The Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC), a local Regional Education Agency based out of Devils Lake, North Dakota, will be hosting a cutting-edge workshop for regional educators beginning on February 9.

The Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC), a local Regional Education Agency based out of Devils Lake, North Dakota, will be hosting a cutting-edge workshop for regional educators beginning on February 9.

The NESC is bringing 70 educational leaders from 10 member school districts together for an event series titled the High Reliability Schools™ Academy.  Each of the participating school districts will be sending a leadership team comprised of administrators, teachers and counselors who will be responsible for leading school improvement initiatives in their buildings following the Academy training days.  

The content for this Academy was established by Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Dr. Phil Warrick, and Julia A. Simms of the Marzano Research Laboratory, a leading business in the field of education.  Dr. Marzano’s vision for K–12 education is simple: the vast majority of schools can be highly effective in promoting student learning. To show how, he created the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework.

This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.

The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework does not add a new initiative to school efforts, said Erin Lacina, Succeed 2020 Project Director with the Northeast Education Services Cooperative.

“Many schools are already implementing a wide range of effective initiatives, and many educators are already practicing research-based strategies.  This framework shows how best practices work together and provides indicators to empower districts and schools to measure their progress on attaining five increasing levels of reliability: Safe and Collaborative Culture, Effective Teaching in Every Classroom, Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, Standards-Referenced Reporting, and Competency-Based Education.”
Using the framework and indicators, districts and schools can drive permanent, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.

The 10, NESC-member school districts leading the region in implementation of the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework include Dakota Prairie, Devils Lake, Edmore, Fort Totten – Four Winds, Fort Totten – Tate Topa, Langdon, Leeds, Munich, New Rockford-Sheyenne, and North Star.  Leadership teams from these districts will be assembling five times with the NESC staff and Dr. Phil Warrick between February and November.

The High Reliability Schools™ Academy has been made possible through funding by the NESC Succeed 2020 Grant, and is sponsored by the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort.