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North Dakota Study Group

The North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation is a diverse network of progressive educators dedicated to advocacy for useful, fair, and democratic ways to document and assess children's learning.

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Latest Activity: Aug 12, 2013

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Call for IDEA Organizers

Started by Scott Nine Jun 2, 2011. 0 Replies

I'm wondering if you might pass on our call for organizers to your networks and students.  The key thing to note is that we are building capacity between organizations and this seeks 5-7 hours a week but structurally creates a way for organizers and…Continue

Photos from the Madiosn rally

Started by Nicholas Meier. Last reply by emmet campos Feb 27, 2011. 2 Replies

These pictures were taken by Nicholas Meier, Mara Sapon-Shevin, and Stephanie Lee

Helen's Story

Started by Helen Featherstone Feb 16, 2011. 0 Replies

Although I enjoyed math in high school, as a teacher and a writer about education I was always much more concerned about literacy education than about math teaching: it seemed to me that if kids learned to read in first or second grade and if they…Continue

Marv's Story

Started by Marv Hoffman Feb 15, 2011. 0 Replies

                                                                                Marv’s Story                 Although I’ve been working in urban schools for the last 30 years, that wasn’t always the case. For almost eleven years before that, I was…Continue

the power of story

Started by Olga Joyce Winbush. Last reply by Greta McHaney-Trice Feb 15, 2011. 3 Replies

Two weeks ago I taught a class, which I developed Dewey, Vygotsky, DuBois, Freire, and hooks as Social Justice Pedagogy at Pacific Oaks College. My students are adults and they are all studying for their degrees in early childhood and school age…Continue


Started by sid massey Jan 13, 2011. 0 Replies

A decade ago I participated in a prisoner support conference my daughter helped organize at Binghamton College.  The weekend consisted of a range of self-help workshops focusing on how families could support themselves and their incarcerated family…Continue

A Single Story

Started by Esther O. Ohito. Last reply by Greta McHaney-Trice Jan 12, 2011. 2 Replies

 Friends, Let's explore storytelling as a tool for protest, resistance, and advocacy by listening to novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she "tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice--and warns that if we hear only a single…Continue

Tags: Storytelling, Democracy

Sidz Story: Making Room For Democracy

Started by sid massey. Last reply by Esther O. Ohito Jan 11, 2011. 7 Replies

Years ago as part of a curricula piece focusing on the Bill of Rights I set-up an experiment in fascism in 5th/6th classroom which soon developed into an examination of power and democracy by my students.  Though the set-up was a “set-up”, i.e. not…Continue

Ken's Story

Started by Ken Jones Dec 22, 2010. 0 Replies

Bridging Divides I was standing on the campus of a university in Delhi, India, chatting with a colleague. I had been in Delhi for about three weeks and was just learning the cultural and logistical ropes of the city. As we chattedabout the…Continue

Debra's Story: Educator As A Professional

Started by Debra Stoleroff Dec 14, 2010. 0 Replies

As a public school educator, I have always been keenly aware of the fine line I ride when using my voice to speak against the system that affects students. Though I taught for four wonderful years at River East in NYC (where teachers had similar…Continue

Tags: Story, NDSG

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Comment by Francisco Guajardo on December 10, 2010 at 7:22am

thanks greta.  i think we can now see the usefulness of this ning thing.  when we talk this afternoon, we'll see how the rich functionality can help us do any number of things to push another narrative forward--the narrative, as you say, that encourages kids to learn by doing.  


as we prepare for conference call this p.m., think about what content needs to be migrated from ndsg site to this ning; it can all stay on ndsg, but copying onto ning can give us greater flexibility and play.  

Comment by Greta McHaney-Trice on December 10, 2010 at 7:14am

Hello all,

   The work we do becomes more and more critical albeit often disheartening. Michelle Rhee says "we know what works": effective teachers, longer days, no unions, being competitive with other industrialized nations.  NDSG goes on to say that kids learn by doing, effective teachers do way more than test prep and public education should work to change the systemic inequities that create the achievement gaps.   This year's conference will recharge us, empowering us to fight the good fight!  Let's GO!!!!

Comment by Francisco Guajardo on December 9, 2010 at 2:57pm
steve, thanks for getting this started. i think we'll generate some good interest soon.

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