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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Upcoming Events


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Common Core Literacy Lessons
– Collaborating and Creating

Oct. 25, 2011–April 24, 2012, Online via LiveMeeting

K-12 classroom teachers and school librarians are invited to partner to collaborate for deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and the South Dakota School Library Standards. Content delivered through monthly Webinars. Graduate credit and contact hours available.
Click here for more information.



IEP Workshop
Nov. 10 in Mobridge
Nov. 21 in Aberdeen
Nov. 22 in Madison


The IEP Workshop will take you through all the essentials of an IEP. Presenters will cover all areas of special education, from referral to placement to IEP development. This interactive workshop will help you analyze data and write appropriate IEPs for students with varying disabilities.

Click here to register.



8 Standards for Mathematical Practice
Jan. 9–27, 2012, Various locations statewide

To help promote the awareness of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core State Standards, the South Dakota Department of Education will be hosting one-day workshops at various locations statewide. The workshops will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. in the time zone of the location, and are open to all K-12 staff.

These workshops will be facilitated by South Dakota Counts mathematics specialists and are separate from the other Common Core workshops being offered this year. Educators who are or are not signed up for the Common Core workshops are welcome to attend. The workshops are free to attend; however, the Department of Education will not be able to provide reimbursements for travel or substitutes.

Specific dates and locations are listed as follows:
• Jan. 9 – Rapid City
• Jan. 11 – Platte
• Jan. 11 – Sioux Falls
• Jan. 12 – Sioux Falls
• Jan. 20 – Aberdeen
• Jan. 20 – Spearfish
• Jan. 24 – Rapid City
• Jan. 27 – Pierre
• Jan. 27 – Watertown

To register for any one of these session, click here.

Registration will close Dec. 2. Contact Bill Kliche with any questions.