For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
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.
Students from public and private schools in grades four through 12 are encouraged to seek a Cabinet position. The application form is posted on the Department of Public Instruction’s website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6.
“This is an opportunity for me to gather young people from across the state and hear their ideas about what is working in our schools in North Dakota, that we should keep doing and keep investing in,” Baesler said. “But I also want to learn about what is not working in our schools, and what we could do better.”
Baesler founded the Student Cabinet in April 2015. Members are appointed to serve for 18 months. Applications are ranked by an evaluation team outside of the superintendent’s office. The newly selected students will be the third Cabinet in the history of the initiative.
Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation and answer a series of questions, including a question about what they believe to be the biggest issue facing North Dakota students. They must be able to travel to Cabinet meetings, which are held in Bismarck every three months, and have a parent or chaperone to provide supervision to and from each meeting.
The present Student Cabinet has 20 members – 11 young women and nine young men – from 16 communities across North Dakota. Two members are students in nonpublic schools. Six were elementary school students when they were appointed.
Suggestions by Student Cabinet members have played a role in the North Dakota Legislature’s approval of bills to broaden access to advanced school coursework and early childhood education, and to help prevent bullying. “The student cabinet is a very important part of the process,” Baesler said. “We discuss real issues and generate good policy ideas.”
“If you have things to share, or if there are things that you believe are important for your state superintendent to know about education – how we can make it better, and the things that we’re doing well – please consider applying for the Student Cabinet,” Baesler said.