Local teachers attend workshop at LRSC

Staff reports
Keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Meyers is shown during her noon presentation at the LRSC auditorium.

More than 300 teachers from area school districts participated in a daylong in-service at Lake Region State College January 17.

The in-service was sponsored by Northeast Education Services Cooperative.

Educators participated in sessions ranging from online elearning, Math education, Reader’s Theater, technology with teaching, Autism, counseling students for careers, student achievement, assessment, health issues and nurturing students.

Dr. Lisa Meyers gave a noon keynote to all participates called Diamonds in the Rough that focused on student achievement.

The goal of the in-service is to provide quality staff development for all schools through the sharing of resources, staff networking, and efficient use of funds, said Jennifer Carlson, executive director of the NESC.

Sessions are based on School Improvement needs, teacher survey results, and administrator requests.

Additional in-service opportunities will be available this spring and late summer.

The Northeast Educational Services Cooperative was established in 2001 with the goal of providing educational services to schools in the Lake Region. The NESC is supported through local membership fees, state funds allocated on a per pupil basis, and optional fees for services.

During the 2007 North Dakota Legislative session, joint power agreements like NESC were renamed Regional Education Associations.

The name reflects a more systematic structure for developing educational associations in North Dakota, thus moving away from joint agreements between schools participating in cooperatives.

Today there are eight approved REAS in ND.

Member schools in the NESC include Adams-Edmore, Dakota Prairie, Devils Lake, Four Winds, Lakota, Langdon, Leeds, Maddock, Minnewaukan, Munich, North Star, Rock Lake, Rolette, Starkweather, Warwick, and Wolford. Lake Region Special Education and Lake Region State College are cooperating members. Lake Area Career & Technology Center, North Dakota School for the Deaf, Train ND Northeast, Career Resource Network, Candeska Cikana Community College, Minot State University, UND, and Business & Post-Secondary Partners are collaborative partners.