BEULAH, N.D. (May 2, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum made a surprise visit today to Beulah High School as part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, learning about current classroom instruction and culture as he continues to support innovation in North Dakota’s K-12 education system.
Burgum surprised the school’s students and teachers by showing up unannounced as morning classes began. He spent the day shadowing Phoebe Garman, a junior from Beulah, as she attended classes and interacted with teachers and fellow students.
“For us to truly understand K-12 education in North Dakota, we need to walk in our students’ shoes. Today’s visit provided valuable insights into current teaching practices and the challenges and opportunities students face every day, both inside and outside the classroom,” Burgum said. “It was great to see our hardworking North Dakota teachers and especially those working to transform the student experience. Special thanks to Phoebe and Superintendent Travis Jordan for welcoming me into their school and classrooms. I encourage others to take part in the Shadow a Student Challenge to expand our understanding as we work to transform education and better prepare students for the 21st century economy and lifelong learning.”
The Shadow a Student Challenge is an initiative of School Retool, a professional development fellowship aimed at helping school leaders build a culture of deeper learning in their schools to better equip students for the future. Earlier this week, Burgum announced the K-12 Education Innovators Fellowship to provide fellows with the experience and expertise needed to advance evidence-based and community-derived initiatives led by North Dakota educators. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through May 18. For more information, visit here.
Burgum plans to share today’s experience with the 15-member Innovative Education Task Force he formed last October. The Task Force, which will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at Fargo South High School, is charged with creating a system of identification and support for schools and districts implementing innovative practices. Registration remains open for the second Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, June 7 at Northern Cass School near Arthur and Hunter.