2024 Northern Cass Personalized Learning Institute

Northern Cass is proud to announce the 2024 Northern Cass Personalized Learning Institute is coming soon! You will hear from experts in the field on how they have led their districts in the transformation to personalized learning.  National keynoters include Virgel Hammonds, Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, Aylon Samouha, and Dr. Phil Warrick.  Additional keynoters are Matt Shea, Cederick Ellis, and Deborah Gist who collectively bring practical expertise and will inspire you with strategies and stories to shift your practice! Not only will you hear their story, but you will also be able to work in small groups and receive coaching from experts while leaving with an action plan on how to begin or continue your transformation.  You will also be the first attendees to hear a ‘Call to Action’ by learners as to why we need to transform our current system of education! Breakout sessions will be led by educators from across the country.  This conference is for everyone as there will be breakout sessions for all areas!  Administrators, teachers, and specialists will find ideas and strategies to implement immediately in your district.  The cost of the conference is $160/person or $135/person for groups of 5 or more.  Join us for the Personalized Learning Institute on Wednesday, June 12th and Thursday, June 13th.  The conference will be held at Northern Cass School in Hunter, North Dakota.


Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art® is an innovative approach to teaching writing and fostering literacy designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Developed by Beth Olshansky, this evidence-based model uses quality picture books and simple, captivating crayon resist-based art techniques to teach the art of writing.

Immersed in an engaging, high scaffolded creative process during Artists/Writers Workshop, participants will explore 4 different genre units aligned with grade-level standards and curriculum. They will learn to read like a writer and see like an artist. This June, Central Regional Education Association (CREA) and North Dakota Council on the Arts are once again teaming up to provide ND teachers with 3 OPTIONS for Virtual Picturing Writing workshops at GREATLY REDUCED COST! (Limited number of spaces are available.)

  1. June 10-11: For those new to the PW process or those wishing for a refresher – Introduction to Picturing WritingTime of Day (includes new informational writing piece!) and Weather Poetry (poetic forms easily adapted to other content area curriculum). Registration Fee: $100*
  2. June 12-14: Looking for inspiration on how to integrate PW into other areas of the curriculum? Jump into the Picturing Writing Research-Based Animal Trifold and Stories. These highly structured units explore visual as well as text-based research and offer teachers engaging new ways to teach fact-based writing (through poetry and narrative writing). Introduction to Picture Writing (Option 1) or previous experience with PW is highly recommended prior to taking this workshop. Registration Fee: $150*
  3. June 10-14: TAKE BOTH for an even further discounted fee! Registration Fee: $225*

*Registration Fee includes all workshop art & instructional materials (teacher manual for each unit, PW mentor texts, posters & artists frame) shipped directly to you. This workshop has been generously subsidized by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Workshop is held from 8:00 am – 2:30 PM (CST) on all dates.

Registration closes May 10, 2024.