-day grind, we must be sure that they continue to create opportunities for student learning. One way of helping to ensure that student learning occurs is through the use of audio clips and interactive video content. For example, by using audio and/or video technology teachers can assist students in making personalized holiday greeting cards, or quiz students on Santa's reindeer using annotated videos. 

The possibilities are endless! So sit back by the chestnuts roasting, drink your Ovaltine, and let's see how educators in our SEEC schools are using A/V technology to help their students be both merry and bright. Data
Data Champion Series
How do you measure student growth?

This may be a timely topic for many of you as December typically represents the beginning of the winter interim assessment testing window.

With the passing of the the Every Student Succeeds Act in December of 2015, states have been tasked with developing their own plans for being accountable for student growth and success.  But, what kind of growth should we be measuring?

Unfortunately, the answer is complicated. Fortunately, some individuals working for the Council of Chief State School Officers have attempted to shed some light on the different types of growth that can be measured and purposes they serve as they relate to academic performance of students. We're going to go over the 7 growth models identified by the authors of this article that relate to measuring change in academic achievement.  ReadingCorps

N.D. Reading Corps Evaluation Available

The 2016-2017 school year N.D. Reading Corps final evaluation and executive summary are available for your viewing or you can find it at under Program Impacts .
N.D. Choice Ready

The N.D. Choice framework is a tool to assist educators to ensure all students successfully depart high school possessing the essential skills necessary to be ready for life. 

The journey begins by ensuring students leave having the essential skills to be successful for whichever path they choose followed by students striving to be post-secondary, workforce, or military ready. PrairiePublic

Prairie Public Workshop Series

A series of FREE, short workshops (available in Fargo or via webinars) are open for registration through Prairie Public. These workshops can be used as perfect additions to any cafeteria PD plan and with a variety of resources, tech tips and best practices presented by area teachers, there is something for everyone!

Plus, Teacher Ambassador Darcy Bakkegard is available to you FOR FREE for multiple professional learning opportunities. Click to hear from Darcy what she can help you with AND download her menu of available services hereCalendar

SEEC Upcoming Events
Click an event title below to view more information and/or register.

Event Title, Location
Dec. 13,14 Beginning Teacher Network Session 3 - Fargo, Jamestown
Jan. 12 Strategies for Successful Implementation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program - Bismarck
Jan. 16 SEEC Principals Meeting - Valley City
Jan. 17 ND Afterschool Network Webinar "Maker Space" - Online
Jan. 20
- Followed by online book study through Feb. 28.
Jan. 23-24 NDMTSS: Developing Schoolwide Behavior Expectations - Fargo
Jan. 25 SEEC Administrators Meeting - Valley City
Feb. 7 Improving Academic Literacy Cohort A - Ellendale
Feb. 8 Improving Academic Literacy Cohort B - Fargp
Feb. 9 Strategies for Successful Implementation of Presidential Youth Fitness Program - Minot
Feb. 21 3rd Annual N.D. Afterschool Summit - Bismarck
March 7, April 3 & May 1 NDMTSS: Developing Pathways for Behavior Year 1 (3 Days) - Fargo
March 15 N.D. Cyber Security Conference - Fargo
- Early-bird pricing through Jan. 15

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