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For Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2007
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Event aims to recognize, challenge teachers

Nearly 400 teachers are expected to attend Governor Rounds’ Teacher Leadership Conference, Sept. 16-18, at the Ramkota in Pierre. The governor is slated to address the group at the closing luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

“Too often in our hectic, fast-paced world, we forget to say thank you,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “This conference is one way to thank some of our teachers personally and to provide them with a valuable opportunity to learn and grow as professionals.”

Teacher-leaders from across South Dakota will attend the event, which is hosted by the Department of Education. This year’s keynote speakers are Governor Mike Rounds; Andrea Peterson, the 2007 National Teacher of the Year; Charlotte Mohling, the 2007 South Dakota Teacher of the Year; and Jason Dorsey, a national speaker and author.

Breakout sessions will address a variety of topics including the impact of poverty on our schools, the role of technology in the classroom, healthy lifestyle choices for children, and the 2010 Education Initiative.

Each school district is invited to send representatives to the event.

The 2008 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Sunday, Sept. 16, banquet, which begins at 5 p.m.