Paula Burckhard, BA

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University
Memorial Hall 203
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
Phone: 701-858-3071
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: April 21, 2022

Paula Burckhard

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: ND Support Navigators
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education/Special Education
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
Health Insurance / Medicaid
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Service: Parent directed clinic; preservice training opportunities with our family


Research Associate, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD),
Minot State University—August 2021-Present

Paraprofessional, Minot Public Schools, Edison Elementary— Jan-May 2021
Assist special educator/case manager in providing instructional and therapeutic
duties as assigned. Completed CPI training in February 2021 and became certified

Family Faculty, Minot State University — 2010-Present

Co-Teach SPED 234 course entitled "Disabilities and Society”—a course that
covers the full spectrum of disability from birth through death. As co-instructor, teach
students from a family perspective to enrich the content presented by SPED faculty.
URLEND Family Faculty, Utah State University — 2013 - 2018
The Utah Regional LEND, (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and
related Disabilities) training program covering a five-state region. As a faculty member,
provide input, training, and guidance to trainees from a family perspective about children
with disabilities.

Project Implementer, NDCPD, Minot State University — 2012-2016
Acquired grant funding to design and implement two projects: an inclusion and
bullying prevention program called the Buddy Bunch in partnership with Pathfinders
Parent Center and Minot Public Schools (MPS) and a peer advocacy project called PAVE:
Peer Advocacy Voices Empower at four middle schools across ND.

Assistant Director, Rehab Services. Inc, (RSI) — 1990-2000
Assisted people with disabilities in finding and keeping competitive employment,
Coordinated and presented Job Clubs for clients, Managed programs including
employment for people with disabilities, treatment programs, Restore Thrift Store, grant
writing, personnel, and financial records. Coordinated CARF Accreditation process;
Promoted agency writing marketing materials. Coordinated volunteers in variety of

Business & Language Arts Teacher —1986-89
Business & Language Arts middle school/high school teacher in Bowbells, North
Dakota, and Surrey, North Dakota. Developed lesson plans, presented material, graded
papers, and worked with students at a various learning capacities. Also, worked closely
with students on IEP’s, Yearbook Advisor, and as an advisor to many other
extracurricular activities


School volunteer in elementary schools. Partners in Policymaking Graduate; LEND
graduate; Experienced Parent; Family Voices Family Leadership Training; Served as
Member for Dr. Carver’s Medical Home. Nominated by Senators Heidi Heitkamp and
John Hoeven to receive North Dakota’s Angels in Adoption award recipient for 2015.
Main Speaker for Bloom Event, May 2019.

Minot State University, 1986, Business Education Degree, minor in English; Vocational
Certification; graduated Magna Cum Laude