North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders

Annual Administrators' Workshop

The Annual School Administrators' Workshop will be held in Mandan, August 3-5, 2016 at the Baymont Inn (formerly the 7 Seas) in Mandan. This workshop is open to all administrators and has been redesigned to provide quality professional development, networking opportunities, innovative best practices and much more! All administrators are welcome to attend the full three-day workshop. So you can plan accordingly, the agenda will focus on specific levels of administrative experience: 

Day 1 (Wednesday all day) conducted by NDCEL - Boot Camp for Superintendents, Principals, and Special Education Directors. Topics include: school and community relations, teacher evaluation, school budgets, specialized training by EduTech, and Q & A time (separate sessions for each group).

Day 2 (Thursday all day) conducted by DPI - Topics include DPI initiatives; Safe and Healthy Schools; Power School; Title IX; Ed Law; School Finance.

Day 3 (Friday until noon) conducted by DPI - Topics include ESSA and Fall Reports.

The joint workshops are sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. These workshops will serve as an approved workshop to renew administrative credentials; a certificate of attendance will be given at the conclusion of the workshops. Attendees may also elect to earn one unit of graduate credit from the University of Mary.  If you intend to register for grad credit, you must register for BOTH workshops (all three days--August 3, 4, 5). Each workshop participant will be responsible for arranging his/her own lodging accommodations. Click HERE to register!  Click HERE for NDCEL agenda; click HERE for DPI agenda. Click HERE for U of Mary grad credit.

Russ Ziegler the New NDCEL Assistant Director!

I am excited to join the ranks of the NDCEL staff as the Assistant Director. I hope to be able to help the administrators of North Dakota in the education process. At NDCEL I will be working directly with the secondary and elementary principals groups and with Les Anderson in student activities. I am very excited for this opportunity!

Unveiling Our New Job Posting Website -!

Check out our new vacancy website at  North Dakota school districts can subscribe to this service and be able to post ALL their school-related job openings. Download an enrollment form today (click here).

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Executive Director Deliberations

The spring of the year is always a mixed bag of emotions for an educator.  Spring brings new life and excitement.  The start of new activities, the coming of the end of the year.  It can also be accompanied with a bit of a melancholy feeling as well.  We reoffer contracts this time of year.  Sometimes that means non-renewal…it can mean retirements…it can mean just moving on from schools.  Change is hard.  Spring – while new and exciting can also be the forbearer of change and challenge. 

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