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The Division of Student Support & Innovation publishes a report, titled the Research/Resources Report (RRR), which summarizes newly released research and resources on educational issues relevant to North Dakota schools.

October 2018
SEL and Mental Health Rise to Top of Principals’ List of Concerns
Social and emotional learning (SEL) and student mental health are among the top student-related concerns of Pre-K through grade 8 principals, according to The Pre-K-8 School Leader in 2018: A 10-Year Study. The new study is the ninth in a series published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) since 1928.

2018 Kids Count Data Book
The 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book reveals strengths and challenges for children in North Dakota and emphasizes an inaccurate census in 2020 which threatens to worsen existing challenges for North Dakota youth.

Yoga and Meditation in the Classroom
Benefits specifically seen in Early Childhood students are helping students learn left from right, as well as improved listening and direction-following skills. These yoga and meditation sessions do not need to be extensive. Rather, five to ten minutes once or twice a day, as needed, will greatly improve stress levels, energy, and productivity within your classroom. In addition, yoga and meditation practices can be an incredibly successful method for classroom management. Students should always have the option to not take part in the practice if they are not in the right mindset.

Policy Equity Analysis Toolkit
Equity issues are critical in education today. Research-based tools are provided that offer a framework for stakeholders within educational systems to learn more about an equity issue and then develop and implement strategies to address that issue.

New Guidance on Preparing for Literacy
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in the UK has published its latest guidance report which reviews the best available research to offer early childhood educators practical "do's and don'ts" to make sure all children start school with the foundations they need to read and write well.

When New Teachers Get Mentoring, Student Math Scores Can Go Up
A recent study, conducted by SRI Education, found that when new teachers receive ongoing support from mentors, they're better able to engage students and use assessment in instruction, and their students score higher on math assessments.

Building a Grad Nation Report
This 2018 report takes an in-depth look at the progress made between 2011 and 2016 in raising high school graduation rates and the state and district sources of those improvements, and identify where challenges remain. The report links improvements in high school graduation rates to the need to ensure all students, including those historically underserved by the education system, graduate high school prepared for postsecondary education.

Who’s Doing the Work?: Letting Students Guide the Process in a Writing Workshop
Writing workshops are a common daily feature in many classrooms. What used to feel robotic and was not enjoyable can now be reinvigorated. Jennifer Bekel, a third-grade teacher and EL coordinator for a district in Iowa, studied Katie Wood Ray’s text; The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They’re All Hard Parts) (National Council for Teachers of English). After simple adjustments and a willingness to let students lead and guide learning, their writing workshop began to work for all involved. Moving to authentic, student-driven writing has improved student engagement and quality of work.

August 2018
Creating Visual Stories With Data
Data storytelling weaves data and visualizations into a compelling narrative. Use these online tools to show examples to your students to get them started making their own stories and infographics.

How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking – and Fun – to Gym Class
A Washington state school district has reimagined physical education courses to include traditional lessons, as well as computational thinking, writes Eli Sheldon, the district's computational thinking specialist. In this commentary, he shares how one school introduced a "MoneyKickball" unit that analyzes data and was inspired by the book and film "Moneyball."

7 Meaningful Classroom Engagement Strategies for Student Connection
The moment to make a difference is now, in your classroom today. Consider how you can employ these 7 classroom engagement strategies to bridge gaps and strengthen the bond that matters between learner and educator.

NDMTSS Social Emotional Learning Goals
North Dakota is one of 11 states with comprehensive, developmental Social-Emotional Leaning (SEL) goals and the FIRST state in the country to have student-friendly language scales! These goals were created for North Dakota educators by North Dakota educators in an attempt to 1) provide a framework to guide quality explicit instruction of SEL skills fostering an engaging school climate for all students, 2) guide selection of evidence-based programs, and 3) steer professional learning with regards to SEL in ND. 

Using ND Smartlabs to Support Effective Instruction (NDCDE)
SmartLabs are 21st century learning systems designed to enable student exploration of academic knowledge, as well as develop their individual learning capabilities (learning how to learn) through real world topics related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), digital media arts, and much more. The SmartLab is a “turnkey” approach, providing curriculum and assessment resources, professional development, hardware, software, scientific and media equipment, hands-on construction kits, and ongoing support. Using these and other varied resources, students are challenged to complete academically focused, standards-based, open-ended projects related to the application of technology to human challenges and/or specific aspects of human experience. The North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) has a SmartLab at its headquarters. Besides hosting students, NDCDE uses its SmartLab to get smart about SmartLabs. Creative Learning Systems, the provider of SmartLabs, works closely with NDCDE so NDCDE can install the Labs, train the school districts’ personnel to facilitate in the environment, and help the school districts maintain their Labs while also enabling students, teachers, schools and communities across the state to use SmartLabs to personalize learning and ensure ND’s students are choice ready by graduation. Currently, there are 12 schools in North Dakota with a SmartLab, providing over 2,100 students with exposure to these adaptable learning systems. If you are interested in learning more about SmartLabs, be sure to check them out on NDCDE’s website ( There you can find videos and images of existing SmartLabs along with current pricing. Complete the SmartLab interest form to have an NDCDE SmartLab installation and training expert contact you.

Reach Every Reader Project
The Florida Center for Reading Research and College of Communication and Information at Florida State University have announced a collaborative partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) to research improving early childhood literacy through personalized intervention.

Just ASK’s 2018 Opening of School Checklist
As administrators make plans for the 2018-2019 school year, there are a multitude of tasks to take into account from academic goals to student safety, from opening day readiness to the induction of new staff, from facilities and supplies to ever changing technology issues, from establishing and maintaining a strong school culture to meeting the learning needs of all students. The 2018 Opening of School Checklist can assist with keeping you on track. (Reproduced with permission of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development. All rights reserved. Available at