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Letter: Teachers supported to teach 21st Century skills through event

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opinion Fargo, 58102
West Fargo Pioneer
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Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

Secondary teachers in the West Fargo Public Schools experienced a day of professional learning on Feb. 18, that was fresh, new, insightful, engaging and innovative. InSourced Day of Professional Learning focused on “Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce through Today’s Educators.” The objective of the day was to focus on two very important goals in the West Fargo Public Schools’ Strategic Plan—college and/or career readiness for all students and the ability to know and apply key 21st Century Skills.

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A morning of dynamic speakers from the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo community shared the importance of college and/or career readiness and of key 21st Century Skills—the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity). We’d like to publicly thank our speakers for their preparation, their outstanding messages and for engaging our staff in a dynamic morning of professional learning. Speakers at the InSourced event were: Dr. Kristi Jean, NDSCS; Rick Davis, Insight Technologies; Katie Kuker, John Deere; Eric Watson, Mosaic Foods and Mezzaluna; Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction; Dayna DelVal, The Arts Partnership; Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Mobile; Paula Klein, SMARTT Interior Construction; and Dr. Jeff Boyer, NDSU. The morning concluded with a panel discussion with our speakers led by Brad Schmidt of Cass County Electric. We’d like to thank Jim Gartin of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) for serving as our emcee of the event as well. Sponsorships from the Southeast Education Cooperative (SEEC) and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation helped to make this day possible. We thank you.

Afternoon business “adventures” rounded out the educators’ day. Connecting education to business/industry was a primary goal of the day, and educators have been encouraged to bring even more of the “outside” into their classrooms. Area business/industry partners opened their doors to our educators where tours and discussions focused on the work of the business/industry partner and how the 4Cs are used daily. Special thanks to our partnering “adventure” businesses for sharing part of the day with our educators: Aldevron, Appareo, Bell State Bank, ByteSpeed, Discovery Benefits, Eide Bailly, Elevate Rock School, Fargo Jet Center, Insight Technologies, Integrity Windows and Doors, Intelligent InSites, IronClad, John Deere Electronic Solutions, John Deere Manufacturing, MBA Architects/Northern Home/InterOffice, Mezzaluna, Microsoft, Moore Engineering, Myriad Mobile, NDSCS, NDSU Research Park and Incubator, Plains Art Museum, and Promersberger.

InSourced was a powerful, engaging, and insightful day of professional learning for West Fargo’s secondary educators. We are so grateful for all staff and planning committee members that helped to make InSourced possible in planning and set-up, as well as Mobile Pro for producing the event. We are sure to continue the discussion inspired by InSourced in our professional learning communities, collaboration times, and future professional development days. InSourced was a community effort from beginning to end and we thank you.

Molly Bestge

Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for West Fargo Public Schools and the InSourced Planning Team

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