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UJ Student Selected for ND Student Cabinet

Source: Minot Daily News

Cole Garman, a freshman at the University of Jamestown, has been named to the State Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. Members of the cabinet offer a student perspective about educational policy and opportunity.

Kristin Baesler, the current State Superintendent, founded her first cabinet in April 2015. Members are appointed to serve for 18 months. Ninety-six students applied to be considered.

Student Cabinet applicants were required to submit letters of recommendation and write answers to a series of questions, including a question on what they believed to be the biggest issue facing students in North Dakota. The applications were then evaluated and ranked by a team of people outside of the superintendent’s office.

Since its inception, the Student Cabinet has provided invaluable advice, Baesler said in a press release.

“In meetings of the first Student Cabinet, we discussed policy. We discussed early childhood education. We discussed federal law. We discussed assessments, the importance of college entrance exams,” Baesler said. “We discussed the ideas of having more opportunities for a broader array of electives for all of our students.”

Baesler said she wants to hear students’ unvarnished opinions.

“We want to make sure that we’re hearing about the good things that we’re doing in our North Dakota schools, so we can keep doing those,” Baesler said. “But we also need to hear from students who aren’t having such a great experience, and learn from them how we can adjust and change to improve the experience for students.”

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Posted:November 16, 2016


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