Commentary: Enlisting Educators in the War Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The opioid epidemic is not unique to Minot; it’s a nationwide problem. And the solutions aren’t simple either. But in the opinion of Tammy Wincup of Everfi, one tool we should be using is an education curriculum that empowers and educates students about the dangers of prescription drugs. It’s worth a read, Everfi may even be a resource that we should be pursuing in Minot.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: K-12 Policy Updates: Mandatory Fall Reading for Every Education Entrepreneur

When it comes to Education directives handed down from on high (the feds), there’s a new Sheriff in town who goes by the name of Betsy Devos. Her confirmation was controversial, and the one thing that’s certain — there will be policy changes. How those impact us locally is yet to be determined, but the roadmap on how we negotiate them is coming into focus. Ben Watsky with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: A New School Model Helps Rural Districts Boost Enrollment and Ensure Student Success

The challenges that come with delivering a high-quality education in a rural setting are real. Too often in our small towns, teachers and administrators are forced to continue delivering a high level of services amid a climate of declining resources. What’s the solution? In Alberta, Canada, one school administrator addressed the results by tearing down the system and rebuilding it to meet the needs of his community and...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn, News: What a Reinvented College Looks Like: 4 Alternative Higher-Ed Models

In the article below, you’ll find a call from an influential North Dakota blogger to close some of North Dakota’s higher education institutions. It’s a sign that it’s time to challenge conventional thinking when it comes to education. To that end, this article from EdSurge is timely; it provides examples of schools and higher-education-esque start-ups that are attempting to reinvent education.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities

Rob Port at Say Anything Blog comments on a growing group of people talking about the need to reform and reevaluate the way and where of how North Dakota does higher education. His reform concept — close down a few of the state’s colleges and universities. That argument will no doubt trigger a debate, which is exactly what we need to have if we’re going to stay relevant...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The Fargo area is short on workers. A new coordinated effort is trying to change that

A collaborative effort between the Fargo Chamber and the North Dakota State School of Science is intended to help solve the area’s ongoing worker shortage problems. One goal of the program will be to better integrate high school students and coursework with post-secondary education offered through the State School of Sciences and other associate degree programs.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary, News: A focus on graduation, not enrollment, is the right direction for UND

Rob Port has been among the most outspoken critics of the state’s university system, but the language coming from UND President Mark Kennedy is getting his attention. Moving forward, Mr. Kennedy will focus UND’s efforts on graduation and providing value for students. That philosophy is a departure from focus on another common metric — enrollment. Read Mr. Port’s full commentary on the issue on the Say Anything Blog.com.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: No raises for North Dakota college presidents, chancellor

The tough budget times are being felt across all levels of government, and the Board of Higher Education has caught wind of the belt-tightening sentiment. At a meeting in Fargo on Tuesday, the Board voted to freeze wages for all the state’s university system executives and college presidents. A contract extension was also granted to NDSU President Dean Bresciani.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: How Students Say Colleges Should Change

There’s been a lot of talk here in North Dakota about the need for higher education evolve. In this article from EdSurge, an interviewer sat down with three college-age students and asked them how they think higher education needs to change. The article is worth a read, the answers sound familiar — education needs less parrot instruction and more teaching of problem solving.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Watch & Learn: Pennsylvania Kindergartners Swap Grades for Badges

News: Watch & Learn: Pennsylvania Kindergartners Swap Grades for Badges

A skill learned, a concept is mastered, and a badge is the reward. It’s a simple, beautiful concept present in all areas of our culture, but it’s been less prevalent in our classrooms. Until now. A school district in Pennsylvania has thrown grades out for their younger students and is now incentivizing learning through the earning of badges. Watch and learn below.    summary by: Josh Wolsky

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