Secretary Schopp sat down with School Administrators of South Dakotaís Rob Monson to talk about the departmentís aspirations for the future.

2013 legislative session begins Tuesday
The 2013 Legislative Session gets underway on Jan. 8 with the Governorís State of the State address beginning at 1 p.m. (Central). You can listen in via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. You can also follow any education-related bills by visiting the Legislative Research Councilís webpage.

Final public draft of Next Generation Science Standards to be released Jan. 8
A second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is scheduled to be made available for comment on Tuesday, Jan. 8. South Dakota was one of 26 lead states involved in development of the standards. Click here for more information.

Farm to Schools grant winners announced
Congratulations to Flandreau Indian School on its successful Farm to Schools grant application. Flandreau received a planning grant for $39,463.

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Common Core connections part of Electronic Resources Challenge

The E-Resources Challenge is a self-paced learning opportunity that guides you to explore and discover content and features in the South Dakota State Libraryís electronic resources. This time around, the State Library has something for beginners, school personnel, trustees and Challenge alumni with contact hours for each option.

Learn more about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources while earning continuing education contact hours (see table below) all from the comfort of your own home or classroom. The 10-week course will examine one or two electronic resources per week. The first lesson will be released Jan. 21, 2013. You can start any time after that; however, the Challenge ends on April 8.

Register now at and receive an email when the first lesson is posted.

Challenge type Who itís for CEUs Work Expected
Basic Challenge Those who have never taken the Challenge: librarians, trustees, school teachers & staff, volunteers 9 Completion of all lessons
Advanced Challenge Those who have taken a Challenge previously, but want to review or dig deeper 9 Completion of all Advanced lessons
Common Core connections Teachers/school library staff 9 Completion of CCC lessons: Name standard to be addressed and brief synopsis of how the resource will be used to address that standard
Basic or Advanced + Common Core connections Those who want to do it all! 18 Completion of Basic or Advanced + CCC

Questions? Contact Julie Erickson or Jane Healy.