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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Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading at the right level

The South Dakota Department of Education is launching Read! SD, a reading challenge aimed at curbing summer learning loss. With the help of online resources, teachers, librarians and parents will be able to help students identify books and other materials that are at an appropriate level of difficulty and aligned to the students’ interests.

This challenge is unique in that it does not ask students to read as many books as possible, but rather promotes reading engaging material at an appropriate level for each individual child. By entering a Lexile measure and specified interests into an online “Find a Book” tool, students can create a customized reading list with challenging, engaging titles.

Summer learning loss is a primary concern when it comes to early literacy. You can help combat summer learning loss by promoting this challenge in your schools. Encourage your teachers and librarians to share information about the challenge. Click here to download a letter to send home with parents, and visit the Read! SD webpage for more ways to promote the challenge in your school or community.