Professional Development


The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) understands and appreciates the work educators throughout the state are doing day in and day out to improve the quality of education for students, which in turn will increase student achievement.  In education today, we know professional learning is most effective when it occurs in the context of educators’ daily work; when educators are actively involved in the process.

In pursuit of North Dakota’s PK-12 Strategic Vision for all students to graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition not be successful, the NDDPI promotes high-quality professional learning opportunities that advance educator effectiveness and student success.

“Research shows that no in-school factors matter more than teaching and leadership, and educators, like students, need continual opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills to enable all students to reach [transition] readiness.” (Learning Forward & Education Counsel. 2017. A new vision for professional learning.)

North Dakota Professional Development

Information on statewide trainings may be found on northdakotapd.  This North Dakota professional development website is a joint venture between multiple state agencies and partners.

North Dakota Regional Education Association (NDREA)

Regional education associations as defined by North Dakota Century Code exist to offer the following services:

  • Coordination and facilitation of professional development activities for teachers and administrators employed by its member districts 
  • Supplementation of technology support services
  • Assistance with achieving school improvement goals identified by the superintendent of public instruction
  • Assistance with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of student achievement data
  • Assistance with the expansion and enrichment of curricular offerings 

The North Dakota Regional Education Association (NDREA) provides support to strengthen the seven regional education service agencies (REAs) across the state. These seven REAs serve 97% of the state’s public schools and more than 110,000 public school students. NDREAs use a systematic approach to effectively share methods and practices that research has found to produce the best performance and results.

Educational Leadership Excellence Scholarship Opportunity

The NDDPI is pleased to offer the Educational Leadership Excellence Scholarship to current education leaders. 

North Dakota LINCspring Platform

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) contracted with Cognia™ to provide all North Dakota educators access to high quality, proven professional learning content, practical resources, and coaching support via the online coaching and professional learning platform, LINCspring. LINCspring, accessible via single sign on through the myJourney (aka eProve) portal, provides online access to expert coaches, over 65 asynchronous learning modules, and dozens of real-time learning events to support teachers in the development of high-quality blended, remote, and hybrid learning experiences. 

Through Cognia, leaders already have access to the myJourney portal where LINCspring is also available. Educators can take advantage of as many of the resources as they’d like, whether they prefer online modules, live workshops via Zoom, or want to access a team of expert coaches for support.

To help with implementation, Cogina is now providing customized support to district and school leaders to assist in professional development efforts and implementation of LINCspring.  

Please contact Cognia Learning Facilitator, Katie Hall. She is the assigned professional learning expert dedicated to North Dakota implementation of LINCspring.  

For a brief overview introduction, check out this Introducing LINCspring video.  

Onboarding Support

Districts and schools can find instructions and screenshot walkthrough to help secure accounts for multiple educators at one time. To access, log into the myJourney Formative Assessments module and follow the step-by-step guidance for using a .cvs template. 

For assistance with your myJourney account or with registering for LINCspring, please reach out to   

Webinar recordings and copies of memos are also housed on the Cognia/NDDPI partner site.

LINCspring Credit Options

Instructions for how to get university credit for professional learning done via LINCspring can be found at the below links:

LINCspring Cycle Completion for Credit Form
Directions for University Credit 
Directions for Pulling LINCspring Reports

For any other questions, contact the Office of Educational Improvement and Support or call (701) 328-3545.