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Jamestown teacher named to governor’s task force

Cody Mickelson

Cody Mickelson, a language arts teacher at Jamestown Middle School, is one of 15 members appointed Tuesday to a North Dakota Innovative Education Task Force.

Established by an executive order from Gov. Doug Burgum the task force is to advance innovative initiatives in education and to empower authentic learning experiences that prepare students to become global citizens and lifelong learners, according to the announcement. The task force will assist with state policy development to better assist schools with aligning to the educational needs that prepare students for the demands of a 21st century economy.

“I feel fortunate to have been selected as part of this group,” Mickelson said Tuesday.

Mickelson said he was encouraged by others to apply for the four-year appointment and was able to express his ideas of innovation for education in North Dakota in the application process.

“I look forward to working with the Governor, State Superintendent and the other task force members in working toward the identification and inclusion of innovative practices in our schools and the creation of supporting tools guidance and infrastructure for schools looking to undertake such endeavors in education,” Mickelson said via email Tuesday.

In the governor’s office announcement Mickelson was described as “a dedicated teacher who creates innovative, authentic experiences for his students.”

“The incredible caliber of this group reflects a highly qualified pool of more than 150 candidates who have a passion for our students and our future,” Burgum said.