Education Reform Advisory Council convenes
Members of the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council met for two days in Pierre last month. Click here for a short video summary by Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

New teacher training model being developed
A new model for teacher training at South Dakota’s public universities would involve a full year of residency in a school setting. The model recently was recommended to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Click here for more information.

2012-13 federal funds intact
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a letter clarifying the impact of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration of funds for key federal education programs. Click here to learn more.

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Limited scholarships available for National Board

Educators interesting in pursuing National Board Certification may apply for one-time scholarships. Administrators: Please share this with teachers you think may be interested.

Due to the availability of federal funds, the South Dakota Department of Education is offering 25 $2,000 scholarships for teachers to pursue full National Board Certification.

The scholarships are for the 2012-13 candidate cycle only. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2012.

“In recent years, state-level support of this program has been cut,” said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “Teachers play an absolutely critical role in student learning. Any time we can support their development and commitment to improving their craft, it’s an investment in the future of our students.”

The National Board Certification process requires that teachers provide evidence of analysis and reflection on their teaching practice as it impacts students, as well as their record of working within the whole school community, collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to impact student achievement, and strengthening family/community partnerships.

Click here to fill out a scholarship application for the 2012-13 candidate cycle.

For more information, contact Lanette Johnston at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-8415.