Professional Development

Professional learning communities (PLCs)

NCEC hosts several professional learning communities including the Principal PLC, Art Educators PLC, and Music Educators PLC.
If you are interested in starting a PLC for a specific content area, please complete our service request form.

principal PLC

The Principal PLC meets face to face every other month – between those face to face meeting months, they meet virtually on Zoom for leadership discussions.   

Contact Tonya L. Hunskor for more information.


The Art PLC meets throughout the year at rotating sites. Dates and details are in the flyer.


Need a reason to join? Here are 4 from The Art of Education

Contact Katie Saykally for more information or to sign up.

Music PLC

The Music PLC meets throughout the year at rotating sites. Dates and details are in the flyer.


Contact Katie Saykally for more information or to sign up.

January In-Service

The annual January Professional Learning In-Service day is typically held on Martin Luther King, Jr day. 

A keynote speaker and variety of break-out sessions are offered to area educators. 

See the January 2022 One Pager for information on last year's event.

Grant funded Trainings

Grant funded initiatives and trainings are provided in collaboration with the grantee and other partners. 

Offerings may change depending on funding and state requirements.

Beginning teacher network

Professional Growth, Collegial Dialogue, Support & Guidance for 1st Year Teachers!

NCEC's Beginning Teacher Network (BTN) is a professional development program that offers new educators an opportunity for support and collaboration in order to enhance classroom practices. The program seeks to provide first-year educators with an opportunity for professional growth, collegial dialogue, support and guidance. 

BTN is funded through a grant provided by the N.D. Teacher Support System.

Contact Leah Johnson for more information.

ND Science of reading

ND Science of Reading (SoR) courses are available on the ND Educational Hub.

 Trainings and resources are updated regularly on our SoR page.

For more information on the SoR requirements and available training, visit the ND Science of Reading site.

Mental Health Trainings

NCEC has a trained facilitator for two mental health trainings--SafeTALK and Trauma Sensitive Schools.

ND Behavioral Health has launched a free online training for educators called Kognito

For more resources for both staff and students, visit the ND DOH BeHero Resource page.

Safetalk - suicice Prevention

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours

Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it's the world's fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

Contact Mandy McNeff for more information.

Trauma Sensitive Schools (TSS)

Trauma Sensitive School (TSS) training is designed to be provided over three, 2-hour professional development sessions. However, they can be tailored to fit the varying duration of professional development sessions. 

For example, it is possible to deliver this curriculum in two, 3-hour professional development sessions, or six, 1-hour sessions. It is often necessary to extend the team to allow for dialogue among staff while they discuss the many topics.

Contact Mandy McNeff for more information.