NESC newsletter
September 2021
NESC ConnectEd
Lessons with our amazing state partners begin October 5th!
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
The recording of Jeffrey Benson's keynote presentation, Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL, will be shared with all of our region's educators in a separate email. Watch for it this coming week!
A Recap: NESC 2021 Regional Fall In-service

Thank you to our 600+ NESC educators who joined us for the August in-services! We had two wonderful days of learning! Our sessions included the following:

Participant feedback provided through the post-event survey:
  • 86% valued the content of the workshop.*
  • 87% thought the presenters were effective in their delivery.*
  • 78% believed these workshops increased their knowledge required to implement the content.*
  • 74% believed these workshops increased their skills required to implement the content.*
  • 83% believed that what they learned at the workshops will positively impact the students/people they serve.
*Responses noted "to a substantial extent" and "to some extent."

A few comments from participating educators:
"Chelonnda Seroyer refreshed and demonstrated a lot of insight I needed heading into this year."

"WOW! Such knowledge was imparted today."

"Fantastic - Held attention even when it wasn't in person! Loved every minute."
Members at Work
NESC Districts Dig Into NDMTSS
More districts across the NESC are engaging in NDMTSS, working to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically.

Fessenden-Bowdon, Lakota, New Rockford-Sheyenne, and Pingree-Buchanan started the NDMTSS: Building Your System training series this month. Through this training, their district leadership teams will be working with the NDMTSS Essential Components and current school strengths to determine an appropriate structure to begin the NDMTSS process in their schools. Additionally, these schools, along with others in their cohort, will begin the decision-making process regarding the provision of high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs. Powerful work!
October 2nd: School Custodian Appreciation Day!

October: National Principal Month!

We celebrate you for the long days, hard work, and thoughtful care you put in to create a great learning environment for all!
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
Prioritized Instructional Planning

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to Prioritized Instructional Planning and the resources, processes, and support available to ensure the most effective and
meaningful learning experiences for students.

Participants will gain insight into effectively planning for teaching the most critical content (standards), including an overview of eight steps for planning instructional cycles that include high-quality instruction and assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in planning for their own classrooms, while collaborating with North Dakota colleagues.

As a participant, you can look forward to:
  • Learning about North Dakota Prioritized Standards
  • Engaging in the Prioritized Instructional Planning process
  • Planning for your own classroom
  • Collaborating with North Dakota teachers to refine your planning process
  • Walking away from the workshop with a fully-completed instructional cycle customized to your classroom!

Available Workshops:

All workshops will be 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM CT.
All workshops will be VIRTUAL with connection information shared closer to each workshop date.

Resources to have present during your session:
  • Printed copy of your ND Content Standards (or digital access to standards)
  • Content area textbooks or classroom resources used
  • District curriculum guide (if applicable)

Questions: Contact Derryn Johnson, NESC Professional Learning Specialist
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
Effective Feedback that Fuels Self-Motivation in Learners
Debbie Silver, Former NESC Regional In-service Presenter

This session is based on her newly revised and released book (and NESC in-service presentation topic), Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Raising and Teaching Self-Motivated Learners.
  • Gain insights into how to foster self-motivated learners
  • Learn the difference between effective and ineffective feedback
  • Discover how to challenge students in order to promote lifelong learning

Date: December 6, 2021
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM CT (slides available post-webinar as well)
Cost: FREE!

The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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