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

Summer is certainly a time for relaxing, but it’s also prime time for professional development, and that’s energizing.

I recently attended the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy in Washington, D.C., with LuAnn Lindskov, South Dakota’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. The forum brings together a broad spectrum of individuals, from elected officials, state education chiefs and teachers to business leaders and researchers.

As I’m sure you’ve experienced with any good professional development, the best part is getting back to your daily duties and putting to work what you’ve learned. Being back in South Dakota, it’s exciting to think of all the great PD happening across the state as thousands of teachers get training in student learning objectives.

Momentum is building as the 2014-15 school year approaches and educators gear up to plan for or implement the new teacher and principal effectiveness systems. The SLO trainings should be very helpful in this process.

Along those lines, the response to reserving of Teachscape licenses for next school year has been great. I’m glad you’re finding value in this system. It, too, is a valuable tool for supporting the ongoing professional growth of teachers. Congratulations to those of you who have taken and passed the voluntary exam to show mastery of the observation process! I admire and appreciate your commitment. Thank you.
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