North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders

Welcome Jessica Simpson - our new Executive Assistant

We are proud and excited to announce the start of our newest member of the NDCEL family.  Jessica Simpson has joined the team and will be filling the role that Mavis Christianson leaves behind with her retirement.  Jessica comes to us with a wealth of experience to help support our office and years, having spent time both at NDDPI, United Tribes Technical College, NDITD – bringing to our office a wealth of experience in computer information, programming, web design and communications.

Jessica and her family live here in Bismarck.  She and her husband have 2 children – Ashlyn (8) & Jayden (7).  I love this fun picture of her kiddos.  That is truly the sense of humor of an 8 and 7 year old!  They are also expecting a new bundle of joy in October.  Please join me in welcoming her to the team! 

School Calendar Guidance

There have been some questions related to school closures due to weather or other emergencies. Here is some guidance for all! (Click here)

Unveiling Our New Job Posting Website -!

Check out our new vacancy website at  North Dakota school districts can subscribe to this service and be able to post ALL their school-related job openings. Download an enrollment form today (click here).

The Benefits of Membership

  1. Legal Assistance
  2. Conferences
  3. Legislative Representation
  4. Publications
  5. State-Level Liaison
  6. Coalitions for Education
  7. Special Discounts
  8. Consultant/Research Services
  9. Peer Contact
  10. Strength in Numbers
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Executive Director Deliberations

This legislative session has really gotten me to thinking about a number of things regarding education and NDCEL.  What are the true needs of our members?  How are we, and how can we better be a support system that at the end of the day positively impacts kids?  I think that the answer to this lives within some questions that we need to continually ask ourselves.

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