Committees

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The ESSA committees allow the state to gather feedback and support from stakeholders across the state as we move forward to implement the ESSA law.

Committees are comprised of NDDPI personnel and stakeholders who have expertise in each topic or an interest in being part of the committee. These members have agreed to shoulder the responsibility of providing ongoing, two-way feedback with the stakeholder group they represent across the state throughout the implementation process.

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ESSA Implementation Committee Members
Name Committee Role Title Organization
Archuleta, Nick  North Dakota United NDU President North Dakota United
Arness, Amy  Parent Teacher Association Member North Dakota Parent Teacher Association
Arnold, Lodee  Ex Officio Member ELL/Bilingual Assistant Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Bachmeier, Levi  School District Business Manager Business Manager West Fargo
Baesler, Kirsten State Superintendent State Superintendent North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Baxley, Alexis North Dakota School Boards Association Executive Director North Dakota School Boards Association
Brandt, Jessica North Dakota Schoolwide Program Title I Teacher Central Cass
Carlson, Greg Ex Officio Member NDUS Institutional Researcher - Special Projects North Dakota University System
Cieslik, Amber TSI/CSI Schools HS/MS Principal Parshall High School
Clooten, Ned  High School Principal Principal Wahpeton High School
Copas, Aimee North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders Executive Director North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
Daschendorf, Nicolette Military NDARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander North Dakota Army National Guard
Davis, Nathan North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission
Duchscher, Ann North Dakota Association for Gifted Children President/Chair North Dakota Association for Gifted Children
Ekart, Kayla North Dakota English Language Representative English Learners/EL Program Staff Bismarck Public Schools
Eldredge-Sandbo, Mary  North Dakota High School Teacher 2010 ND STOY, NDSTOY Chapter President North Dakota State Teacher of the Year
Ellefson, Ann  Ex Officio Member Academic Support Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Fastnacht, Jeff  Administrator - Large District Assistant Superintendent Mandan Public Schools
Faul, Scott High School Principal High School Principal Minot Public Schools
Fishbeck, Donna Ex Officio Member Chief of Staff North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Follman, Deb Elementary School Principal Elementary Principal Sweetwater Elementary, Devils Lake, ND
Fredericks, Lucy Ex Officio Member Indian/Multicultural Education Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Friesen, Tracy  Nonpublic School Representative Vice President of Academic Affairs Light of Christ Catholic Schools
Gackle, Sarahjoy Parent Group Member Parent Group
Grosz, Robert  Standards and Assessment Associate Superintendent Fargo Public Schools
Gullickson, Nikkie  Parent Teacher Association North Dakota PTA President Parent Teacher Association (Fargo Public Schools board member)
Hagar, Cheryl North Dakota Targeted Assistance Program Title I Assistant Coordinator Minot Public Schools
Hardie, Rosemary Special Education Representative Principal/Director Wahpeton Public Schools
Hovda, Jane Ex Officio Member Student Information System Specialist Information Technology Department
Johnson, Lisa North Dakota University System Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs North Dakota University System
Jonas, Rod  North Dakota Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Dean at University of Mary University of Mary
Jordan, Andrew  Administrator - Small District Superintendent Wilton Public Schools
Kathrein, Melanie  Curriculum Coordinator Director of Instruction Dickinson Public Schools
Kolosky, Joe  Ex Officio Member School Approval & Opportunity Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Korsmo, Tracy North Dakota Information Technology Business Intelligence Specialist Information Technology Department
Lech, Robert Administrator - Large District Superintendent Jamestown Public School District
Lewton, Marcus  Administrator - Midsize District Superintendent Dickinson Public Schools
Matzke, Laurie  Ex Officio Member Assistant Superintendent North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
McCarvel-O'Connor, Mary Ex Officio Member Specially Designed Services Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
McHugh, Mike Parent Group Member Parent Group
McPherson, Susan North Dakota Middle School Teacher Teacher Northern Cass Public School
Medalen, Sara North Dakota Elementary School Teacher Elementary teacher, specialist/interventionist Sunnyside Elementary School, Minot
Nappe, Lori North Dakota English Language Teacher Dean of Students Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation
Neset, Maria Office of the Governor Policy Advisor North Dakota Governor's Office
Oban, Shawn  Middle School Principal Principal Bismarck Public Schools
Peterson, Amanda  Ex Officio Member Educational Improvement & Support Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Pitkin, Rebecca  North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board Executive Director Education Standards and Practices Board
Riehl, Russ Middle School Principal Principal Bismarck Public Schools
Roemmich, Ross  Ex Officio Member Management Information Systems Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Schaefer, Luke North Dakota Regional Education Association Executive Director Central Regional Education Association
Schauer, Stan Ex Officio Member Assessment Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Sick, Wayde North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education State Director North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
Snow, Steve Ex Officio Member School Approval & Opportunity Assistant Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Standifer, Jerry Elementary School Principal Elementary Principal West Fargo Public Schools
Tescher, Adam  Ex Officio Member School Finance Officer North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Upgren, Jim  Ex Officio Member School Approval & Opportunity Assistant Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Vermillion, Laurel Tribal College President Sitting Bull Tribal College

 

ESSA Implementation Meetings

Superintendent Kirsten Baesler formed the ESSA Implementation Committee to assist in developing North Dakota’s State Plan. Under ESSA, each state educational agency must create a consolidated State Plan to outline how the state intends to implement the new law. The state ESSA Committee continues to meet regularly to provide stakeholder involvement for the implementation of North Dakota's state ESSA plan.

9/15/2022 Meeting
5/11/2022 Meeting
9/29/2021 Meeting
Choice Ready (High School)

An emerging and exciting addition to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan is the innovative focus on a broad, comprehensive set of indicators that truly embraces the ESSA philosophy of “well rounded” education and state-specific measurements. In a shift from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), North Dakota stakeholders have adopted the framework of Choice Ready as an indicator to measure school growth in high schools. This concept focuses on the culmination of academic growth and gains, in combination with specific indicators of school success for post-secondary, workforce, and military readiness. The positive messaging behind the Choice Ready framework is inclusive of all students, and helps students identify career clusters and related skills which will prepare and enhance success in any or multiple areas beyond high school. The choice ready indicator supports the NDDPI mission: All students will graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

The purpose of the ESSA Subcommittee on Choice Ready is to discuss, research options, and come up with recommendations to the full ESSA committee to continuously enhance this indicator.

2/18/2021 Subcommittee Meeting

7/8/2020 Subcommittee Meeting

Choice Ready Subcommittee Members
Choice Ready Subcommittee Members
Committee Member Title Organization
Baesler, Kirsten State Superintendent North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Carlson, Greg NDUS Institutional Researcher - Special Projects North Dakota University System
Clooten, Ned High School Principal Wahpeton High School
Copas, Aimee Executive Director North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
Daschendorf, Nicolette NDARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander North Dakota Army National Guard
Eldredge, Davonne Assistant Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Ellefson, Ann Academic Support Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Fastnacht, Jeff Assistant Superintendent Mandan Public Schools
Friesen, Tracy Vice President of Academic Affairs Light of Christ Catholic Schools
Grosz, Robert Associate Superintendent Fargo Public Schools
Hovda, Jane Student Information System Specialist Information Technology Department
Kathrein, Melanie Director of Instruction Dickinson Public Schools
Kolosky, Joe School Approval & Opportunity Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Korsmo, Tracy Business Intelligence Specialist Information Technology Department
Kugel, Lea Special Education Regional Coordinator North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Matzke, Laurie Assistant Superintendent North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Neset, Maria Policy Advisor North Dakota Governor's Office
Pierce, Kelly Supervisor, Career Development & Career Advisors North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
Roemmich, Ross MIS Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Schauer, Stan Assessment Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Sick, Wayde State Director North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
Tescher, Adam School Finance Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Upgren, Jim School Approval & Opportunity Assistant Director North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Van Vleet, Greg Product Owner Information Technology Department
Wagner, Mark Assistant State Director North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education