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July-August-September 2014 Quarterly Newsletter

Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
Robert J. Christman, Deputy Superintendent
Robert V. Marthaller, Assistant Superintendent

 

Mission
The ND DPI will partner with schools and communities to provide a statewide system of
excellent service and support to ensure a healthy school environment that fosters student success.

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What’s Coming in the 2014-15 School Year

By Kirsten Baesler, ND State Superintendent

It is a pleasure to welcome you back for the 2014-15 school year.  What other occupation offers a chance for new beginnings every September?  I hope that you were able to find time to rest and relax this summer.  Educators certainly deserve a bit of a break from the hard work, dedication, and diligence that you provide during the school year.  Teaching children is the most important profession and we appreciate the commitment you have made to the children in North Dakota. 

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1st Annual ND Indian Education Summit

By Lucy Fredericks, Director, Indian Education

July 22, 2014 was a day made in history.  North Dakota hosted its first Indian Education Summit, here at the Capitol.  This summit brought educators from not only North Dakota, but also South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.

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Opportunity for Teachers to Access the Smarter Balanced Digital Library

By Rob Bauer, ND State Assessment Coordinator

North Dakota has adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment as the operational North Dakota State Assessment effective with the 2014-15 school year. The Smarter Balanced Digital Library (DL) complements and supports the Smarter Balanced assessment as a resource of instructional materials, supporting the formative assessment process and creating professional learning communities among the Smarter Balanced member states.

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New “Smart Snacks in School” Standards

By Linda Schloer, Director, Child Nutrition & Food Distribution

The Health Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) ushered in many changes for school meals.  It also gave USDA authority to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day. 

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An Opportunity for Professional Development
The Peer Alliance for Gender Equity (PAGE) Leadership Program

By Beth Larson-Stecker, Program Administrator,Title II Part B

The Peer Alliance for Gender Equity (PAGE) leadership program is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Science Museum. PAGE is dedicated to addressing gender, racial, ability, and class-based achievement disparities in STEM education in the Upper Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

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Safe & Healthy School Articles

By Valerie Fischer, Director, Adult Education and Safe & Healthy Schools

Articles

  • School Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015
  • Funds Available for Student CPR Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Revising PE Content Standards
  • Bullying Policy updates
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A Focus on Teacher Effectiveness

By Laurie Matzke, Director, Federal Title Programs

Nationwide, there continues to be a focus on the importance of teacher effectiveness and its impact on student achievement. Research consistently shows that teacher effectiveness is the single most important factor in school success. There are multiple efforts in place which focus on this issue.

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North Dakota Department of Public Instruction 2014 Fall Conference

By Laurie Matzke, Director, Federal Title Programs

The purpose of this conference is to share and disseminate information about effective instructional practices, provide updates on federal and state issues, as well as host a variety of presenters, sessions, and activities designed to meet the needs of all educators.

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KnowBullying App Now Available for Parents and Educators

By Valerie Fischer, Director, Adult Education and Safe & Healthy Schools

While bullying doesn’t cause suicide, it can play a factor. Parents and educators who spend 15 minutes a day talking with children and teens build the foundation for strong relationships, and help prevent bullying. KnowBullying, a new iPhone and iPad mobile app by SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency - encourages dialogue between adults and youth and helps you start a conversation. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying. Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, friends and challenges. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with youth ages 3-18.

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Invitation to Participate in Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting

By Rob Bauer, ND State Assessment Coordinator

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a common assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy aligned to the state’s academic content standards to ensure all students are prepared for college and/or career. An Online Panel will be recommending Achievement Levels for these assessments, which form the basis for reporting student results. This process is often referred to as “Standard Setting.”

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