2019 Professional Development for Educators


NDGA Summer Institute

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: June 4 – 6, 2019
  • Info: 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot, ND
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: To Register: registrations will be taken online by the ND Geographic Alliance at www.ndgeographic.org – class fee of $100.00 payable to NDGA. Questions, contact Teach of record jeff.beck@minot.k12.nd.us or Toni Schwartz-Johnson at toni.schwartz@minotstateu.edu

This active learning course is for teachers of geography or those teaching courses with geographic content at any grade level. The 3-day program will focus on the use of the precision resources of North Dakota and how the people who live there have adapted them to fill their needs. This class will have emphasis on field trips and outdoors 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 2019

  • Instructor: Terry Hagen
  • Date: June 10 – 13, 2019
  • Info: 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 https://lignite.com/events/teachers-seminar/ 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 the 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 Kay.LaCoe@lignite.com. 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 ND Petroleum Council Seminar

  • Instructor: Ronald Ness
  • Date: June 17 – 20, 2019
  • Info: 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: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • To register: registration form can be found on www.EnergyofNorthDakota.com/TES, for information email ndpc@ndoil.org or ronness@ndoil.org 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.

ND School Safety Conference 2019

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.

Research Methods

  • Instructor: Angela Houser
  • Date: June 27-28, 2019
  • Info: 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 ahouser@nd.gov 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.

2019 Ag in the Classroom: The New Face of Farming

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: July 10 – 11, 2019
  • Info: 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Minot/Central ND
  • Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • To register: Contact Jeff Beck, jeff.beck@minot.k12.nd.us

The 2019 farm tour will focus on the changes that have occurred in the Ag industry over the past 10 years. It will include tours of agriculture related business that will help demonstrate how this industry has developed in cooperation with technology, sciences and agronomics. Teachers use basic geographic concepts of “who we are, why live where we do and who cares’ to better understand the world around them in group discussion and journal writing.

2019 Discover Today’s Little MS River Watershed

  • Instructor: Tina Harding
  • Date: July 14-19
  • Info: 4 Credits, $200.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: DSU, Dickinson
  • Tina Harding 701-328-4833 or tinamharding@nd.gov

Join us in Dickinson for an opportunity to experience current watershed management and water resource issues along the Little Missouri 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.

2019 NDCTE Conference

  • Instructor: Bridget Ryberg
  • Date: July 24 – 25, 2019
  • Info: 1 Credit, $50.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Mandan, ND, Baymont Inn
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: http://www.ndcte.org/

NDCTE’s 2019 two day conference offers insight into the areas of teaching poetry, reading and writing in the classroom. Information will be shared on must reads for your students, how to integrate poetry into your classroom, and utilizing effective writing and reading techniques from the text 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Students presented by Kelly Gallagher. Individuals will discuss and collaborate throughout the conference and then continue the discussion through an online format.

2019 GeoFIT

  • Instructor: Jeff Beck
  • Date: August 5 – 7, 2019
  • Info: 2 Credits, $100.00 Professional Graduate Credit Fee
  • Location: Bismarck, ND
  • Time: Varies
  • To register: Registrations will be taken online by the ND Geographic Alliance at www.ndgeographic.org – class fee of $100.00 payable to NDGA. Questions, contact Teach of record jeff.beck@minot.k12.nd.us or Toni Schwartz-Johnson at toni.schwartz@minotstateu.edu

The environment of North Dakota has offered challenges during the history of the state. How these challenges were met at a key part to the state’s development. The institute provides experiential learning and resources for curriculum planning and development and how to help foster environmental responsibility of natural resources in stewards of all ages. Educators have an opportunity to expand their content knowledge and study how geology, geography and forests can protect surface and ground water. The “Environmental Perspectives” institute takes place via on site visits. Each day will include content rich, hands-on outdoor experiences, individual and group activities.