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2021 Regional Fall In-service
Friday, August 13

We welcome Jeffrey Benson &
George Couros to the NESC!
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Friday, August 13th Event
Participating Districts
Dakota Prairie
Devils Lake (Building/District Leaders)
Pingree-Buchanan (Individuals)
Tate Topa
The NESC has registered the districts' educators with the help of the administrators! 
In-service Location
  • We're connecting virtually! Your administrator will direct you to the appropriate, local physical location.
  • Use this Zoom link (also noted above).
  • Please sign on individually (one participant per device).

8:15 AM
  • Sign on with this Zoom link (also noted above).

8:30 - 8:45 AM
  • Welcome and announcements

8:45 - 10:15 AM
  • Keynote presentation by Jeffrey Benson, Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL
  • Small group breakout sessions included
  • Be prepared to turn on your camera and mic!

10:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Keynote presentation by George Couros, The Innovator's Mindset + Empowering Parents in the Process of Learning

Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL
(8:45 - 10:15 Keynote)
Supporting students to develop their social and emotional skills (SEL) is a task all teachers--which means every adult who interacts with young people in schools-- have always considered part of our work. We randomly prompt students to listen respectfully, to ask for what they need, to have goals for themselves, and to be responsible members of their communities.
Modern brain research has also identified that mastery of academics is dependent on social and emotional competencies. Leveraging SEL skills increases academic success. We’ve known that since we were kids; when we were motivated and supported we did more work and better managed our frustrations in order to reach mastery.
In this keynote, ASCD author and long-time teacher and school leader, Jeffrey Benson, will provide very specific strategies and activities that take what we are now doing-- our random and implicit prompts and praise to use SEL skills-- and make that an explicit and intentional component within our daily work. This is not another curriculum, not a panacea, and not a way to trick students into doing their work. By integrating SEL skills into our daily interactions and lessons, we relentlessly build student competencies, harness their attention to the deeper purposes of the lessons, and have a lasting impact on how students see themselves as members of their communities in and out of school. This keynote is an inspiration for the coming school year, reminding us all why we really wanted to work in schools with young people.

The Innovator's Mindset + Empowering Parents in the Process of Learning
(10:30 - 12:00 Keynote)
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title) and share persuasive examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.
Parent involvement in the learning process of schools is the number one factor for student success. As schools look forward to using social media to improve learning in their schools, many parents are fearful of what this means. Social media provides an opportunity for parents to have meaningful engagement in the learning of their children. This can significantly change the conversations not only at school but also at home with the child. This talk provides peace of mind to parents while also engaging them in considering the unique opportunity they have to participate in their child’s learning.

Meet the Keynote Speakers
The NESC is partnering with Valley City State University to offer graduate credit to member educators.

The 2021 NESC Regional Fall In-service hours can be applied towards a graduate credit, however additional workshop hours from 2021-22 offerings must be paired with this in-service to reach the required 15 hours for 1 graduate credit.
VCSU registration and credit verification information can be accessed here:

For assistance with graduate credit contact