January-February-March 2017

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Summer School is Right Around the Corner

It’s that time of year when the days are getting longer, the weather is warmer and plans for summer vacation activities are in full swing.  Don’t forget to include education in your plans!
Besides academic opportunities for students, our summer school programs include an exciting component for our young teenagers – Drivers Education.  Yes, our drivers education programs may generate anxiety for parents but provides our youth yet another opportunity to take an important step towards independence. 
The Department of Public Instruction invites all public schools to apply for state-funded summer school programs.  The programs eligible to receive state aide payments include:
  • Remedial Summer School – Grades K-8                           
  • Regular Summer School Programs – 5-8
  • High School Summer School
  • Drivers Education
The Summer School application program in STARS will opened March 3, 2017.  All summer school applications must be received 15 days prior to the start of your summer school program.  The application process includes two steps:
  1.  The school completes the applications(s) that will provide the Department with contact information, program dates and other programmatic information.
  2. The school will report the teachers, courses, total instructional hours, and a prediction of the number of students attending summer school.
         Note: Both the application and the Personnel (MIS03) information are part of the State    Automated Reporting System (STARS) Summer School Licensed Personnel (MISO3) program.  
Upon competition of summer school programs, schools will need to fill complete the summer school enrollment report.  This report is where you indicate how many students actually participated in your program and which generates the payment to your school. 
The Department extends appreciation to the districts who offer summer school programs and to the teachers who work with our youth during the summer.   Remember to enjoy time in sun yourselves!

Education Leadership and Counseling Continuing Education Grants Available

Going back to school?  If you are pursuing master level degrees in educational leadership or if you are pursuing a school counseling credential, continuing Education Grants are available through the Department of Public Instruction.  All eligible recipients must:
  1. Be licensed to teach by the education standards and practices board;
  2. Have taught in North Dakota during each of the last three school years; and
  3. Be enrolled in an institution of higher education in North Dakota in either a master of education program in educational leadership or a program leading to a specialist diploma in educational leadership: or
  4. Be pursuing a school counselor credential
If you’re interested, complete the Application for Continuing Education Grants and return to the Office of Teacher and School Effectiveness. For more information please visit Continuing Education Grants or contact Gwyn Marback at 701-328-2295.

Innovative Learning Site Visit
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is collaborating with KnowledgeWorks in planning a two-day site visit to the Maine/Boston area to observe innovative school practices with a focus on Competency-Based Education. The site visits are designed to give participants an idea of how they might implement personalized learning in their district, region, or state, as well as to answer questions about the implementation process.
The site visits are scheduled for May 10-12, 2017 and will kick-off with an evening dinner meeting. Thursday’s agenda includes site visits as well as an evening debrief. Friday will consist of additional site visits prior to departing. KnowledgeWorks will cover travel expenses for 20 individuals.
The application is due February 21, 2017. All information for the field trip is located on the NDDPI website.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Gail Schauer at (701) 328-2755.
Weather Related Closings
The North Dakota Century Code regarding weather related closings was reviewed. Please find an updated Frequently Asked Questions document on the NDDPI’s website.
If you have any questions regarding to weather related school closings, please contact Gail Schauer at (701) 328-2755 or Carol Harmsen at (701) 328-2266.

Deadline for Waiver Submission for the 2017-18 School Year
  • North Dakota Century Code 15.1-06-05 – Instructional days – Reconfiguration – Application. A school district may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for permission to reconfigure the number of instructional days required by section 15.1-06-04.
  • North Dakota Century Code 15.1-06-08 – Waiver. Schools may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for a waiver of high school unit instructional time required by NDCC Chapter 15.1-21-03. Administrative Code 67-19-02 provides more details for a high school seeking a waiver of high school unit instructional. 
All public schools seeking a waiver must apply using State Form Number (SFN) 58170 for a waiver of instructional days or SFN 58169 for a waiver of high school unit of instructional time.
Due Date: New applications must be received by March 1 of the year prior to the school year for which the waiver is being sought. If you have an existing waiver and would like to submit an extension, the waiver extension application is due July 1, 2017. Please send all applications to:
Department of Public Instruction
Office of School Approval & Opportunity
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
Fax: (701) 328-0201
Email: gkmarback@nd.gov
Please visit the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website for additional information.
If you have any questions, please contact Gwyn Marback at 701-328-2295.