News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 November
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
By now you know that President Obama, in December 2015, signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Congressional reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which had last been reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
We are currently in a transition period during which states are expected to be realigning their accountability systems with the new requirements of ESSA. States must have their new systems in place for ESSA's full implementation in the fall of 2017.
If you are not interested in reading the new law in its entirety but still want to know the essentials, then check out this overview of ESSA from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In six pages, it summarizes the law and provides hyperlinks throughout to relevant resources from ASCD.
Also see this presentation from ND's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on what DPI has been doing to accomplish the transition from NCLB to ESSA. You will see details regarding ND's new accountability system.
Educational Resource on ND's Native American Heritage
In 2015 ND's DPI produced a 12-page document called "North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings," intended to be distributed for educational use.
Through the ND Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, that document was just recently shared with the state's teacher preparation programs. You may find it useful to yourself personally or to your students in the context of preparing them to be teachers of multicultural students.
Major Projects Underway
Many thanks to Lisa Daniels, who--as Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator--is guiding DSU's Teacher Education Program (faculty, chairs, and administrators alike) through the work of preparing for the first stage of our upcoming re-accreditation review: the preparation of ESPB Program Reports.
Simultaneously Lisa is guiding us all through the work of preparing for the second stage of the process: the completion of the CAEP self-study report and preparation for the on-site visit in the fall of 2018.
As if that weren't enough, many thanks to Karen Nelson, who is DSU's contact with the HLC and, as such, has been working to submit reports to, and prepare for a site visit by, the HLC as they consider whether to approve DSU to offer the M.A.T. degree (that the SBHE approved for DSU).
In the News
Look for education and psychology majors and minors in these features:
"Wacy Ortmann and Mackenzie Hicks Crowned 2016 Homecoming King and Queen"
"DSU Art Education Student Awarded NACS Scholarship"
"TRHLP Students Present at NCHC Conference in Seattle"
"DSU Bismarck Students Larshus and Will Present at DPI Conference"
"DSU Bismarck Students Visit Schools on Standing Rock Reservation"
"Martel Selected to Participate in Leadership Bismarck-Mandan"