Innovation Academy

The North Dakota Innovation Academy curriculum will be tailored to the needs of North Dakota educators, and will equip participants to access resources and begin immediately making small steps that can lead to big change, as well as planning for long-term system change.  Examples of immediate, usable resources include the Innovation Playlist, and The Cutting Ed blogs, or learning from schools across the country through study of Ted Dintersmith’s book, What Schools Could Be.  In depth study of ten building blocks for achieving the four major shifts will include project and inquiry-based learning, competency-based and standards-based grading, expansion of digital and online information resources as well as 1:1 computing initiatives.

Training to be held at the Bismarck Career Academy in the Multipurpose Room. The Team Leader and Team Members need to attend all the sessions.  The dates are:

  1. September 10, 2021
  2. November 19, 2021
  3. January 14, 2022
  4. February 18, 2022
  5. March 18, 2022
  6. April 15, 2022

National Writing Project Midwest Conference

The 2021 Conference is hosted by the Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU and the keynote speaker is Cornelius Minor, author of We Got This! Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. Writing Project teacher-leaders will be leading a variety of breakout sessions on the teaching of writing. Open to teachers from K-college of any subject area. Connect with other teachers in the Midwest region. Plan to write during this conference–we believe that to be a good teacher of writing, we should write!

2021 Personalized Learning Institute

Northern Cass is proud to announce registration has opened for the 2021 Personalized Learning Institute. You will hear from experts in the field on how they have led their districts in the transformation to personalized learning.  Keynotes by leaders in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and South Dakota will be  inspiring while providing you with strategies 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 in the field. Coaching will be focused on a variety of topics which can meet the needs of any educator or district! Breakout sessions will be led by educators from South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, California, and North Dakota.  This conference is for everyone as there will be breakout sessions for counseling, CTE, special education, and many other areas!  Administrators, teachers, and specialists will all find ideas and strategies to implement immediately in your district.


Join us for the Personalized Learning Institute on Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th.  The conference will be face-to-face at Northern Cass School in Hunter, North Dakota.

Please complete all parts of the form (see link below) in order to secure your spot at the institute:

  1. Earlybird: March 1 – April 30: $100/person
  2. Regular: May 1 – June 16: $125/person
    1. 5+ from one district drops cost down to $80/person no matter time of registration.

Creativity in the Classroom

An essential skill in the knowledge economy is the ability to understand a problem and then find innovative ways to solve it. In this professional devleopment course, learn to inspire creativity in the classroom.

The best way to learn it is to do it, so you will practice using active and problem-based learning for both in-person and online settings. You will use design thinking exercises, entrepreneurial frameworks, brain writing techniques, and ideation activities.

Additionally, we will introduce you to tools and curriculum that can help you integrate entrepreneurship, design thinking, innovation, and creativity into any classroom.

Guided by our mission of entrepreneurship for all, Creativity in the Classroom is designed by The Nice Center at NDSU and will be taught by Scott Meyer, Director of Entrepreneurship. The course will be online and work will be done asynchronously. The course begins June 7 and will be complete on June 28.

Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

The 5th annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education inspires innovation and reimagines learning in schools across North Dakota. This year’s summit will include an emphasis on computer science within K-12 classrooms, as well as celebrations from the 2021 legislative session and a necessary focus on accelerating learning as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Burgum is committed to inspiring change as our education systems experience significant disruptions. Our future generations are counting on us to build a future for tomorrow. Join us for an opportunity to discover creative solutions, network with experts from the field and light a spark for future transformation.

We encourage all stakeholders to join us for this statewide, in-person and virtual summit and join in the collective cause to adapt our education system to the rapidly evolving world.

Whether you are an education professional helping shape young minds, a student seeking knowledge, a parent wanting the best for your children or a business leader invested in the future workforce, we all have an interest in the future of education in North Dakota and this is an opportunity for us to learn and drive positive change together.

Continue checking back for more details and speaker announcements.