2011 Teacher of the Year:
Spotlight on outstanding teachers

South Dakota’s 2011 Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 14 at the Systems Change Conference. Find out more about this great recognition program – prizes include a car, technology package and cash – and this year’s candidates.

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Bridging cultures through writing

Students can gain cultural understanding, practice writing and win great prizes when they participate in the department’s Year of Unity Writing Contest. The contest is being conducted to commemorate Gov. Mike Rounds’ proclamation of 2010 as the Year of Unity in South Dakota.

The contest is open to 4th and 11th grade students in South Dakota. Each school district is allotted only one submission per grade level. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 15 in order to be considered at the state level. Please coordinate at the school and district level.

Entries can be written in any form the writer chooses – poem, essay, short story or any other text – but all entries should reflect a message of unity, with a special focus on Native and non-Native relationships. At the state level, prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions in each grade. Districts may choose to secure prizes at the local level, but it is not required.

State-level prizes:
--1st place: 8G ipod Touch and $500 savings bond
--2nd place: 8G ipod Touch and $200 savings bond
--3rd place: 8G ipod Touch and $100 savings bond

For more information, contact Marta Stirling at the Department of Education, (605) 773-4662.