NESC newsletter

February 2024

Upcoming Educator Events

District events & regional event details posted in the NESC calendar


  • 4th - LETRS Volume 1 / NESC Cohort, Devils Lake, 9:00
  • 6th-7th - NDMTSS Developing Pathways for Academics, Jamestown, 8:30
  • 8th - Beginning Teacher Workshop / Cohort 1 / Session 3, virtual, 9:00
  • 11th - Beginning Teacher Workshop / Cohort 2 / Session 3, virtual, 1:00
  • 13th - NDSBL School Leadership Series, virtual, 9:00 (Elementary) and 10:00 (Secondary)
  • 14th - STEM After Hours, virtual, 1:00
  • 25th-26th - Features of Effective Math Instruction, Devils Lake, 8:30
  • 27th - LETRS Volume 1 Check-in, virtual, 4:00

Upcoming Student Events

Event details posted in the NESC calendar

Access live ConnectEd lessons for use within your afterschool programming!

Engaging lessons aligned to the ND content standards from a variety of incredible ND instructional partners!

4:00 - 4:30 pm each Tuesday on Zoom

  • Mar. 5 - Grades 3-8
  • ND Council on the Arts / Fargo Moorhead Community Theater
  • Mar. 12 - Grades K-2
  • ND Council on the Arts / Fargo Moorhead Community Theater
  • Mar. 19 - Grades K-2
  • ND Game & Fish / Habitats of ND
  • Mar. 26 - Grades 3-8
  • ND Afterschool Network / Gateway to Science

2023-24 Calendar of NESC ConnectEd Lessons
What You Need, When You Need It

Effective Math Instruction

Effective math instruction centers around developing math proficiency in all learners. Math proficiency is a blending of the following:

  • Concepts (Understanding concepts, operations, and relations)
  • Procedures (Using procedures flexibly, accurately, and efficiently)
  • Strategies (Formulating, representing, and solving problems)
  • Reasoning (Reflecting, explaining, and justifying)
  • Disposition (Seeing math as sensible, useful, and worthwhile)

ND Effective Math Instruction Training Implementation Team

The following ideas were collaboratively identified through ongoing work with ND schools through instructional coaching, TSI/CSI support, and NDMTSS training and coaching, and are being proposed by the ND Regional Education Associations. The team was tasked with prioritizing and planning for implementation of high-quality math instruction via statewide math professional development and support of the Science of Math.

Learn more about effective math instruction resources and professional development opportunities here or contact

The NESC at a Glance

Native Youth Community Project Opens Doors for Post-Secondary Education

The NESC, Minnewaukan Public School, Devils Lake Public Schools, University of Jamestown, and Spirit Lake Tribe are in their second year of partnership through the Native Youth Community Project Grant. Together, these entities are working alongside the Minnewaukan secondary students in their preparations for college and career.

A group of junior and senior students recently toured the University of Jamestown campus over two days, spending time with faculty and exploring programs, services, and facilities. They also spent time with their mentors, U of J students in the Educator Preparation Program. The mentors support the students throughout the year in a dual-credit course, providing guidance in application of the course content and skills and perspective in post-secondary education.

Minnewaukan students have also toured Northland Community and Technical College and will soon be touring Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Lake Region State College, and Minot State University. The college tour, dual-credit, and U of J mentor experiences are a portion of the supports available to Minnewaukan Public Schools through the grant, which is funded through the US Department of Education.

Members at Work

STEM After Hours

The NESC is partnering with North Dakota After School Network and Million Girls Moonshot to offer professional learning for after school program staff in the ten practices for an engineering mindset. Since September, educators from Devils Lake Central Middle School, Midkota, Minot, and Dunseith have been meeting in-person and virtually. This cohort will complete their professional learning series with a site visit and one final virtual session in March. 

One engineering mindset practice addressed during the series was working in teams. In response to the professional learning, one participant noted, “I like to use group work and have done lessons teaching kids how to work in groups.” Another remarked, “I like that everybody is included and made to feel equally a part of the project.” Other practices of focus included using a systematic engineering design process, persisting and learning from failure, exploring materials and their properties, and balancing criteria and constraints. Partnering schools have also been joining the NESC's ConnectEd sessions during monthly Gateway to Science lessons for further engagement with the engineering mindset.


Congratulations to the following NDASA members for their years of service awards and recent recognition by NDCEL colleagues!

Honorary Life Membership - Scott Privratsky (former Devils Lake Superintendent)

10 Years - Robert Bubach (Munich Superintendent) & Jean Callahan (Minnewaukan Superintendent)

NESC Learning Opportunities

Our next NDSBL School Leadership Series session is March 13th!

We invite you to view previous months' sessions of the NDSBL School Leadership Series at

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.

Modern Classrooms Project:

ND Educators Needed

Interested in building a student-centered classroom? Join the Modern Classroom Project’s Summer Virtual Mentorship Program. We offer two 5-week sessions for you: May 20 - June 23 or June 24 - July 28, 2024. In this self-paced, virtual course, you’ll receive personalized feedback on the materials you create. You’ll leave with a complete unit and concrete plan to implement blended, self-paced, mastery-based practices in your classroom. This program is supported by a grant from the Bush Foundation for all educators in North Dakota, with a $500 stipend upon completion! The deadline for the application is May 1, 2024. Please contact Bob Shaw at Modern Classrooms Project if you would like to learn more.

NESC Partner & North Dakota Learning Opportunities

ND Science of Reading

Funding Your Plan Workshop

Mar. 20

EduTech CS Fundamentals Deep Dive / In-Person at NDSD

Apr. 3

NDCEL Crucial Conversations

Apr. 16-17

Cognia IMPACT Conference

Apr. 23-24

IgniteND Conference

Jun. 4-6

NDMTSS Conference - Save the Date!

Jun. 10-12

NDCTM Summer Conference

Jun. 11-12

ND Indian Education Summit - Save the Date!

Jul. 18-19

ND Literacy Summit - Save the Date!

Jul. 24-25

ND Out-of-School Time & Early Childhood Summit - Save the Date!

Jul. 29-30

ND School-Based OT/PT Conference - Save the Date!

Sept. 12-13

North Dakota United Weekly Book Studies

EduTech Training Opportunities

EduTech Special Topics

SLDS Workshops

CREA Online Courses

ND Educational Hub

North Dakota Professional Development

Past NESC Workshops - Continued Support

Who could use a Mattergram today?

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What's a Mattergram?

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