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For Immediate Release: Oct. 27, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Governor's conference provides learning opportunities for teachers



Approximately 400 teachers are expected to attend Governor Rounds’ Teacher Leadership Conference, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, in Pierre. The governor is slated to address the group on Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.

“This event is designed to provide the state’s teachers with a relevant and meaningful training opportunity and to recognize them for their hard work,” said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the Department of Education. “It’s a great way for us at the state level to thank these teachers and to offer them support in the form of professional growth opportunities.”

Teacher-leaders from across South Dakota will attend the event, which is hosted by the Department of Education. Keynote speakers include Governor Rounds; Kimberly Oliver, the 2006 National Teacher of the Year; and Shannon Pickard, author of “The Choice Is Yours: A Formula for Success,” and creator of “IMPROV-ing the Power of Educators.”

Sessions will address a variety of topics including building parent involvement, effective strategies for retaining Native American students, teaching reading, best practices in elementary math, career clusters, and health and wellness topics.

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

Following his presentation Monday evening, the Governor will help to announce South Dakota’s 2007 Teacher of the Year.

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