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Cyber Education and Professional Development Lab

“History has shown we have done a great job educating with technology. Now we must do an even better job educating with cybersecurity.”

Dr. Wayne Pauli, Professor of Info Systems and Coordinator for PhD in Cyber Operations

The mission of the Cyber Education and Professional Development Lab is to provide cyber education curriculum and training, as well as professional development, to K-12 partners. 

Children in K-12 are consumers of technology and spend an increasing amount of time on a variety of devices. This lab will provide cyber education curriculum and training to increase awareness on key topics, safety, security, and ethical behavior, while helping students become better digital citizens and consumers.

For K-12 teachers, this lab will provide the training to teach children about cybersecurity, as well as opportunities for professional development in areas like reading instruction, class management, and the latest technology tools and applications.

Focus Areas

K-12 Cyber Education

  • Standards Setting
  • Best Practices
  • Curriculum
  • Teacher Training

Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

  • Reading Clinic
  • English as a New Language (ENL)
  • Kinesthetic Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Sanford Inspire & Sanford Harmony
  • Trauma Sensitive Teaching
  • MARS Project
  • Inclusive STEM Learning Environment


  • Virtual Avatar Learning Experience (VALE)
  • Exercise Science Analytics Project
  • Teacher Effectiveness & Assessment Research
  • Biometrics Research
  • Action-Based Environments for K-12 students and adults

Crystal Pauli

Crystal Pauli

Dean, College of Education


College of Education


Ph.D., Capella University
Ed.S., Minnesota State University-Moorhead
M.S., Northern State University
B.A., Dakota Wesleyan University


Dr. Crystal Pauli is the Dean of the College of Education and served as Director of Field Services for 13 years and special education faculty for two years prior to becoming the Dean in 2016. Before coming to DSU, Dr. Pauli was a Child Study Coordinator for the SW/WC Service Cooperative in Minnesota, a special education teacher in Minnesota, and an elementary teacher in South Dakota. Dr. Pauli is a member of the Board of Regents Education Discipline Council, South Dakota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Delta Kappa Gamma, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, VFW Auxiliary, DAV Auxiliary, and American Association of University Women. Dr. Pauli is involved in teacher education accreditation at the local, state, and national levels.


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