Student Services

NESC ConnectEd:

https://sites.google.com/nescnd.org/nescconnected

We proudly support North Dakota educators in their efforts to provide high-quality, extended day programming for students through LIVE lessons and instructional resources in the focus areas of STEAM & Problem-based Learning, 21st Century Skills & the 4Cs, Career Exploration & Community Partners, and Social & Emotional Learning.

  • Join us with your students for LIVE learning on Zoom!
  • 3:45-4:15 CT, Tuesdays, throughout the school year
  • Opportunities for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 are available!
  • There are many ways to connect with these lessons!  Check out the website to review your options!
  • For more information contact: cortney.shuley@nescnd.org
NESC ConnectEd is made possible through a partnership with NESC 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the North Dakota Afterschool Network, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and numerous instructional partners from across the state.  This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lessons from the Learning Lab: The NESC is offering virtual, curriculum enrichment lessons during the regular school day!  All NESC K-5 classrooms are welcome to join our Student Services Specialist on Zoom for learning in STEAM, Social Emotional Learning, and 21st Century Skills!

  • September through November, 2021
  • Wednesdays:
    • 9:00-9:30 AM
    • 1:30-2:00 PM
    • Grade K-2 and Grade 3-5 session times vary according to date.  Please refer to the 2021 schedule on the Lessons from the Learning Lab website.

Learn more about this service at our Lessons from the Learning Lab website!

Questions: Cortney.Shuley@nescnd.org


Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: This 2021 virtual event is available statewide to student groups in grades 9-12.  Registration is open until March 26th.  The event series begins April 9th.  Event details and registration information can be found at http://www.nesc.k12.nd.us/files/2021/03/NESCs-2021-Building-Tomorrows-Leaders.pdf.  For more information contact: derryn.johnson@nescnd.org


Young Writers’ Conference: The NESC hosts this event where a published author hosts a one-day workshop with high school students from the NESC region.  Students attending are selected by their English teacher and/or school principal and have a deep interest in writing.  In the past, students have created collections of writings that are published in a magazine called Writers’ Ink.  For more information contact: jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org


SCRUBS Camp (for 5th Graders): The R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp is an exciting program supported by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences focused on rural students in grades 5-12. The NESC has hosted a camp since 2011.  The overall purpose of the program is to increase awareness, interest, and understanding of health careers available in rural North Dakota through creative and interactive activities.  The NESC SCRUBS Camp is specifically for students in 5th Grade.  The camp is held at Lake Region State College (LRSC) and the Lake Area Career and Technology Center in Devils Lake.  Each year, approximately 300 students from the NESC region attend the camp, which is one of 8-10 camps funded each year in ND through the grant from the CRH.  Students are able to attend at least seven sessions on various health-care related topics from professionals who volunteer their time for this special event.  Key connections for the camp are the NESC, LRSC, Altru Clinic DL,  CHI St. Alexius  DL Hospital, Forward Devils Lake, Lake Region Search & Rescue, and Devils Lake Public Schools Counseling Department.  For more information contact: jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org


NESC 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC): The NESC eligible member schools jointly apply for a 21st CCLC Grant which is under the direction of Jennifer Carlson.   Schools in the NESC 21st CCLC Grant include Dakota Prairie Public School, Devils Lake – Central Middle School, Minnie H Kindergarten Center, Prairie View Elementary, and Sweetwater Elementary, Fort Totten – Tate Topa Elementary and Middle School, Langdon Public School, Midkota Elementary School, Minnewaukan Public School, Mount Pleasant-Rolla Public School, Rolette Public School, and Warwick Public School.   For more information, visit https://www.nd.gov/dpi/education-programs/federal-title-programs/title-iv-part-b-21st-century-community-learning-centeror email jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org.


NESC Regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Tournament: This regional tournament, hosted annually by the NESC since 2008, is typically held in January and serves as a qualifying tournament for the February ND FLL Tournament.

Learn more about FLL!

Register your team with FLL: http://www.firstinspires.org/node/3461

For more information contact: jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org


NESC Summer School: Offered through Devils Lake High School to NESC Member School Districts.  Contact the Devils Lake High School Principal for more information at 701-662-1200.


Interactive Television (ITV): The NESC works with member schools to offer various classes that can be offered through ITV when that same class is not available in all schools.  For more information contact: jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org


You’re Hired! is a project that allows students to use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with 21st-century skills to solve real, present-day problems. Students will work as a team (company) to find a solution and present their proposals to a boardroom.  The NESC facilitates You’re Hired! events for students in grades 3-12 across North Dakota.

For more information about You’re Hired! click here.

For information about the 2021 NESC You’re Hired! event series click here.

You’re Hired! contact: Erin.Lacina@nescnd.org.


Technology Learning Cooperative: A consortium of 21 schools that shares in the rotation of high tech equipment which is used in various 7-12 classrooms to enhance existing curriculum.  Visit the information online here. For more information contact: jennifer.carlson@nescnd.org


College and Career ReadinessThe NESC offers a variety of college and career readiness services to students of member schools including support with the Roads to Success curriculum and RUReadyND tools, as well as access to the Virtual Job Shadow online platform and college/career, student presentations by local and national speakers.  Additionally, the NESC partners with community and educational entities to hold a regional Career Fair and a Transitional Career Fair annually.


 Transition Resources: Self-advocacy units were developed by the NESC in partnership with Lake Region Special Education through the 2019-2020 North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Transition Discretionary Grant.  These units were created by special education teachers and community partners with the express purpose of explicitly teaching self-advocacy strategies in the classroom. The lessons are structured as such that they can be used as-is, or adapted to meet the individual needs of students. They are also formatted with both in-person and distance education in mind.

Instructional Units include:

  • Explicit classroom instructional strategies/resources

  • Resources that encourage student practice of self-advocacy

  • Resources that encourage and suggest partnerships with local agencies to foster self-advocacy

  • Formative assessment strategies/resources

Access the Self-Advocacy and Social/Emotional Learning Units here.

Also, visit https://nesc.padlet.org/NESC/7vbl4c2wx08 for more self-advocacy resources!

For more information contact: Derryn.Johnson@nescnd.org