MSU Moorhead is sponsoring the Teaching and Learning Conference as part of the Network for Excellence in Teaching–Bush Foundation in partnership with Moorhead Area Public Schools and Detroit Lakes Public Schools. The conference will be Tuesday, August 2 at Moorhead High School, and will be of interest to principals, school administrators, teachers at the elementary, high school, and higher education levels as well as paraprofessionals and special education personnel.

The conference features three nationally known keynote speakers:

Dr. Mike Schmoker, a former school administrator, English teacher and football coach, is an author and national consultant who looks at clarity of purpose. His most recent book is FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning.

Larry Ainsworth, Executive Director of Professional Development at The Leadership and Learning Center in Englewood, Colo., regularly works with school districts to implement standards-based practices, develop common formative assessments, and design authentic performance tasks.

Kent Pekel is the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium, a new organization whose mission is to provide every Minnesota student with the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education.

Breakout sessions will feature local experts as well as more in-depth discussion of topics by our keynote presenters. Conference fee is $100, which includes lunch. One undergraduate or graduate credit is available for those who attend the entire conference at an additional cost. Some online work and an assignment will be due after the conference for those who choose that option.

For more information or to register go to the website or contact MSUM’s Continuing Studies at 218.477.5862 or e-mail