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Who are the emerging teacher leaders in your district?

The South Dakota Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders, which consists of distinguished teachers and principals from across the state. These educators are considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces.

In addition, they represent their communities and our state, and may ultimately receive prestigious recognition. The Department of Education is seeking to add classroom teachers and/or principals who have demonstrated all of the following to the Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school
  • Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession
  • Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight
  • Early- to mid-career educators who offer strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership and
  • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community
Please submit recommendations by March 15.

To recommend an educator:

  1. Complete one Talent Pool Recommendation Form for each candidate with confidential, succinct and specific information. All questions must be answered. Typewritten submissions are preferred.
  2. Write a one-page letter that addresses how the candidate meets the previously mentioned criteria.
  3. Obtain a copy of the candidate’s resume.


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