Gov. Doug Burgum has announced his next Innovative Education Summit will be held in June, and the event will include awards for students, teachers and administrators.

Burgum's announcement on Thursday followed the initial meeting of his 15-member Innovative Education Task Force, which aims to promote new and creative methods of teaching that adhere to a 21st-century economy.

"Every job, every industry, every organization is being transformed by technology," Burgum said at the meeting.

He announced his upcoming Innovative Education Summit to hundreds of teachers at the three-day 2017 Fall Educators Conference in Bismarck. Burgum's first Innovative Education Summit was held in June at Legacy High School in Bismarck.

The governor will be giving out awards at the event that will highlight themes of innovation, collaboration, systems transformation and student leadership. Information on these awards will be made available in the coming weeks.

Burgum also called for submissions from school districts that fall in line with new legislation, Senate Bill 2186, that allows teacher flexibility that enhances student learning.

He challenged at least 20 districts to submit plans by the start of the 2018-19 school year that incorporate innovative learning; SB2186 allows the state superintendent to waive state law that hampers this.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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