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 studentsí 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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Secretary's Column
By Dr. Melody Schopp
Department of Education

Lots of consideration surround science standards

You may have read last month about the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards release. South Dakota was one of the lead states, and Iím proud of all the educators and private industry experts across the state who were involved in the development process or provided feedback at some point or another.

The Department of Education will be conducting a thorough review of the finished product over the next several months, as we try to decide whether to move forward with adoption. There is a lot to consider, and certainly there are several merits to the NGSS and benefits should we choose to adopt them. However, we must examine all angles in deciding whether the NGSS is best for South Dakota.

I would encourage you to follow the process and weigh in when we begin asking for public comment. You can view the Next Generation Science Standards as finalized here.

Click here to read an Argus Leader article with more information on South Dakotaís role in development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Also, as National Teacher Day approaches, I want to thank you and your certified staff for all the work you do throughout the year to foster positive outcomes for children across South Dakota. Effective teachers and administrators truly are critical to the success of our students.