Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Semester Update

The fall 2017 semester is off and rolling!

Student Support

Please be sure to schedule your Praxis Core test(s) as soon as possible. We will process the $3000 student support payment for the fall as soon as you've scheduled your tests. If you schedule the test(s), let us know and then watch your student account because it should be in your account shortly afterwards.

Informational Meeting

We are going to be having an informational meeting for new Project Sage participants (scholars) this next week on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon in Room 111 in the Education Building. Lunch will be served. If you know of any new students this fall that are interested in the bachelor degree in Elementary Education, let them know about this meeting.

Fall Educators Conference

For those of you who signed up to attend the Fall Educators Conference on Oct. 11 - 13 in Bismarck, payment for your registration has been mailed. This is a great conference and an opportunity to engage with a community of professional educators. Leah, Brenda and Lezlie are attending, too.

Have a great semester. We'll be in touch!

Lisa A.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Praxis Core Boot Camp Update

An update on the Praxis Core Boot Camp:
Day 1 - Monday, June 19
Test-taking Strategies
Perceptions and Expectations
Overview of all three CORE Praxis tests (Math, Reading, and Writing)

Day 2 - Tuesday, June 20
Focus on Reading

Day 3 - Wednesday, June 21
Focus on Writing

Day 4 - Thursday, June 22
Focus on Math

Each day boot camp will start at 9:00AM and end at Noon. Please be on time because we have a full schedule. 
We will meet in Room 111 in the Education Building the first day.
Be ready to engage in learning about all the exciting core components necessary to become a great teacher...and Rock the Praxis Test!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The First Praxis Core Boot Camp

A Praxis Core Boot Camp is three days of intense instruction and practice in Reading, Writing and Math. The first one will be offered June 19 - June 22, for four hours each day.

The first Praxis Core Boot Camp will be offered June 19 - June 22 - and focus on the area of Reading first and foremost, with a review of Writing and Math. The hours will be 9 am - noon/12:30 pm. Brenda Rhone will be sharing reading strategies that will help you meet the cut scores for the Praxis Core Reading test.

UTTC's Teacher Ed is committed to helping you prepare for the PRAXIS I (Core) exams.  You can participate in one of the Boot Camps, or all three, depending on your need.

You will take the Praxis Core test(s) immediately after completing the Boot Camp.

Childcare will be available at the UTTC Child Development Center for registered children up to age 6.  Each Boot Camp will need a minimum of 3 people or it will be re-scheduled.

We ordered test vouchers so you can take the Reading test right after the boot camp is over. If you already have a voucher, be sure to schedule your test using the voucher you have. It's a good idea to schedule it right after the Boot Camp while everything is fresh.

Please send an email to Jen Heid at if you are interested in attending.

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Native American Indian Ed Summit

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI),Office of Indian/Multicultural Education and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission announces the 4th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit (NDIES). This two-day summit will be held in the Brynhild Haugland Room at the North Dakota State Capitol. The NDIES is open to all educators and designed to provide professional development and best practices in Indian Education.

July 11 - 12, 2017 - more info at

Please send an email to Jen Heid at if you are interested in attending.

Happy summer!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Praxis Core Test Voucher Process

The voucher process to take the Praxis Core tests has changed. Instead of you getting a voucher in the mail, ETS (the company) now allows us to order the vouchers in bulk. This means when we place an order, instead of you getting vouchers, we will get a bunch of codes to for you. When you register for the test, you enter the code and you're set. Jen ordered some codes so they should be in soon.

If you are hoping to student teach this fall, read this message closely. The deadline for applications is March 9th for preference in placement. If you have your application in by this date, you will get a placement. Applications get handed in to me so I can review them for you.

If you still have to pass some, or all, of your Praxis Core tests, that doesn't necessarily mean you won't be student teaching this fall. The March 9th date is for preference only. You can still take your tests, and if you pass, you can still apply for student teaching. If there are classrooms open, you might still get placed. It's basically a "first come, first placed" type setting.

You must have taken the three Praxis Core tests, and met the minimum scores, in order to apply for student teaching.

For those of you just starting in the Bachelors program, don't way too long to take these tests. The earlier the better so you can get them done. You should take these tests during your second year.

I will be meeting with all of the Sage scholars (that's you) as a group sometime in the next month and explain the process for those of you who are new. This will also be a good time for you to ask any questions you might have.

Lisa Azure

Friday, January 13, 2017

16th Annual ND Indian Child Welfare & Wellness Conference

Another professional development opportunity:

16th Annual ND Indian Child Welfare & Wellness Conference
Baymont Inn and Suites, Mandan, ND
“Revitalizing Traditions in Honor of Our Children”
February 22-24, 2017

The conference begins at 11:30 on Wednesday, February 22, runs all day Feb. 23, and ends at noon on Friday, February 24. If you want to attend, and will attend the full conference, please stop by Jen Heid's office and fill out the registration form on or before Friday, January 20th. There is a $60 registration cost to attend but the Sage grant will pay that for you. Registration includes entrance into all sessions for three days, all noon luncheons, and four raffle tickets for a star quilt (must be present to win).

North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings-Teacher Training 2017 "Transforming Education Through the Teachings of Our Elders"

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) Office of Indian/Multicultural Education is sponsoring a two-day training for the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings-Teacher Training. The training will be held at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck, North Dakota on February 14-15, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (CST). Registration starts at 8:00 am (CST).
This training is an opportunity for you to become aware of and grow in knowledge of the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings (NDNAEU). Participants will experience hands-on, modeled lessons along with professional development based on the NDNAEU. The training will include opportunities to see videos of interviews with Native American elders from North Dakota and learn how to incorporate them into their lessons.
Online Registration
There is no cost for this training, but participants must register for the training as there are a maximum number of participants who can attend. Participants can register at Register Here. Registration will close on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST.
Be sure to let Jen Heid know when you register for this conference. We keep track of the number of hours you participate in training. We’ll also want to let your other instructors know that you will be missing their classes during the time of the training.