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Center for Extended Learning

Minot State University 2018 Summer Offerings

Trauma Informed Practice Teach

  • Instructor: Patty Steele and Crystal Gilles
  • Date: May 14-15, 2018
  • 3 Credits, $150.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot, ND, MSU
  • Time: May 14 - 18 & 21-25, 4:00 – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 19, 8:00 AM – Noon
  • To register: Contact Patty Steele or Crystal Gilles 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. 

2018 ND Petroleum Teacher Ed Seminar

  • Instructor: Ronald Ness
  • Date: June 18 – 21, 2018
  • 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee, $25 deposit, which is returned upon registration check-in, is required to reserve your spot for the seminar
  • Location: Bismarck, ND, BSC
  • Time: 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • To register: Registration form can be found on Energy of North Dakota, for information email or or call 701-223-6380

The Teacher Education Seminar expands participating teachers’ knowledge of the North Dakota oil and gas industry, from its prehistoric beginnings to the final product. 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 activates including oil rig, well site, and refinery tours. Please note, past participants may attend the seminar, but are not eligible for repeat credit. 

Geographic Inquiry History Medora

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: June 5 – 7, 2018
  • 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee, $100.00 Class Fee 
  • Location: Medora, ND
  • Time: 8:00am – 10:00pm
  • To register: register online at ND Geographic. For more information contact Toni Schwartz-Johnson at 701-858-4490

This active learning course is for teachers geography or those teaching courses with geographic content at ant grade level. The 3 day program will focus on the unique heritage of the North Dakota Badlands and the people who live there, with an emphasis on field trips and outdoor activities. It will also include hands-on instruction in data collection methods, including a session on how to get started collecting and integrating Geo-Inquiry into classroom lessons. Another area covered will be the new and easy-to-use GIS tools available to enhance learning in social science courses.

Lignite Education Seminar 2018

  • Instructor: Terry Hagen
  • Date: June 11 – 14, 2018
  • 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck, ND, BSC
  • Time: 8:45am – 1:30pm
  • To register: To register to attend this event, please fill out the application form at Lignite Events A $60 deposit is required to hold your place is the seminar. The deposit can be paid online at the time of application or a check can be mailed in. All deposits will be refunded upon check-in at he seminar. However, should you cancel after May 1 or no not show up for the seminar, your deposit will be forfeited. For more information on this event, please contact Kay LaCoe, 800-932-7117 or 701-355-2194, or Please Note: The Lignite Energy Council will pay the $100 university credit fee. When registering for the university credits, please indicate Third Party Payment and use the following address for billing: Lignite Energy Council PO Box 2277, Bismarck, ND 58502-2277

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 customers, 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 activates 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. 

2018 Ag Tour

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: June 12 – 13, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50.00 or 2 Credits, $100 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot/Grand Fork, ND
  • Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

The 2018 farm tour to the eastern part of the state in 2018. It will feature a visit to the Red River Valley area to learn about how farming in eastern North Dakota is different from that in the west. This tour will depart in Minot. It will visit agriculture related businesses from Devils Lake to Grand Forks. The tour will visit beet and potato fields and the processing plants. We will visit the North Dakota State Mill and Elevator to learn about the nation’s only state owned flour plant. We will spent one night in Grand Forks. Participants will be allowed to join us in Devils Lake if that is more convenient.
The tour will begin each morning with a short inductor session in room 208 at Magic City Campus and then proceed to the locations to follow. The tour will end at Magic City Campus where participants will be given time in the computer lab to type up tour notes and prepare a 500 to 1000 word reflective essay summarizing how they can apply information gained on the tour in their respective classroom activities. A copy of notes and/or visual record of locations visited will also need to be turned in for grading. Grading will be satisfactory/unsatisfactory and will include the following factory: satisfactory attendance, satisfactory discussion in tour discussions, and survey during the academic year to determine how participants applied knowledge gained to their classrooms.

2018 NDASRO-CCUSR ND Safety Conf

  • Instructor: Tabetha Rabenberg
  • Date: June 20 – 22, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50 Professional development graduate credit fee
  • Location: West Fargo, ND, Liberty Middle School
  • Time: Varied
  • To register: NDASRO-CCUSR ND School Safety Conference

Provide a school safety professional development training to K-12 and higher education educators, administrators and counselors, law enforcement and campus security officers, child and adolescent behavioral health and juvenile professionals, emergency managers and other emergency first responders.
Youth opioid addiction epidemic in North Dakota – current trends and issues for youth service providers; opioid addiction and treatment trends and options; verbal conflict resolutions and de-escalation strategies for educators and youth service providers; school/youth violence awareness and prevention.

2018 ND Teacher Resource Institute

  • Instructor: Erik Holland
  • Date: June 20 – 22, 2018
  • 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck, ND, ND Heritage
  • Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • To register: Contact Erik Holland at

The North Dakota Teacher Resource Coalition will host its annual summer institute for K-12 teachers based at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum. This course investigates resources newly developed and some proved standards from partners in the coalition. 

Research Methods

  • Instructor: Angela Houser
  • Date: June 28-29, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck, ND, State Library
  • Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • To register: Contact Angela Houser, North Dakota State Library at or 701-328-3495

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 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.

ND Council Teachers of English 2018

  • Instructor: Bridget Ryberg
  • Date: July 1 – August 2, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Mandan, ND, Baymont Inn
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: Teachers of English Summer Conference

Refresh, Renew and Recharge for the coming school year by attending the North Dakota Council for Teachers of English Summer Conference 2018! This year’s conference features Donalynn Miller, The Book Whisperer, as our keynote speaker and award-winning Young Adult novelist Chris Crutcher as our featured author. The Red River Valley Writing Project teacher consultants will share the latest on the NWP’s College, Career and Community Writers Program, with free instructional resources from elementary through college.

Discover Todays Little Missouri River Watershed 2018

  • Instructor: Tina Harding
  • Date: July 8-13, 2018
  • 4 Credits, $200.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bottineau, ND, DCB
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: Contact Tina Harding at or 701-328-4833

The North Dakota State Water Commission, through its Project WET Explore Your Watershed Program, will conduct a 64 our four professional development credit Project WET Explore Your Watershed course for up to 30 K-12 formal and non-formal educators. Supplemental instructors will be used, these course facilitators will help teach course agenda items and help students transfer course learning to classroom situation and provide analysis and interpretation. Eighteen individuals will present the following watershed issues: flood control and protection; sport fisheries/enforcement, best management practices; riparian restoration; endangered/threatened species; water and wastewater treatment; watershed health; issues and concerns; habitat restoration; water use, supply and distribution; industrial water management; riparian land use and point source/nonpoint source pollution issues; environmental water quality assessments; sovereign land management; private land/water management issues and energy development. The environmental investigations will cover the following topics: conducting a macro-invertebrate assessment and bio assessment, conducting a chemical assessment; conducting a wetland assessments; conducting a stream flow and stream life assessment.

GeoFIT 2018

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: July 31 – August 2, 2018
  • 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Stanton, ND, Coal Country Inn
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: Registrations will be taken online by the ND Geographic Alliance staring March 1 at ND Geographic – class fee of $100.00 payable to NDGA. Questions, contact Teach of record or Toni Schwartz-Johnson at 

A three-day, broad-based learning experience for K-12 leaders in education, with two days spent via charter bus on special access tours with dynamic presentations. The ND Geographic Alliance (MSU) and ND Forest Service (NDSU) sponsor the summer tour. Each day will be spent with content rich, hands-on outdoor experiences, individual and group activities. Network with colleagues from all parts of the state and receive educational materials to utilize when school begins in the fall. Expert presenters from the Garrison Dam, National Fish Hatchery, Audubon Wildlife Refuge & LEED Center, Knife River Indian Villages, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Mandan, Cross Ranch State Park, Great River Energy Plant and State Historical Society of North Dakota will also provide resources for educators. This adventure will begin in Stanton at the Coal Country Inn (former school). Instructors will interpret the landscape as we journey. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure covering the essential resource…our environment!

HELP – Grasslands

  • Instructor: JoAnn Schapp
  • Date: August 6-7, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee, $100.00 Class Fee
  • Location: Minot, ND, Roosevelt Park Zoo
  • Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • To register: Contact JoAnn at or Roosevelt Park Zoo Office at 701-857-4166

This course is for teachers in elementary and middle school who have an interest in learning about the various habitats and their ecology. The topics discussed will be types of biomes, animal life and adaptations, ecology, impact on environment, and survival. The focus of this module will be the grasslands. 

Teaching with Tigers

  • Instructor: JoAnn Schapp
  • Date: August 13-14, 2018
  • 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee, $100.00 Class Fee
  • Location: Minot, ND, Roosevelt Park Zoo Ed Cent.
  • Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • To register: Preregister by July 31st, contact

This course is for teacher in elementary, middle, or high school, whom are interested in learning and in developing an appreciation about tigers. The topics discussed will include learning about tiger habitats and how they have changed over time, cultural perceptions, conservation techniques, and how mankind is affecting tiger status.