Be aware of changes to child nutrition programs
As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Program, there have been several changes to the state’s nutrition programs. Click here to see a complete list of all the changes to date.

Setting the standard for Service Learning
The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the board’s November meeting.

Next Generation Science Standards in the news
Last month, KSFY took an in-depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards. The story highlights South Dakota’s role in the process and gives an up-to-date look at where we are headed.

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Proposed Next-Generation Accountability Model now online
The South Dakota Department of Education has issued a summary of its proposed Next Generation Accountability Model. The concepts outlined in the summary will form the basis for the state’s ESEA Flexibility Request.
Governor’s budget address features education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s recently released budget proposal included a 2.3 percent increase in the per-student allocation, as well as one-time money that would go directly to schools. The governor also called for an additional $8.4 million to support critical statewide training for teachers and school administrators.

Grant funds available for after-school programs
The South Dakota Department of Education will be opening the application process for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grant program by Jan. 1, 2012. 21st CCLC funds are to be used for programming that takes place outside of regular school hours.

Nominate the next National History Teacher of the Year
Do you have a great history or social studies teacher in your school or district? Nominate him or her for the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year award.

Funds available for development of essential community facilities
Funds to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas,which can include schools, are available from the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities program.

Sioux Falls elementary schools receive HealthierUS School Bronze distinction
All 24 elementary schools in the Sioux Falls district have received the HealthierUS School Bronze Award. South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited the district last month to present the award from the United States Department of Agriculture. The application process is run through the state Department of Education.