News & Updates
Starting on April 1 of each year for our Education related members, we have a no-cost early enrollment option.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is scheduled to join us as a distinguished guest at the Inaugural North Dakota United Delegate Assembly, on April 12 at the Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan. This will be Weingarten’s first visit to our state, and she brings with her the well-wishes of the 1.5 million members of AFT.
Lily Eskelsen García, vice president of National Education Association, will be a distinguished guest at the Inaugural North Dakota United Delegate Assembly, on April 12 at the Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan. Representing the NEA, she will be on hand to meet face-to-face with delegates of our state’s membership, and to recognize the historical significance of our merger and the creation of North Dakota United.
The 2014 North Dakota United Delegate Assembly will be held at the Seven Seas in Mandan on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Celebration of Excellence, which was usually held during the NDEA Instructional Conference, will be on April 11, 2014, at the Seven Seas from 7-9 p.m. Information on how to register as a delegate for the NDU Delegate Assembly has been sent to local association presidents.
North Dakota United - Executive Director Vacancy Anoucement
Winters can be particularly brutal in the state of North Dakota. While big cities in the South of the U.S. shut completely down this year after snowfalls of 1-2 inches, the residents of North Dakota are quite used to carrying on with business as usual in the midst of any treachery these winter months can throw at us. Ice, snow, blizzards, frigid wind chills, sub-zero temperatures and frozen terrain are rarely enough to stop, or even slow down, the people of our state. Why is this? Because of our pioneer spirit and the practice that comes facing these yearly threats, certainly. But it is also because of the professional contributions of men and women like Mike Stebbins.
Kirsten Baesler serves as the Superintendent of Public Instrucation for the state of North Dakota. She was elected into that post in November of 2012. Previous to serving as Superintendent, Baesler worked for Bismarck Public Schools for 22 years in various roles, including instructional assistant to students with intellectual disabilities, a teacher, library media specialist and vice principal. She was elected to the Mandan Public Schools Board in 2004 and was serving as board president at the time that she was voted into her role at DPI. Baesler's time at the helm of the Department of Public Instruction has been busy. She has been instrumental in rolling out the new Common Core Standards in North Dakota, and is currently active in reshaping the accrediation system. She recently spoke with United Voices for the April 2014 issue's The Public Record, a Q&A feature with public figures, who play a role in the careers of public educators and workers.
The National Education Association Foundation named Brenda Werner, an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, as a 2014 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. With this honor, Werner joins a unique class of 32 award-winning public school educators who will spend a year building their global competency skills, or the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.
North Dakota United would like to share with everyone in attendance at our first NDU Higher Education Conference, and all our members, the PowerPoint presentations of our presenters. We will be sharing a lot of information on the administrative plans for the N.D. University System, vertical alignment, legislative issues, adjunct faculty and legal issues. We hope this information will be useful for anyone in attendance.