NESC newsletter
August 2022
The NESC at a Glance
The NESC Welcomes New Staff
Alyson Parsley - NESC School Improvement Specialist
Alyson will provide school improvement support for member schools identified for Comprehensive or Targeted Support and Improvement under the state's ESSA plan. She will partner with school leadership teams, providing assistance in identifying goals and change practices they want to put in place and establishing practices for continued improvement.

Alyson is a former classroom teacher and principal.

Alyson can be reached at
Dawn Johnson - NESC Instructional Coach
Dawn will provide instructional coaching for two of our member school districts, partnering with staff to help them identify and accomplish what is next in their pursuits to providing the highest quality instruction and support for all students. She will also facilitate professional development to assist NESC teachers in staying current with evidence-based practices.

Dawn is a former classroom teacher, Title I teacher, Reading instructional coach, and principal.

Dawn can be reached at
Members at Work
Area Educators Embrace the Foundations of Reading
The NESC welcomed more than 70 educators from 14 schools to Devils Lake for the Foundations of Reading workshop August 1st-3rd.

The Foundations of Reading learning series is aligned with the Science of Reading and targets the five Big Ideas of Reading (phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary) in three key areas: instruction, assessment, and intervention. This three-part learning series provided educators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address a variety of students’ needs in reading.

The series was facilitated by the NESC, Central Regional Education Association (CREA), and NDMTSS presenter/partner, Shannon Harken, in partnership with collaborating Regional Education Agency partners across the state and the ND Department of Public Instruction.
NESC & Local Schools Awarded 21st CCLC Funding

The NESC's grant application to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for extended day programming in schools through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) was awarded on July 19, 2022 for nearly $1.1M for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The proposal was a three-year grant application for the NESC and partnering schools (determined according to eligible applicant requirements), and subsequent years' funding will be released annually.

Congratulations to the following schools! We look forward to working with you in support of students and families through academic enrichment opportunities and community partnerships!
Dakota Prairie Elementary
Devils Lake CMS
Devils Lake Minnie H
Devils Lake Prairie View
Devils Lake Sweetwater
Fessenden-Bowdon Elementary
Langdon Area Elementary (including St. Alphonsus)
Midkota Elementary
Midkota High School
Minnewaukan Elementary
Minnewaukan High School
Mount-Pleasant Elementary
Mount-Pleasant High School
Oberon School
Rolette Elementary
Rolette High School
Tate Topa Tribal School
Warwick Elementary
Warwick Middle School
Warwick High School
In preparation for the upcoming year of services, 21st CCLC program coordinators and staff from the school sites and NESC attended the 2022 ND Out-of-School Time Conference in Fargo August 2nd and 3rd. Hats off to our dedicated educators and outstanding regional representation!
NESC / Gateway to Science session
NESC STEM2D/MakerSpace session
Mena de la Paz (Tate Topa) & Cortney Shuley (NESC) as panelists
NESC Learning Opportunities
2022 NESC Regional Fall In-service

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Lake Region State College, Devils Lake

Presenter: Juan Bendaña

The NESC will work with administrators to register participating educators before August 16th.
August 16th Morning Session
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Dakota Prairie
Fort Totten
Oberon (majority staff)
St. Joseph School / St. Mary’s Academy
Tate Topa (majority staff)
August 16th Afternoon Session
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Devils Lake
Oberon (a few educators, possibly)
North Star
Tate Topa (a few educators, possibly)

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
Check out this resource from Playworks, an NESC partner in providing safe and supportive environments for students. Ensure your recess spaces and routines are ready for the new school year!

We’ve Opened Up Our Playbook
We believe that all schools should experience the benefits of a better recess. With Recess Lab, we’ve opened up what we’ve learned, so that everyone— from teachers to parents to principals—can discover the power of play for bringing out the best in every kid.
On Recess Lab, you will find tons of great resources—from fresh ideas for transitions and games to behavior management strategies to playground mapping techniques. You will also find the Recess Checkup—a free, three-minute survey that you can use to assess the current state of your playground.

Why Take the Recess Checkup?
In more than 20 years of experience working with elementary schools, we’ve found that a great recess means fewer fights, fewer injuries, and fewer trips to the principal’s office—and students coming back to class ready to learn.
But…. it can be tough to know what’s working and what’s not.
That’s why we’ve created the Recess Checkup. This online quiz is designed to help you:
  • Understand what’s really happening in your play space
  • Discover what’s working and uncover areas for improvement
  • Provide you with tools to promote a safe and healthy school environment.
After you take the checkup, you’ll receive tailored recommendations for making improvements where they’re needed the most. And don’t worry—we won’t share your results with anyone.
The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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