South East Education Cooperative Newsletter - April 2018
The Learning Doesn't Stop!

The school year may be only a week away, but we all know that the learning shouldn't and doesn't stop there.

We hope you all take the time you need to rest and recuperate from another busy, successful, inspiring year, but we want you to be aware of some BIG things happening this summer and leading into next year!

Upcoming Items to be Aware of:
In this issue:TopPage

- Jamestown HS Career Literacy Day reaches 650 students

ELA/Math Prioritized Standards, Proficiency Scales & Assessment 
August How-To Workshops & Release of Templates

We are preparing to present the products of the work accomplished by a fantastic group of educators in early August with four, two-day regional workshopsTemplates of K-12 prioritized standards, proficiency scales and assessments to compliment them will be available either through the new ND Department of Public Instruction OER Commons (Open Education Resources) or via the ND Regional Education Association website,

The two-day, Standards, Scales, and Assessment workshop will introduce North Dakota educators to new resources available for support of the ND K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics content standards. Educators from across the state have worked diligently with the Regional Education Associations (REAs) since the beginning of 2018 to identify the ND Prioritized Standards and to create aligned proficiency scales and assessment items.  This workshop will help participants learn how to access and implement these resources for a guaranteed and viable curriculum and improved assessment practices in their schools.  The workshops will be facilitated by REA staff in four sites across the state.  Educators from all North Dakota schools are welcome! One graduate credit available through Valley City State University.

Find events on individual REA calendars or NDREA calendar

Principal, Teacher Evaluation System Support 
Student Engagement, Building Better Behaviors

A collaborative Principal Teacher Evaluation System Support (PTESS) grant with SEEC, Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative (Minot), Northeast Services Cooperative (NESC) and Missouri River Education Cooperative (MREC) is developing multiple strands to support its principals and teachers throughout the state. We've identified four strands: Leadership, Assessment, Student Engagement and Classroom Management/Building Better Behaviors.

All strands will provide multiple date and location options to help reach as many educators across the state as possible. We are thankful to have this grant funding through the ND Department of Public Instruction and REA staff is working diligently to create top-notch professional learning opportunities for all! These opportunities are open to ANYONE across the state and we encourage you all to dive in and see what may fit your needs.

We are going to share out the Student Engagement and Building Better Behavior strand opportunities as they are ready to be revealed! Please share these with colleagues. 

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENING SOON! Please continue to watch REA emails, websites and calendars for when they open.
  • Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning (3-part series)
    • Kevin Feldman
    • One of our most important roles as educators is to create an environment where ALL  students can learn and be successful. Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning provides  an opportunity to utilize the practice of microteaching and public practice as a vehicle to  enhance teaching and learning by exploring the implementation of student engagement  strategies to create a classroom culture of "Everyone Does Everything!"
  • Engaging Students in Academic Vocabulary (3-part series)
    • Prerequisite: Engaging Students in High-Quality Learning
    • Kevin Feldman
    • Engaging Students in Academic Vocabulary provides educators practical strategies for assisting students with connecting and using prioritized academic vocabulary. Microteaching and public practice are used as a vehicle to enhance teaching and learning by exploring implementation of strategies related to explicit instruction of academic vocabulary in a classroom culture of "Everyone Does Everything!"
  • Classroom Management Academy (2-part series)
    • Tricia McKale Skyles, Safe & Civil Schools (CHAMPS/ACHIEVE)
    • Every teacher works to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment. This course will  focus on how we can reduce barriers to learning and increase motivation to  achieve by creating clear expectations, managing disruptive students, and creating  positive relationships.
  • Building Better Behaviors (3-part series)
    • Tricia McKale Skyles, Safe & Civil Schools (Tough Kids)
    • Managing challenging student behaviors requires an understanding of behavior, its  function, and its influences. This course is designed to explore practical, evidence-based,  educator-centric strategies that pair with specific functions and behavior influence  principles.
Title IV Funding Obligations & Activities  

Title IV A: Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE)
The primary purpose of Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act is to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, districts, schools, and local communities to provide all students with access to well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. Read this and more on NDDPI's website by clicking here.

Funding Obligations
Districts with a Title IV allocation of $30,000 or more, must:
  • use at least 20% of Title IV funds on activities to support well-rounded education, 
  • use at least 20% of Title IV funds on activities to support safe and healthy students, 
  • a portion of funds on activities to support the effective use of technology, AND
  • use no more than 15% of funds on technology infrastructure
The activities below provide a general understanding of activities that would be deemed allowable under Title IV. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities
  • STEAM programs
  • Music and art programs
  • Foreign language offerings
  • The opportunity to earn credits from institutions of higher learning
  • Reimbursing low-income students to cover the costs of accelerated learning examination fees
  • Environmental education
  • Programs and activities that promote volunteerism and community involvement
Safe & Healthy Students
  • School-based mental health services
  • Drug and violence prevention activities that are evidence-based
  • Integrating health and safety practices into school or athletic programs
  • Nutritional education and physical education activities
  • Bullying and harassment prevention
  • Activities that improve instructional practices for developing relationship-building skills
  • Prevention of teen and dating violence, stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual violence and harassment
  • Establishing or improving school dropout and reentry programs
  • Training school personnel in effective practices related to the above
Educational Technology
  • Building technological capacity and infrastructure
  • Developing or using effective or innovative strategies for the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses through the use of technology
  • Carrying out blended learning activities (must include ongoing professional development for teachers)
  • Providing professional development on the use of technology to enable teachers to increase student achievement in STEAM areas
  • Providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas with the resources to take advantage of high-quality digital learning experiences
  • Providing educators, school leaders, and administrators with the professional learning tools, devices, content and resources to:
    • Personalize learning
    • Discover, adapt, and share relevant high-quality educational resources
    • Use technology effectively in the classroom
  • Implement and support school and district-wide approaches for using technology to inform instruction, support teacher collaboration, and personalize learning
8th Annual NDMTSS Conference
Expanding Our System of Supports
June 11-13, 2018  |  Holiday Inn, Fargo
Jamestown HS Career Literacy Day 
40 Community Presenters, 650 Students, Career Site Visits

On April 12, 2018, SEEC was able to support a successful Jamestown High School Career Literacy Day through its partnership with the HESS Corporation. A morning breakfast with over 40 community presenters was followed by presentations about their careers to 650 students! In the afternoon, juniors and seniors volunteered to go to five different major employers in our community. 

Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers
Creating PLNs, Discover new Content, Grow Professionally

Similar to preventing the "summer slide" in students, educators can prevent their own summer slide by engaging in a different type of R&R - Research and Relationship building. This month's article will address the benefits of participating in professional learning networks (PLNs) and other ways to ensure that educators stay at the top of their game.

In the world of education, a number of PLNs exist that are focused on certain topics, grade levels, and even for different positions or roles (e.g. administrators, teachers, special educators, etc.).  Although the true essence behind PLNs is for continued learning, PLNs can provide a host of different benefits. An article by TeachThought summarized 10 different benefits for engaging in a PLN.
SEEC Upcoming Events
Click an event title below to view more information and/or register.

Event Title, Location
May 31-June 1 ND/SD Hutterite Colony / Multi-grade English Learners Conference - Brookings, SD
June 5-6
Active Classrooms - Fargo
June 6-7 Trauma Sensitive Schools Training of Trainers - Minot
June 11-13 NDMTSS Conference - Fargo
June 18-22 Project-Based Learning - Math Science Partnership - Fargo
June 18 Prioritized Standards, Proficiency Scales & Effective Classroom Assessment - Webinar 3 of 3
Aug. 6-7 - Bismarck
Aug. 7-8 - Devils Lake
Aug. 8-9 - Fargo
Aug. 13-14 - Minot
Aug. 1-2 - Minot
Aug. 14-15 - Hazen
Aug. 16 - Bismarck
June 2019 - Fargo & Devils Lake
Classroom Management Academy (Part 1 of 2) - CHAMPS/ACHIEVE (based on location): A Positive and Proactive Approach to Classroom Management with Tricia McKale Skyles, Safe & Civil Schools
Sept. 17 - Minot
Sept. 19 - Devils Lake
Sept. 20 - Jamestown
Sept. 21 - Bismarck
Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning (Part 1 of 3) 
Introduction & Making Learning Visible with Kevin Feldman
October 2018
Velva, Wilton & Other Locations TBD
Classroom Management Academy (Part 2 of 2)
Demonstration Site Visit: Observation, Action Plan Creation, Rules & Expectations
Oct. 4 - N. Cass (tentative)
Oct. 8 - Stanley (tentative)
Oct. 10 - Minot
Oct. 17 - Jamestown 
Strategies for Making Learning Visible with Learning Walks
Aug. 17 - Devils Lake
Nov. 6 - Minot
Nov. 7 - Bismarck
Nov. 8 - Fargo
Tough Kids: Responding to Challenging Behaviors with Tricia McKale SKyles, Safe & Civil Schools
Nov. 1 or 15 - online
Online eWalks, microteaching and feedback
Nov. 14 - Devils Lake
Dec. 5 - Minot
Dec. 12 - Fargo
TBD - Bismarck
Case Study Development & Implementation Plan Development: Identification of problem behavior & replacement behavior; Understand basic function of behavior & functions -based behavior management
Jan. 18 or Feb. 1 - online
Data Review & Problem Solving: Analyze progress monitoring data and apply data-based decision making
Jan. 21 - Devils Lake
Jan. 22 - Jamestown
Jan. 23 - Minot
Jan. 25 - Bismarck
Academic Vocabulary with Kevin Feldman + Reflection & Review
Exact Dates TBD 
will be scheduled 
Feb. 11 - 28, 2019
Strategies for Explicit Vocabulary Instruction with Learning Walks
March 13 or 27 - online
Online eWalks, mitcroteaching and feedback

Outside Opportunities
Conferences, REA statewide opportunities, and more
South East Education Cooperative
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