NESC newsletter
August 2023
The NESC at a Glance
Meet Our New NESC Staff
Katie Oster will be assisting local schools with their professional learning needs in addition to supporting ND Standards-Based Learning resource development and school implementation. She has a wealth of experience as a secondary science teacher in small and large public, as well as private school systems. Her added experience as an educational trainer in industry, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and her passion for project based learning brings great strengths to the NESC. Welcome, Katie!
Jess Edwards brings valuable experiences and perspectives to our student and system supports. She has served in Special Education teaching, paraeducator, afterschool personnel, and substitute teaching roles. She also gained valuable systems knowledge and skills through her work in the healthcare and behavioral health sectors where she developed, trained, coordinated, and progress monitored programs and services. Her degrees in Math and Special Education and passion for the study of brain-based learning bring great diversity to the NESC. Welcome, Jess!
Members at Work
NESC 2023 Regional Fall In-service
The NESC's Regional Fall In-service for member school districts was held August 15, 2023 at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. More than 500 educators from 14 school districts attended the sessions featuring keynote presenters, Jim Wichman and Steve Rizzo.

Thank you, educators, for your feedback following the sessions. We learn from your suggestions and are pleased that you found their messages supportive within your roles and work.

Following the workshop, 89% of survey respondents
shared that they valued the content, found the presenters effective, and can positively impact the people they serve through application of the content.
Shake the world as you go by!
Jim Wichman
Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.

Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your School. Average schools don’t inspire greatness--and greatness is what
our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners.

Reflections from some of our participating educators:
  • "I loved being able to collaborate."
  • "Very entertaining!"
  • "The index card activity was amazing."
  • "Made you stop and think and reflect on what kind of teacher 'mentor' you want to be."
  • "This was amazing and really helped me realize I need to focus on my team as much as possible."
  • "Thank you for being one of the best presenters I've seen."
  • "Thank you for the uplifting start to my school year."
Steve Rizzo
Success and the Journey Towards the Goal

Ignite your organization’s attitude, improving productivity, workplace culture, and team unity. Discover how to better appreciate work, the investment of time and energy, and each other.

Reflections from some of our participating educators:
  • "It was a wonderful experience; I found it to be very informative and I will be using this in my own life. Thank you!"
  • "Laughter is key in life. Keeping a positive mindset with enjoyment and passion and enthusiasm. Great presentation! Enjoyed. Will take a lot with me!"
  • "Thank you, Steve!" All the things you have said are a confirmation of my thoughts. I believe humor is important but now I know it's not only important, it is vital!!!"
Remember that you are a "humor being!"
Many of our NESC 21st Century Community Learning Center instructional staff came together for learning at this summer's North Dakota Out-of-School Time Conference!
NESC Learning Opportunities
Paraeducator Online Training is available as a school-wide program with this NO COST opportunity. Paraeducators and tutors will have access to 150+ self-paced modules covering general education and special education environments. Learning modules typically ranges from 45-60 minutes in length, can be accessed using any platform day or night, and can be personalized to fit each individual within your system.

Administrators, simply complete this form to enroll your school district today ($35/person value).
Assessing to Inform:
Put Your Data to Work For You
Through hands-on experiences, learn key guidelines and tips for interpreting data and viewing reports at the student, classroom, school, district, and national levels. Learn how to really understand and apply the data to guide instruction and intervention, plan student groupings, etc. See how to use data to facilitate improved educational outcomes for students.

Go to and select Statewide Initiatives / Assessing to Inform to access archived resources and webinar recordings for the following:
  • Assessment overview
  • ACT & PreACT
  • AIMSweb
  • FastBridge
  • NWEA
  • Renaissance STAR
  • WorkKeys
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
Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Totten Historic Site
Who: Local 8th Graders
Lunch is not included. Entertainment will be provided during the lunch time from 11:30 – 12:30. Please bring sack lunches for your students.
Contact: Lisa Rainbow
Assistant Site Supervisor
Fort Totten State Historic Site
(701) 766-4441 /
Teacher Innovation Grants

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will be soliciting proposals from North Dakota teachers that encourage innovation in our classrooms. Over the next two and a half years of the ESSER funding period, the department will fund one innovative proposal each quarter submitted by a North Dakota teacher. Teachers currently employed by public LEAs are eligible to receive funding.

Access the application here!
Past NESC Workshops - Continued Support
We have had AWESOME presenters as part of our NESC regional in-services over the years, and these three provide us with important reminders as we begin our new school year.
Read more from
George Couros!
Dr. Harry Wong knows classroom procedures.
What are yours?
How are you teaching and reinforcing them with your students?
Check out this video from Jeffrey Benson!
The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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