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New partnership will tell stories about innovative practices in education 

North Dakota United is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership we have formed with Ted Dintersmith, innovation expert and producer of the award-winning documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” as well as the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Prairie Public Education Services, to present a weekly podcast, The Cutting Ed, which will facilitate inspiring and thoughtful conversations with all of the stakeholders in our public education system. We’ll be celebrating great teaching practices, interesting innovations, and diving into an innovation playlist ( that Dintersmith has pulled together with impressive national partners to support our teaching force.

CLICK HERE for Episode 25 with Sarah Klug of Tioga High School

CLICK HERE for Episode 24 with Eileen Zygarlicke and Austin Moen of Grand Forks Community School

CLICK HERE for Episode 23 with Olivia Becker of Rita Murphy Elementary School

CLICK HERE for Episode 22 with student Jackson Holm of Red River High School

CLICK HERE for Episode 21 with Eric Sanders of Red River High School

CLICK HERE for Episode 20 with Kevin Leier of Rugby High School

CLICK HERE for Episode 19 with Darcy Bakkegard and Molly Olson for N.D. EdCamp 

CLICK HERE for Episode 18 with Jennifer Walcott Goldstein from School Retool

CLICK HERE for Episode 17 with NDSU English professor Dr. Bruce Maylath

CLICK HERE for Episode 16 with Ann Ellefson of NDDPI and teacher Damian Kennedy of Kidder Co.-Steele Elementary

CLICK HERE for Episode 15 with Garrison superintendent Nick Klemisch and principal Steve Dangel

CLICK HERE for Episode 14 with BSC NECE project manager Zak Allen

CLICK HERE for Episode 13 with Knowledge Works COO Matt Williams

CLICK HERE for Episode 12 with NDU president Nick Archuleta

CLICK HERE for Episode 11 with Oakes superintendent Kraig Steinhoff and principal Brendon Bata

CLICK HERE for Episode 10 with Legacy High School principal Tom Schmidt

CLICK HERE for Episode 9 with Northern Cass teacher Tom Klapp

CLICK HERE for Episode 8 with innovation expert Ted Dintersmith

CLICK HERE for Episode 7 with state Senator Erin Oban

CLICK HERE for Episode 6 with state Senator Nicole Poolman

CLICK HERE for Episode 5 with innovative educator Kayla Delzer

CLICK HERE for Episode 4 with Northern Cass Superintendent Cory Steiner

CLICK HERE for Episode 3 with Superintendent Kirsten Baesler

CLICK HERE for Episode 2 of our Conversation with Gov. Doug Burgum

CLICK HERE for Episode 1 of our Conversation with Gov. Doug Burgum

CLICK HERE for our Intro to the Cutting Ed podcast

You will hear from our educators, K-12 teachers, professors, school support staff, administrators, business owners, elected officials, parents and students, every Tuesday on The Cutting Ed, with your host, Tom Gerhardt. Tom is a veteran broadcast journalist in the state of North Dakota, whose voice is familiar to thousands of our citizens. He spent 23 years in television news, and has established himself as a known and trusted name all across North Dakota. He is a veteran story-teller, and knows well how to pull out the life lessons from education stakeholders in a concise and educational manner. Each episode will clock in at around 15 minutes, so they’re the perfect size for listening to on the drive home, or in between tasks during your day!


Make sure to like The Cutting Ed on Facebook, follow on Twitter and listen in every Tuesday for a new episode. You can find The Cutting Ed on iTunes or Soundcloud, or anywhere else online where you can find podcasts. Most importantly, tell your friends, family and colleagues about this exciting new venture in sharing the good word about North Dakota’s education system. Let’s have the conversation, together!