DOE’s Director of Operations & Information gives an update on education-related bills





February is CTE month
Each February, students and teachers across South Dakota and the nation take time to recognize the value of career and technical education. As has become tradition in South Dakota, officers of the Career and Technical Student Organizations will visit the Capitol in Pierre next week to showcase CTE. >>>LEARN MORE




Legislature debates school sentinels, ESA funding
The 2013 legislative session is underway. Education committees have heard bills related to ESA funding (SB 76), and school sentinels, HB 1087. Click here to find the latest updates related to any 2013 billl, and for brief education-related updates, follow the South Dakota Department of Education on Twitter.

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Ten South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor

Ten South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,980 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2012. The achievement raises the number of National Board Certified Teachers in South Dakota to 99.

South Dakota’s 2012 recipients include:
• Katie Anderson, Science/Early Adolescence, Rapid City Area School District
• Lindsey Brewer, Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Huron School District
• Sandra Dalton, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Todd County School District
• Amy Engel, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Todd County School District
• Denise Farley, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Todd County School District
• Lee Ann Fischer, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Shannon County School District
• Katey Lee-Swank, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Rapid City Area School District
• Stacy Otten, Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, Andes Central School District
• Jennifer Roberts, Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, Belle Fourche School District
• Anne Zoellner, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Groton School District

National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The certification process takes one to three years to complete. While licensing standards set the basic requirements to teach in a state, National Board Certified teachers demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices similar to the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine.

For more information about National Board Certification, contact Lanette Johnston.