Innovative Partnerships

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Art's Based Learning

EdLeader21 is a nationwide professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st century education. Through the use of their Profile of a Graduate, EdLeader21 work with schools and district to help them build community consensus on the skill sets and mindsets that are essential for their students to develop. This profile serves as the North Star, helping all understand which learning experiences really benefit students, and which are irrelevant.

This national network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) into education. EdLeader21 is proud to work with the NDDPI as well as schools and districts across North Dakota. 

Knowledge Works
KnowledgeWorks is a national organization committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. KnowledgeWorks develops the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools, partner with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning and provide national thought leadership around the future of learning.

Most Likely To Succeed
Most Likely to Succeed (MLTS) is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional educational methods in today's' innovative world. The film, premiered at Sundance in January 2015, explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. 

To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, including throughout North Dakota. Executive producer, Ted Dintersmith, has joined many North Dakota communities to encourage the re-imagination of their schools.

National Math and Science Initiative
On December 10, 2015, the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. which helps to fund this work in North Dakota. Since this time, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and her staff at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) have been working closely with NMSI's team regarding the implementation of two of NMSI’s transformative programs throughout North Dakota:  Laying the Foundation (LTF) and College Readiness Program (CRP).

School Retool
School Retool is a non-profit that helps school leaders bring cultures of innovation to their schools. One of their initiatives is Shadow A Student, which encourages school leaders to walk in the shoes of a student for a day, and then share reflections to the rest of the school community.

During the 2017-2018 school year, School Retool will be hosting a professional development fellowship to help 21 North Dakota school leaders redesign their school culture.