NESC newsletter

March 2024

Upcoming Educator Events

District events & regional event details posted in the NESC calendar


  • 2nd - NDMTSS Developing Pathways for Academics Coaching Call, virtual, 9:00
  • 2nd - NDMTSS Evaluating Your System Coaching Call, virtual, 1:00
  • 5th - Beginning Teacher Workshop / Cohort 1 / Session 4, virtual, 9:00
  • 8th - Beginning Teacher Workshop / Cohort 2 / Session 4, virtual, 1:00
  • 10th - NDSBL School Leadership Series, virtual, 9:00 (Elementary) and 10:00 (Secondary)
  • 10th - NESC Joint Board Meeting, Devils Lake, 12:30
  • 15th - LETRS Volume 2 / NESC Cohort, Devils Lake, 9:00
  • 16th - LETRS Volume 1 / NESC Cohort, Devils Lake, 9:00
  • 22nd - LETRS Volume 1 / NESC Cohort, Devils Lake, 9:00
  • 24th - Lake Region Teacher Center Policy Board Meeting, Devils Lake, 2:00

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

  • Apr. 2 - Grades 3-8
  • ND Heritage Center & State Museum
  • Apr. 9 - Grades K-2
  • ND Game & Fish / Habitats of ND
  • Apr. 16 - Grades K-2
  • ND Heritage Center & State Museum
  • Apr. 23 - Grades 3-8
  • ND Council on the Arts / Visual Arts with Ali LaRock
  • Apr. 30 - Grades 3-8
  • ND Heritage Center & State Museum
What You Need, When You Need It

Becoming a Teacher for Becoming Teachers

Laura Manni wrote an article for the What School Could Be community in which she reflects upon her time in Uganda with developing teachers. Together, they developed their stories of learning to answer the question, "What does it mean to be a teacher?" Enjoy their journey through this article, Becoming a Teacher for Becoming Teachers!

Join in discussion with the author!

Laura Manni will join the discussion to share more stories, take questions and offer her insights.

The NESC at a Glance

NESC You're Hired! Events Coming to Schools This Spring

You're Hired! is an experience that allows students to use STEAM along with 21st Century Skills to solve real, present-day problems. Students work as a team (company) to find a unique solution and then present their proposals to a boardroom. Through strong research and planning, innovative design, and a persuasive presentation, a team will hear the words, "You're Hired!"

You're Hired! can be an introduction to project or problem-based learning. There is no right answer to the problem presented within each of the You're Hired! modules. These problems are designed to engage students in the 4 C's (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) and STEAM. With this event, the process is more important than the product, although the students delight in showcasing the product!

Participating students will engage in the following You're Hired! activities:

  • Company Role and Responsibility Development
  • CTE & Career Exploration
  • 4 C's Study and Application
  • Company Name, Logo, & Slogan Development
  • Solution Research, Planning, Designing, Prototyping, Testing, and Evaluation
  • Presentation Planning and Delivery
  • Application and Execution Reflection

As a culminating activity, student teams will present their solutions to a "board room" of community members who will provide feedback regarding team solutions, presentation skills, and 4 C's applications.

Learn more & register your school here!

Members at Work

21st Century Community Learning Centers Bring STEAM Experiences to Students

Students of the NESC's 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) sites are engaging in hands-on learning for extended discovery and application of content standards and essential skills. This learning is possible through collaboration between the students' educators and the NESC with our STEAM to GO! kits.

NESC Student Services Specialist, Cortney Shuley, curated and developed 75 unique kits (more than 200 in all) to be rotated quarterly through 14 NESC 21st CCLC, K-12 school sites. Each site receives about 7 kits per quarter. The NESC collection of kits include activity modules from STEM2D, Mindworks, STEMfinity, Skillastics, Project Wild, ND Forest Service/Project Learning Tree, Every Monday Matters, and Playworks. Each kit comes with a guide including the lesson description and plan, materials list and materials to implement the lesson, kit directions, and resources (including access to the NESC STEAM to GO! Padlet with further supports).

Site instructors are encouraged to complete a survey following implementation of each kit. One data point collected via the survey is students' level of engagement throughout the activities. Since September 2023, 36 educators completed the survey.

  • 92% reported students being "moderately engaged" or "extremely engaged" with their STEAM to GO! kits.
  • 61% reported students being "extremely engaged" with their STEAM to GO! kits!

Survey respondents added the following comments:

  • "The kids absolutely loved this!"
  • "Kinders said, “It was fun.” Science is so cool!”
  • "This (Project Wild) was by far the students' favorite kit! The students couldn't get enough of all the different animals and being able to touch what some felt like. BIG HIT!"
  • "Challenging but in a good way!"

We appreciate our sites' feedback as part of our continuous review and improvement process!


Congratulations to Warwick 2nd grade student, Allen, who was recently named Grade 2 Regional Winner - West Region in the 2024 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest (and to his educator, Mr. Leo Frondarina)! Allen will now advance to compete against grade level peers in three other regions for the top prize of Grand National Champion!

NESC Learning Opportunities

2024 NESC Regional Fall In-service

Save August 15th in your calendar!

Ron Clark is coming to the NESC!

"America's Educator", NYTimes Best Selling Author, Disney's American Teacher of the Year, and Founder of the Ron Clark Academy

Our next NDSBL School Leadership Series session is April 10th!

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

Save the Dates for Restorative Practices workshops!

Proactive Circles and Restorative Conferencing will be coming to the NESC

September 17-19, 2024.

Registration will open soon: Watch NESC newsletters and for more information!

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.

Watch or Read the

ND K12 Coordination Council

2023 Annual Report here!



NESC Partner & North Dakota Learning Opportunities

ND Science of Reading

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Multiple training dates available

B-HERO Relationship Mapping Facilitator Training

Apr. - May

NDCEL Crucial Conversations

Apr. 16-17

Cognia IMPACT Conference

Apr. 23-24

Pathway to Partnerships Conference

Apr. 27

ND Roughrider Health Conference

May 28-31

IgniteND Conference

Jun. 4-6

NDMTSS Conference - Save the Dates!

Jun. 10-12

NDCTM Summer Conference

Jun. 11-12

Governor's Summit on Innovative Education

Jun. 17

ND Indian Education Summit - Save the Dates!

Jul. 18-19

Trauma Sensitive Schools Professional Learning Series

Jun. 24-28

Trauma Sensitive Schools Trainer Cohort

Jun. - Aug.

ND Literacy Summit

Jul. 24-25

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

Jul. 29-30

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

Sept. 12-13

Behavioral Health & Children and Family Services Conference - Save the Dates!

Sept. 16-19

ND Cognia Engagement Review Training and Guided Work Sessions - Save the Dates!

Sept. 17 (Bismarck), 18 (Minot), 20 (Grand Forks), or 25 (Fargo)

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

Another Word from Kim Bearden

  • Past NESC Regional In-service Presenter
  • Ron Clark Academy Co-founder, Executive Director, and Language Arts Teacher

Take 2 minutes to view this video and consider,

What Form Does Your Passion Take?

The NESC supports schools through leadership and collaborative opportunities.

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