NESC newsletter
October 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 Events
A student “event” is a one-day experience with a one-time cohort of students.
Members at Work
NESC Access to Golden Path Solutions
We’re excited to share that all NESC schools will have access to the Compass application built by Golden Path Solutionssupported through a partnership with the State CTE Department and Forward Devils Lake Cooperation!  Compass helps students understand career paths by looking at their high-school and personal experiences, and helps employers connect with students through Career Profiles and potential tuition reimbursement programs. For schools that rolled Compass out last year, you’ll have access through at least 2022, and for schools that have not yet rolled out Compass, please contact Patrick Mineer at to discuss next steps. You can view a recorded webinar where Patrick walked through new features here, and if you didn’t receive their latest fall newsletter please request it by contacting Patrick. Thanks to Brad Barth with Forward Devils Lake for the partnership!
November 8th-12th: School Psychology Week!

November 17th: Education Support Professionals Day!

November 18th: Substitute Appreciation Day!

You are amazing! Thanks for all you do!
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
Prevention Interviews: Listening With Intention
Jeffrey Benson, 2021 NESC Regional In-service Presenter

"What if we used the time usually spent punishing a student—often an ineffective strategy—to talk with that student in a way that helps them succeed?"

The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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