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State Grants Available For School Board Leadership Training

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakota school boards to take part in leadership training that is designed to help them improve the academic outcomes of their students.


Baesler Names New Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday named her new Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a 25-member group that will advise her about ways to strengthen North Dakota’s K-12 education system.


School District Responsibility for Student Costs During the 2022-2023 School Year

Categories: Press Release

The following amounts will be used for the 2022-2023 school year to determine the school district's responsibility (cost cap) for the education of resident students. 


Fantastic Four Named Finalists for ND 2023 Teacher of the Year

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on xxx announced that teachers in Bismarck, Linton, Grand Forks and Hunter are finalists for the 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.


Food Assistance Program To Benefit 46,000 Children

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and state Department of Human Services Director Chris Jones announced Thursday that 46,000 North Dakota children will be receiving a new round of food assistance funds this summer.


Celebrating Excellence in STEM

Categories: Blog

Every year, two North Dakota teachers (one in science and one in math) are eligible to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). These awards are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and/or computer science teaching. The nominations are taken from anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public – or teachers can opt to apply without being nominated. The awards are given to K-6 teachers one year, 7-12 teachers the next.


Summit to Spotlight Classroom Inclusion of Indian History, Culture

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said this week’s North Dakota Indian Education Summit will focus on ways to integrate instruction about North Dakota’s five tribes into the curriculum of the state’s K-12 schools.


McHugh, Nelson Named to State Education Board

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Thursday announced that Mike McHugh and Eric Nelson will be joining the North Dakota Board of Public School Education, which provides guidance and oversight for the state’s K-12 system.


Lowell Milken Presents 2021 North Dakota Milken Educator Award Recipient with $25,000 Cash Prize at National Forum

Categories: Press Release

Lowell Milken, founder of the Milken Educator Awards, presented 2021 North Dakota recipient Erica Quale with her $25,000 cash prize on June 3, 2022, at a national forum held at UCLA in Los Angeles.


School Board Leadership Training Focuses On Student Results

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota school board members have begun new leadership training sessions, which are intended to sharpen their focus on improving their students’ academic performance.


School Board Training Provides Focus

Categories: Blog

‘Student outcomes don’t change until adult behaviors change.’

The above statement is the focus of the recently-introduced North Dakota Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute, a training program specifically developed for North Dakota school board members.


Baesler Announces Major Online Learning Upgrade

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that North Dakota school districts will have free access to software that allows students, teachers, and families to have simple, quick, and easy access to all their online classroom learning tools.


Migrant Summer School Program Provides Opportunity

Categories: Blog

There were once nine schools in North Dakota offering migrant summer programs. Currently, two are offered in Grafton and Manvel for K-12 students (up to 21 years of age) of families of migrant workers. 

The North Dakota Migrant Education Program is entirely funded by the federal government. A migrant worker is defined as a person who moves to another area to find employment. North Dakota sees an influx of seasonal workers in the spring and summer, and some move their families with them wherever they go. Last year, North Dakota served 215 students, with just over 30 enrolled in the distance program.


Inspiring Student Engagement and Academic Success

Categories: Blog

Education has always been a fast-changing system, even more so in the last few years. Recently the education system has made great shifts in the way that students and teachers interact with curriculum and learning, in general. It is inspiring and admirable to witness how many teachers, like Dunseith Elementary music teacher Tim Hines, have taken this shift in stride.


Initiative Supports Special Education and will Benefit all Students

Categories: Blog

The ‘All for One, One for All’ program provides opportunities for eligible Fargo Public School District educators to receive additional compensation by participating in additional professional development and/or receiving an additional endorsement on their teaching license.


Grants Provide Summer Learning and Fun

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that the Department of Public Instruction has awarded $200,000 in grants to 11 summer learning programs across the state.


Six Finalists Chosen For Seats on ND Higher Ed Board

Categories: Press Release

The state Board of Higher Education’s nominating committee on Monday chose six finalists for two positions on the high-profile board, which oversees North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities.


Grant Will Help Train ND Food Service Workers

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a new grant will pay for expanded training statewide for North Dakota school food service workers and managers.


Baesler Celebrates Four ND Presidential Scholars

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Thursday celebrated four North Dakota high school seniors who have been named as the state’s Presidential Scholars for 2022.

The North Dakota recipients are:

  • Chance Bowlinger, Bismarck, Bismarck Century High School
  • Quoc Vi Bui, Fargo, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Mich.
  • Yaoyi Ma, Fargo, Fargo North High School
  • Luke R. Mavity, Dickinson, Dickinson High School

Help Serve ND Schools – Apply For The Family Engagement Cabinet

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler invites North Dakota parents and family members of students to consider joining her Family Engagement Cabinet, a group that advises her about how the state’s schools can strengthen their educational efforts and community ties.


Join The Academic Standards Review For English, Math

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota educators will begin drafting new learning standards for mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for the state’s K-12 students this summer.


Something Cool and Fun: Apply for Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakota students to apply for the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a group of young people who give Baesler their ideas and opinions about improving K-12 education.


Applicants Vie For Education Board Openings

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday announced the names of applicants for two prominent North Dakota education boards – the Board of Higher Education and the Board of Public School Education.


Baesler Applauds 2022 ND County Teachers of the Year

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday applauded 47 North Dakota educators who have been named as 2022 County Teachers of the Year, praising them as examples of professional excellence in education.


Empower[Ed] is a success for Bismarck Public Schools

Categories: Blog

As the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction works to make education more innovative, Bismarck Public Schools is making sure they are taking advantage of all the opportunities NDDPI provides.


Board of Higher Education Application Deadline Extended

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that the deadline for applying for a position on the state Board of Higher Education has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29.


New STARS Interactive Reporting and Analytics Portal

Categories: Press Release

Building upon the rollout of the new STARS user experience, we are pleased to announce a new interactive STARS Reporting and Analytics Portal to be released on April 25!


Summer Camp Grants Available

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting schools, agencies and other organizations to apply for $20,000 in grant assistance to offer academic camps for students during the summer.


ND School For Deaf Superintendent Retiring

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that Dr. Connie Hovendick, the superintendent of the North Dakota School for the Deaf Resource Center, will be retiring at the end of June.


April 6th is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Categories: Blog

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day honors paraprofessional educators, who may also be known as paras, instructional assistants, or teacher aides. Paraprofessionals support students with instruction, behavior, language, physical assistance, and more. They perform a variety of teaching-related tasks and, while they assist teachers in classrooms, they may also work independently.


Baesler, Burgum Laud Education Innovation Work

Categories: Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler praised the Bismarck public schools’ Career Academy as an example of what education innovation and career and technical centers can do for North Dakota students.


N.D. State Board of Public School Education Seeking Applicants

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday invited North Dakotans from two groups of counties to apply for the Board of Public School Education, which plays a crucial oversight role in the North Dakota’s education system.


Cultivating and Inspiring Innovation in Our Schools

Categories: Blog

A few weeks after North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler took office in 2013, she received an email from a high school principal who “wanted to do things differently.”

When work first began on how to improve the way North Dakota students learn, it became apparent that what was good for one district was not going to work in another. School districts were going to need to communicate what changes were desired and of course, not all school districts saw the need for change. Over time, the concept of allowing innovation to grow locally took shape and during the 2017 legislative session, SB 2186 was passed. This precedence-setting legislation allows public and nonpublic schools to have more local control and flexibility over the design and delivery of learning in their schools. 


ND Teacher of the Year Awarded $15,000 Grant

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that Bret Dockter, North Dakota’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, has been awarded a $15,000 grant to promote the teaching profession and education. It is the first grant of its kind in state history.


STARS User Interface Enhancements

Categories: Press Release

The STARS user interface is getting an overhaul on March 10th! Improvements were made based on user feedback we obtained through surveys, as well as from our STARS advisory group. This is a multi-phase initiative.


Baesler Seeks Grant Applications for Community Learning

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday announced the start of a competition for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for the 2022-23 school year.


Celebrating Achievements in Education

Categories: Blog

Recently, representatives from Emerado Elementary School and Mt. Pleasant High School in Rolla traveled to New Orleans to be recognized as National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools at the 2022 National ESEA Conference. The four-day event was attended by educators, administrators, and state association members from across the U.S. and addressed a common goal – how to best meet the needs of disadvantaged students.


North Dakota Leads the Way with Inaugural Cyber Madness Tournament

Categories: Blog

North Dakota is leading the way in educating students in computer science. We are the first state to have computer science and cybersecurity standards for curriculum. To encourage participation and interest in computer science and cybersecurity, the first-ever Cyber Madness Tournament was held February 10 - 12 at Bismarck State College. Thirteen teams of high school students from eleven school districts across North Dakota competed.


Starkweather Educator Lands First ND Teacher Innovation Grant

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that Jodi Erickstad, a teacher in the Starkweather school district, will receive the Department of Public Instruction’s first teacher innovation grant.

Erickstad proposed establishing a snowshoeing education program for Starkweather students and their families. The $5,708 grant will buy snowshoe kits, including shoes, walking poles, and portable equipment storage bags.


Supporting and Strengthening Education in North Dakota

Categories: Blog

In North Dakota, there are seven Regional Education Associations (REAs) that support school districts in many ways. These REAs were established by state law in 2005 to increase efficiencies at the school level, allowing districts to pool funding and resources for professional development and services.


Good Reading: Eight Rural ND School Districts Win Literacy Grants

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that eight rural school districts across North Dakota have been awarded grants of up to $500,000 each to strengthen reading programs for their students and professional development for their teachers.

 


Snow Days are Going Virtual

Categories: Blog

What if schools didn't have to worry about making up snow days? That would be a good thing, especially in North Dakota.


North Dakotans Invited to Apply for Board of Higher Education

Categories: Newsletter

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler invites North Dakotans to apply for two potential openings on the Board of Higher Education, the panel that oversees the state university system.


21st Century Community Learning Grants Provides Funding for Valuable Afterschool Programs

Categories: Blog

Afterschool programs provide endless opportunities for learning experiences, exposure to the arts, physical activity, and even internships for older students. Families benefit from their children's increased engagement and the ability for parents to remain in the workforce.

In North Dakota, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program serves up to 10,000 students per year at over 100 sites. Federal funding was first made available in 1998 as a means to reduce at-risk behaviors for kids between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.


Baesler Invites North Dakotans to Nominate Teacher of the Year Candidates

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging North Dakotans to nominate outstanding teachers as candidates for the State Teacher of the Year Award, which is the most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on teaching excellence.


Westhope School Board Member Chosen for State Education Board

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that Lyndsi Engstrom, a member of Westhope’s school board, has been appointed to the North Dakota Board of Public School Education.

Engstrom succeeds Maria Effertz Hanson, of Velva, who resigned last month. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Engstrom to complete Effertz Hanson’s six-year term, which ends June 30, 2024. Engstrom will represent Benson, Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Towner, and Walsh counties.


Communication and Collaboration Create Successful Partnerships

Categories: Blog

As it oversees the education of over 120,000 students across the state, NDDPI partners with many educational and noneducational entities to carry out its mission. Most people may not realize NDDPI is in a unique position compared to its counterparts in other states. 

“In North Dakota, NDDPI doesn’t oversee everything that has to do with education,” said North Dakota Assistant Superintendent Laurie Matzke. “There are many departments and organizations working together. Superintendent Baesler has, over the past eleven years, worked hard to create and strengthen partnerships so we can collaborate on projects.”


Increasing Dyslexia Awareness in North Dakota

Categories: Blog

The need for improved screening and intervention for dyslexia led to the creation of HB1461 during the 2019 North Dakota legislative session. The bill was passed and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction received $250,000 to implement the Dyslexia Pilot Program for the 2019-2021 biennium.


Interested In Literacy? Help Write Library Standards

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting library specialists, educators, and other experts to participate in revising the state’s Library and Technology academic content standards for grades kindergarten through 12.

These standards were last updated in 2012. They provide guidelines about what students should know and be able to do in each grade as they advance through elementary and secondary school.


North Dakota School Approvals Completed For 2021-2022

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that the annual North Dakota school compliance report has been published. State law requires all North Dakota schools to submit compliance reports in order to receive state education aid.


Ebach, Kratcha Named as North Dakota's U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated two high school seniors who have been named as North Dakota’s delegates for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. The honor includes a $10,000 college scholarship and the opportunity to attend a weeklong online leadership program in Washington, D.C., next spring.


Strengthening Mental Health in North Dakota Students

Categories: Blog

Most people have heard that mental and behavioral health struggles are increasing, especially for our youth. According to the 2019 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 61.2 percent of high school students reported their mental health was not good on at least one day during the 30 days before the survey. And, the percentage of students who have seriously considered attempting suicide, has increased from 12.4 percent in 2009 to 18.8 percent in 2019.


Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Categories: Blog

School districts across North Dakota have been dealing with teacher shortages for several years. And, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board declared all areas (all academic areas needing a license) as having a shortage. The preliminary results for the 2021-2022 school year show the trend continuing and even worsening in some areas.


Baesler Elected as Future President of National Education Group

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has been chosen as president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization that represents state education interests and manages the national Teacher of the Year award.


Baesler Announces Opportunity to Join Influential Education Board

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging residents of North Dakota’s northern tier of counties to consider applying for the State Board of Public School Education, which plays an important role in the state’s educational system.


Celebrate Education!

Categories: Blog

Monday, November 15th kicks off American Education Week across the United States. In North Dakota, the Department of Public Instruction encourages schools to celebrate their students, teachers and the entire learning community.


Celebrate Family Engagement Day on Nov. 18, 2021

Categories: Blog

Families are the first and most influential teachers of their children, and it is with this in mind that NDDPI is celebrating National Parental Involvement Day on November 18. As part of American Education Week, National Parental Involvement Day gives schools the opportunity to celebrate and encourage the role families play in their children’s education.


North Dakota Provides College-bound Students Financial Resources for Education Beyond High School

Categories: Blog

As college-bound seniors navigate their last year of high school, one of the things on their to-do list is probably 'apply for scholarships.' North Dakota has done a great job providing scholarship opportunities to help students attain an affordable degree in North Dakota colleges and universities. There are many scholarships, grants, reciprocity, and student exchange programs available.

 


Meeting the Needs of College-bound Students

Categories: Blog

When North Dakota colleges and universities started seeing an increase in the number of students having to take remedial courses in English and math, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction stepped up to create the College Ready English and Math (CREAM) program.


Make Your Voice Heard On Student Learning

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakotans for their opinions about the skills students should learn as they move through the state public education system, as part of the work of establishing a state “learning continuum.”


Preparing Students for Success

Categories: Blog

Not every student who graduates from high school will go to college. Some might enter the workforce and others might enlist in the military. Making sure students are successful, no matter what they choose, is the goal of the North Dakota Choice Ready initiative.  


New Test Data Shows Pandemic Learning Decline in ND Schools

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that new test information shows a decline in student math and English proficiency during the 2020-21 school year.  The results offer evidence about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected student learning in North Dakota.


Changing the One-Size-Fits-All Education Model

Categories: Blog

DPI believes that every child deserves a personalized learning experience. In 2017, DPI and partners across the state garnered support for SB 2186, which created a pilot program that fosters personalized, competency-based learning in North Dakota. This initiative supports the North Dakota PK-12 Strategic Vision that all students will graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be successful.


Grants Will Help Students Whose Learning Was Affected by Pandemic

Categories: COVID-19, Newsletter

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced a new grant program to fund learning opportunities outside of school for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Five-Minute Brain Breaks Can Help Us All

Categories: Blog

When you hear the word literacy, you may think of reading and writing. But it is so much more. Literacy involves a wide variety of skills, including listening, speaking, comprehension and problem solving. It is the foundation for lifelong success at home, school and in the community.


Bret Dockter Named 2022 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 27, 2021 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday that Bret Dockter, a sixth-grade teacher at B.M. Hanson Elementary School in Harvey, has been named North Dakota’s 2022 Teacher of the Year.


Giving Students a Pathway Up with Computer Science

Categories: Blog

Most of us grew up knowing the ‘3 Rs’ were the foundations of learning in our schools. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are still important, but why not make those foundations stronger with computer science? NDDPI continues to advocate for the value of including computer science and cybersecurity in K-12 curriculum across the state.


Transforming Lives Through Adult Education

Categories: Blog

What do a college president, an astronaut, a preschool teacher, and a U.S. Surgeon General have in common? Each of these people dropped out of school as teenagers. Years later, they enrolled in adult education to improve their lives. The North Dakota GED pass rate is one of the highest in the nation. For the 2020-21 school year, 453 GEDs were earned, which equates to an 86 percent pass rate.


Pre-K Students Benefit from Best in Class Program

Categories: Blog

The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has introduced a pilot program designed to serve children and families in the year before they enter kindergarten. The Best in Class Grant program is built on over 20 years of research from similar programs across the country.


Increasing Cultural Awareness in North Dakota Classrooms

Categories: Blog

In 2015, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction decided to develop more authentic materials for Native American studies. Because Native American students represent the highest minority population in our state, ten percent of K-12 enrollment, the resources needed to be unique to North Dakota. NDDPI brought together tribal elders from across North Dakota in the spring of 2015. They shared their wealth of knowledge and helped to develop the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings (NDNAEU) that would form the basis for lesson and resource development. 


Virtual learning options for ND K-12 students have changed for 2021-2022 school year

Categories: Blog

As North Dakota K-12 students head back to school, they will find their virtual options for learning at home have changed since last year. Laws adopted in the 2021 legislative session change the type of distance learning that was used in a lot of districts last year and provides for another virtual learning opportunity – virtual academies.


N.D. Application Period Opens for the U.S. Senate Youth Program

Categories: Press Release

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has opened the selection cycle for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).Through the program, two delegates will be selected to receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship and will attend the 60th annual Washington Week to be held March 5-12, 2022.

 


Baesler: N.D. Indian Education Summit to Explore Literacy, Culture

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said educators will review the progress of North Dakota’s Native American Essential Understandings school instructional project at the state’s annual Indian Education Summit this week.


Baesler Announces Four 2022 N.D. Teacher of the Year Finalists

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler last week congratulated four North Dakota educators who have been chosen as finalists for the state’s Teacher of the Year award for 2022.


Baesler Seeks Comments on Education Aid Use Plan

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to offer suggestions about how to use federal aid to strengthen education in the wake of the instructional challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gregoire, Du Chosen As N.D. Presidential Scholars for 2021

Categories: Press Release

Two Grand Forks County students, Ellen Anna Gregoire and Dennis Du, have been named as North Dakota’s Presidential Scholars for 2021.


The Fantastic Forty: ND County Teachers of the Year Named for 2021

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday celebrated 40 North Dakota educators who are being honored as Teachers of the Year in the counties in which they work.


Baesler: Free Student Access to Education Software Will Continue

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said that an educational software program used by about 6,000 students for accelerated learning will remain available at no cost to students and families for the next two years. She encouraged North Dakota districts, schools, and families to continue using the program, or to consider becoming new users.


The Dish On Summer Meals For Kids

Categories: Press Release

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is seeking applications from organizations that are interested in operating North Dakota’s Summer Food Service Program. The program provides meals to children when school is not in session.


Baesler Salutes ND High School Seniors Who Had Perfect ACT Scores

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday praised four North Dakota high school seniors who registered perfect 36 composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam during their high school careers.


Public Notice - North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Accountability Waiver Request to the U.S. Department of Education

On behalf of the State of North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) will be submitting a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year of accountability, school identification, and related reporting requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).


Baesler Chooses New Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said her new Superintendent’s Student Cabinet includes 23 students from across the state, from a third grader to two high school seniors.


Panel To Review Board of Higher Education Applicants

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the state Board of Higher Education’s member nominating committee will meet Thursday to consider seven applicants for two seats on the board.


Baesler Provides Flexibility for Professional Development Training

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she will not require North Dakota schools to close for two days during the 2021-22 school year, which she said will give school districts more options in planning their upcoming school year.


North Dakota School Approvals Completed for 2020-2021

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced the publication of the annual North Dakota school compliance report. State law requires all North Dakota schools to submit these reports.


Supt. Baesler Responds to Gov. Burgum’s 2021-23 Budget Plan

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler provides statements following Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget address to the organizational session of the 2021 North Dakota Legislature on Thursday.


Dunlevy, Gjovig, Warford Finalists for ND Board of Higher Education

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that a nominating committee has recommended three candidates for Gov. Doug Burgum to consider for an opening on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.


Six Apply for ND Board of Higher Education Opening

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said six North Dakotans have applied for an open seat on the Board of Higher Education, which oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.


An Invitation To Serve On The ND Board of Higher Education

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday asked North Dakotans to consider applying for two Board of Higher Education seats that will be coming open on July 1, 2021.


Baesler Asks Students to Apply for Superintendent’s Cabinet

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakota students to apply for the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a group of young people who offer Baesler ideas and advice about the state’s K-12 education system.


Baesler: Schools Getting New $33.8M For Pandemic Costs

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday announced $33.8 million in new aid for North Dakota’s schools, which may be spent on mental health support, technology, building ventilation improvements, and other needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.


ND Schools Getting Cloth Masks To Fight COVID-19

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s public and nonpublic schools will be getting shipments of cloth masks soon to help inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


Baesler Celebrates Distance Learning Guide from Standout ND Educators

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler praised a group of standout North Dakota educators for crafting a guide of distance learning teaching tips to help their colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.


NDDPI Submits 21st Century Community Learning Center Waiver Application

Categories: Press Release

On behalf of the State of North Dakota, the NDDPI will be submitting a 21st Century Community Learning Center wavier application with respect to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Devils Lake, Minot, Grand Forks Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Award

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Thursday congratulated three North Dakota schools for being honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020.


Kristi Reinke Named 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday that Kristi Reinke, a social studies teacher at Jim Hill Middle School in Minot, has been named the 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.


National Guide Developed from ND Native Student Needs Assessment

Categories: Press Release

The Institute of Education Sciences released a guide in September that is based on the Native American student needs assessment and action plan developed by North Dakota education stakeholders and leaders. 


Baesler: Grant Will Ease Shortage of Special Ed Teachers

Categories: Newsletter

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a new state government partnership with Minot State University will help ease North Dakota’s shortage of special education teachers.


ND Students Among Nation’s Top Performers On GEDs

Categories: Newsletter

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced North Dakota finished second in the nation in the percentage of General Educational Development test-takers who earned a GED diploma in the past 12 months.


Johnson, Meehl Appointed To ND Board of Public School Education

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday announced that Burdell Johnson, of Tuttle, and Sonia Meehl, of Oakes, have been appointed to the state Board of Public School Education.


Trust Fund Payment for ND Schools Rising

Categories: Press Release

Common Schools Fund provides more than $1 billion for schools over 10 years.


Grande, Randall, Wetch Are Finalists for ND Board of Higher Education

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that three potential appointees for North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education have been forwarded to Gov. Doug Burgum for his consideration.


EduTech, NDDPI announce Code.org Professional Learning Program Open for Registration

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and EduTech Director Rosi Kloberdanz today announced a Code.org Professional Learning Program beginning in June for middle school teachers and July for high school teachers. There is also a program available for elementary teachers.


Baesler Announces Opportunity for Public Service in Education

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday invited applications for two openings on the Board of Public School Education, which facilitates cooperation among the state’s various K-12 education organizations.


Baesler: Eight Candidates Apply for ND Board of Higher Education

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that eight candidates have applied for a future vacancy on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.


Order Improves Ability of ND Schools To Manage Pandemic Expenses

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum has granted State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s request for an executive order that allows North Dakota’s schools to keep larger financial reserves to pay expenses from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Survey Seeks Public Comment About Use of Education Aid

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking for public suggestions about the best uses for federal education aid that was recently approved by Congress.


Wentz, Duhamel, Tigirlily to Headline ND Class of 2020 Celebration

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Friday that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, actor Josh Duhamel and Nashville recording artists Tigirlily will participate in a May 30 statewide celebration of North Dakota’s high school Class of 2020.


Baesler Announces $41.8M in Grants to Strengthen Student Literacy

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that 20 North Dakota education sites have been awarded $41.8 million in grants, to be distributed over five years,
to help students across the state improve their skills in reading, writing and speaking.


Burgum, Baesler Announce Summer School, Testing Options

Categories: Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that beginning June 1, North Dakota schools will be allowed to host a number of activities, including summer school and college admissions testing.


School Facilities May Be Used for ND Graduations

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that Gov. Doug Burgum is allowing North Dakota’s schools to use school property for high school graduation ceremonies.


Baesler Says Statewide ‘Virtual Graduation’ Planned

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a “virtual graduation ceremony” will be broadcast and livestreamed across North Dakota May 30 as a special opportunity to honor North Dakota’s Class of 2020.


Perfect! Baesler Congratulates ND Seniors Who Earned 36s on ACT Exam

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday congratulated nine North Dakota seniors who earned perfect 36 composite scores on their ACT exams during their time in high school.


Baesler: ND Schools Will Share $33M For COVID-19 Issues

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has secured $33 million for North Dakota schools that was included in recent, sweeping federal legislation approved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Baesler Applauds Presidential Scholar Semifinalists

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler praised seven North Dakota high school seniors who were named as semifinalists for Presidential Scholar honors, which is one of the nation’s most prestigious education awards.


Baesler's Work Gives Schools Flexibility, Local Control In Using Aid

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler successfully pushed the U.S. Department of Education to agree to grant North Dakota’s schools more local control and flexibility in managing federal aid that benefits students from low-income homes.


Candidates Sought For New ND Board of Higher Education Vacancy

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday asked North Dakotans to apply for a state Board of Higher Education seat that is coming open July 1.


State Superintendent, Governor seek testing waiver

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent and Gov. Doug Burgum have collaborated on a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive all federally mandated student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.


Governor Burgum issues Executive Order for Distance Learning to Count Towards Instructional Hours

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

Governor Burgum, with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, provided updated guidance to K-12 school districts after the governor on Sunday ordered schools closed this week to slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide time to gather more data, better assess coronavirus testing and treatment capability, and allow school districts to plan for educating their students in the event of an extended COVID-19 pandemic.


Burgum: K-12 schools won’t have to make up instructional time from coronavirus-related closure

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that K-12 schools which were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.


Burgum orders K-12 schools to close for one week in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Categories: COVID-19, Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – By executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum today ordered the closure of North Dakota K-12 schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on guidance from public school superintendents, medical experts and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  


COVID-19 March 15 5:45 pm Update

Categories: COVID-19

Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: The situation is constantly evolving. North Dakota leaders have been meeting around the clock since Friday afternoon. 


COVID-19 March 15 12:30 pm Update

Categories: COVID-19

Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: I am aware of the Minnesota directive to close schools this week.


COVID-19 March 13 Update

Categories: COVID-19

ND State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Governor Doug Burgum say the governor will not order the state’s schools closed for now, because information about the presence of COVID-19 in North Dakota does not justify that step. There has been one confirmed COVID-19 case in Ward County, and there have been no documented cases of spread within a community.


ND Presidential Scholar Nominees Announced

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated 64 North Dakota high school seniors who have been nominated for United States Presidential Scholar honors.

The scholars were chosen from 20 public and four nonpublic high schools. Bismarck Century has the most nominees, with 13, while Grand Forks Central had 10. Fargo’s Davies and North high schools have six nominees each.


Applications Open for Summer Food Service Program

Categories: Press Release

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is seeking applications from organizations interested in operating North Dakota’s Summer Food Service Program. It provides meals to children when school is not in session.


North Dakota U.S. Senate Youth Program Winners Chosen

Categories: Press Release

Megha Bharadwaj, a junior at Bismarck’s St. Mary’s Central High School, and Rachel Goven, a senior at Turtle Lake Mercer High School, have been chosen to take part in the U.S. Senate Youth Program in March. The honor includes a $10,000 college scholarship.


Schools, Early Care Providers Encouraged to Apply For Literacy Grants

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday encouraged North Dakota school districts and early childhood care providers to apply for grant funds that will help strengthen the reading, writing and speaking skills of the state’s young people.

A legislative committee last week gave the Department of Public Instruction permission to begin distributing funds from the $43.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant.

School districts and early childhood care providers may apply for a share of the money, which will be distributed over five years. Training sessions on how to fill out grant applications will begin Jan. 14. The application deadline is March 1.


Baesler Announces Results of Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that new survey information about the health behavior of high-school students shows they are drinking less and using less tobacco.

Fewer high school students reported being bullied electronically or personally at school in the survey, which was taken last spring. Fewer young people neglected to buckle up when riding in vehicles, the survey said. "These trends are moving in the right direction and are things we can and should celebrate," Baesler said.


Baesler Announces 2020 School Administrator Conference Days

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 22-23, 2020, as days during the 2020-21 school year when classes, sports events and practices, and other school activities may not be held.


Dyslexia Screening Grants

Categories: Press Release

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that three school organizations have been awarded almost $230,000 in grants to explore the best ways to identify and serve young North Dakota students who have dyslexia. The groups represent 19 school districts.


Lexile and Quantile Hub

Check out the new Lexile and Quantile Hub! Find new and enhanced tools that fit your needs.


Baesler: New School Information on ND Education Dashboard

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 4, 2019 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Friday that a new year’s worth of North Dakota school performance and accountability information has been integrated into the state’s “education dashboard” website.


Leadership Professional Development Opportunities

Categories: Newsletter

NDDPI is pleased to announce funding support for existing and upcoming leadership professional development opportunities designed specifically to meet the individual needs of school leaders across the state.


Betsy Ames - 50 Years of Service

What does it take to be an incredible school board leader? Betsy Ames has served for 50 years!


ACT Seeking Participants

Categories: Newsletter

ACT, Inc. and MetaMetrics, Inc. are conducting an important research study this fall to link the Lexile and Quantile Frameworks with the ACT Reading and Mathematics scales.


Two Graduates Receive Perfect ACT Score

Categories: Newsletter

Millicent Schwartz, a Grand Forks Red River graduate, and Seth Benson, a graduate of West Fargo Sheyenne High, both earned perfect 36 composite scores on the ACT.


Choice Ready Update

Categories: Newsletter

Choice Ready is an element in the North Dakota accountability system to measure whether our high schools prepare students to be ready for success upon graduation.


Big Moves in Computer Science Education

Categories: Newsletter

More than 90% of parents want their child’s school to teach computer science, but only 35% of high schools, nationally, teach it. Considering the lack of student access along with the obvious benefits, concerted efforts have been made over the past couple of years to address the lack of computer science as a part of our North Dakota students’ educational experience. 


2018-2019 School Accountability Reports Released Soon

Categories: Newsletter

Under ESSA, state education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.


Baesler Congratulates Students Who Aced the ACT Exam

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday praised two North Dakota high school students who scored a perfect 36 on their ACT college entrance exams.


School Districts Responsibility for Students Costs During the 2019-20 School Year

The following amounts will be used for the 2019-2020 school year to determine the school district responsibility (cost cap) for the education of resident students.


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SEEC-NDSoR: A Shared Responsibility [Online, Asynchronous]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 08:00 am - Friday, May 24, 2024 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Professional Development, Science of Reading, Training

Featuring footage from ND classrooms highlighting implementation exemplars and includes the following content: Introduction to SOR, Systematic, Explicit Instruction, the 5 Big Ideas of Reading, and Data-Informed Decisions (MTSS). Intermittent checks for understanding support participants in knowledge acquisition.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, June 30, 2026 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Due Date, Professional Development, Science of Reading, Training

Recent legislation places an emphasis on student literacy in the early grades, K-3. 

AUDIENCE: K-3, reading, special education, and English learner teachers that teach reading directly; K-3 principals; and Instructional Coaches leading literacy work.

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Foundations of Reading Instruction & Intervention Series

Monday, August 1, 2022 at 08:00 am - Monday, March 27, 2023 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Science of Reading

This three-part learning series is designed to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address a variety of students’ needs in reading.  Audience: K-5 Classroom teachers, Title teachers, special education teachers, interventionists, coaches, and administrators that wish to improve outcomes for all students in the area of reading.

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