South East Education Cooperative Newsletter - February 2019
SEEC Governing Board Strategic Goal: 
Focusing on Continuous Improvement 

As part of SEEC's focus on continuous improvement, we recognize that there is always room for improvement. This not only applies to our work with schools but also to our Governing Board meet its goals "to operate responsibly and function effectively" (Indicator 2.2). Through the AdvancED Accreditation process of 2017, an opportunity for improvement in the area of Leadership Capacity suggested that we "Develop and implement a process for the governing board to evaluate its decisions and actions to ensure they are in accordance with defined roles and responsibilities." While this seemed straight forward, we quickly recognized that the roles and responsibilities of our board were in many different documents, laws and by-laws. SEEC Directors worked with the Governing Board members to create the following tools and processes to strengthen the SEEC Governing Board's ability to operate responsibly and function effectively.

In this issue:TopPage

-   Healthy Schools Summit 

-  Pre-Summit Session: Culinary Skills

-  Family Fun Night 

Gackle-Streeter School District:     
Stakeholder Collaboration Supports New District Goals

During the 2018-2019 school year, the top three goals for Gackle-Streeter School District have focused on putting a strategic plan in place, exploring the implementation of a school SmartLab, and continually improving technologically. As Superintendent of Gackle-Streeter for the seventh year, Duke Larson says that he believes they're in a unique position to succeed because of the care and investment of the district's stakeholders. 

"I believe that we have stakeholders that care about making our district great. This includes students, parents, community, and school staff members," said Larson. "Many have responded positively and cooperatively in pursuing goals for our district." 

The areas of improvement were highlighted by Gackle-Streeter's 2018-19 AdvancED visitation. Since, the visit, they have been attending North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and AdvancED workshops to improve upon their strategic plan. They've also been visiting schools that currently have SmartLabs. 

ND SmartLabs is a blended, project based learning program designed for North Dakota schools and their students in grades K-12. The program has been described as STEAM focused, but blends curricular content from all core areas. It's a turn-key approach to bringing learning opportunities to students that focus on the development of problem solving skills, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and design principles. 

Building Better Behaviors in Schools: 
Strengthening our System of Supports 

One of the issues we hear about from teachers, parents, principals, and superintendents alike is what to do with students who exhibit challenging behaviors in schools. Support for establishing a strong system of supports for positive behaviors is provided through the SEEC and their work with North Dakota's Multi-Tier System of Supports. Several opportunities exist for school leadership teams to attend training's in support of building better behaviors and meeting student needs: 

1. Tier 1/Core Instruction: Developing School-wide Behavior Expectations (for all students). 

2. Tier 2/Strategic Intervention: Supplemental Support System (for some students targeted to specific needs). 

3. Tier 3/Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR): A process for working with the student, teachers, parents, and others to develop an individual plan. 

All of these approaches are evidence-based, rely on accurate assessment data to inform effective decision-making, and build in the infrastructure, supports, fidelity, and evaluation to make sure it is impacting the students in a positive way! More information can be found on the SEEC website by clicking here. 

ND Reading Corps Host Site Application: 
Guide & Application to Becoming a Host Site Now Available!

The Guide to Becoming Reading Corps Site and 2019-20 Host Site Application are now available. Submission of the application is required for new and returning schools to participate in the program next year. The deadline for the application is February 20, 2019. 

Reading Corps provides one-on-one reading interventions for Tier 2 students. SEEC is accepting new schools to the program for the 2019-20 school year.

Application Information: 
To access the ND Guide to Becoming a K-3 Reading Corps Site, Click Here. 
The link to to the host application form is in the document. Note that you will create a new username and password to start the application. Please coordinate to determine who from your school will submit the application.  

Healthy Schools Summit: 
March 28, 2019 |8:30 -3:30pm | Registration Now OPEN! 
FREE but Registration Required! 

On March 28, 2019, The South East Education Cooperative, in a partnership with PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Fargo-Cass Public Health, SchoolsAlive!, and Dakota Medical Foundation are excited to bring back yet another fantastic Healthy Schools Summit to the Fargo/Moorhead area!

The purpose is to create a culture of wellness by equipping schools with innovative tools to strengthen the connection between healthy students and improved learning. 

This year's Summit will be held at Fargo-Cass Public Health and explore topics such as: 

  • Promoting Physical Activity 
  • Healthy Eating
  • Grant Writing
  • Vaping
  • Healthy Concessions
  • Student Engagement Using Technology 
  • and more! 
For additional information on the Summit and it's sessions Click Here! 

Pre-Summit Session: 
March 26, 2019 | Nedrose High School FACS Lab (Minot) 
March 27, 2019 | Liberty Middle School FACS Lab (Fargo)

Save the Date - Family Fun Night 
April 4, 2019 | Fargo Agassiz Gym | 5:30 - 7:30 PM  

ND Afterschool Day on the Hill 
April 3, 2019 | Bismarck State Capitol  |  10am-2pm 

Join the ND Afterschool Network for Afterschool Day on the Hill on April 3, 2019! We'll gather in Bismarck at the State Capitol Building to showcase the amazing afterschool programs throughout ND from 10am-2pm.

Students, programs, and afterschool professionals from across the state are welcome to join us! A limited number of booth space is available, please register ASAP if you'd like to display or feature your program.

Anyone can advocate for afterschool. It is important to note that, if your program is funded by federal grants, you may not use your federal dollars to lobby elected officials. You can, however, communicate the successes of your programs and hopes for continued support. In order for our field to grow so we can reach all North Dakota students, it is important that we promote and educate the value of afterschool programs not just when we need to, but all of the time! This extends to policymakers, potential funders and partners, youth, parents, businesses & more.

Afterschool Day on the Hill is a great way to give students in your program a look at the legislative process, get to know your legislators, and connect with afterschool champions

Edcamp North Dakota:  
April 6, 2019 | Dickinson, Jamestown, & Mayville

The Missouri River Educational Cooperative (MREC) with EDUtech, Prairie Public, South East Education Cooperative (SEEC), and Great Northwest Education Cooperative (GNWEC), is hosting the second annual Edcamp:ND for all educators across the state. 

Edcamp is an UNconference that empowers teachers to decide what the session topics will be and offers an alternative to sit and get PD. 

Edcamp will be offered in three locations to reach more teachers and best of all, it's FREE!

For more information and to Register for Edcamp: 

Free Webinar:
Motivating & Inspiring Students and Teachers Wellness 

It is February and we are heading in to the time of year when we might need a little extra boost! This webinar with Tina Boogren from Marzano Research is being provided for FREE through the Red River Valley Education Cooperative, our partner REA in Grand Forks. Looking for a little self-care and gaining a little momentum? Built off of the books Motivating & Inspiring Students and Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators, participants will: 

  • Understand the foundational research and theory on motivation and inspiration
  • Discover ways to create a culture and climate in schools and classrooms that awaken both teachers and students to new possibilities and excitement
  • Discover a hierarchy of needs and goals that K-12 educators can use to create schools and classrooms in which teachers and students are not only attentive and engaged, but also motivated and inspired 
  • Explore strategies and recommendations related to each level of the hierarchy that can be implemented immediately 
Sounds great right?! So, grab a cup of cocoa and engage in this online learning opportunity! 

Video Recording Link: Click here
Password: RRVEC 
Handout Link: Click here 
Educators in Industry
K-12 Externship Program

The Educators in Industry: K-12 Externship Program provides four-week summer externships for K-12 teachers, administrators, career advisors, and other educators to provide a firsthand look at how the engineering design process and 21st century skills are currently being used in an industry environment.  Participants will earn 3 continuing education credits at no cost, and will receive a $2000 stipend for completing both the summer experience and associated coursework. The 2019 program dates are June 3-28 with applications due Feb. 15, 2019. 

For more information, visit or contact Teresa Shume, NDSU School of Education at or (701) 231-8748.
NDMTSS Conference: June 10-12, 2019

Outside Opportunities
Conferences, REA statewide opportunities, and more
  • Mar. 20: Deeper Dive into Reports (West Fargo) 
Cutting Ed Podcasts Season 2 episodes have launched and  focus on teachers & students! Follow them on Twitter for updates: @TheCuttingEd

North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Preparedness Training 
 ND Cyber Security Conference  - Mar. 14, (Fargo)

  ND STEM Conference  - Mar. 14-16 (Dickinson State University)

  • CS Discoveries Workshops: June 17-21 (Fargo)
  • CS Principles Workshops: June 17-21 (Fargo) 
ND United Spring 2019 Professional Development Course Catalog
  • Online Book Studies
  • Mindful You, Mindful Me Part 2
  • Educator Ethics 
  • NEA Micro-Credentials 
SEEC Top Social Media Posts

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  SEEC #HealthySchools Coordinator Keely Ihry + partners at NDSU shared classroom physical resources and efforts to promote and implement classroom #physicalactivity in ND with the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Springboard to Activate Schools. 
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