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21st CCLC

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December Edition

NCEC Spotlight

Congratulations to St. John Public School

A big Congratulations to St. John Public School on your ESEA Distinguished School Award--Your hard work is being recognized!

Check out the video detailing the impressive work they have done.

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said that St. John Elementary School is being honored for exceptional academic achievement and growth during the past two years.

They will get the Distinguished Schools Award from the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators which consists of state school officials who administer federal education aid programs.

St. John Elementary was chosen for academic achievement and growth of at least 10 percent annually in English language arts over two years.

St. John High School was honored last year for exceptional student performance and academic growth for at least two years.

Congratulations to all the hard working, dedicated educators at St. John Public School--you've earned it!

Professional Development
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Beth Houf is Coming to the January In-Service as Keynote Speaker

Beth Houf is the proud principal of Fulton Middle School in central Missouri. She is the Co-Author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Beth also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders.

Beth is an international presenter and consultant. She is also active in her local, state and national principal associations. Beth is an adjunct professor at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Fulton Middle School was recognized as a Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning Community and Solution Tree Model Professional Learning Community in 2019.

Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011, the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016 the 2019 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the EducationDive 2019 Principal of the Year and the 2021-2022 Missouri Secondary School Principal of the Year. Beth also serves as a principal advisor for Future Ready Schools and is a Solution Tree PLC at Work Associate. Beth’s proudest accomplishments are her two sons, Paul and Dawson. She has been honored to help lead schools that both have attended. 

We can't wait to see her in-person this January 15!

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

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Principal PLCs

NCEC Principal PLC met for a great day of learning, sharing of ideas and some fun!

Thank you to Andee Mattson for sharing her experience as a ND Teacher of the Year Finalist.

NCEC has an AMAZING group of educational leaders! If you haven’t THANKED your PRINCIPAL for all they do for your school…make sure to take the time to do so!

Contact Tonya Hunskor for information on next year's schedule.

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Fine Arts Education PLC

The Fine Arts Education PLC met in Rugby and got to work on on all things ceramic. Thank you to Rugby for hosting!

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Music Education PLC

NCEC Music Teachers spent the day at a Music PLC in Drake-Anamoose. The day was spent sharing best practices, lesson designs, concert ideas and learning how AI can enhance their organization and structure of their classroom.

Contact Katie Saykally for more information on the Music and Art PLCs.

Visit our website for updates on professional development being offered statewide.

Science of Reading

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Fall LETRS 2 Meets in Rugby

It was LETRS Day Volume II for NCEC Teachers! The day was filled with “food” themed activities! Thanks to Kaley and Chantel for the interesting day!

LETRS® provides K-12 educators with an in-depth understanding of the science behind teaching literacy and gives them the background and depth of knowledge to teach language and literacy skills to every student. Designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative, LETRS® is the most respected comprehensive professional development course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills.

Contact Leah Johnson with questions.

Check DPI Science of Reading page often for updates and resources.

Student Activities

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CPR Training for Drake Students

NCEC's Katie Tamburrino spent a day teaching CPR to students in Drake and Anamoose Public Schools. They were a great group!

Save the Dates -- T4 coming to DCB March 5th & 6th

What is T4?

T4 introduces students to workforce skills, needs, training and networking opportunities with industry leaders and technicians! How do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? 

T4 Tools Trades Torque Tech is the premier way for tomorrow’s workforce to get an up-close look at the inner workings of industry!

Students who attend will participate in hands-on learning sessions from leaders in the following industries: 

•  Manufacturing/Robotics/Artificial Intelligence

•  Agriculture/Natural Resources/Precision Agriculture

•  Aviation/Unmanned Aircraft Systems

•  Emergency Management/Health Care/Law Enforcement

•  Cybersecurity

•  Transportation and Distribution

•  Trades: HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical 

          Systems, Building Construction, Welding,

          Heavy Equipment

•  Surveying and Engineering

•  Energy Operations & Technicians

•  Lignite, Petroleum, Natural Gas

All sessions and demonstrations will be presented and facilitated by industry professionals and educators! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Marilyn Kipp, T4 Coordinator 701-226-2273 or

Information on Bottineau Dates

21st CCLC
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TGU Towner CCLC Students Make "Giving Tree" Cards for Teachers

The TGU Towner CCLC students used their creative and writing skills to make "Giving Tree" cards for their teachers to say Thank You for all the extra help they give to the After School Program.


Congratulations Mr. Leier!

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40 Under 40

We would like to wish a very well-deserved Congratulations to our ND Educational Hub Director, Kevin Leier, on being named to Prairie Business magazine 40 Under 40!

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Statewide Partner News & Resources



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