Innovative Partnerships

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Art's Based Learning
Arts-Based Learning aligns with and supports North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s principles for Innovative Learning.

The Art of Science Learning (AoSL), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded initiative recently released its newest report, titled The Impact of Arts-Based Innovation Training on the Creative Thinking Skills, Collaborative Behaviors and Innovation Outcomes of Adolescents and Adults. The research demonstrates that arts-based learning directly strengthens many key 21st Century learning and workforce skills, a finding with numerous immediate and longer-term practical applications for K-12 and post-secondary education, informal learning and workforce development.

The Education Commission of the States recent report titled Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts explores research on how the arts bolster the development of deeper learning skills, provides examples of programs that successfully increased access to the arts in education in public schools, and includes state- and local-level policy considerations.
Turnaround Arts
Turnaround Arts is a school reform effort that transforms schools through the strategic use of the arts and arts integration. The program is funded through a 30% public, 70% private/school partnership with support from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and other private foundations and companies that help to bring the arts into low-performing schools. Research on the pilot schools revealed after two years in the program an average 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and 22.5% improvement in math proficiency as well as increases in attendance and significant decreases in suspensions.

Participating schools are competitively selected by local program partners according to national guidelines. Selection criteria includes demonstrated need and opportunity, strong school leadership with district support, and a commitment to arts education.
Arts in Education Collaboration Grant Program
North Dakota Council on the Arts provides grant funds to arts organizations, schools, school districts, non-profits, and government agencies to build collaborations and community partnerships that strive to increase access to high-quality, sustained arts education for K -12, North Dakota students.

This includes collaborations between teachers or departments within a school, between multiple schools within a district, between multiple rural school districts, or between a school and community arts resource (teaching artists or arts organizations) non-profit, or for-profit organization.  Projects may take place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer sessions, and during professional development in-services.  NDCA’s funding goal is that these programs and partnerships become self-sustaining and/or expand into larger programs and partnerships that are focused on providing students and teachers with increased access to quality arts education. Grant Guidelines

The Cutting Ed
The Cutting Ed

When filmmaker Ted Dintersmith first visited the state of North Dakota to promote his award-winning documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed," he was struck by the high-quality education system our state is able to offer to students. He wanted to share the stories that he's heard here and lessons learned about the innovative, high-quality public education system in North Dakota, with educators across our state and throughout the world. And who better to tell those stories than an organization made up of 11,500 North Dakotan public educators and employees, all with your own unique and wonderful tales to tell?

North Dakota United is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership we have formed with Dintersmith and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to present a weekly podcast, The Cutting Ed, which will facilitate inspiring and thoughtful conversations with all of the stakeholders in our public education system.

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. 


TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools)

TEALS helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs. This proven program, pairs trained computer science professionals—from across the technology industry—with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. The computer science professionals volunteer their time and provide on the job profession al learning for the partnering teacher.