Building relationships is one of NDDPI’s core values. As such, we maintain close partnerships with outside entities to bolster our effort to provide a statewide system of excellent service that fosters student success. We are committed to collaborating with our partners to continuously identify and address the needs of our stakeholders while proactively seeking out opportunities for improvement.

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) works to provide North Dakota citizens – at all educational levels – with the technical skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful performance in a globally-competitive workplace. CTE is committed to providing career awareness, work readiness skills, occupational preparation, and retraining of workers through the state.

North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB)

The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) is an independent board comprised of ten educators, administrators, school board members, and teacher educators appointed by the governor to two 3-year terms. The ESPB oversees teacher licensure, teacher education program approval, professional development, and professional practices.

ND Healthy Return to Learning Team

We are fortunate to have skilled school administrators and health providers across the state who work in their capacity to optimize students return to school in a safe way. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we know there will be situations our education system has never experienced before. The ND Healthy Return to Learning team was created to help schools and local public health through these experiences.

The ND Healthy Return to Learning team is a diverse team of subject matter experts collaborating with state agencies and communities to provide resources, processes, and strategies that schools, local public health, and the state need to keep schools operating in their dual mission of high quality education for all students while ensuring public health.

Subject matter experts include a local physician experienced in infectious disease, a local public health administrator, and an experienced K-12 school administrator supported by the NDDPI and ND Department of Health (NDDoH). The objective of this team is to ensure communication, preparation, and response activities are timely and effective. The goal is to protect students and staff from COVID-19 so that educators can provide high quality service to all students.


  • Serve as key resource to school and local public health (LPH) administration
  • Coordinate across state and regional supports
  • Support state health and education officials
  • Respond to health and epidemiology questions as they relate to K-12 settings
  • Facilitate connections with NDDoH, LPH, NDDPI & local education agencies
  • Implement and refine ND Healthy Return to Learning Smart School Response Guidance
North Dakota EduTech

EduTech was created specifically to strengthen education technology tools and offer support and training for educators. Services include professional development, PowerSchool support, technology support, and web hosting. EduTech offers services at no cost or for a nominal charge.