BISMARCK, ND – With 11,500 members statewide in pre-K-12 schools, public universities, city, county and state government, students and retired workers, it can be a mammoth task to connect that many voices together as one. This past weekend in Pittsburgh, NDU director of public affairs Tom Gerhardt and director of communications Kelly Hagen collected six awards of excellence from the State Education Association Communicators (SEAComm) on behalf of the amazing stories our members have shared about who they are and what they do.

Their stories are featured weekly our podcast on innovative education in North Dakota, The Cutting Ed, which NDU produces in conjunction with innovation expert Ted Dintersmith, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and Prairie Public Education Services. You can listen to all 27 episodes of The Cutting Ed online at our website,, or through iTunes, Google Play, Spreaker and SoundCloud, as well as during “Main Street” programming on Prairie Public Radio. Our print and electronic magazine, United Voices, can also be found online at .

The awards NDU earned from SEAComm this year were:

  • Best Investigative/Analytical Reporting (The Cutting Ed)
  • Best News Story (United Voices)
  • Best Use of Social Media (The Cutting Ed)
  • Best Social Media Campaign (The Cutting Ed)
  • Best Photography (United Voices)
  • Best Magazine (United Voices)

The SEAComm Awards program annually honors the communications efforts of state affiliates of the National Education Association. Award submissions are judged by industry professionals from across the country. SEAComm members include writers, graphic designers, editors and communications professionals from all 50 states, and their association gathers each year to collaborate and learn from one another.