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.

Bakken Human Trafficking Summit

Human Trafficking exists in North Dakota. The agencies, service-providers, and individuals working to address this issue face many challenges: educating the public, apprehending offenders, supporting survivors, and working towards prevention. The 4th Annual Bakken Human Trafficking Summit will focus on a variety of topics related to sex and labor trafficking, sexual exploitation, and more. This event, organized by North Dakota-based nonprofit 31:8 Project, features several keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions to better inform the community about sex and labor trafficking in Western North Dakota. Our event speakers will include: law enforcement, healthcare professionals, human service representatives, and survivors of human trafficking.

The event takes place on May 21-22 in Minot, ND at the MSU Ann Nicole Nelson Hall located at 500 University Ave W.
Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Attendees will have a mid-day break to get lunch on their own. Continuing Education credit and hours available for professionals attending the Bakken Human Trafficking Summit. This event is open to the public. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, discretion is advised. Scholarships are available. E-mail programs@318project.org to learn more about scholarship tickets availability.

There will be a social for attendees on the evening of Tuesday, May 21st.

Medical professionals, faith groups, law enforcement, human service providers, hospitality workers, business owners, parents/guardians, educators, service clubs, government officials, and other community groups are invited to attend as we work together to learn about the issues facing the region and the action steps we can take moving forward.

Math Chats

Math Chats is a course on the ND Educational Hub that hosts monthly topical conversations centered around intentional and meaningful mathematical instruction. These webinars are meant to inspire change and growth in mathematical practices.

Monday, March 25 3:30-4:30 pm CST!

Research-Based Math Practices

Explicit Instruction of Math Vocabulary

Math Chats Flyer