NESC newsletter
December 2021
NESC ConnectEd
Lessons with our outstanding state partners take place each Tuesday, 3:45 - 4:15 CT!
This project is supported in part by the North Dakota Afterschool Network's STEM Next Opportunity Fund Grant and 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 Professional Learning: 2020-2021 Year in Numbers

The NESC proudly supports its member districts by facilitating professional learning opportunities which are aligned to the Regional Education Association’s five areas of service as legislated by the North Dakota Century Code.
Members at Work
NESC ConnectEd Brings Virtual Art Lessons to Midkota's 21st CCLC Program!
January is School Board Appreciation Month, and January 9th is School Resource Officer Day! Thanks for all you do for our students and staffs!

Mt. Pleasant High School has been recognized as a National ESEA Distinguished School for academic achievement in English Language Arts of the Native American student subgroup compared to all students (Category 2)! Congratulations!
NESC Learning Opportunities

Learn more about this
workshop series:

NESC Contact: 
Derryn Johnson,
Workshop Facilitator &
NESC Professional Learning Specialist 
1-888-701-NESC (6372)
Beginning Teacher Workshop
This series is specifically designed for teachers in their first, second, or third years of the profession who want to improve student learning! Join us to observe high-quality, high-impact practice through virtual instructional rounds!

Workshop Focus:
Teachers will have the opportunity to work and grow within one of the following instructional areas:

  • Using Engagement Strategies (student responses or instructional pacing)

  • Implementing Rules and Procedures (establishing rules and procedures, physical layout of the classroom, or acknowledging adherence to rules and procedures)

Cohort #1 - Register here!
1:00-4:00 PM each date:
  • January 18
  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1

Cohort #2 - Register here!
1:00-4:00 PM each date:
  • January 21
  • February 4
  • February 18
  • March 4

By registering for a cohort, a teacher is committing to attending all four dates.

Location: Virtual
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
Foundational Reading Assessments Webinar

A quality assessment can guide our instruction in the teaching of the foundational skills in literacy. During this session you will learn what assessments you could be using, the subskills they measure and general instructional strategies for each of the subskills.

Date: February 3, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM CT
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Pati Montgomery, Schools Cubed
Cost: FREE!

Registration link:

Registration deadline: January 28, 2022

This webinar is a repeat of Pati's sessions from the ND CLSD Literacy Convening in August and is supported by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.
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
From Dr. Tina Boogren, former NESC Regional In-service Presenter and advocate for Self-Care for Educators:

Sweet Sabbatical
Access the 9-minute message here or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Take some time for self-care this winter break!
The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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