Impact Story: Relighting the Fires for Standards Implementation in South Dakota

Have you ever wanted to accomplish a task but couldn’t find much guidance on how to successfully achieve it? This was the problem many schools and educators were experiencing in South Dakota. Five years ago, the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards (OSEUS) were approved by the State Board of Education based on legislation passed in 2007.

April 24th, 2023|

Impact Story: Improving School Attendance in a Rural North Dakota Community

When a school district in North Dakota began having hard conversations about its struggling status, a simple, yet crucial, contributor to academic success became abundantly clear: “We’re never going to make academic improvements unless the kids are here to learn,” the Parshall School District elementary school principal recalled.

That conversation laid the groundwork for a districtwide project,

April 24th, 2023|

Foster Psychological Safety & Double-Loop Learning to Drive Meaningful Change

By Kirsten Naomi Rogers Chapman and Ben Cronkright

After three months as the school improvement team lead for South Lake High School, Louisa has hit a brick wall. Her team is meeting consistently, collecting and analyzing data on student progress, implementing changes to classroom practice, and generally getting along, but Louisa feels like they’re going in circles—and the data

March 22nd, 2023|

Voices From the Region: An Interview with Fred Osborn from SD’s Office of Indian Education

Voices from the Region spotlights stakeholders in Region 11 and their work to improve educational opportunities and outcomes. R11CC is privileged to collaborate with and share the insights of Fred Osborn, director of the Office of Indian Education at the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations. This interview was featured in the R11CC Winter-Spring 2023 newsletter.


January 30th, 2023|

Three Key Ingredients for Building Effective School Support Partnerships

One of our primary roles at the Region 11 Comprehensive Center (managed by McREL) is to support statewide education improvement efforts involving partnerships among state departments of education, regional service agencies, local districts, and even individual schools.

January 26th, 2023|
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