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2021 Governor's Summit on Innovative Education

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Bismarck Event Center

315 South 5th Street

Bismarck, ND 58504

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Join Gov. Burgum and stakeholders across North Dakota to discuss education, innovation and transformation.

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The 5th annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education inspires innovation and reimagines learning in schools across North Dakota. This year’s summit will include an emphasis on computer science within K-12 classrooms, as well as celebrations from the 2021 legislative session and a necessary focus on accelerating learning as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Burgum is committed to inspiring change as our education systems experience significant disruptions. Our future generations are counting on us to build a future for tomorrow. Join us for an opportunity to discover creative solutions, network with experts from the field and light a spark for future transformation.

We encourage all stakeholders to join us for this statewide, in-person and virtual summit and join in the collective cause to adapt our education system to the rapidly evolving world.

Whether you are an education professional helping shape young minds, a student seeking knowledge, a parent wanting the best for your children or a business leader invested in the future workforce, we all have an interest in the future of education in North Dakota and this is an opportunity for us to learn and drive positive change together.

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Hadi Partovi

CEO & Co-Founder, Code.org

Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a Masters degree in computer science, Hadi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups: Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft), and iLike (acquired by Newscorp). Hadi now invests and advises other technology startups.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes reaching 30% of US students, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached hundreds of millions of students spanning every country in the world.

Hadi has served as an early advisor or investor at many tech startups including Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, and Uber. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and Convoy.

More speaker announcements coming soon!

IgniteND

In addition to the Governor's Summit on Innovation, Ignite ND will be held June 8-11. Ignite ND is a high-quality professional development opportunity with nationally recognized speakers to help create a brighter future for our state and students.

Learn more and register for IgniteND!

#InnovativeND Awards

The #InnovativeND Awards recognize students, educators, schools and districts who lead by example and have embraced innovation for the benefit of our schools and students. Award recipients will be announced and recognized during the 2021 Summit on Innovative Education.

Submit your nominations before May 3rd!

Professional Learning Hours

Hours of participation during the Summit on Innovative Education can be counted towards graduate cafeteria credit. Register and complete the necessary information from:

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  • North Dakota Governor's Office
  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • North Dakota Information Technology - EduTech
  • Bismarck State College
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