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Panel Names Six Finalists for Two Board of Higher Education Seats
BISMARCK, N.D., May 11, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that a nominating committee has recommended six finalists for two positions on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Lauds Presidential Honors for Students, Teachers
BISMARCK, N.D., May 9, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated four North Dakota students who have been named as Presidential Scholars, and four teachers who have been honored as Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teachers.

Baesler Seeks Public Comment On New Academic Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., May 9, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to comment on the first drafts of new North Dakota academic standards for health, science, arts and early learning.

Baesler, Burgum Ask North Dakotans To Support Student’s ‘Google Doodle’
BISMARCK, N.D., May 7, 2018 – Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler are asking North Dakotans to support a Medora student’s bid to win a Google design contest, which carries a top prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.

Medora 3rd-Grader ‘Google Doodles’ His Way to Prize
MEDORA, N.D., May 3, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that Connor Honeyman, a third-grader at DeMores Elementary School in Medora, is the North Dakota winner of this year’s national Doodle 4 Google design competition.

New Tool Launched to Provide More Transparency in School Performance  
BISMARCK, N.D., April 23, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that North Dakota’s education dashboard, part of an effort to bring more transparency and accountability to our schools, is now online and includes a wide variety of information about our schools.

Baesler Pleased School Aid Is Priority In Governor’s Budget Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., April 18, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she is pleased Gov. Doug Burgum has exempted state aid to schools from the suggested budget reductions he has asked North Dakota agencies to prepare for the 2019 Legislature.

Baesler: Initiatives In Place to Help NAEP Results
BISMARCK, N.D., April 10, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says North Dakota’s results on a national test show the importance of stronger state programs for early learning and reading.

Baesler: Ten Apply for Board of Higher Education Seats
BISMARCK, N.D., April 4, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 10 people have applied for two openings on the state Board of Higher Education.
The terms of incumbent board members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness are ending June 30. Melicher, a Fargo optometrist, has applied to serve a second four-year term. Ness, who is a retired school administrator and teacher, did not apply for reappointment.

Baesler, Burgum Say North Dakota A Leader In Internet Power
BISMARCK, N.D. (March 22, 2018) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and other officials today announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network that will put North Dakota schools and government on the nation’s leading edge of internet connectivity and speed.

Baesler: Program Offers Advanced Classes In Rural ND Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., March 14, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says many students in rural North Dakota high schools will have new opportunities to take advanced classes in the next school year.

Baesler Seeks North Dakotans’ Insight on Learning Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., March 12, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants parents, teachers, business people and other education advocates to consider serving as independent reviewers of proposed new North Dakota learning standards for health, science, early learning and the arts.

Baesler Efforts Give ND Schools New Testing Option
BISMARCK, N.D., March 7, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said that 17 North Dakota school districts have been cleared to use the ACT exam in place of a required state math and English achievement test for high school students. The districts had asked for approval to make the switch.

Baesler Invites Students to Apply For New Superintendent’s Cabinet
BISMARCK, N.D., March 6, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakota students to apply for her Student Cabinet, a group that offers Baesler ideas and advice about how the state’s education system can be improved.

Baesler, Officials Plan Meetings On School Safety
BISMARCK, N.D., March 2, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she and a group of law enforcement agencies, including county sheriffs, city police chiefs and the North Dakota Highway Patrol, are planning to hold regional meetings in the next few months to assess school districts’ safety needs.

Baesler Seeks Applicants for ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., March 2, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Baesler, Education Leaders Discuss School Safety Agenda
BISMARCK, N.D., March 1, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a comprehensive school safety effort should include greater access to school resource officers and behavioral health specialists, as well as training in early identification of potential threats.

Baesler: New Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Teachers Begins
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 16, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s newly revamped student loan forgiveness program for teachers may offer up to four years’ worth of debt relief, which school districts may use to recruit or retain teachers.

2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Award Competition
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 12, 2018 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is announcing the 2018 grant award competition for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). The department will be accepting applications for a three-year grant from school districts, regional education associations, consortiums, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations, higher education institutions and faith-based organizations.

“Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s Statement to Schools on Fall Conference Days”
As districts begin to plan their school calendars, I have been asked for the dates of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s (NDDPI) Fall Educators Conference in 2018. This is a good time to discuss the various opportunities for professional development for our teachers and administrators.

Survey: Majority of ND Students Dedicated to School Work
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 29, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a survey of North Dakota students shows a majority are invested in their schoolwork and pay close attention to what they are learning, while smaller groups do just enough to get by or don’t do what is asked of them.

Baesler Praises North Dakota Presidential Scholar Candidates
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 25, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 70 North Dakota high school students have been chosen as potential Presidential Scholars, which is one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for a high school student.

Programs Bolster ND Students’ College Prep for Math, English
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 25, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that two  high school instructional programs can save time and money for students who plan to attend a North Dakota college after they graduate from high school.

Baesler, Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership For High School Tech Education
Microsoft TEALS Program to Launch and Expand in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 22, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced a new partnership with Microsoft Corp., and said she is gauging interest from local superintendents and high schools in utilizing a unique program for computer science instruction. Baesler: New ‘Dashboard’ Useful for Parents, Taxpayers
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 22, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says a new “school dashboard” will offer North Dakota parents and taxpayers an easier way to look up information about how their local schools are performing.