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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School library survey closes this month

Last month, the South Dakota State Library opened the annual school library survey to collect data for the 2012-13 school year. Each district is asked to submit one survey per district. The survey will be available online through May 15. District superintendents should have been notified of survey access details via email.

The State Library is charged with collecting annual data from the state’s school libraries (SDCL 14-1-44 (7) Execution of State Library Policy). In this time of educational and economic change, it is important that the most current and usable information is collected.

The State Library will compile survey data and report back to superintendents in the late fall of 2013 so that the data can inform the district’s decision-making processes and school improvement planning. Previous data digests are available online.

Research results from across the nation show that effective school libraries result in higher student achievement – achievement that can be measured in improved reading scores. Effective school libraries have a program, a place, and a professional who collaborates with and supports all content areas in delivering curriculum and meeting Common Core State Standards.

For more information, please contact Mary G. Johnson or Joan Upell, School Library Coordinators at 1-800-423-6665.