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The Changing Face of North Dakota

The Changing Face of North Dakota

A Teacher Training Institute

Sponsored by Prairie Public Broadcasting

and the North Dakota Geographic Alliance

June 4-8, 2012
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND
Institute Schedule


The ‘face’ of North Dakota is changing rapidly with the expansion of our prairie energy industry. The North Dakota Geographic Alliance and Prairie Public Education Services will sponsor the Summer Geography Institute that will focus on current topics and specific impacts the energy industry has on advancements in technology, green energy, and the economy of North Dakota as well as the impact on our environment, communities, schools, and children. Attendees of this institute will explore how educators and other professionals teach the regional and global issues of energy use, their environmental impact and how these topics can be easily integrated into all areas of the curriculum. The theme of this institute is current, relevant, and statewide. These events are happening in your backyard launching North Dakota into the global marketplace.


This institute is for PreK-12 teachers. Teachers must pre-register. There is a $50 fee for registration. Participation is limited to 50 teachers. Housing for attendees will be provided on the campus of Dickinson State University.To Register via Email:

  • If you use a software based email program (Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail), Click here.
  • If you use a web-based email service (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo), fill out the plain text form, copy it into an e-mail, and send to education@prairiepublic.org.


To Register by Mail:

  • Download and print the off the registration form. Submit the $50 registration fee along with a copy of your registration to:

Minot State University
500 University W
Minot, ND 58707


Graduate Credit Options:

Participants need to attend the full institute and develop a media-rich lesson plan in order to receive CEUs or Professional Development Graduate Credit (available from NDSU, UND, and MSU (Minot).

NDSU Graduate Credit Registration Form

UND Graduate Credit Registration Form

MSU (Minot) Graduate Credit Registration Form


For more information contact:

Dan Anderson at 701-239-7537  or  e-mail:  danderson@prairiepublic.org

Quotes from 2011 Summer Institute

  • I have attended four workshops through ND Geographic Alliance and the workshops just get better and better.
  • We received a wealth of information that will be extremely useful in our classroom.
  • Great Facilities, Great food, Great Presenters, Great Information, Great FUN!
  • I’m so impressed with the speakers and their expertise in their field and their wealth of information. Thank you for organizing them all.
  • I would do it all over again. Thank you for all the time you put into this workshop.
  • This has expanded my contacts with other teachers that have resources in which to network.
  • I have gained a deeper understanding of North Dakota.
  • It was a wonderful hands-on at the Prairie Waters and Clausen Dam.
  • Loved the workshop. I wish my wife could have taken it.
  • It was valuable to learn the different aspects of applying Geography into a variety of subject matter.
  • Your workshop helped me to see who we are and where we come from, and how it relates to us.
  • You have given me ideas to make my classes interesting and fun. I have found if it is fun, the students enjoy it more and are more excited to learn as were we who attended the Institute.
  • The students need an awareness of the environment. This workshop has given excellent ideas to use with them.
  • The students love maps. The ones you gave us will be well used in the classroom.
  • Awareness is lighting a fire within a child to understand what is around them. We were given great ideas to “light their fire”!
  • It’s fun learning how to connect our kids to North Dakota’s environment.
  • Beauty is everywhere in North Dakota-even in the rocks!
  • Amazing! I saw a lot of the area I didn’t know about.
  • I am a 4th grade teacher so all the information will fit nicely with my ND studies.
  • Dr. Andre DeLorme: “We were able to provide a wide variety of activities and presentations. This particular Institute provided a lot of examples of how the fields of science and engineering work with and depend on geography in many ways.”

Most Valuable Information from 2011 Summer Institute

  • North Dakota Watersheds
  • North Dakota’s water supplies
  • North Dakota’s water quality
  • Vocabulary/terminology of water related issues
  • Field trips — Sheyenne River Basin, Ft. Ransom,
  • Speakers
  • Hands-on skills


Graduate credit is available from North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and Minot State University for teachers and school administrators who attend a five-day Institute.


Partners with Prairie Public on supporting, creating and delivering the institute including the North Dakota Geographic Alliance, Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership, Environmental & Energy Research Center at the University of North Dakota, Dickinson State University, North Dakota Humanities Council, State Historical Society of North Dakota and the NDStudies.org regional website.

 Planning Committee Task Force

Marilyn Weiser— Coordinator, ND Geographic AllianceDan Anderson — Education Specialist, Prairie Public Education ServicesJoan Cartmill— Substitute Teacher, Dickinson Public SchoolsBarb Meduna— Elementary Teacher, South HeartGary Cummisk— Asst. Prof. of Geography & Anthropology, Dickinson State University

Sandy Bertelsen — Roughrider Education Services Program

Changing Face of North Dakota Teacher Training Institute 2012: Lesson Plan Collection


Attendees of the June 2012 Changing Face of North Dakota Institute had the option of completing a lesson plan focusing on advancements in technology, green energy, and the economy of North Dakota as well as the impact on our environment, communities, schools, and children. The lessons also modeled the use of media or web-based technologies. Those lessons may be accessed from the above link.

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