Supporting our Professionals in North Dakota
On August 7-9, I was in Bismarck for the North Dakota summer teacher conference. Over 600 teachers and all but one of the school directors from across the state were in attendance. It was great to spend some time with former board member Wayne Kutzer who led this professional development conference. Our State Association Director, Clarke Molter, also played a major part in the conference and had very well organized events for our SkillsUSA advisors and directors. I was very excited to have three key speaking opportunities during the conference as I was a featured speaker at the opening general session with all CTE educators in the state, a 45-minute session with all the school directors and another 45-minute session with all SkillsUSA instructors. North Dakota has excellent support from the governor’s office and the State Department of Education. It was a pleasure to meet and spend some time with the nation’s longest serving chief state school officer, Dr. Wayne G. Sanstead. Dr. Sanstead is in his 26th year as state superintendent and is very supportive of CTE and SkillsUSA. And to cap off the experience, on the last day of the conference, Marsha Daves conducted a Chapter Management Institute for select SkillsUSA North Dakota advisors.