Skip to main content

Professional Growth Institute 2020

Social-Emotional Learning

North Dakota United is proud to offer the 2020 Professional Growth Institute, focused on Social-Emotional Learning. The Institute will feature a poverty simulation by the Central Regional Education Association, Mental Health First Aid by Altru, and Learning to Be Rhythmic by Luke Graner. On Tuesday evening, a picnic will be held at Eagles Universal Park and all participants and their families are invited to attend.

Course Descriptions:

Poverty Simulation:  Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. Unless you have experienced poverty firsthand, it can be difficult to truly understand. The Poverty Simulation is an interactive immersion experience designed to bridge the gap from misconception to understanding, sensitizing participants to the realities of living in poverty. In this simulation, participants are assigned to a “family” where they will experience what it is like to live from week to week in a low-income scenario. The objective of the simulation is to promote awareness, increase understanding and inspire local change.

Mental Health First Aid: Teachers will learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  This training will give you skills on how to reach out and provide initial support to the youth you work with each day.  Covers:  anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, substance use.  Participants will receive a certificate of training.

Learning to be Rhythmic: Luke Graner will cover drumming and rhythmic techniques and philosophies to help students learn self-regulation.


The cost associated with this registration is for participation only and lunches, picnic dinner on Tuesday, and certification for Mental Health First Aid. This course is eligible for 1 graduate credit through UND. Information on how to register and pay for the credit will be shared at the Institute.

Lodging reservations must be made by the participant.

2020 PGI Registration

  • (Choose one from drop down menu)
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.