NESC newsletter
August 2021
NESC ConnectEd
Available on-demand!

Access archived K-8 lessons here!
This project is supported in part by a grant from the ND Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The NESC at a Glance
NESC 2021 Regional Fall In-service
Thanks to the 600+ NESC educators who joined us for the August in-services! We had two wonderful days of learning!

  • The recording of Jeffrey Benson's keynote presentation, Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL, will be shared with all of our region's educators in the coming weeks.

  • We'll continue to revisit ideas and resources from George Couros (The Innovator's Mindset / Empowering Parents in the Process of Learning), Chelonnda Seroyer (Effective Classroom Management), and Karen Flories (Equity Through Expert Noticing) throughout the year.

Look for a full event recap in September's newsletter!
Members at Work
Project ExCEED Teachers Bring Culturally Relevant Engineering Design to Their Schools
Pictured from left to right:
Emine Ozturk (UND), Erin Wilcox (CMS), Jenna Wright (CMS), Lou Ann Shepherd (CMS), Bethany Klemetsrud (UND), Megan Odermann (Mt. Pleasant-Rolla), Brittany Brunner (CMS), Megan Gilje (Rolette), Kristi Bommersbach (CMS), Melissa Graber (Rolette), Julie Robinson (UND), and Dr. Frank Bowman (UND).

Not pictured:
Cortney Shuley and Erin Lacina (NESC).
Project ExCEED teachers from Devils Lake Central Middle School, Mount Pleasant-Rolla, and Rolette engaged in 5 days of professional development throughout June and August to explore culturally relevevant instruction through engineering design. They gained hands-on experience and understanding of the engineering design process in alignment with their own ND Content Standards while working together towards inter-disciplinary curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The teachers are in the process of creating their first engineering design tasks for the 2021-22 school year, tailoring the tasks to their individual communities and Grade 3-8 learners. This cohort will reconvene in September to refine their plans and prepare for classroom implementation in October.

Professional development is facilitated by the NESC/UND project team in collaboration with the ND Department of Public Instruction Office of Indian Education, Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE), and Elders from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Spirit Lake Tribes. Project ExCEED is funded by the National Science Foundation’s DRK12 program.
Congratulations to Amy Kram, Langdon Area School District FACS Teacher!

**NDACTE Teacher of the Year**
NESC Learning Opportunities
Prioritized Instructional Planning
Two Canvas, Self-paced Courses Available!

  • One for leaders of professional learning teams
  • One for individual educators

Content and format are the same for each course, but the design of the courses is tailored for facilitated team delivery or individual study and application of the content.

Module topics include:
  1. Determining What Students Sill Need to Learn
  2. Effective Planning for Teaching the Most Critical Content (Part 1)
  3. Effective Planning for Teaching the Most Critical Content (Part 2)
  4. Effective Monitoring of Student Learning (Part 1)
  5. Effective Monitoring of Student Learning (Part 2)
  6. Crosswalking Benchmark Assessment Data with the North Dakota Priority Standards
NESC Graduate Credit
The NESC is partnering with Valley City State
University to offer cafeteria graduate credit to member educators for NESC professional learning events.

Graduate Level
Professional Development Credit Courses
(up to nine credits) for $275!
Purchase an annual subscription to gain access to online Graduate Level Professional Development Credit courses at a significant savings only available to NESC members. You'll be able to take one course each term for a total of three courses per year. 

Courses are offered through a partnership with University of North Dakota and Virtual Education Software (VESi). 
  • Three courses per year (up to nine credits) for $275
  • Learn online at your own pace from the convenience of your home
  • Choose from over 30 online courses for license renewal and salary advancement
View the full list of available courses, access course info/FAQs, and purchase the annual subscription at the following link:
Questions? Call 1-800-313-6744.
NESC Partner & North Dakota Learning Opportunities
Past NESC Workshops - Continued Support
North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings

North Dakota Senate Bill 2304, passed in 2021, requires all elementary and secondary public and nonpublic schools in the state to include curriculum on Native American history. This includes implementation within the required North Dakota Studies, which provides emphasis on the geography, history, agriculture and the federally recognized Indian tribes in the state, in the fourth and eighth grades. One unit of United States history will include Native American tribal history.

The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

The NESC positively impacts schools' capacity to offer high-quality education.