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Center for Extended Learning

Minot State University 2017 Summer Offerings

Trauma Informed Practiced Teach

  • Instructor: Patty Steele and Crystal Halseth
  • Date: May 15 - 20
  • 3 credits, $150.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot, ND
  • Time: May 15 - 29 & 22-26, 4:00 – 8:00 PM | May 20, 8:00 AM - Noon
  • To register: Contact Patty Steele or Crystal Halseth at or

Trauma Informed Practice for Teachers (3 SH). This course is designed to increase awareness of the effects of trauma on students in classrooms. The course will introduce the participants to the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME), a systematic approach to healing and educating students that have suffered childhood trauma. Through discussion, research and application, participants will seek ways to accommodate students who need the well-ordered interventions and strategies that the trauma-informed classrooms should provide.

People & Places of the RR Valley

  • Instructor: Bradley Rundquist
  • Date: June 5 – 9
  • 3 credits, $150.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Grand Forks
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • To register: Register online at, or Contact Jeff Beck at 701-240-9231 or Toni Schwarz-Johnson at 701-858-4490

This active learning course is for teachers of geography or those teaching courses with geographic content at any grade level. The 5-day program will focus on the unique places of the Red River Valley Region of North Dakota and Minnesota and the people who live there, with an emphasis on methods, including a session on how to get started collecting and integrating data from unmanned aircrafts systems into classroom lessons. Another area covered will be the new and easy-to-use GIS tools available to enhance learning in social science courses. Participants will also expand their network of colleagues who are valuable resources in the profession of education. For more information, contact Toni-Schwartz-Johnson at 701-858-3063.

2017 Lignite Education Seminar

  • Instructor: Terry Hagen
  • Date: June 12 - 15
  • 2 credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: National Center of Excellence, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
  • Time: 8:45 AM – 1:30 PM
  • To register: please fill out the application form at:

This seminar will provide the participant with a broader understanding of the lignite coal industry and the important role it plays in providing electricity to consumers, farmers and businesses in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. Discussions on how lignite coal is mined and converted into energy, and the economic impact of the industry on the region including a tour of a lignite mine, a lignite-based power plant and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant are featured. Classroom activities are provided to participating teachers which they can take back to their classrooms to teach their students about the coal industry and the importance of it. Information is also provided to help their students look at careers in the coal industry which provide high paying jobs with excellent benefits. NOTE: If you have previously taken this course after 2009, you are not eligible to attend again.

A $60 deposit is required to hold your place in the seminar, which will be returned to you at event check in. Should you not attend the seminar and advance notice of at least two weeks is not given, then the check will be deposited. For more information on this event, please contact Kay LaCoe, 800-932-7117 or 701-258-7117, or Please Note: The Lignite Energy Council will pay the $100 university credit fee.

2017 ND Petroleum Council Teacher Education Seminar

  • Instructor: Ron Ness
  • Date: June 19 - 22
  • 2 credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • To register: Ronald Ness at or 701-223-6380

This seminar includes an overview of North Dakota's oil gas industry. Participants will receive a great deal of hands on experience, with an emphasis on technology, as well as several learning activities to develop lesson plans and use in the classroom. The seminar covers various aspects of the industry including history, geology, physics, engineering, production issues, refining and marketing, employment needs, and the impact of oil tax on state tax revenues, policy decisions and the state's budget surplus.

Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Change

  • Instructor: Erik Holland
  • Date: June 20 – 22
  • 2 credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Belcourt, ND
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • To register: contact Erik Holland, 701-328-2792 or

The North Dakota Teacher Resource Coalition (NDTRC) is happy to announce plans for this summer's event to be held at the Anishinabe Cultural Center on Belcourt Lake near Belcourt, and the International Peace Garden, North Dakota. Participants will become familiar with curricula, activities, web and physical resources developed for classroom use and provided by the partnering organizations, State Historical Society of North Dakota including North Dakota Studies, North Dakota Council on the Arts, North Dakota Forest Service, State Water Commission, and NDSU. Questions, contact instructor at

Main Street North Dakota

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: June 26 - 27
  • 1 credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee + $25 class fee
  • Location: Minot, ND
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • To register: Register online at, or contact the NDGA at 701-240-9231

Meet each morning in Room 208 Minot High School Magic City Campus. The workshop will be offered as a tour of Ag-related locations in north central and northwest ND. Participants will travel to various locations for activities as indicated, with travel time utilized to point out and discuss related issues visible along the route. The NDGA is offering this tour for ND teachers under contract with the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Program.

Research Methods

  • Instructor: Angela Houser
  • Date: July 6 – 7
  • 1 credit, $50 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck, ND
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • To register: contact Angela Houser at 701-328-4654 or

Search engines and databases are useful research tools. However, choosing the right tool for research can be challenging. An internet search engine, like Google, may be the right tool for some information needs but there is no control over the quality of information found in a general search inquiry. Thus, learning how to judge the information found online is an essential research skill. When doing academic research, the most appropriate tools are library databases. Information retrieved from a database is manageable, cited, and often gives opposing viewpoints. This course will focus on research as a process of inquiry and evaluation.

Discover Today's Souris River Watershed 2017

  • Instructor: Tina Harding
  • Date: July 9 - 14
  • 4 credits, $200.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bottineau, ND
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 9:15 PM (time varies slightly each day)
  • To register: Contact Tina Harding,

Join us in Bottineau or an opportunity to experience current watershed management and water resource issues on the notorious Souris River. While exploring the issues and identifying solutions, participants will receive real world, user friendly and classroom ready instruction from specially trained Project WET facilitators, resource professionals, and scientists. Participants transfer the institute's field studies to practical classroom applications. Participants will experience hands-on, minds-on learning through a balance of presentations, discussions, activities, field tours, and environmental investigations.

Rural Literacies & Leadership

  • Instructor: Kim Donehower
  • Date: July 17 – 21
  • 2 credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Grand Forks, ND
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • To register: Apply by contacting Kim Donehower at Participants with receive free campus housing and a stipend to cover credits and incidental expenses.

This intensive workshop is for teachers of any grade level from rural and small-town districts only. We will explore the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching literacy in rural schools, what it means to be a teacher-leader in a rural region, and the potential of literacy projects and practices to enhance rural sustainability.

2017 NDCTE Summer Conference, North Dakota Council of Teachers of English Summer Conference

  • Instructor: Kelly Sassi
  • Date: August 1 - 3
  • 1 credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
    Conference Cost of $160 before July 1st and $190 after July 1st
  • Location: Baymont Inn (formerly Mandan Seven Seas Convention Center) , Mandan, ND
  • Time: Tuesday 1:00PM–8:45PM, Wednesday 8:30AM–4:00PM, Thursday 8:15AM–3:15PM
  • To register: Registration information is available at

Take a deep dive into English Language Arts this summer with the North Dakota Council for Teachers of English. Explore the depths of our field with master teacher and prolific author Jeffery Wilhelm, emerging renewed, refreshed and energized. Then take a breath before immersing yourself in the literacy ideas of NCTE guest speaker Jennifer Buehler, president of the Adolescent Literature Assembly of NCTE and author of the recently published book, Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives.

Utilizing Travel to Enhance Foreign Language Instruction and Learning

  • Instructor: Emily Parrill
  • Date: August 7 – 9
  • 1 credit, $50 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Grand Forks, ND and Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • To register: See for details, see FLAND website for transportation and lodging information

"Utilizing Travel to Enhance Foreign Language Instruction and Learning" will actively engage participants in activities that will prepare them as group leaders, prepare meaningful student activities, and enhance student engagement and language skills when traveling. Participants will acquire this knowledge and experience through a learning excursion to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Exploration of the cultures of Canada will be examined at multiple venues. Participants will gain a greater understanding and fostering of human rights around the globe.

2017 GeoFIT

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: August 7 – 10
  • 2 credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • To register: go to or Contact Jeff Beck 701-240-9231 or Glenda Fauske 701-228-5446

The “Faces and Places” institute will take place via a First Class charter bus. Each day will include content rich, hands-on outdoor experiences, individual and group activities. The journey begins in Minot with a loop from Minot to the Peace Garden and back! Don’t miss this exciting geography, geology, and forestry adventure!

VoWac Workshop

  • Instructor: John Pfeifer
  • Date: August 14 - 15
  • 1 credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Mandan, ND – St. Joseph Elementary
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Contact VoWac Publishing at 866-598-6922, or email Registration deadline is July 31

  • VoWac is an Orton-Gillingham based approach to word attack and spelling.  Its unique content and delivery helps teachers, tutors, and parents become more effective in the classroom.  Regardless if your school uses VoWac or not, you will gain teaching strategies that can be used in your classroom immediately.  Our pilot program includes FREE workbooks.