South Dakota student to lead national student organization
Carter Christensen, of Sioux Falls, was recently elected DECA national president. DECA has approximately 200,000 high school and collegiate members worldwide and prepares students for careers in business, marketing and financing. Above, Christensen is pictured with District 14 State Senator Deb Soholt, of Sioux Falls.
Applications now online for Technology Infrastructure grants
Applications are now online for the Technology Infrastructure Upgrade grant, which will help South Dakota K-12 school districts upgrade the technology infrastructure within their district. Districts are required to provide matching funds of up to 30 percent of the total project. The deadline to apply is June 15.
Grants encourage use of technology to enhance learning
The Classroom Innovation Grant program provides funding for teachers to utilize technology in creative ways, in order to enhance student learning. Grants of up to $25,000 are available. Application deadline is July 8, 2013.
South Dakota School Wellness Policy Summit June 6
Studies show that healthy eating and adequate physical activity improve students’ academic performance. The department will co-host a Wellness Policy Summit June 6 in Chamberlain.
Department to begin Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
The department is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Teacher Effectiveness Pilot, which will help to build local capacity to implement comprehensive teacher evaluation systems that support teachers and student learning. Pilot schools will experiment with using both qualitative measures of teaching practice based on the Danielson Model and quantitative measures of student growth.
Applications available for New Science Teacher Academy
The National Science Teachers Association is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 New Science Teacher Academy program. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1.