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Baesler Praises Increased Trust Fund Support for ND Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 23, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s largest education trust fund will provide $366.8 million for the state’s public schools in the next two years, which is about $1,600 per student.

Baesler: 13 Apply for ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 28, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 13 North Dakotans have applied for two openings on the state Board of Higher Education, which oversees North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Baesler Sets Aside Days For 2019 School Administrators’ Conference
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 21, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 17-18, 2019, as days during the 2019-20 school year when classes, athletic events and other school activities may not be held.

New Information Makes ND Assessment More Valuable to Students, Parents
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 12, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the results of North Dakota’s annual exams for English and mathematics will include new information to help students improve their learning, and assist parents in evaluating the academic progress of their children.

Baesler Seeks North Dakotans’ Insight on Computer Science, Social Studies Learning Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 9, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking for North Dakotans who are willing to step forward to serve as independent reviewers of new state academic learning standards for social studies, computer science and cybersecurity.

North Dakota Early Childhood Care and Education Collaborate to Create New Early Learning Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 23, 2018 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction recently completed an extensive review and revision process of the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten. In collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, a team of 22 North Dakota educators, early childhood service providers, and caregivers wrote the new standards with a comprehensive focus towards kindergarten and school readiness.

Baesler Praises ND Students’ ACT Results
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 19, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that North Dakota’s most recent high school graduates ranked fourth on their average composite score on the ACT, a widely used college entrance exam.

Baesler: Resignation Changes ND Board of Higher Ed Process
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 10, 2018 -- State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the process of filling two openings on the state Board of Higher Education is changing because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board’s vice chairman.

Three ND Schools Get National ‘Blue Ribbon’ Honor
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 1, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday congratulated three North Dakota schools for being named as "National Blue Ribbon Schools" for 2018.

Baesler Seeks ND Board of Higher Education Applicants

BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 21, 2018 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is seeking applicants for two openings on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.

Minot Teacher Honored As ND Teacher of the Year Finalist
MINOT, N.D., Sept. 19, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that Sara Medalen, a reading and math teacher at Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary School, is a finalist for the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.

Baesler Honors 2019 ND Teacher of the Year Finalists
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 14, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that teachers Leslye Thiery, Kayla Delzer and Annette Hovey have been named as finalists for the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.

Baesler Announces New Student Opportunities In Math, Science
Program Expands Availability of Advanced Placement Courses
Strengthens College Preparation, Saves Tuition Costs

MINOT, N.D., Aug. 23, 2018— State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says an expanded academic partnership is giving North Dakota students new opportunities this fall to take advanced classes in math, science, and English, and to earn college credit in the process.

Baesler Announces ‘Striving Reader’ Grants
BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 13, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that 15 North Dakota communities have been awarded up to $27.3 million in grants to help students improve their reading skills.

Baesler Invites North Dakotans to School Safety Listening Forums
BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 7, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Tuesday that a group of North Dakota organizations will host six School Safety Community Listening Forums across the state in August.

BCBSND Caring Foundation partners with North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for school grant program
FARGO, N.D., Aug. 6, 2018 -- The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation is proud to partner with the North Dakota Department of Instruction (NDDPI) to provide access to BCBSND Caring Foundation grant funding. BCBSND Caring Foundation is offering a CaringforKids grant program to qualified organizations that help to better meet the health care needs of North Dakotans. CaringForKids grants support initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity and encouraging healthy lifestyles at an early age.

Baesler: ND Schools Maintain Strong Safety Record
BISMARCK, N.D., July 27, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s reputation for safe public schools has been affirmed by a recent report that the state has no “persistently dangerous” schools within its borders.

ND Indian Education Summit To Bolster Cultural Awareness
BISMARCK, N.D., July 11, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said educators will get valuable information about using Native American languages and culture to improve classroom instruction at this week’s Indian Education Summit.

Baesler Lauds Cass County National School Safety Award
BISMARCK, N.D., June 25, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday congratulated the school protection efforts of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, which have earned top honors from a national organization.

Baesler Chosen For National Leadership Program
BISMARCK, N.D., June 19, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has been chosen for a national leadership program for women, which will provide training for Baesler to serve as an adviser and mentor for prospective female leaders across the country.

Baesler Announces New ND Superintendent’s Student Cabinet
BISMARCK, N.D., May 25, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday announced the makeup of her new Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a group of students who offer Baesler their advice and opinions about North Dakota education policy.

Panel Names Six Finalists for Two Board of Higher Education Seats
BISMARCK, N.D., May 11, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that a nominating committee has recommended six finalists for two positions on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Lauds Presidential Honors for Students, Teachers
BISMARCK, N.D., May 9, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated four North Dakota students who have been named as Presidential Scholars, and four teachers who have been honored as Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teachers.

Baesler Seeks Public Comment On New Academic Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., May 9, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to comment on the first drafts of new North Dakota academic standards for health, science, arts and early learning.

Baesler, Burgum Ask North Dakotans To Support Student’s ‘Google Doodle’
BISMARCK, N.D., May 7, 2018 – Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler are asking North Dakotans to support a Medora student’s bid to win a Google design contest, which carries a top prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.

Medora 3rd-Grader ‘Google Doodles’ His Way to Prize
MEDORA, N.D., May 3, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that Connor Honeyman, a third-grader at DeMores Elementary School in Medora, is the North Dakota winner of this year’s national Doodle 4 Google design competition.

New Tool Launched to Provide More Transparency in School Performance  
BISMARCK, N.D., April 23, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that North Dakota’s education dashboard, part of an effort to bring more transparency and accountability to our schools, is now online and includes a wide variety of information about our schools.

Baesler Pleased School Aid Is Priority In Governor’s Budget Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., April 18, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she is pleased Gov. Doug Burgum has exempted state aid to schools from the suggested budget reductions he has asked North Dakota agencies to prepare for the 2019 Legislature.

Baesler: Initiatives In Place to Help NAEP Results
BISMARCK, N.D., April 10, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says North Dakota’s results on a national test show the importance of stronger state programs for early learning and reading.

Baesler: Ten Apply for Board of Higher Education Seats
BISMARCK, N.D., April 4, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 10 people have applied for two openings on the state Board of Higher Education.
The terms of incumbent board members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness are ending June 30. Melicher, a Fargo optometrist, has applied to serve a second four-year term. Ness, who is a retired school administrator and teacher, did not apply for reappointment.

Baesler, Burgum Say North Dakota A Leader In Internet Power
BISMARCK, N.D. (March 22, 2018) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and other officials today announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network that will put North Dakota schools and government on the nation’s leading edge of internet connectivity and speed.

Baesler: Program Offers Advanced Classes In Rural ND Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., March 14, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says many students in rural North Dakota high schools will have new opportunities to take advanced classes in the next school year.

Baesler Seeks North Dakotans’ Insight on Learning Standards
State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants parents, teachers, business people and other education advocates to consider serving as independent reviewers of proposed new North Dakota learning standards for health, science, early learning and the arts.

Baesler Efforts Give ND Schools New Testing Option
BISMARCK, N.D., March 7, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said that 17 North Dakota school districts have been cleared to use the ACT exam in place of a required state math and English achievement test for high school students. The districts had asked for approval to make the switch.

Baesler Invites Students to Apply For New Superintendent’s Cabinet
BISMARCK, N.D., March 6, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakota students to apply for her Student Cabinet, a group that offers Baesler ideas and advice about how the state’s education system can be improved.

Baesler, Officials Plan Meetings On School Safety
BISMARCK, N.D., March 2, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she and a group of law enforcement agencies, including county sheriffs, city police chiefs and the North Dakota Highway Patrol, are planning to hold regional meetings in the next few months to assess school districts’ safety needs.

Baesler Seeks Applicants for ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., March 2, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Baesler, Education Leaders Discuss School Safety Agenda
BISMARCK, N.D., March 1, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a comprehensive school safety effort should include greater access to school resource officers and behavioral health specialists, as well as training in early identification of potential threats.

Baesler: New Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Teachers Begins
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 16, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s newly revamped student loan forgiveness program for teachers may offer up to four years’ worth of debt relief, which school districts may use to recruit or retain teachers.

2018 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Award Competition
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 12, 2018 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is announcing the 2018 grant award competition for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). The department will be accepting applications for a three-year grant from school districts, regional education associations, consortiums, nonprofit agencies, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations, higher education institutions and faith-based organizations.

“Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s Statement to Schools on Fall Conference Days”
As districts begin to plan their school calendars, I have been asked for the dates of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s (NDDPI) Fall Educators Conference in 2018. This is a good time to discuss the various opportunities for professional development for our teachers and administrators.

Survey: Majority of ND Students Dedicated to School Work
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 29, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a survey of North Dakota students shows a majority are invested in their schoolwork and pay close attention to what they are learning, while smaller groups do just enough to get by or don’t do what is asked of them.

Baesler Praises North Dakota Presidential Scholar Candidates
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 25, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 70 North Dakota high school students have been chosen as potential Presidential Scholars, which is one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for a high school student.

Programs Bolster ND Students’ College Prep for Math, English
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 25, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that two  high school instructional programs can save time and money for students who plan to attend a North Dakota college after they graduate from high school.

Baesler, Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership For High School Tech Education
Microsoft TEALS Program to Launch and Expand in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 22, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced a new partnership with Microsoft Corp., and said she is gauging interest from local superintendents and high schools in utilizing a unique program for computer science instruction.

Baesler: New ‘Dashboard’ Useful for Parents, Taxpayers
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 22, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says a new “school dashboard” will offer North Dakota parents and taxpayers an easier way to look up information about how their local schools are performing.