Welcome to the Valley City Area Teacher Center

sandy. zahn@k12.nd .us

About Us

 The Valley City Area Teacher Center is one of nine Teacher Centers across North Dakota which together form the North Dakota Teacher Center Network founded in 1977.  The Valley City Area Teacher Center is an educational link between educators, schools, higher education, state and national support agencies, and the community which enhances the quality of teaching and learning throughout North Dakota. 

The Teacher Center is located in the lower level of the McFarland on the campus of Valley City State University. 

The Teacher Center is governed by a policy board of teachers and administrators from area schools.  It assists K-12 educators in member school districts in a eight county are surrounding Valley City as well as Valley City State University education students. 

The Teacher Center coordinates professional development opportunities and maintains a resource library,  The Teacher Center has contact people in are schools who serve as liaisons between the Teacher Center and their schools.

The Valley City Area Teacher Center serves as a clearinghouse to numerous resources from various state agencies such as the ND Game and Fish, ND Water Commission, ND Forest Service, and many other agencies.  

 Become a member of the Valley City Area Teacher Center

The Teacher Center membership fee for each school district is determined by the following schedule:

  • A high school district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater.
  • A graded elementary district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater. 
  • A special education unit will pay a $300 fee.
  • A vocational education unit will pay a $200 fee.

Member Schools:

Barnes County North      Pingree-Buchanan         Edgeley          Enderlin             Ellendale             Valley City  

        Fort Ransom           Gackle-Streeter      Griggs County       Hope-Page     Kulm      LaMoure                  Litchville-Marion           Maple Valley                     Milnor         Montpelier         Oakes  

        North Sargent                   Louis L'Amour           Sargent Central                        St. Catherine's

                Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Cent

Resources Available for Check Out

BreakoutEDU Kits

 Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context.  Each kit comes with a collection of locks, hidden contraptions, timers, keys, and other “diversion hardware."  The VCA Teacher Center has 10 kits available to check out.    

Lego Story Starters

 The LEGO Education Starter Kit includes materials delivered in a sturdy storage bin along with sorting trays.  The set consists of 1,144 selected LEGO elements, including characters, icons, bricks, and building plates.  Students can use these different materials to create different projects and ideas for fun and for learning.  The starter kit contains enough materials to have about 5 students use the LEGO kit at one time.  The VCA Teacher Center has 22 kits available to check out.  
The LEGO kits will be checked out to schools for 2 weeks at a time.  Teachers must attend a 2 hour training workshop before checking out the materials. 

Digitarium Planetarium

 The Digitalis Portable Digitarium  creates a unique learning environment for virtually every level of education.  The Digitarium system consists of a fabric dome, projector, a fan, a computer and the Nightshade software. The dome measures 16 feet in diameter and 10 1/2 feet high. Once the traveling cases and duffel bag are unpacked, it can be set up in about 10 minutes by one person, right in the classroom, gym, auditorium, or cafeteria.  The Planetarium can be rented from the Teacher Center at a cost of $250 per week for members or $350 for non-members.  Prerequisite: Digitalis Planetarium Workshop attendance.  

SPRK Sphero

  Sphero SPRK Edition will inspire a love of robotics, coding, and STEM principles…all through play.     SPRK is simple enough for beginners of all ages, yet sophisticated enough for seasoned programmers. The SPRK community is thriving as thousands of kids shape their future through fun and discovery. Fire up your imagination and break the rules about learning.  The VCA Teacher Center has 3 kits of 9 Sphero SPRKs and 3 kits of 3 Sphero SPRKs.  Accessory kits containing nubby and turbo covers, chariots, and ramps are available to go with each kit. 

Life Size Whale

 Project WILD sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish has several whales teachers can use with students to learn about endangered animals and fish. The plastic whale, two Project WILD books, a binder of activities, and posters will be free to teachers who attend a five-hour workshop. Only teachers who have attended a workshop will be allowed to use the whale. Teachers who have attended a WILD workshop in the past must still attend. New activities, lesson plans and suggestions on how to use the whale with students will be covered.  

RealityWorks Babies

 The Realityworks Babies contain simulation babies that have been programmed to imitate fetal alcohol syndrome, drug-affected, and shaken babies.  Each baby gives students an example of the various affects that come with these negative aspects of pregnancy.  The simulation babies come in a container  carrying all three subjects.  The Realityworks babies will be checked out to schools two weeks at time.  

Ellison Machines

 The ownership of the patented Ellison LetterMachine, the original letter and shape cutting system, is shared by participating member schools through the Valley City Area Teacher Center. These schools have chosen to become partners in this project by pooling dollars to purchase the equipment and a growing library of dies. The Teacher Center prepares an annual travel schedule for the two Ellison LetterMachines along with a selection of dies to visit area schools throughout the school year. Communications related to use of the Ellison LetterMachines should be made with the Teacher Center at (701) 890-9837 or sandy.zahn@k12.nd.us  

Ozobot Kits

The Teacher Center has 2 kits of 12 of the Ozobots.  Each kits contains resources.  

Rubik's Cube Kits


The Teacher Center has 2 classroom Rubik's Cube kits available for check out.  Each kit contains 24 Rubik's cubes and Curriculum Guides. 


STEM Forestry Kit

 The Forestry STEM kit is a box full of materials relating to forest and environmental information.  This kit has books, pamphlets, tools, and various other items to explain and show facts to students.  The Forestry STEM kit also provides different types of small samples of leaves, bark, and shrubbery with labels on them as first hand examples.  This kit can be used to broaden student’s knowledge of the environment and surrounding wildlife.   For more information contact us with any questions at sandy.zahn@k12.nd.us. 

Little Bits Kits

littleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks to allow everyone to create inventions.  These kits contain electronic building blocks that are color-coded and magnetic.  

The teacher center has 8 STEAM kits that are available to check out.  Each kit contains step-by-step resources and a 72 page invention guidebook to help your students get started.  

Teacher Visitation

 1. Visitations shall be based upon instructional or curriculum needs as identified by teachers.

2. If the teacher needs assistance in making the appropriate arrangements for the visitation, the Teacher Center will be a facilitator.

3. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

4. Fill out the Application Form and mail it to the Teacher Center. The Teacher Center will contact the teacher or principal to acknowledge the request.

5. Visit chosen classroom.

6. Following the visitation, each teacher will submit a completed Evaluation Form regarding the visitation. This report will be forwarded to the Teacher Center within five (5) working days following the visit.

 7. If a substitute teacher was needed, please fill out a Request for Payment Form as soon as possible following the visitation and mail to the Teacher Center.

8.  If there are any questions or comments, please contact the Valley City Area Teacher Center at 701-830-9837.

Cafeteria Plan

 The South East Education Cooperative (SEEC) offers the Cafeteria Plan to accumulate the necessary hours for up to four graduate credits offered from Valley City State University (VCSU) during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.  A total of 15 hours of direct instruction must be completed for each graduate credit.

Step by Step:


  • Get Verification forms from school administrator or Download from VCSU website - www.vcsu.edu/extend (click on SEEC Information button).
  • Collect 15 hours of in-service credit and fill out verification sheets. All verification forms must be signed by Superintendent or designated administrator.
  • Register for credit on VCSU website www.vcsu.edu/extend then click on Registration and Course Availabilty. Select "EDUC 700 ST: Professional Development (SEEC)" or send paper registration form to registrar's office. Registration is year round.
  • Pay for the course at the time of registration. ($65 per credit)
  • Send Verification Forms to Dave Bass at VCSU (101 College St. SW, Valley City, ND 58072)