1. Legal Assistance: The NDCEL stands ready to assist its members with professional and personal legal difficulties. A great many individuals have contacted and received help from the NDCEL. Our aim is to assist school administrators and school boards in the maintenance of positive relationships with administrators. This is a very delicate task, however, the NDCEL has provided help to a great many of its members.
2. Conferences: The NDCEL presents several conferences for the professional growth of its members. The Fall Conference, held annually in October, allows for all of the members to grow and interact. This conference is planned by school administrators and for school administrators in North Dakota. The NDCEL also is active in setting up agendas for other state meetings sponsored by the various associations such as the winter conferences of the NDASA, NDASSP, and NDAESP.
3. Representation: An important function of the NDCEL is to serve as a legislative representative for the school administrators of North Dakota. Legislative positions are developed and the executive director is very involved in lobbying efforts during the Legislative Session and during the Interim. The legislative Beacon is published weekly during the session to keep members informed about the events on Capitol Hill.
4. Publications: The NDCEL publishes a newsletter nine times yearly from September through May. The NDCEL also assists in the publishing and distribution of various research papers of special interest to all of its members.
5. State Level Liaison: The NDCEL represents the membership position and philosophy on educational issues with constituencies such as the U.S. Congressional delegation, the North Dakota Legislature, the Governor, the Department of Public Instruction, the NDEA, the NDSBA, and others.
6. Coalitions for Education: The NDCEL is active in promoting positive relationships between and among other educational organizations and itself. The Public Education Funding Coalition is an example of work in this area. The members of the Coalition meet regularly to identify positions which can be supported by all elements within the educational community.
7. Special Discounts: The NDCEL has requested special rates for motels in the state and members are eligible to receive discounts when meetings are attended for business purposes. Members are also qualified for reduced rates at all North Dakota LEAD Center seminars.
8. Consultant/Research Services: The NDCEL is willing to provide members with services relating to daily problems confronting school administrators. When answers to questions are not readily available, we will research the problem and seek available sources for information and solutions.
9. Peer Contact: One of the most valuable NDCEL membership benefits is the chance to get together with other school administrators in North Dakota. Through state and regional meetings, fall and summer conferences, and other seminars, members have the opportunity to discuss common problems and share information and ideas with others facing similar challenges.
10. Strength in Numbers: A very important reason for joining the NDCEL is strength in numbers. As an umbrella association, the NDCEL is the only organization in North Dakota devoted to the professional and career development of school administrators who compose the instructional leadership and management teams in our schools. The NDCEL represents over 600 school administrators who can collectively influence legislation and the decision-making processes on the local, regional, state, and national levels.
All school leaders that are eligible to be members of any of the NDCEL state affiliates are eligible to join the NDCEL. For membership information and applications for our state and national associations, please contact the NDCEL office at 701-258-3022, by fax at 701-258-9826.