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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Project will make Common Core resources easily accessible

The South Dakota Department of Education has teamed up with counterparts in Michigan to work on a “curriculum curation” project. The end result will be an open-source portal where the states’ teachers can access quality digital resources aligned with Common Core standards.

In South Dakota, TIE has been leading up this work for the department.

This summer, TIE brought together a group of teachers whose task was to “curate” available resources and attach them to a standard. Because Michigan has already done a lot of work in the mathematics area, South Dakota is focusing on English/Language arts resources.

To learn more about this important project, read this article that recently appeared in Converge magazine.