north dakota teacher center network


The mission of the North Dakota Teacher Center Network is to assist practicing teachers, education students and other educational personnel in professional knowledge and skill development to improve the learning of students.


Teacher Centers are continuously striving to provide valuable services to teachers and schools statewide. As such, the Directors of the Teacher Centers have set the following goals for the Network:

  • Deliver professional development based on research and best practices.
  • Facilitate joint projects and exchange of services between K-12 schools, state agencies, and institutions of higher education for professional development of preservice and inservice teachers.
  • Communicate via printing and/or electronic mediums to all constituents.
  • Provide practicing teachers, education students and other educational personnel with access to instructional resources and educational equipment.

For more information about our programming related to these goals, or for referral services, contact the Teacher Center nearest you.


The North Dakota Teacher Center Network is an education link between educators, schools, higher education, state and national educational support agencies and the community, which enhances the quality of teaching and learning throughout North Dakota. The Network exists to serve the teachers, administrators and students of our state by seeking better ways to meet their educational needs. Utilizing all educational modes and reaching all corners of North Dakota, it enables educators to grow. It is an action/reaction effort designed to provide a place, a vision and an outreach which improves education.


In 1977, Dr. Vito Perrone, then Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of North Dakota, secured a grant from The Bush Foundation to support the opening of Teacher Centers in North Dakota. That year, Teacher Centers opened in Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Mayville. In 1980, additional centers were opened in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo and Valley City.

Excitement about the work of the Teacher Centers enabled the sponsors to secure legislative support, in the form of state appropriated funding, when the Bush Foundation funding ended in 1985. The following year, centers opened in Wahpeton and Williston. Together, these Centers are linked to form the Teacher Center Network. In 1987, the state appropriated funding was moved to the budget of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The centers continue their work today.


Programs are needs driven. Each Teacher Center is guided by a local Policy Board consisting of area teachers (majority), administrators, representatives from higher education and the local community.

Each Center is jointly funded through the state appropriation and state-subcontracts/grant awards. Additionally, each Center is funded locally by school district membership fees, teacher inservice activity and local grants/subcontracts.

The Network is guided by a statewide Advisory Board.  Members of the board include:

  • Jennifer Carlson, NDTCN President
  • Peg Wagner, D.P.I Liaison
  • Patty Barretle, N.D. United
  • Mari Fridgen, ESPB
  • Aimee Copas, NDCEL
  • Amy Woobeck, Continuing Education
  • Sen. Larry Robinson, N.D. Senator
  • Rep. Dave Monson, N.D. Representative
  • Glenda Fauske, N.D. Forest Service
  • Lucy Fredericks, Indian/Multicultural Education

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