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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School libraries: Moving forward in the 21st century

What does it mean to be a 21st century school library? The South Dakota State Library, a division of the Department of Education, is forming a statewide taskforce to formally and annually recognize school districts that have libraries that meet the characteristics of 21st century school libraries.

This taskforce will create a voluntary self-assessment of best practices. Included in the self-assessment will be three levels listing specific criteria to best describe and delineate “Essential,” “Enhanced” and “Exemplary” school libraries that model and teach 21st century learning skills, practices, technology and access to resources.

The state’s newly adopted School Library Content Standards and School Library Guidelines will guide the work of this group.

Additionally, the State Library anticipates that this taskforce could begin the discussion of an evaluation tool for certified school librarians based on the Charlotte Danielson framework.

If you would like more information about this taskforce, would like to participate or volunteer someone in your district, please contact any of the following State Library staff: Daria Bossman, Joan Upell or Mary Johnson at 1-800-423-6665. There may be an initial meeting in Pierre, but the bulk of the work will be done via conference calls.