News: What Summer Slide Actually Means—and 5 Ways to Fight it

Unless you’re a teacher, the concept of the ‘summer slide’ may be foreign to you. It’s the phenomena that sees student learning and retention regress over the summer months when they’re not in school. It’s a real thing, and new studies suggest the slippage may be the equivalent to as much as a month of school-year learning. It would be easy to chalk this up as a low...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future

How do you train someone for a job that doesn’t exist yet? Whether educators know it or not, this is their job. The world is changing and pace that’s increasing exponentially, and our students will need the tools and the know how to retool on the fly. Michelle Weise writing for EdSurge shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: How to Create a School Culture Where Teachers Lead Innovation

With Minot Public Schools contract negotiations at an impasse in Minot, it’s obvious that we’re going to have some disgruntled teachers. And it’s those circumstances that make ideas that motivate and empower our classroom directors — outside of pay — even more important. This is a good one, and it’s already been proven in practice.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

In the information age, the great irony of our time is that we seem to be less and less trustful of information. And so it would seem one of the great skills that we’re in need of quickly developing is the ability to properly evaluate news and information we’re asked to consider as we make determinations about the world around us. That’s exactly the goal of one profit...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

In the recent past, Governor Burgum formed a task force to look at revamping the way education is delivered in North Dakota. And if trends from some of the country’s most prestigious universities are an indicator, he’s on the right path. This article is a harbinger of changing times and the manner in which some colleges are adapting.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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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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