Constitution

ARTICLE I. NAME AND MISSION
ARTICLE II. AFFILIATION
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP and DUES
ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE BOARD
ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
ARTICLE VII. DISSOLUTION
ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS
ARTICLE IX. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
ARTICLE X. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
BYLAWS of LFND

Article I. NAME AND MISSION

Section 1: This organization shall be known as Learning Forward North Dakota (LFND).

Section 2: The purpose of Learning Forward North Dakota is to build state, regional and local support for ensuring that every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.

Section 3: LFND believes:

Professional development is most effective when supported by an organizational culture that fosters learning for all.

All professional development should be high quality and aligned to Learning Forward’sStandards for Professional Learning.

  • The success of students is affected by sustained professional learning of all educators. School improvement results from continuous professional learning.
  • Professional learning is based on theory, research and proven practice.
  • Collaboration within the school community is essential for school improvement and student success.
  • Professional learning must be embedded in the organizational structure for systemic change.
  • All educators share the responsibility for both individual and organizational growth.
  • Effective professional learning honors differences in learners by using various approaches to learning.
  • Effective professional learning promotes collaboration and community with other professional organizations.
  • High quality professional learning is an ongoing process, not a single product or event.

ARTICLE II. AFFILIATION

Learning Forward North Dakota shall be affiliated with the national organization Learning Forward.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP and DUES

Any person in education in North Dakota, who is interested in professional growth and organizational development, is eligible for membership. Membership dues, privileges, and terms are defined in the Learning Forward North Dakota By-Laws.

ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1: The Executive Board of Directors of LFND shall act as the governing body of LFND. The board shall meet as necessary to conduct the business of LFND.

Section 2: The officers of LFND shall be President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. All Board of Directors members shall be active members of LFND and Learning Forward.

Section 3: The responsibilities of the officers and Board of Directors shall be a defined in the LFND By-Laws.

Section 4: The election of the officers and Board of Directors and terms of office for each shall be as defined by the LFND By-Laws.

Section 5: If a position on the Board of Directors becomes vacant prior to the completion of a term, the position will be filled as set forth by the LFND By-Laws.

ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES

Committees are important and will be established for LFND. The committees will be established and defined according to the LFND By-Laws.

ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS

Section 1: LFND shall hold an annual business meeting and such other meetings and conferences as will promote the purpose of the organization.

Section 2: President may call additional meetings of LFND provided the membership is given notice at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE VII. DISSOLUTION

If the LFND ceases to carry out the mission as herein stated, by a majority vote of the board, the LFND shall be dissolved and all assets and property held by the organization, whether in trust or otherwise, shall after the payment of all liabilities, be transferred to an organization which has similar purposes and has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as enacted or as it may hereafter be amended. The designated organization shall be endorsed by a majority vote of the board. July 15, 2014

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Any member may propose changes to this Constitution by sending the proposed changes to the President at least 90 days prior to the annual meeting. The proposed changes must be communicated to all members one month prior to the annual meeting and must be approved by two-thirds of the members present.

ARTICLE IX. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern the LFND in all cases to which they apply and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution and any special rules of order the LFND may adopt.

ARTICLE X. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

The purpose for which the Association is organized is exclusively educational as defined in the Internal Revenue law and not withstanding any other provisions of those articles. This organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under the 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (1954) or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law.

BY LAWS OF LEARNING FORWARD NORTH DAKOTA

Bylaws have been created and will define more specifically policies and procedures for Learning Forward North Dakota.

July 14, 2014