NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Risk Management for Kids

EMGT 2000




Instructor: Carol Cwiak

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Sunday, July 01, 2018 - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Course completion July 31, 2018

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100

Course Description:

This course is an effort to change the citizenry of tomorrow by providing youth with the tools to comprehend, and be more engaged in, managing their own risk. This current generation (Generation Z) has more access to information, tools, and networks than any other previous generation. Their interaction, both face-to-face and in cyberspace, is fundamentally different than past generations and they marshal technology to make more savvy choices. As such, it is important to provide this generation of students an understanding of the importance of managing their own risk and the ways in which they can do so as they develop through the K-12 system and into adulthood.

This course will focus on simple ways in which educators can integrate risk understanding and individual risk management into existing K-12 curriculum. The goal of this course is to empower educators to create better informed and more prepared citizens through enhancing students’ understanding of different risks and their responsibility for their own risk management.

Course participants will complete activities that will facilitate their understanding of risk and risk management specific to the grade level and topical material they cover in their teaching. This course will work for all educational levels and most subjects. Course participants will complete a development plan (through their work in the seven lessons) that will ready them to integrate specific lessons into their next teaching engagement. The course instructor will work with course participants individually to guide the development plan process to meet their specific grade level and topical material needs.


After this course, course participants will be able to:

1. Identify risks and risk management behaviors relevant to citizens;
2. Understand the importance of developing individual risk management skills;
3. Utilize existing and emerging materials to further risk management education;
4. Introduce risk management into existing curriculum;
5. Develop standalone risk management lessons;
6. Integrate risk management across the curriculum using simple techniques; and,
7. Measure learning outcomes regarding risk management understanding and ownership.


There is no required text. Readings and other material for the course will be posted on Blackboard and be should read/reviewed prior to course lesson.  

About The Instructor

Carol CwiakCarol Cwiak

Dr. Carol Cwiak received her Ph.D. in Emergency Management from North Dakota State University, her J.D. & B.S.L. from Western State University, and her A.S. from Victor Valley College. Dr. Cwiak has received many awards to include the Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award, International Association of Emergency Managers as well as the Academic Recognition Award. Her research areas include (1) professionalization of emergency management; (2) Chaos theory's role in understanding vulnerability, critical failures, social movements, and high reliability organizations; (3) the value of youth education in addressing preparedness and expectation management issues; (4) issues in business continuity and crisis management, particularly reputation management and company liability; (5) the status of emergency management higher education programs. Dr. Cwiak currently is an Associate Professor in the Emergency Management Department at NDSU.

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