South East Education Cooperative Newsletter - November  2018
Where to focus our energy?

The season is changing and the same happens within our schools. When things change how are you adapting? When you have students with different needs how do you differentiate to ensure all students are engaged in their learning? How do you focus your energy to make the greatest impact?

SEEC strives each and every day to offer the best high-quality, evidence-based learning opportunities to help teachers advance their knowledge and skills - essentially to give you more tools in your toolbox to easily find, use and help each child with their unique needs.

Our goal is to help ensure high-quality instruction is happening in all classrooms and in out-of-school-time programming. Read below about some of these efforts through Afterschool Quality Coaching, Student Engagement, Multi-Tier System of Supports.

Ways to stay up-to-date or find learning opportunities you're interested in:
In this issue:TopPage

- Develop Your Data Mindset: Essentials of Educational Data Use

- North Sargent Public Schools: Focusing on Continual Improvement

SEEC Receives 2nd Bush Foundation Ecosystem Grant 
SEEC is 1 of 41 organizations to receive grant.

Wording taken from Bush Foundation announcement...

Some might call these infrastructure organizations or intermediary organizations or just can't-do-without organizations. We call them ecosystem organizations because they help create an environment for big things to happen in the region by supporting other organizations and leaders.

Ecosystem grants provide general operating support over two years for organizations that provide critical data and analysis, spread great ideas and build capacity, advance public awareness and policy and build and support leadership networks

Afterschool Quality Coaching Program Concludes Second Training 
3rd round set to begin in January.

On November 7th, the ND Afterschool Network successfully 
concluded its second cohort of the After School Quality Coaching Program in Fargo. The training, only just developed in the spring of 2018, is now prepared to open its third round of sessions in January to out-of-school time programs across North Dakota.

The Afterschool Quality Coaching Program seeks to increase the quality of out-of-school time programs in North Dakota through the implementation of a systematic coaching model. Geared toward out-of-school time settings, the program is comprised of a 5-week book study and a 1-day coaching training and session on the School-Age Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool.

Develop Your Data Mindset
Essentials of Educational Data Use

The state is pleased to offer a NEW professional development opportunity. A self-paced, online course titled Develop Your Data Mindset: Essentials of Educational Data Use is now available with a goal to improve educator competence in using data, actions with data, and attitudes toward data

Participants will:
  • Review foundational concepts and vocabulary essential for effective data utilization within a school setting.
  • Demonstrate data utilization knowledge and skills through a series of interactive simulations that address a variety of data utilization purposes, such as:
    • identifying strengths and weaknesses for a group of students
    • monitoring progress toward an end-of-year goal for an individual student
    • differentiating instruction
North Sargent Public Schools:
Focusing on Continual Improvement 

A district of about 200 students nestled in the small town of Gwinner, North Dakota, North Sargent Public Schools prides itself in the ability of their students, staff, community and Board to all work together in making their schools a great place for kids to learn and fulfill the schools' mission.

That mission is to "Develop Confident, Caring, Creative Builders of the Future." And their vision is that all students will achieve continuous improvement in both this mission and in academics.

When asked what makes them proud to represent North Sargent Public Schools as a leader, there was agreement amongst leadership that it was the willingness of everyone to work cooperatively in fulfilling these goals and to come together when needed most.

"It's a small enough district that the community is very involved and supportive. Students and staff come together as a family in times of need," Secondary Principal Dawn Hoeke said.

SEEC Staff Volunteer for 2018 United Way Day of Caring

On Oct. 11 SEEC staff participating in the United Way Day of Caring which connects senior citizens in need with caring volunteers to help with projects in and around their homes such as  yard work, raking, trimming, lawn care, light cleaning projects and other projects in and around the homes of senior citizens. In 2017, 1,700 local volunteers helped 470 senior citizens in their homes across the Cass-Clay community!

We also treated ourselves for our hard work! :) Always fun when working with a great team!

Need help with Student Engagement? 
Engaging Students in High-Quality Learning starting in January!

One of our most important roles as educators is to create an environment where ALL
students can learn and be successful. Engaging Students for High-Quality Learning provides
an opportunity to utilize the practice of microteaching and public practice as a vehicle to
enhance teaching and learning by exploring the implementation of student engagement
strategies to create a classroom culture of "Everyone Does Everything!" 

Part 1: Jan. 22 @ Jamestown | Jan. 23 @ Minot | Jan. 25 @ Bismarck
Part 2: Feb. 21 @ Minot | March 4 @ Richland
Part 3: March 28 or April 2 @ Online

NDMTSS Statewide Trainings 
Stay up-to-date with opportunities

With many opportunities around the state available, we want to make sure you're aware of all the happenings:
  • Tough Kids was held in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo last week with over 200 educators engaged across all three sites! Evaluations are being compiled and we'll have data to share soon!
  • Developing Pathways for Academics (MTSS Year 1) training starts TODAY in Bismarck and will have nearly 100 participants representing 16 districts and 1 Special Education Unit in the state:
    • Carson,  Central Cass, Flasher, Kenmare, Kulm, Mapleton, Mt. Pleasant, New Salem-Almont, New Town, Parshall, Sargent Central, St. Thomas, Strasburg, Underwood, Valley-Edinburg, Zeeland and South Valley Special Education
  • PBIS Developing School-wide Behavior Expectations coming in January: plan for the identification and teaching of school-wide expectations of behavior; develop plans for active supervision, problem behavior, classroom management, data collection, and data systems. Upon completion, schools will have identified gaps in current practice and have an Action Plan for steps to improve practice in their building.
SEEC Upcoming Events
Click an event title below to view more information and/or register.

Event Title, Location
Dec. 4, 5 Improving Academic Literacy Session 3 (Jamestown, West Fargo)
Dec. 6 NDMTSS: PBIS Tier 1 Booster Sessions (Fargo)
Dec. 11, 12 NDMTSS Evaluating Your System Session 2 (Valley City, Devils Lake)
Dec. 13 NDMTSS Developing Pathways for Academics Session 2 (Bismarck)
Jan. 8 NDMTSS PBIS Tier 2 Booster Sessions (Fargo)
Jan. 15 SEEC Principals Meeting (Valley City)
Jan. 16 Afterschool Quality Coaching Program (Session 1 of 5) - Online
Jan. 17 SEEC Administrators Meeting (Valley City)
Jan. 18
Feb. 1
Dec. 7
Feb. 5
Feb. 13
PTESS: Building Better Behaviors Part 3 - Data Review & Problem Solving ONLINE (must attend one 2-hr session on a date listed)

Jan. 22  - Jamestown
Jan. 23 - Minot
Jan. 25  - Bismarck

Feb. 21  - Minot (Secondary)
March 4  - Richland (Eklementary/Secondary)

March 28 or April 2
8-10am or 2-4pm online

Part 1: Intro to Learning Walks & Making Learning Visible with Kevin Feldman

Part 2: Strategies for Making Learning Visible

Part 3: Online eWalks (Microteach & Feedback)
Jan. 28-29 NDMTSS PBIS Year 1: Developing School-wide Behavior Expectations (Bismarck)

Outside Opportunities
Conferences, REA statewide opportunities, and more

North Dakota Professional Development -

  • Nov. 20: Let's Go Luna! (PK-3)
  • Nov. 27: BreakoutEDU (K-12)
  • Nov. 29: Ideas to HEAR Students (K-12)
  • Dec. 11: The Power of After School Connections
Cutting Ed Podcasts Launching soon with 25 NEW episodes from across ND and a focus on teachers & students! Follow them on Twitter for updates: @TheCuttingEd

Feb. 13 - ND K12 Technology Showcase, Bismarck
March 14 - ND Cyber Security Conference, Fargo

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Congrats to National Blue Ribbon Schools: Richland Elementary, Freedom Elementary (West Fargo Public Schools ), and Central Valley!
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