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The NDDPI is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to strengthen our Choice Ready Framework and enable more students to graduate Choice Ready.

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Exemplary Grant Activities
District Activities
Beach Digital portfolios are being created for each high school student to track progress for Choice Ready. We will be utilizing Office 365's OneDrive to upload supporting documents for each of the Essential Skills. Staff members will develop the system and assist the students in creating their online folders.
James River Special Education Cooperative We will partner with Kulm Public School to create a classroom space to expand the culinary arts area. In this partnership, the culinary arts area has a stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, over-stove exhaust fan, and moveable island. The overarching goal is for all students to work cooperatively to learn and grow in the area of culinary arts with an end goal of starting and continuing a school-based enterprise such as a coffee shop that the students, staff, and community could access.
Lisbon

Lisbon had one of the highest scoring applications, which included numerous activities all designed to graduate more students Choice Ready, including:

  1. ACT preparation
  2. Career exploration activities
  3. Online courses through the NDCDE
  4. ASVAB test preparation
  5. Capstone project
  6. Food handler certificate
    Magic City High School They will create a recovery program that meets the needs of students who are not making progress on the academic portion of their four-year-rolling career plan, increasing graduation rates, and student achievement. They will also create recovery courses in core subjects to help students close the credits gap, make more time for students to explore their interests, and ultimately graduate choice ready.
    Maple Valley All students 9-12 will engage in a community service day opportunity for district patrons with limited resources and mobility. Each class will be supervised by its class advisors. This will include opportunities for students to participate in window washing, leaf raking/branch cleanup, etc.
    Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant will implement an Annual Independent Living Day for 12th graders. Local businesses will set up booths. Students will be given an income to buy essentials needed for daily living. Students will speak to our local housing authorities, car dealerships, insurance agencies, utilities, social services, daycare, etc. This will give students a chance to work on communication skills, develop professional contacts, and provide a glimpse of adult life and the importance of education and training.
    Napoleon Napoleon intends to share the importance of the ASVAB with this year's juniors by giving a tour of the National Guard facilities if 75% of them get a 31 ASVAB score.
    Northern Cass A Game of Life Simulation will provide learners with meaningful experiences that will enhance their postsecondary and workforce readiness by providing them with the tools and pathways for their future. The simulation will be run like the Game of Life: learners will begin with a set amount of money based on the average salary of the career they choose for the day. They will then interact with the various booths as "citizens/players" in the game simulation, earning or spending money based on life choices or adverse events they experience. This real-life simulation will allow students to learn more about higher education and careers in which they might be interested.
    Sheyenne-Valley CTE Sheyenne-Valley CTE will utilize the product CareerViewXR by Be More Colorful, which combines high-resolution video and pictures to create an immersive, interactive experience that, combined with a quality Virtual Reality headset, lets the user experience these career options in a virtual format. Users get a feel for the typical work environment they might expect once employed in that capacity. It also allows users to complete a virtual field trip and/or a job shadow.

     

    Grant Recipients
    • Alexander Public School
    • Beach High School
    • Berthold Public School (Lewis and Clark)
    • Beulah High School
    • Cass County CTC
    • Cavalier School District
    • Center-Stanton
    • Central Campus - Minot
    • Central HS - Grand Forks
    • Dakota Prairie
    • Davies
    • Dickinson Public Schools
    • Drayton Public School
    • East Central Spec. Ed Unit
    • Ellendale
    • Fargo Dakota HS
    • Fargo North HS
    • Fargo South HS
    • Fargo Spec Ed
    • Fordville-Lankin
    • Grafton
    • Grand Forks CTC
    • Great Northwest CTC
    • Griggs County Central
    • Hatton Eielson
    • Hettinger
    • Hope-Page
    • James River Spec Ed Coop
    • James Valley CTC
    • Jamestown Public Schools
    • Jamestown Spec Ed Unit
    • Kenmare
    • Kidder County
    • Killdeer
    • Kulm
    • Lakota
    • Langdon
    • Larimore
    • Lewis and Clark North Shore Plaza
    • Lidgerwood
    • Lisbon
    • Litchville Marion
    • Magic City Campus HS
    • Mandan
    • Maple Valley
    • Medina
    • Milnor
    • Mt. Pleasant
    • Napoleon
    • New Rockford-Sheyenne
    • New Salem - Almont
    • North Border - Walhalla
    • North Valley CTC
    • Northern Cass
    • Northwood
    • Oakes
    • Pingree-Buchanan
    • Ray (Nesson 2)
    • Red River High School
    • Rolette
    • Sargent Central
    • Sheyenne CTC
    • Sheyenne Valley Spec Ed
    • Souris River Campus Alt. HS
    • Southeast Region CTC
    • Surrey
    • Thompson
    • Tioga
    • Turtle Lake - Mercer
    • Valley City
    • Wahpeton
    • Wahpeton Spec. Ed.
    • West Fargo
    • West Fargo Community HS
    • West Fargo Horace HS
    • West Fargo Sheyenne HS
    • West Fargo Spec. Ed.
    • Westhope
    • Williston Basin
    • Wing
    • Wishek
    • Wyndmere
    Link to Training Sessions

    Session Topic: Overview of Choice Ready Grant Opportunity
    Presenters: Laurie Matzke
    Meeting Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 2021; 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: This session will provide a general synopsis of the new Choice Ready Grant Opportunity and describe the terms of the grant.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Preparatory Classes and Tutoring
    Presenter: Amanda Peterson
    Meeting Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 2021; 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST)  
    Session Description: Participants in this session will generate ideas to increase choice ready graduates through the use of preparatory classes and tutoring. More specifically, funding could be focused on providing additional support services to students for math, reading, science, and writing, to help prepare more students to excel on the ACT and in advanced courses. In addition, grantees should consider partnering with outside groups for these supports.    
    PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Choice Ready Opportunities with Online CDE Courses
    Presenters: Matthew Lonn
    Meeting Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 2021; 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST)  
    Session Description: Learn about the different ways you can partner with Center for Distance Education (CDE) to help your students become Choice Ready. This session will include information about many different online courses your students can complete to meet the online course completion essential skill requirement. In addition, learn more about how you can help your students become choice ready with Career and Technical Education, Dual Credit, and Advanced Placement course offerings online.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Increasing Work-Based Learning Participation
    Presenter: Wayde Sick & Mark Wagner
    Meeting Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 2021; 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: The North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (NDCTE) will review the Work-Based Learning indicator in Choice Ready and Perkins V, and will brainstorm with attendees how the Choice Ready Grants can increase Work-Based Learning participation.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Increasing Student Participation in Industry Credentials
    Presenters: Wayde Sick & Mark Wagner
    Meeting Date and Time: Monday, April 19, 2021; 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: The NDCTE will review the Industry Certifications indicator in Choice Ready and will brainstorm with attendees how the Choice Ready Grants can increase Industry Certification completion.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Expanding Career Exploration Participation
    Presenter: Wayde Sick & Mark Wagner
    Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: The NDCTE will review the Career Exploration indicator in Choice Ready and Perkins V, and will brainstorm with attendees how the Choice Ready Grants can increase Career Exploration participation.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Challenging Students with Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Courses
    Presenter: Davonne Eldredge
    Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: This session will review ways Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses may be used in schools to meet Choice Ready requirements and challenge students. These college level courses expose students to the rigor they will experience in college courses. We will also review supports available for the advanced placement programs through NMSI and Schoolhouse.world and review the recent legislation which will support students enrolled in dual credit.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: 21st Century Skills and the 4 C’s – Where to Begin
    Presenters: Ann Ellefson
    Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST) 
    Session Description: This session will review the 4 Cs often associated with 21st Century Skills and explore ways for schools to define what they are, expand student understanding, and explore strategies to assess progress throughout high school.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Becoming Alternate Choice Ready
    Presenters: Lea Kugel & Michelle Woodcock
    Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: This session will discuss the ND Alternate Assessment and how it can be used to assist students with significant cognitive disabilities in becoming Alternate Choice Ready.  Alternate Choice Ready pathways will be reviewed along with suggestions of activities to incorporate into the student’s IEP to help them move towards being Alternate Choice Ready.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Using CREAM to Become Choice Ready
    Presenters: Davonne Eldredge
    Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: This session will introduce participants to the CREAM program. This online learning platform is designed to assist students who did not meet the benchmark required to participate in college level mathematics and English courses. Students who take the program can prevent having to take remediation courses in the areas of mathematics and English when they enter college. The presentation will also explain how the program may be used to assist struggling seniors in English and struggling juniors and seniors in mathematics, as well as explore the skills covered in the program and explain supports available for this program.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Integrating Work-Based Learning into the Choice Ready Framework
    Presenters: Kelly Robson & Bellwether Education
    Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: Learn about ways to integrate high-quality, work-based learning into Choice Ready plans. Bellwether Education compiled a document that outlines ways states are implementing Work-Based Learning, which will be shared in this session.
    Session Recording; PowerPoint Presentation

    Session Topic: Choice Ready Grant Opportunity Question & Answer Session
    Presenters: Laurie Matzke
    Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
    Session Description: After listening to three days of training sessions surrounding the Choice Ready Grant Opportunity, prospective grantees may ask any pertinent questions to the various presenters in this interactive session.
    Session Recording