Secretary Schopp sat down with School Administrators of South Dakotaís Rob Monson to talk about the departmentís aspirations for the future.

2013 legislative session begins Tuesday
The 2013 Legislative Session gets underway on Jan. 8 with the Governorís State of the State address beginning at 1 p.m. (Central). You can listen in via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. You can also follow any education-related bills by visiting the Legislative Research Councilís webpage.

Final public draft of Next Generation Science Standards to be released Jan. 8
A second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is scheduled to be made available for comment on Tuesday, Jan. 8. South Dakota was one of 26 lead states involved in development of the standards. Click here for more information.

Farm to Schools grant winners announced
Congratulations to Flandreau Indian School on its successful Farm to Schools grant application. Flandreau received a planning grant for $39,463.

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South Dakota signs onto advanced teacher preparation initiative

South Dakota is one of 25 states that have expressly committed to advance recommendations aimed at dramatically improving educator preparation and entry into the profession. The recommendations are outlined in a new report by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), "Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession."

Released last month, the report was developed collaboratively by state education chiefs to identify key areas they can change to ensure every teacher and principal are ready to prepare our students for college and careers from the day they enter the classroom. The report recommends states focus on three key policy levers to improve the way we prepare our educator workforce: licensure, program approval, and data collection, analysis and reporting.

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