NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

The Personalized PD Challenge

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Darcy Bakkegard

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 - Saturday, July 31, 2021

Course completion: August 6, 2021

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Available Seats: 24 of 25

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100

Course Description:

Personalize your professional development with this 30-Day PD Challenge. In about 30 minutes a day, you’ll turn your ideas to improve teaching and learning into ACTION and nurture your natural desire to be a change-maker. You’ll practice the very skills we strive to pass-on to students, including design thinking, project management how-to, self-care, and gratitude.

Plus, gain a simple step-by-step idea implementation process perfect to help you personalize any future PD, foster collaboration with colleagues, or lead PBLs with your students. It’s PD that’s all about YOU!

What’s Included:

  • Daily video overview with instructions and (hopefully) a touch of inspiration.
  • 30 clear, focused tasks, one each day (about 30 minutes/day). If you miss a day, no worries! Just hop back on the next day (or the next). The goal is to transform PD from a chore into a purposeful daily practice.
  • Downloadable graphic organizers.
  • Calendar outlining all 30 days, with an estimated time for each day.
  • The option to collaborate with teachers across the country doing the challenge.
  • Additional optional activities and resources for those wanting a bit more.


Teachers will:

  • reflect on their teaching successes and frustrations;
  • identify proven strategies to help them improve teaching and learning;
  • create a targeted response to one teaching frustration;
  • develop strategies for self-care to help them weather the ups and downs of teaching;
  • practice using a problem-solving and project management tool that provides:
  • a system to integrate future PD into their teaching practice;
  • structure for collaboration with colleagues;
  • support for student-led lessons and PBLs.


The Educator Canvas (Free download)

Various Graphic Organizers (All provided for download)

OPTIONAL Text: The Startup Teacher Playbook: Turn Your Ideas Into Actions, Personalize Professional Development, and Create Innovative Learning Experiences for You and Your Students

  • By Michelle Blanchet & Darcy Bakkegard
  • Times 10 Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1948212218                   ISBN-13: 978-1948212212

About The Instructor

Darcy BakkegardDarcy Bakkegard

Darcy received her M.S. Secondary Education, English Education from University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI and earned her B.A. Theatre Arts, emphasis in Directing & Acting from Minnesota State Univesity, Moorhead, MN. Darcy has several years teaching experience and previously worked as the Teacher Ambassador for PBS.

**Registration Instructions:

Summer registrations begin March 1, 2021.  URL will close June 15th @ 5:00 p.m.

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