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 stateís 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 boardís 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 Dakotaís role in the process and gives an up-to-date look at where we are headed.

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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.

The top winner of the award given by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History receives a cash prize of $10,000. State winners are awarded $1,000, and their school receives an archive of books and other resources to use in the classroom. In addition, each winner is honored during a ceremony in his or her home state.

The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding teachers of American history in each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Department of Defense Schools. Nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year can be made by any student, parent, colleague or school administrator familiar with the teacherís work.

Elementary school teachers (K-6) and middle and high school teachers (7-12) are recognized separately, in alternate years. In 2012, middle and high school teachers (7-12) will be honored. To be considered for the 2012 award, nominations must be made by Feb. 1.

To learn more about the award or to nominate a teacher, visit or contact state coordinator Sam Shaw at the Department of Education.