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Minot State University 2017 Summer Offerings

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.

2017 MDEC Writing Conference

  • Instructor: Luke Schaefer
  • Date: August 2-3
  • 1 credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee + $160 MDEC fee
  • Location: Minot, ND
  • To register: Go to Liberty and Writing for All
  • Join elementary and secondary educators from all over the state to engage in discussion, collaboration, and strategy adoption-all about WRITING!
    This two-day conference features expert teacher, author and speaker Nancy Steineke as well as literacy coach, consultant, and author Kelly Boswell. Participants will also have multiple opportunities to partake in writing-specific breakouts OR spend more time with our headliners.
    Prepare yourselves for the upcoming year by joining us for this event!

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.