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Published January 20, 2014, 07:49 PM

More than 300 teachers in the lake region attended the Northeast Education Services Cooperative

While kids in the lake region enjoyed the day off from school Monday, their teachers were hard at work learning how to help them achieve more in the classroom.

While kids in the lake region enjoyed the day off from school Monday, their teachers were hard at work learning how to help them achieve more in the classroom.

The Northeast Education Services Cooperative hosted more than three hundred teachers Monday at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. 20 schools throughout the region belong to the co-op.

Teachers focused on teaching under more strict state standards, which went into effect this school year. The North Dakota Department of Instruction was on hand, to help teachers learn how to use the new standards to prepare students for life after high school.

Ryan Townsend, North Dakota Department Of Public Instruction said, "The new standards are more rigorous in a lot of ways. They're more coherent. They give students a better stepping stone from kindergarten though college. They really are geared toward being prepared more for that next step."

Teachers in the region began preparing over four years ago to improve their lesson plans to help students reach new educational benchmarks.

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