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March 3rd Edition
NCEC School Spotlight

TGU Granville - FFA Week

The TGU Granville FFA celebrated National FFA Week by hosting a variety of events which included elementary agriculture experience presentations. 

The 5th graders learned how to make plastic from corn.
Riley Pister and Scott Lovro taught Grades 1 and 2 a lesson about soil layers. 

The FFA Officers took turns presenting an agricultural lesson to each elementary class.

The students enjoyed EVERY LAYER!

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Professional Development
Self-Paced Classes Available on the ND Educational Hub
Happy Dr. Seuss Week!
Read Across America Week Activities
Michelle Greenfield Burnstein from Community Consolidated School District in Illinois created a library to compliment Read Across America - Create and Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Learners.

The March theme is Cultivate Compassion. There are additional resources on if you want to learn more. This is a library centered on Compassion and Empathy

On the 5's -- A Free Resource for Caregivers
On the 5’s is a free resource from the ND Department of Public Instruction that introduces caregivers to brain breaks--a way 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.

This guide builds your skills on the 5’s –
Improve your:
  • Memory
  • Self-Regulation
  • Focusing
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Literacy

Set aside 5 minutes to build connections in the brain to boost Power to learn, while improving calm and focus.

On the 5’s is made possible through the North Dakota Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant for children ages birth through grade 12.

Why Try Training - Part II
As was announced last week, the second half of the Why Try training had to be rescheduled. The new date is MARCH 5.

Contact Kaite with any questions.
Behavioral Health Resources - Self-Talk for Teachers
Are you a Worrier?
A Critic?
A Victim?
A Perfectionist?

Or maybe you take turns with all four.

Whatever mindset you find yourself in, you can take steps to combat the negative self-talk and move toward a growth mindset.

The ND Behavioral Health Division has created a two-page resource for teachers as a quick reference for combating negative self-talk.

Self-talk goes beyond the little voice we have in ourselves saying “What if..” or “I can’t handle this.” Self-talk is often an automatic process that is subtle. It may be a single word or series of images that hold meaning and memories. It often goes unquestioned and unchallenged.

As teachers, we are trained to be mindful of students’ self-talk. We teach growth mindset and promote a culture of learning from mistakes and growing into skills. We recognize a student who throws down their math book in frustration saying, “I can’t do this!” yet often we let those same thoughts go unchallenged in our own minds.

This brief guide provides positive alternatives to common negative thoughts teachers struggle with.

21st CCLC
National Geographic Explorer Classroom
Join Explorer Classroom — a live YouTube show that connects young people with Explorers around the world — to hear behind-the-scenes stories and interact in real time. All events are free, open to the public, and come with an event guide to help you get the most out of your experience. 

For more information, visit the National Geographic Explorer Classroom home page.

Grades K-2
  • Thurs., March 11 21st Century Skills & the 4Cs 
  • Tues., March 16 Career Exploration & Community Partners 
  • Mon., March 22 Social & Emotional Learning 
  • Mon., March 29 STEAM & Problem-based Learning 

Grades 3-5
  • Mon., March 8 21st Century Skills & the 4Cs 
  • Thurs., March 18 Career Exploration & Community Partners 
  • Tues., March 23 Social & Emotional Learning 
  • Tues., April 6 STEAM & Problem-based Learning 

Grades 6-8
  • Thurs., March 4 STEAM & Problem-based Learning 
  • Tues., March 9 21st Century Skills & the 4Cs 
  • Mon., March 15 Career Exploration & Community Partners 
  • Thurs., March 25 Social & Emotional Learning 
  • Thurs., April 8 STEAM & Problem-based Learning 
Student Supports
Virtual STEM Career Day Month
NCEC & DCB are presenting STEM Career Day virtually from March 15-April 1

Professionals from across the state will provide recorded presentations for students to view and participate in the hands-on demonstrations using materials provided thanks to a grant from the ND STEM Network.
This year, the event is geared toward 8th and 9th grades. Each school can register for up to three sessions total (all one grade or a mix).

Sessions include:
  • 6 Steps to Better Photography
  • Hologram Illusion Projector
  • DNA Extraction
  • Outbreak--How a Virus Spreads
  • Be Amphibious (frog dissection)
  • Eye KNOWledge (eye dissection)
  • Measuring the Wind
  • Virtual Greenhouse Tour & Plant Propagation
  • Sensory Deprivation--A Geriatric Simulation
  • Exploring for Oil--Be a Geologist for a Day

Links to the video presentations will be sent out by March 15, and delivery of materials will be coordinated with the registering teacher for arrival prior to, or the week of, March 15. Classes will have until April 1 to view the presentations, complete the activities and turn in their final surveys.

Contact Aimee to receive registration information.