Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 05:30 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that registration is now open for the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Aug. 14-15 at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, N.D.

The summit brings together local and national leaders in education to share best practices and engage with educators, administrators, parents and students. It is open to the public.

This year’s summit is being held in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, ND United, North Dakota School Boards Association and the state Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division. The event is sponsored by the Bush Foundation.

Day 1 of the summit will continue to focus on innovative instructional best practices to personalize learning, as well as other community-derived solutions to best prepare young people for the 21st century economy and global citizenship. Educators from across the state will be presenting TEDx-like talks sharing initiatives in their districts targeted at better supporting student learning. Local presenters will be announced throughout July in anticipation of the summit.

Day 2 will focus on behavioral health in an educational setting. School personnel play a key role in identifying the early warning signs of an emerging mental health condition and in linking students with effective services and supports.

“Schools provide a unique opportunity to identify behavioral health conditions and support students where they already are,” said Pam Sagness, director of the Behavioral Health Division. “There are many opportunities for the behavioral health system and the education system to collaborate in a meaningful way.”

The registration form is available here.

Burgum also has extended the deadline for submitting nominations for speakers and awards to be presented during the summit.

To nominate someone as a Day 1 speaker at the summit, fill out a nomination form here by June 27. Nominations also are being accepted through June 27 for the #InnovativeND education awards, which recognize the great work being done by educators to prepare students for success in a global economy being driven by rapid technological change. By recognizing and sharing best practices across the state, North Dakota can celebrate the national-caliber experts working in its schools and encourage innovation as the rule rather than the exception. Excellence will be recognized at the student, classroom, building and district levels. #InnovativeND award nominations may be submitted here.