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Spring Classes open January 24th


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Teachers These Days

1 Credit

Teachers show up in different forms and in many chapters of a child’s life. Teaching is literacy and numeracy but, most importantly, it’s showing up with your whole heart. It’s walking kids – and yourself – through the hardest conversations about trauma, loss, grief, racism, or violence. As we work to piece together our education system in the fallout from global pandemic, the focus must be on the teachers. If the people in charge – those teachers – aren’t OK, the students don’t stand a chance.

Dr. Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh bring together theory and practice, weaving the science of human development with real-life stories and tangible strategies told by those most qualified to share them – our teachers. This book is for those who need a place to land when they want to be reminded that, simply by the choice of their profession, they are a powerful force in shaping our world.

The book can be previewed and purchased here.

Course Fees

The class is $50.00  (At time of registration)
Credit is $50 through University of North Dakota. (At the completion of class)

All Learning is Social Emotional book cover

 Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond

While social and emotional learning is most familiar as compartmentalized programs separate from academics, the truth is, all learning is social and emotional. What teachers say, the values we express, the materials and activities we choose, and the skills we prioritize all influence how students think, see themselves, and interact with content and with others.

If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith offer a solution: a comprehensive, five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. You’ll learn the hows and whys of: 

  • Building students’ sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around them.
  • Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.
  • Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem solving.
  • Fostering students’ social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships.
  • Equipping students to becoming informed and involved citizens.

Along with a toolbox of strategies for addressing 33 essential competencies, you’ll find real-life examples highlighting the many opportunities for social and emotional learning within the K–12 academic curriculum. Children’s social and emotional development is too important to be an add-on or an afterthought, too important to be left to chance. Use this books integrated SEL approach to help your students build essential skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives.


Course Fees

The class is $50.00  (At time of registration)
Credit is $50 through University of North Dakota. (At the completion of class) 

A Guide to Resilience: How to Bounce Back from Life’s Inevitable Problems

Christian Moore is convinced that each of us has a power hidden within, something that can get us through any kind of adversity. That power is resilience.

In The Resilience Breakthrough, Moore delivers a practical primer on how you can become more resilient in a world of instability and narrowing opportunity, whether you’re facing financial troubles, health setbacks, challenges on the job, or any other problem. We can all have our own resilience breakthrough, Moore argues, and can each learn how to use adverse circumstances as potent fuel for overcoming life’s hardships.

As he shares engaging real-life stories and brutally honest analysis of his own experiences, Moore equips you with twenty-seven resilience-building tools that you can start using today–in your personal life or in your organization.

Course Fees

The class is $50.00  (At time of registration)
Credit is $50 through University of North Dakota. (At the completion of class)


Designed for busy teachers and other school-based professionals, this book presents step-by-step guidelines for implementing seven highly effective strategies to improve classroom management and instructional delivery. These key low-intensity strategies are grounded in the principles of positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS), and are easy to integrate into routine teaching practice. Chapters discuss exactly how to use each strategy to decrease disruptive behavior and enhance student engagement and achievement. Checklists for success are provided, together with concise reviews of the evidence base and ways to measure outcomes.

The book can be reviewed and purchased here.

Course Fees

The class is $50.00  (At time of registration)
Credit is $50 through University of North Dakota. (At the completion of class)



After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, PhD, discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset– those who believe that abilities are fixed- are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset– those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love- to transform their lives and your own.

The book can be previewed and purchased here.

Course Fees

The class is $50.00  (At time of registration)
Credit is $50 through University of North Dakota. (At the completion of class)


Self-Paced Classes

Participants can self-enroll at any time. 

Credit for the completion of these classes will be assigned in three terms. 

Term 1 – Participants who complete all activities by December 15th

Term 2 – Participants who complete all activities by April 15th

Term 3 – Participants who complete activities by July 1st

Classes Available:


Virtual PLCs


Principal PLC 

  • The Principal PLC dates are TBA.


January Teacher In-Service


NCEC School System Enhancement or Early Out Offerings

  • Online materials are available on the NCEC Educational Hub. Available topic areas include:
    • AdvancED
    • Mental Health
    • Standards
  • AdvancED–Planning for school improvement and preparing for visitation
  • Teaching & Assessing for Learning–Classroom observations and educator feedback, sharing student work
  • Please call NCEC for more information or to schedule training


Mental Health Trainings

  • Trauma Sensitive Schools (Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Staff Training)–up to 6 hours
  • SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training–3 hours


Staff Development Trainings


Other In-State Education Trainings