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Brian Mendler Speaks at Professional In-Service Day January 20

Brian Mendler

The always energetic Brian Mendler presented Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students this past January 20 at the NCEC Regional In-Service held at Rugby Public Schools.

The session was loaded with strategies, techniques, and ideas designed to prevent motivation and discipline problems in the most difficult classrooms. Attendees discovered specific strategies and techniques designed to change attitudes and ignite a passion for success. His high-energy session taught specifically how to defuse power struggles with any student, in any situation, at any time with a proven step-by-step process. Participants learned how to stop mouthy kids in their tracks. The practical, informative session aimed to help teachers transform the lives of their most disruptive students.

Along with the keynote, over 30 breakout sessions were held including topics such as STEM, sensory breaks, engaging students, 504 plans, MTSS, building a reading culture, positive student relationships, vaping, mandatory reporting, and many more. See the full schedule here and session descriptions here.

Around 300 educators from Anamoose, Bottineau, Drake, TGU Towner, TGU Granville, Harvey, Rugby, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, Westhope and Newburg attended.



Library Professional Development Spring 2020

Join us to learn from experts in the field. 


NCEC is excited to announce a collaboration of many state agencies in delivering a professional learning series for Librarians.

The series will be interactive webinars live or to be viewed later at your convenience.

The series will be offered for Library Credit through Valley City State University. Simply create a free account at and register for the Librarian Professional Development Series.

The series will consist of 12 webinars and discussion boards. The beginning webinars are as follows:

Open Educational Resources/Copyright

Kelly Kornkven, Library Director – Mayville State University January 23 (TBA)

AASL Standards (New Computer Science/Cybersecurity)

Misti Werle, Library Media Systems Coordinator – Bismarck Public Schools January 16, 11:30 – 12:30pm Central Time

Professional Organizations

Maggie Townsend, Bismarck Public Schools January 29, 7-8pm Central Time

North Dakota State Library Resources

Carmen Redding, School and Youth Service Specialist ND State Library February 6 (TBA)

Library Advocacy

Mary Soucie, North Dakota State Librarian February 12 3:30 – 4:30 Central Time

(The remaining sessions will be delivered by Valley City State Library Graduate students. Topics and times will be finalized at the start of the Spring Semester.)


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NCEC Makes Professional Development More Accessible with Online Courses

The cost of travel and missing an instructional day with my kids makes me pass on a lot of PD.

Subs are impossible to find.

I’m a one-(wo)man show.  If I’m gone, the whole department is gone.

Being gone is more work than being in my room.

I need a credit, and I don’t want to go somewhere in the summer!

We need quality PD for our early out, but booking a year or more out is not practical.

If any of these reasons sound familiar to you, you are in luck!

NCEC has now made professional development available online for educators and administrators through the NCEC Educational Hub (

“Accessibility is our primary motivation for creating this option for our educators,” said Shelly Hoerer, Professional Development Director for NCEC.

NCEC has been utilizing an online forum for the past year to house virtual PLCs and online book reads made available to NCEC regional educators.  Starting in September 2019, the selection will expand to include four new book reads, classes such as Classroom Management 101, Integrating Technology, Motivating and Inspiring Students, Standards-Based Grading, Fostering Positive Relationships and many more.

Materials will also be available to administrators to facilitate in-house as well.  Topics covering AdvancED planning, mental health, and standards will have a facilitator guide, course outline, videos, and other materials enabling any educator to present the material to their colleagues.

“We are a small staff of only three and needed to find a way to provide the services our schools have come to depend on us for without stretching us all too thin.  Facilitating training online enables us to serve all of our schools and saves our tight budget by reducing our staff travel,” shared Hoerer.

Registration opens August 1.

North Central Education Cooperative is based in Bottineau and serves surrounding regional schools to provide educational services through a collaborative culture that creates successful learning environments.

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