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Everything that defines North Dakota United was on full display at the first-ever Delegate Assembly of its members on Saturday. With 130 delegates representing the different communities, geographic locations and job classifications of our entire membership, this was the first official gathering of representatives of the full membership of North Dakota United since the February 2013 vote of delegates from the North Dakota Education Association and the North Dakota Public Employees Association to affirm a merger of those two organizations and form NDU.
Beginning on April 1, 2014, K-12 and Higher Education members are eligible to enroll in the North Dakota United Early Enrollment Plan. Get a jump on enrolling in NDU for the upcoming new school year, and gain immediate access to membership benefits that come with being a part of our union at no additional cost.
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.
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.