Fall Conference Offers Learning Opportunities for Teachers, Baesler Says

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For Immediate Release
Oct. 10, 2016
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Office 701-328-2247
Cell: 701-400-8557
Email: dewetzel@nd.gov

BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 10, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said this week’s North Dakota Fall Educators Conference offers “outstanding opportunities” for teachers to share knowledge and hear information on improving their skills.

A group of nine education organizations, including the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota United and the North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, are hosting the conference at the Bismarck Event Center. It begins Wednesday night and ends Friday afternoon.

The conference will have two nationally known motivational speakers, John O’Leary and Jon Gordon, and about 150 smaller “breakout” sessions on subjects ranging from math, English and science instruction to classroom management, early childhood education and social media ethics.

“With the help of our education partners, we have organized a conference that offers outstanding opportunities for our North Dakota educators to share the knowledge they have,” Baesler said. “This will help all of us to pursue our shared goal of constantly improving how we educate our students.”

The conference opens Wednesday night with a keynote address from O’Leary, a St. Louis-based motivational speaker and author of “On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.” O’Leary speaks of how his life and outlook have been shaped by his recovery from an accident when he was 9 years old, in which he was burned over his entire body.

Gordon, an author and speaker who has advised professional sports teams and large companies as well as schools and nonprofits, will give a keynote address Thursday morning on “Positive Schools.”

This week’s conference takes the place of the Department of Public Instruction’s annual Title 1 conference. It was not held in 2015 because of a construction project at the Bismarck Event Center. The center has been reserved annually for the conference until 2020.

Conference participants may earn graduate or continuing education credit at the University of Mary. Aside from the university, the North Dakota DPI and North Dakota United, the conference’s partners are the North Dakota Educational Technology Council, the North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, EduTech, the Roughrider Education Services Program, Learning Forward North Dakota, and the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative.