Celebrating American Education Week
American Education Week is Nov. 13-19. Listen to a message from South Dakota’s Secretary of Education.

Outstanding educators recognized
Congratulations to Pat Moller, Mitchell, South Dakota’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, and Nicole Keegan, Rapid City, the state’s newest Milken Award winner!

Danielson pilot schools selected
Twelve districts have been chosen for the pilot to implement the new state standards for teaching, based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.

The pilot districts are: Aberdeen, Brookings, Custer, Deuel (middle school only), Harrisburg, Kimball, McCook Central, Stanley County, Todd County, Wagner, Webster Area and White River.

The pilot districts will receive training and technical assistance from either East Dakota Educational Cooperative or TIE.

To learn more about this project, contact Deb Barnett or Lanette Johnston at the Department of Education.

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South Dakota 2010 School Health Profiles now available

South Dakota Coordinated School Health has released the 2010 School Health Profiles. Copies of the report were made available to the public in late October.

The profiles are a biennial study conducted by the South Dakota Department of Education to assess the status of elementary and secondary school health education curriculum and instruction, as well as school policies and practices related to student health and wellness, physical education, nutrition, tobacco prevention, and health services within their schools.

Questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of public school principals and lead health teachers during the spring of 2010 with subsequent follow-up mailings during the summer and fall of 2010.

Data from the profiles can be useful when grant writing, advocating for a healthier school environment, and improving a school’s overall health program.

Click here to access state-level fact sheets compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.
Click here to access South Dakota’s full profiles. There are separate reports for elementary and secondary.