Thursday, November 15, 2018

November Monthly Seminar

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, we are going to have a guest speaker for the monthly Sage Seminar. Jessie Fischer, Principal at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School on the UTTC campus, is our guest speaker. Ms. Fischer is originally from Standing Rock and was the principal at Sitting Bull School in Little Eagle, SD, before coming to TJES.

Ms. Fischer will visit with us about what principals look for when they hire teachers, things principals wish every teacher knew or could do when they start their new job, tips for working with families and other teachers/staff, and so on.

The seminar will begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Building 61 (upstairs from Security). Lunch will be provided.

We will wrap up by about 12:50 for those of you who have class at 1 pm.

See you there!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Project Sage Monthly Seminars

The Fall Educators Conference you attended on October 10-13 was considered the Project Sage Seminar for October.

The next Project Sage Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at noon. We will give you reminders closer to that date. We will be having a guest speaker so will expect all Project Sage scholars to attend.

Thank you!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Teacher Workshop Examining Incarceration of People of Japanese Ancestry Set for Oct. 20

BISMARCK, N.D. – A free workshop, “Teaching Untaught Histories,” will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. The curriculum to be presented, The Untold Story of the Department of Justice Incarceration of People of Japanese Ancestry, is for middle and secondary social studies and humanities educators. A $150 stipend, refreshments, and light lunch will be provided.

In the 1930s and 1940s, numerous people living in the United States were identified as “enemy aliens” and placed on a secret government list called the Custodial Detention List. This workshop will consider how being placed on this list impacted the lives and communities of people of Japanese ancestry. It take a close look the political policies and climate that led to the incarceration of both citizens and aliens of Japanese ancestry within hours of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco; the National Park Service, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and United Tribes Technical College.

This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant. The mission of the Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco, California, is to educate the public about the contributions of Japanese Americans to American Society.

For more information, visit contact Erik Holland, curator of education, 701.328.2792. For more programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, go to

Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 Fall Educators Conference

Attention: Project Sage Scholars

The annual 2018 Fall Educators Conference will be held in Bismarck, ND, on October 10-12. This is a great opportunity for educators to come together for professional development training on the latest trends in education.

We are encouraging all Sage scholars (you) to attend this conference. The grant will pay for your registration costs. Brenda and Lezlie will also be attending.

Brenda will have registration information and forms for you to complete. She will also have more information, or know where to get it, if you have questions.

For more information, go to:

Thank you for your continued dedication to the education profession!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fall 2018 Grant Support

The grant support for you has been submitted for the fall 2018 semester. We're giving it to you a little earlier this fall since we're confident now that you're going to continue to meet the requirements for the project (and could use the funds). You were each awarded $3,000 so watch your accounts in

A heads up that the first Project Sage Monthly Seminar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon. More information will follow closer to that date.

I hope your semester is off to a great start!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Grant Support

The grant support for the summer 2018 semester has been submitted for processing. You will have to watch your student accounts in my.uttc to find out when the money will be added to your account. We submit the request but we do not know when the funds are actually available to you. Please allow at least 5 business days for it to be processed. I know it's hard not to call people and ask them about it but it's a Finance Office process so we have to let them do their job.

As we mentioned at the last monthly seminar we had, summer financial support is different than it is for the fall/spring semesters. During the fall and spring semesters, grant participants (you) are eligible to receive $3,000 per semester as long as you are passing your courses, making progress on your Praxis tests, etc. The summer semester is different. According to the grant, which is Department of Education money, scholars (you) can receive up to $1500.

This is how summer student support is calculated: If you take a summer course and pass it with a C, or higher, you are eligible to receive $750. If you take more than one course, you have to pass all of your courses with a C, or higher. So if you fail a summer course, you are not eligible for student support since the funds are awarded based on academic performance.

This summer we added an incentive for attending the Praxis Boot Camp and/or passing the Praxis Core tests. If a scholar passes one or more of the Praxis Core tests, the scholar can receive an additional $500 for each test passed. The clincher here is that the total amount cannot exceed $1500. This is not our rule; it's determined by the grant.

I hope this clarifies things for you. I know this money is important to all of you to help cover the cost of your education, rent, and so on.

Please email me at if you have questions. I am the Project Director for this grant so will do my best to answer your questions specific to funding.


Friday, June 1, 2018

5th Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit

5th Annual ND Indian Education Summit
Thursday and Friday, July 12 - 13, 2018
8 am - 4:30 pm CST on both days
Sponsored by the ND Department of Public Instruction/Office of Indian/Multicultural Education
ND State Capitol
Bismarck, ND 

This Summit is a two-day event so anybody attending would have to commit to both days. It's a great conference and an opportunity to network with educators from throughout the northern Great Plains.

For more information:

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jen Heid at to find out how to register. 

Hope to hear from you soon!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PRAXIS Summer Boot Camp Schedule

Just a reminder that the boot camp for the Math PRAXIS Test is this coming Friday, June 1. We will start at 8:30. Remember to bring your lunch. 

Please let me know ASAP if are attending, so Jen and I can coordinate with your Math codes, as you will need to schedule to take your test before you leave on Friday. 

Since you will need to pass the Core PRAXIS assessment before you can start taking methods courses, please try to be in attendance. If you can not make it, I am happy to work with you to help with a study plan.

See you soon, 

Friday, May 11, 2018

ATTENTION ALL: Praxis Boot Camp

Hello to all!

The schedule is as follows for the PRAXIS boot camp this summer:
  • Friday, June 1 - Math
  • Friday, June 8 - Writing
  • Friday, June 15 - Reading
Here are some details for the day:
  • 8:30-2:30 each day 
  • Focus on the topic/assessment for that day
  • Bring lunch as we will keep right on working
  • Meet in the Education Building - B-03
Materials we will use:
  • PRAXIS Practice code - Brenda will give to you that day, let her know if you would like it before
  • PRAXIS test code - Ask Jen Heid for a code so that you can schedule your test that day.
  • ETS Resources and Study Guide
  • Khan Academy
  • Mindfulness/relaxation for test anxiety! :)
Please let me know if you are able to attend so I will have an idea of numbers for each day. If you have already passed that test, you do not need to attend that day.

See you there!

PS: Please check this Project Sage Blog for updated information.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Project Sage April Monthly Meeting

Reminder the monthly seminars are mandatory for all Sage scholars to attend. This will be the last one until August!

Project Sage March Monthly Meeting

Reminder that attendance at these monthly seminars is required!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Project Sage Monthly Meeting

Reminder that we take attendance at these monthly luncheon meetings so all Teacher Ed students who are participating in Project Sage are expected to attend. See you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Project Sage Noon Meeting

We will be meeting today (Jan. 31) at noon in the Building 61 conference room. This is upstairs from Security, on the second floor. Pizza will be served so you don't have to bring lunch.

The Project Sage grant requires us to bring "scholars" (their term for you, the participants) together on a regular basis. We've scheduled these meeting every month in the past and have found it helps keep us moving forward, as a cohort (group), if we connect to answer questions, provide encouraging words, or just have lunch together.

Attendance will be taken at this noon meeting, as at all of them. Join us to get updates on professional development opportunities (conferences you can attend), your student support payment, info on the dreaded Praxis, and so on.

If you are receiving an email with this message, you are invited to join us. See you at noon!