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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Governor’s budget address features education

In his Dec. 6 budget speech, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed a 2.3 percent increase in the per-student allocation for FY 2013, which would put the PSA at $4,490.92. He also proposed a one-time .7 percent increase per student (total increase of 3 percent), which would be distributed directly to schools.

Beyond these two increases, the governor called for an additional $8.4 million to support critical statewide training for teachers and school administrators.

Called South Dakota Investing in Teachers, the massive training effort will cover a two-year period. With an eye on preparing students to succeed in a globally competitive workforce, the effort will consist of a four-pronged approach:

• Training for teachers as they implement the new Common Core standards in English language arts and math
• Training for science teachers to build the skills necessary to deliver problem-based learning in STEM areas
• Training for school counselors to address career development and South Dakota’s workforce needs
• Training for school administrators to support them in their roles as instructional leaders, particularly in the areas of Common Core and teacher evaluation

Understanding the value these professional development opportunities ultimately have on students, educators would be paid for their participation in the trainings.

Summary: South Dakota Investing in Teachers

The budget will be taken up the 2012 Legislature, which convenes on Jan. 10.