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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Department of Education awards curriculum mapping grants



Forty-three South Dakota schools and districts recently received curriculum mapping grants from the Department of Education. The grants totaled $666,247. (A list of recipients appears below.)

“Curriculum mapping allows teachers within a school or district to work together to improve student performance,” said Wade Pogany, director of curriculum and instruction for the Department of Education. “By mapping each teacher’s individual curriculum, schools can identify gaps or redundancies in the curriculum and adjust their instruction accordingly.”

The grants allow recipients to create curriculum maps for their entire school or district.

Last year, the Department of Education awarded grants to 53 South Dakota schools and districts for curriculum mapping activities. This year, an additional 43 schools and districts received curriculum mapping grants.

In addition to the grants, the state Department of Education will provide all K-12 public schools with the free use of curriculum mapping software. The software, TechPaths: A Curriculum Mapping System®, is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. The easy-to-use system aligns curriculum maps with state content standards.

Curriculum mapping training will be provided, throughout the summer, by Education Service Agencies across the state. For more information, contact Gay Pickner at (605) 280-3613.

Curriculum mapping grant recipients 2005
  • Andes Central School District
  • Arlington School District
  • Bonesteel-Fairfax School District
  • Brandon Valley School District
  • Brookings Elementary (Central, Medary, Hillcrest)
  • Canton School District
  • Castlewood School District
  • Clark School District
  • Colman-Egan School District
  • Corsica School District
  • Dakota Valley School District
  • Deuel School District
  • Estelline School District
  • Faulkton School District
  • Freeman School District
  • Hamlin School District
  • Hanson School District
  • Hot Springs School District
  • Hyde School District
  • Irene School District
  • Jones County School District
  • Lake Preston School District
  • Langford School District
  • McCook School District
  • McIntosh School District
  • Milbank School District
  • Mitchell School District
  • Mobridge School District
  • New Underwood School District
  • Newell School District
  • Oldham-Ramona School District
  • Parkston School District
  • Roslyn School District
  • Sioux Falls-Laura Wilder Elementary
  • Sioux Falls-Middle Schools
  • Sioux Falls-Robert Frost
  • Sioux Valley School District
  • Stanley County School District
  • Tea School District
  • Todd County School District
  • Webster School District
  • Wilmot School District
  • Woonsocket School District