Baesler gives lectures

Superintendent of schools gives lecture on education, advances in technology.

UND College of Education and Human Development will begin hosting a new lecture series.

The first session of the “Educate Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” series will take place on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The event’s speaker will be North Dakota Superintendent of schools Kirsten Baesler and she will be joined by a fourth-grade class from Lake Agassiz Elementary School.

The program’s mission is to learn about providing access to education across rural North Dakota and the U.S. Each lecture will be streamed live to other colleges and K-12 schools throughout the state. A viewing party will be held on UND’s campus so students can listen to Baesler without having to leave campus.

Baesler says that with today’s innovative technology, anyone around the world can get an education anytime and anywhere, no matter their circumstance. UND’s College of Education and Human Development is dedicated to extending education to everyone throughout North Dakota who is interested in learning.

“We are living in the 21st century,” said Bob Hill, dean of UND’s College of Education and Human Development, in a UND press release. “We are surrounded by opportunities for education simply by the technology that exists in our everyday world.”

Baesler has more than 10 years of experience working with North Dakota’s state legislature on public education policy, including her time as superintendent. She resides in Mandan, N.D. and has a master’s degree in Education and Library Information Technology from Valley City State University.