Brenda Tufte

Brenda Tufte, PhD

Graduate Education Chair, Professor


Dr. Brenda Tufte oversees the Master’s in Education programs and the Educational Doctorate in Administration and Educational Leadership at the University of Mary. Tufte has a PhD from the University of North Dakota in Teaching and Learning with a Concentration in Administration. She has published and presented on 21st Century learning, differentiated instruction, brain-based learning, and educational leadership.

Prior to moving into higher education, Tufte taught English in Minnesota and North Dakota and is the 2012 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. In 2014, Tufte was awarded the National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and was a 2014 Global Fellow to China. In 2017, she received the Crystal Apple Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher. She currently serves on the North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board.

Tufte, B.M. (2017). Where the Boys Are: Alarming Trends in Male College Outcomes. 360 Review. 1.3

Peer Manuscript Reviewer "Engaging the Rewired Brain." Dr. David Sousa, Publisher: Learning Sciences International. ISBN: 1941112250

Tufte, B.M. (2016). Educating Students in Poverty. 360 Review. 1.2 90-99

Contributor – Tufte, B.M. (2016), Developing Students’ Literary Analysis Skills    Through the Citing and Developing of Textual Evidence. Teaching Partners National Video Data Base SCENA Media.

Tufte, B.M. (2015). College and Career Readiness in the Global World. 360 Review. 1.1, 98-113.

Tufte, B.M. et al. (Oct., 2013). Lessons from China’s Top Schools. United Voices, 1(2), 18-19

Peer Manuscript Reviewer "Identifying Critical Content." Robert Marzano, Amber Rutherford, & Deanna Senn (2014). Learning Sciences. ISBN: 10: 1941112005

Contributor: Letters to a New School Teacher: Advice from America's Best Educators 2012-2013 Teachers of the Year. J. Devlin (Ed.). Burbank, CA: Road Runner Press. ISBN: 1937054128                      

Tufte, B.M. (May, 2012) Through the Hands of Teachers. North Dakota Education News, 46, 10-11.

Contributor: Tufte, B.M. (2012). Five Things I’ve Learned: Chronicle of Personal Lessons Learned from Real-World Experience, Sharing Proven Practice and Wisdom   about Learning, Teaching, and Helping Others. Princeton, NJ: Pearson Foundation.  

Tufte, B. Deeper Learning Through Increased Learner Agency, Rugby Public Schools, 2020.

Tufte, B. Deeper Learning Through Engagement & Application, ND National Guard, Fort Grafton, Devils Lake, ND, 2019.

Tufte, B. Strategies for Student Engagement & 21st Century Skills, New Town Public Schools, 2019. 

Tufte, B. We Know Because We’re Curious, TEDX U Mary, Bismarck, ND, 2019.

Tufte, B. Brain Based Learning: Lessons from Neuroscience, North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders State Conference, Bismarck, ND, 2018. 

Tufte, B. Meeting the Needs of Each Student Through Differentiated Instruction, North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning State Conference, 2018.

 Tufte, B. Brain-Based Learning Research –ND Center for Distance Education 2018. 

Tufte, B. Strategies for Successful PBL & 21st Century Skills, New Town Public Schools, 2018. 

Tufte, B. Implementing Project-Based Learning. Harvey Public Schools, ND, 2018.

Tufte, B. Engaging College Students with Brain-Based Learning Strategies, Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND  2018.

Tufte, B. 21st Century Learning – Harvey School District PD, 2018.                                             

Tufte, B. Personalized Learning & DI, Parshall School District, 2018.                                      

Tufte, B. Based Learning & 21st Century Schools, Sitting Bull College, 2018.

Tufte, B. Metacognition & Growth Mindset, Avid Program, Bismarck Public
School, 2017.

Tufte, J. & Tufte, B.  21st Century Schools, SD Superintendent’s State Conference, Cedar
Shore, SD. 2017.