The Cutting Ed Podcast

The Cutting Ed Podcast

If you’re a teacher or a student, we’ve developed a podcast just for you. It’s an exciting and important time in education in North Dakota. The door is wide open for innovative ideas to better equip our children for the future. What needs to done to prepare the next generation of students and teachers? And what does innovative education look like in action? Our conversations will include Governor Doug Burgum. We’ll also hear from key decision makers and most importantly teachers and students from K-12 to Higher Ed. North Dakota United is teaming up with Ted Dintersmith and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to explore education innovation across North Dakota and the nation. Our hope is “The Cutting Ed” sparks conversations and ideas that contribute to helping teachers and students—no matter the size of the school or the ability level of the student—achieve greatly. Let’s have the conversation together.... Show More

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May 14, 2019 26 min
Sara Medalen is a TItle 1 Reading and Math Interventionist (grades k-5) at Sunnyside Elementary in Minot and has nearly 30 years of classroom experience. Sara was a finalist for the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year and is widely known for her Books & Braids and Dudes and ‘Dos before and after school programs. She believes students must feel loved, respected and understood.

Sara focuses on relationship building to reach the...
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I (along with a team of educators) am involved in innovative education! It's an outdoor learning opportunity for fifth-grade students. We would love to get our adventure in education noticed throughout the state. I would suggest interviewing us as a group. We are partnered with Fish and Wildlife and our outdoor opportunities are at Sullys Hill National Wildlife Refuge. Thursday we have conferences in the afternoon.

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Dr. Andi Dulski-Bucholz is the Dean and Chair of the Division of Education at Mayville State University. In this episode, Dr. Dulski-Bucholz is joined by Dr. Kelli Odden, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Mayville State. They’re teaming up to talk about how they’re training our next generation of teachers, more commonly referred to as pre-service teaching training. We discuss challenges and opportunities in preparing teach...
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In this episode, I talk to Nikki Doll and two of her students—Teegan Henke and Shelby Meckle—about service learning.

You’ll hear about how service learning impacts the community and students—and how it sets a foundation for building 21st Century skills. The students find needs in the community—or world—and look to fill the voids through projects, teamwork and collaboration.

Resources:

http://www.teddintersmith.com

http://www.ndunited...
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In this episode, I visit with Williston High School’s Director of Bands-Eric Rooke.
Eric focuses on building relationships to bring the best out of his students.

He says, ”Education happens at its finest when we get to know our kids and our kids get to know us as human beings.

Resources:
http://www.teddintersmith.com
http://www.ndunited.org/thecuttinged

Twitter:
@thecuttinged
@NDDPI
@tdintersmith
@bistom
@PrairieP...
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Beatrice Hill is in her fifth year at West Fargo high school teaching English language arts. During her first year, she was approached by students who wanted to begin a literary magazine. Hill allows the students to take the lead on every aspect of the magazine, from providing content and page design to seeking out fundraising sources and including advertising. Hill says she serves as an advisor and says when the students run into ...
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In this episode, I talk to Rolla agriculture instructor William Fritz. Fritz uses inquiry based learning to teach 12 different semester classes throughout the school year. The classes range from agriculture business to livestock production, and everything in between. He wants the students to experience agriculture. He says a lot of students still believe agriculture education is just for farm kids. Fritz teaches agriculture process...
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In this episode I visit with Anne Kelsch, Ryan Zerr and Melissa Gjellstad from the University or North Dakota. We’ll talk about the importance of general education and why it’s critical in helping students develop 21st Century skills.

The three offer advice on what current high school students—looking ahead to college—should know—including the thought that the career they study for may be much different when they enter the workforc...
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This podcast is designed for teachers, students, parents and others interested in education in North Dakota. I’m your host Tom Gerhardt. In this episode I visit with Solen Cannon Ball Supt. Justin Fryer and Title 1 Math Teacher Vanessa Peach.

A switch to trimester schedules a couple of years back has lead to increased student engagement and graduation rates.

Resources:

http://www.teddintersmith.com

http://www.ndunited.org/thecuttin...
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This weeks podcast is with Lynnae Liese—the Personalized Learning Coordinator at New Rockford-Sheyenne.

The school recently started a Personalized Learning Academy—empowering students and giving them voice and choice in their learning. Lies says its an opt-in program where students choose three or four courses they want to study. An instructor is there one period of the day acting as a coach—allowing the students to take on their o...
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This weeks podcast is with Sara Bohrer, who started a program at Bismarck Century High School four years ago called “Peer to Peer.”

She says several years ago a group of parents and administrators got together to talk about how they could get students with disabilities more involved.

Resources:
http://www.teddintersmith.com
http://www.ndunited.org/thecuttinged
http://leslyethiery.blogspot.com

Twitter:
@thecuttinged
@NDDPI
@tdin...
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Leslye Thiery says growing up in small town North Dakota (Ashley) she’s felt her whole life has been geared toward being a teacher.

Her father was a science teacher in New Rockford and her grandmother was also a teacher. She says those influences along with compassion for others made her journey to the classroom almost preordained.

Thiery says her philosophy in education has never wavered. It’s always been about the whole child and h...
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Growing up, Pete Stenberg enjoyed math and science and decided he wanted to become a civil engineer. After three years of engineering classes he decided he couldn’t see himself in an office setting all the time, so he took an education class. As they say, the rest is history. Stenberg has been teaching and coaching in Minot for 28 years.

As an educator, Stenberg has adapted with the times. He pushes 21st century skills by integratin...
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Third grade teacher Jessica Schmidt and 7-12 teacher Wendy Bichler collaborate between grade levels in Ashley. The teachers say it’s great for the students helping them to become more confident, creative and communicative. The older students help the younger ones with writing with the third graders becoming more comfortable sharing their work and the older students asking questions to flesh out details and providing feedback. Colla...
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Annette Hovey of New Rockford-Sheyenne was a finalist for the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. She teaches band, jazz band, choir and more. She says her love of music stretches back to her childhood when her parents put her in piano lessons.

She told me one piece of music defines her as an instructor. About 2015, she pulled out a piece called Bogoroditse Devo by Rachmaninoff. It was a piece she sung in college, and Hovey wasn...
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Leah Juelke is an English Learner teacher at Fargo South, the same school she graduated from in 2001. But things have changed in terms of population and demographics in the area in the last seventeen years. Juelke says South has a much more diverse student population then when she school there and she believes its made South a better school.

Juelke took an indirect path to teaching. After attending NDSU, she joined the Army National...
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Heidi Demars began her career as an occupational therapist working in schools. However, her career path changed one day when she recognized a boy who was struggling in class. Demars said she knew something had happened to him and could see he wasn’t wiling to share about it. She decided to use a calming practice with him—and he opened up. She says that moment she realized teachers are at the forefront of dealing with social and emo...
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The Alexander Public School District made a bold decision this spring (after much investigation and consideration) to move to a 4-day school week beginning in the fall of 2018.

In this episode of The Cutting Ed podcast, we’ll hear about the decision through the lens of a kindergarten teacher.

Deb Hankins started her teaching career as a paraprofessional in special education in Oregon. Following a stop in Utah, she and her husband mov...
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Tioga High Science Teacher Sarah Klug says she originally wanted to be a doctor. While attending Minot State, she says she didn’t have the passion for the medical field and decided to take an intro to teaching class with a friend and ended up loving it.

Klug, now in her fourth year of teaching, says it was her student teaching experience with Mary Sandbo at Des Lacs High School that introduced her to an alternative classroom setting...
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Eileen Zygarlicke says Grand Forks Community School is the best kept secret in Grand Forks. Her pride in the school and passion for teaching are evident the minute you meet her.

Mrs. Z, as the students call her, has been teaching at Grand Forks Community School for around 16 years. She works with at risk students, but is quick to point out that at risk sometimes simply means the students don’t fit into a traditional classroom settin...
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