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K-12 Professionals

Faculty Experts

The following faculty experts offer professional development for teachers through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education.

Stacy Duffield, Associate Professor

Area of Expertise
Adolescent literacy, middle school, and curriculum design

If you could offer one piece of advice to K-12 educators, what would it be?
Literacy skills are the foundation of student success and achievement.

Larry Napoleon, Jr., ASSISTANT Professor

Area of Expertise
Curriculum development, teacher preparation, career and technical education, and special education

If you could offer one piece of advice to K-12 educators, what would it be?
Always believe in your ability to have a positive and lasting effect on the lives of your students.

Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend K-12 educators read?
Curriculum and Aims by Decker F. Walker and Jonas F. Soltis

Robert C. Nielsen, Professor

Area of Expertise
School counseling and classroom management

If you could offer one piece of advice to K-12 educators, what would it be?
Stay current. Continue in your lifelong learning process and share it with others.

Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend K-12 educators read?
Choice Theory by William Glasser

Florin D. Salajan, ASSISTANT Professor

Area of Expertise
Educational technologies and their impact on teaching and learning

If you could offer one piece of advice to K-12 educators, what would it be?
Aim to incorporate learning technologies in meaningful ways within the curriculum. The current and future generations of students grow up surrounded by digital technologies. This evolving trend represents a great opportunity to thoughtfully enhance instruction with the interactive nature of countless digital tools.

Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend K-12 educators read?
Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser.

Justin Wageman, ASSOCIATE Professor

Area of Expertise
My research and teaching interests include classroom management, language methodology, program evaluation, professional development for teachers, and assessment.

If you could offer one piece of advice to K-12 educators, what would it be?
Teaching and learning occur through relationships. Never forget that we teach students first, our content second.

Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend K-12 educators read?
The latest book I’m reading is titled, Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques to Put Students on the Road to College by Doug Lemov. A DVD demonstrates the techniques in actual classrooms. Many of the techniques we have known for years as effective practice.