The ‘old model’ isn’t working: North Dakota education summit zeroes in on behavior

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum’s third annual Summit on Innovative Education had a clear message this week: Behavior is a major issue in the state and old models of discipline aren’t working.

“We have to unlearn the things from the past,” Burgum told The Forum. “The new approaches are more effective and cost less. It’s a win at every level.”

New discipline models focus on the underlying causes of behavior and building skills of K-12 students.

Panels on Thursday, the second day of the two-day summit at Jamestown High School, focused on underlying causes of behavior, and offered community resources, like training, therapy, and trauma screening, for schools. Speakers included national and local health and development professionals, authors and educators.