Innovation and Technology grants at a glance
Read more about the Classroom Innovation Grants.

South Dakota School Wellness Policy Summit scheduled for June 6
Studies show that healthy eating and adequate physical activity improve students’ academic performance. A Wellness Policy Summit will be held June 6 in Chamberlain. Registration is required, and lunch and mileage will be paid for a team of up to three people from each district. One of the members must be an administrator or school board member. Click here for more information.

Board of Education to meet May 20 in Rapid City
The South Dakota Board of Education has a regularly scheduled meeting on the calendar for Monday, May 20, at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City. More details, including a complete agenda, will be posted on the Board of Education website as the meeting date draws closer.

National Teacher Day is May 7
National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 7, this year. Please make sure to thank your teachers for all the hard work they do.

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Teacher Effectiveness Pilot schools being sought

The South Dakota Department of Education is now accepting applications for schools to join the 2013-14 Teacher Effectiveness Pilot Project. Click here to read a brief overview of the project. The pilot will be run at the school level, with district approval.

South Dakota’s teaching standards are designed to serve as the foundation for professional conversations between teachers and administrators. Done right, evaluation systems built upon these standards will help teachers become more thoughtful and effective practitioners.

The pilot will allow schools an opportunity to experiment with, and inform, the model evaluation system that will be available to all districts in the 2014-15 school year. This system will encompass both qualitative measures of teaching practice based on the new standards (i.e., the Framework for Teaching) and quantitative measures of student growth.

Please review the attached materials and click here to apply.

If you have any questions relating to the South Dakota Teacher Effectiveness Pilot, please contact Carla Leingang, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4638.