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

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

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

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

Commentary: The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities   source: Say Anything Blog.com  

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

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

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

Commentary, News: A focus on graduation, not enrollment, is the right direction for UND   source: Say Anything Blog.com  

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

News: UND wins $3.8 million for substance abuse services   source: Grand Forks Herald  

The personal fights have always been there. But now with the attention of politicians caught, it seems the funding to fight the drug abuse and addiction problems is starting to follow. Andrew Haffner with the Grand Forks Herald has the story on a $3.8 million grant for UND and how they’ll use the resources.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: No raises for North Dakota college presidents, chancellor   source: InForum  

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

Commentary: How Students Say Colleges Should Change   source: EdSurge  

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

Watch & Learn: Pennsylvania Kindergartners Swap Grades for Badges

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

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

Commentary, News: The most forward-thinking, future-proof college in America teaches every student the exact same stuff   source: Quartz  

There are few debates raging more loudly in North Dakota and nationally than the one over higher education, its value, and its future. But one college has maintained it’s role and is now emerging as a leader in producing capable students, and they’ve done so by through strict adhearance to an old-fashioned idea, the classical, liberal arts education. Read the commentary on an old approach to a new […]

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News: The Story One Elementary School Reinventing itself   source: EdSurge  

For one elementary school in New Hampshire, the status quo was no longer an option. Plummeting test scores, high staff turnover, low morale, and an ongoing community opioid crisis were creating challenges in the classroom. The solution was what is described as ‘whole child development’, and the story of their successful turnaround is worth reading.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

New digital citizenship curriculum is an idea worth copying

Commentary, News: New digital citizenship curriculum is an idea worth copying

Here in North Dakota, we occasionally dismiss outside ideas — particularly those from more liberal-leaning parts of the country — because those places don’t identify as closely with our values. Sometimes that’s good; sometimes that’s bad. The story below comes from the Washington state, and it’s absolutely an outside idea that we should be appropriating. Technology is changing our brains and our culture at an ever faster pace, and […]