Harvesting Innovation


Harvesting Innovation encompasses all innovative educational initiatives that support students in graduating Choice Ready. Multiple strategies and levels of involvement exist, and NDDPI is readily available to cultivate ideas and aid along a school’s innovation journey.  Schools currently on this journey inspire to grow and continuously improve in areas including improved stakeholder communication and engagement, personalized and/or competency based learning, meaningful educational opportunities, and overall increased student academic success. 

How to Get Started

Be Inspired

Join the Innovation conversation happening throughout North Dakota with #InnovativeND.

District Conditions for Scale

District Conditions for Scale: A Practical Guide to Scaling Personalized Learning provides an important step in identifying the conditions a school district should put in place to support the scaling of personalized learning and innovative learning. Working through the ten conditions outlined can provide the catalytic force districts need for education change

Innovation Playlist

The Innovation Playlist hosts a series of short videos to inspire schools, communities, principals, and teachers to deliver the best outcomes for their students. These ideas share best practices for accelerating change, moving learning outcomes forward, better engaging students, and empowering teachers. Join the growing ranks of schools creating cultures of innovation. Small steps lead to big change!

The Cutting Ed

The Cutting Ed podcast brings together ND United, the Department of Public Instruction, and filmmaker Ted Dintersmith to share stories. This podcast facilitates inspiring and thoughtful conversations with all stakeholders in our public education system. It celebrates great teaching practices, interesting innovations, and dives into putting the innovation playlist into practice.

Innovative Education Program (SB 2186)

In 2017, North Dakota legislators passed Senate Bill 2186 into law which officially authorized North Dakota schools and school districts to take advantage of state waiver options and develop Innovative Education Program proposals. These proposals allow schools and districts to take a more creative approach to the delivery and administration of education and provide increased educational opportunities, resulting in improved academic success.

Laws and Regulations

Application Guidance

North Dakota Personalized, Competency-Based Education (ND PCBL)

The North Dakota  Personalized, Competency-Based Learning (ND PCBL) initiative, led by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and supported by KnowledgeWorks, serves as an incubator for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning (PCBL) in North Dakota.

Through this five-year commitment, four school district will collaborate with each other, and received personalized, grant-funded technical assistance from the national, non-profit KnowledgeWorks, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and other educational partners.

This initiative supports the North Dakota PK-12 Strategic Vision that all students will graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be successful, and contributes to a national effort by KnowledgeWorks to build a research-based framework that will help other districts and states across the nation.

Districts participating in this work include:

Highlights of the work are often captured on KnowledgeWorks website.

Questions on this work can be directed to the Office of Academic Support.

North Dakota Learning Continuum Design/Development

Over the past two years, North Dakota districts have been participating in deep learning as part of the North Dakota Personalized, Competency-Based Learning cohort. An essential element of this work is to develop a state-level learning continuum made up of academic and 21st century skill competencies in math, science, ELA, and social studies. It is important this work dovetails with current North Dakota priorities, such as Choice Ready and priority standards, while providing room for alignment to future state level pathways.

The learning continuum will provide a systemic progression of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that all North Dakota learners need while remaining adaptable for local districts to use within their local learning contexts.

In November 2020, the NDDPI, KnowledgeWorks, and NESC conducted a webinar for North Dakota leaders and educators to learn more about this opportunity and its relevance as a tool and resource.

Letters of invitation have been shared throughout North Dakota. This handout describes the process and timeline in further detail.

Questions on this work can be directed to the Office of Academic Support.