NESC newsletter
November 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 Student Services: 2020-2021 Year in Numbers

The NESC proudly supports its member districts by facilitating student programs and services for curriculum enrichment at the school, district, and regional levels.

Student Programs
A student “program” is a sustained, embedded service that repeatedly reaches a certain cohort of students over a period of time.
Members at Work
NESC Access to CareerViewXR
NESC partner, Be More Colorful, is excited to announce the availability of their first 10 CareerViewXR career exploration experiences! All NESC schools have access to the entire library of content for the 2021-2022 school year, and our educators can watch for a username and password in their inbox soon to access the "All Experiences" area of the CarereViewXR website. 

Visit to begin exploring.

We also invite you to click the "Join the Community" button on their website to stay in the loop on the latest developments and experience launches.

Note: Educators and students planning to attend the January 11th NESC ConnectEd session will get a behind-the-scenes learning experience with Be More Colorful CEO and Co-Founder Matthew Chaussee!
Congratulations to Stacy Benz, Four Winds High School Principal!
She has been awarded the 2021 Public Citizen of the Year Award by The National Association of Social Workers, North Dakota Chapter!

The NASW Public Citizen of The Year Award honors an outstanding member of the community (not a social worker) whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work. Read more about Ms. Benz and this great award here!
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
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 George Couros, 2021 NESC Regional In-service Presenter:

"What are some of the things you do in your classroom to make the year incredible for all those you serve?"

The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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