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The second annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education was held yesterday...

    HUNTER, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and education leaders from across the state highlighted the progress made during the past year to transform education in North Dakota at the second annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education at Northern Cass School near Hunter on Thursday.

    "Last year we challenged educators and school districts to transform education to address the opportunities and demands of the 21st century, and that innovation is now on display all over the state," Burgum said. "We have the ideas, the people and the momentum we need to make North Dakota the nation's leader in education. While there is more work to be done, we are making great progress, and we must continue to empower people on the front lines to keep innovating."

    Nearly 500 people registered for summit events including a 30 Hour Challenge that began Wednesday and carried into Thursday, with about 50 participants presenting their solutions to current challenges in education. Attendees heard from more than a dozen presenters today and engaged in breakout sessions in the afternoon.

    "As we encourage innovation in our North Dakota schools, it was heartening to see hundreds of educators and state leaders gather at Northern Cass School to share their enthusiasm and exchange ideas with their peers," Baesler said. "We were able to showcase many of the dynamic projects and initiatives that are occurring across our state. It is evidence that teachers are working hard every day to inspire students to learn about things in their passion areas."

    Among the presenters was Northern Cass Superintendent Cory Steiner, who emphasized the need to transform education and highlighted the district's efforts to personalize learning. Northern Cass was the first district to submit a "Senate Bill 2186" plan, named for the bill passed by the 2017 Legislature and signed by Gov. Burgum that gives school districts, working with local school boards, the flexibility to submit innovative education plans that provide more local control to meet their schools' individual needs.

    "We have the skills and the technology and all of the pieces right here in this room to do things differently," said Steiner, who serves on the Innovative Education Task Force announced at last year's summit in Bismarck. "This is not something we do as individuals. This is something we do together."

    The first-ever #InnovativeND Awards also were presented during the summit:

    Frontline Innovation Award: Brian Price, Darryl Duttenhefner and Staceyann Ziemann, Bismarck Public Schools Vision 2030 team

    Student Leadership Award: Abrar Sharfi, Fargo South High sophomore

    Collaborative Culture Award: Kindred Elementary School

    System Transformation Award: New Rockford-Sheyenne School District.

    The free summit was sponsored by the Governor's Office, the state Department of Public Instruction and the Bush Foundation.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Transportation Department is taking public comments on a draft statewide transportation improvement program for a four-year period. The improvements include state and county highways, urban streets, roadway safety features, bikeways and busing programs. They're being funded with federal highway and transit funds.
     Details of the proposed 2019-2022 program are available on the department's website. Copies also can be obtained from the department's programming division or viewed at district offices. Comments are being accepted until July 9.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp continues to hold a big fundraising edge over Rep. Kevin Cramer, her Republican challenger. Federal reports required ahead of Tuesday's primary show Heitkamp raised nearly $796,000 from April 1 through May 23. That brings her total to date to $10.1 million, with $5.2 million in the bank.

    Cramer raised more than $562,000 during the reporting period. Filings show his total to date is $2.4 million, with $1.9 million cash on hand.

    The North Dakota race is seen as critical for control of the closely divided Senate.


    MINOT, ND - On Friday, May 4th, Minot Chrysler partnered with Edison Elementary School to raise $580 with a Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraiser. Through Chrysler's Cars for Classrooms fundraising initiative, the Chrysler brand makes a $10 contribution up to $2,000, toward the school on behalf of every test drive participant.

    "Minot Chrysler enjoyed raising funds for a great cause with families and the local community. We always look forward to giving back to the community and the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms initiative is a great way to do it," said Steve Yandura, Denver Business Center Regional Director. "On behalf of the Chrysler brand and the dealership, I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time to participate in this test drive to help us raise money for such a deserving group of students."

    In 2017, the Chrysler brand celebrates 25 years of supporting schools and families. Since 1993, the brand had helped to raise over 7 million dollars through fundraising test drives.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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