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SD Department of Education January 2015  
 
 
  Letter from the Secretary

I hope you had a relaxing holiday season and are feeling energized for the new year.

While I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions, I am a firm believer in thoughtful goal setting.

Here at the department, we continue to focus on the aspiration that all South Dakota students leave the K-12 system college, career and life ready. It’s a goal that we must continually strive to meet, and I’m confident that we can get there because we have a plan and because we have dedicated, hard-working teachers, principals and administrators throughout the state, who contribute their time and talents every day in seeing that our students have the skills and knowledge base they need to prepare them for their next step.

Effective teachers and leaders help lay the foundation for student success. But great teachers and leaders know that the work is never done. They understand that being effective is so much more than a New Year’s resolution. It’s something to strive for every day.

That said, I want to thank you for your commitment to working in the education field, and more importantly, your commitment to the education of the young people of this state. I know the work is challenging, but the rewards are many.

Best wishes for 2015!
 
     
 

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