Dakota Memorial School

Responding to Trauma in the Classroom

Responding to Trauma in the Classroom

I’ve always known “Trauma-Sensitive Classroom” was an important concept in education, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it looked like in my lesson plans or day-to-day interactions with students. I’m going into the teaching field, and I consider myself a nice person—that should be enough to indicate that I’m considerate to students and their trauma, right? Wrong. My assumptions of what it means to react to student behaviors in a trauma-sensitive manner were way off base.…

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Voices of Healing: The English Teacher Diaries

Voices of Healing: The English Teacher Diaries

When I walked into my classroom at Dakota Memorial School before school started, it hit me that this is the beginning of my career. This is where all the conversations start, “Well my first year as a teacher...” I feel a combination of ready to go and ready to run away. I’m both eager and terrified. I feel a huge weight to make an impact and be a superhero for my students. Knowing myself and my flaws, I feel as though I have already let them down.…

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Graduation and Beyond

Graduation and Beyond

At graduation this week, one of our graduates said he never thought he would finish school—but then he came to Dakota Memorial School (DMS), the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. He stood in front of a roomful of people—all there to celebrate his accomplishments, and thanked the teachers and staff at the Ranch for helping him make it to this moment. As he gave his grandmother a hug, her eyes filled with tears. She knew as well as anyone how hard he’d worked to reach this moment.…

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BLT Day at the Ranch

BLT Day at the Ranch

Purchase spring plants, planters, vegetable plants, herbs, and more! Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch will welcome guests of all ages at its 13th Annual BLT Day, Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 6301 19th Ave. N.W., Minot. The money raised through this family-friendly event purchase supplies/equipment (seeds, bulbs, soil, hand tools, pots, teaching materials, etc.), greenhouse utilities, maintenance/repairs and staff costs directly related to greenhouse program development and instruction.…

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Ranch Receives Grant from Sanford Health

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received a $5,000 grant from Sanford Health to fund the Health and Wellness programs at Dakota Memorial School (DMS), the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.…

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Graduation Day at Dakota Memorial School

Graduation Day at Dakota Memorial School

Tomorrow is graduation day at Dakota Memorial School, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. This year, we have three graduates on our Minot campus. One of these graduates is Anthony. Anthony has made a lot of decisions and changes in his short time at the Ranch. He says it's because his teachers and other Ranch staff believed in him and showed him his capabilities.…

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