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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Districts receive EPSCoR grants for STEM projects

Ten South Dakota organizations will receive a total of $200,000 to enhance, expand and develop new opportunities in secondary career and technical education, specifically in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM.

Funding for these EPSCoR grants is provided through the National Science Foundation; the state Department of Education administers the funds. EPSCoR stands for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Projects range from dual-credit opportunities in the information technology and robotics fields to cutting-edge courses in pre-engineering and biosciences. Applicants were encouraged to collaborate by combining resources to provide secondary career and technical education opportunities in regional, multi-center or cooperative approaches. The Department of Education received 19 funding applications.

EPSCoR funds were awarded to the following:

• Brookings School District
• Burke School District
• Clark School District
• Lake Area Multi District
• Northwest Area Schools Education Cooperative
• Platte-Geddes School District
• Sioux Falls School District (received two grants for separate projects)
• Stanley County School District
• Todd County School District
• Yankton School District

Click here for more information about EPSCoR.