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Ep. 139 The Future of Education with Dr. Cory Steiner

Oh, friends and neighbors, are we excited for this episode. We love education, and we love educators who love education, and we love a different take on education. This week’s episode checks every single boxes as we talk to a Superintendent who is doing things just a little differently in his North Dakota community. 

About Cory:

Dr. Cory Steiner is currently the Superintendent of the Northern Cass School District for the past 10 years. He has been an administrator for 17 years. In his current role, he has worked with a dedicated and passionate group of educators to shift their entire system to personalized competency-based learning. He has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Innovation which has challenged North Dakota’s education system to think differently. Northern Cass was a finalist for the Yass Prize and they received $500,000 to develop a Full-Service Community School.  

Dr. Steiner believes every learner can change the world; therefore, we must provide a world-class education. It is a moral imperative we change our educational system to one which is uncompromisingly learner-centered. He also serves on the Education Standards and Practices Board, The Village Family Service Center, Rural Cass Special Education, and the Southeast Education Cooperative Board of directors. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Jamestown and University of North Dakota. He is married to his wife, Jess, and has two children, DelRae (22), and Kelsa (19).

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Northern Cass is different

  • What people love about it 

  • Why things being hard doesn’t mean they’re not working

  • Why “Kids these days” are different, and why we should embrace that

  • But what about college admissions?

Links + Resources Mentioned:

Northern Cass School District:

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