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SD Department of Education August 2014  

A Welcome Back
Message from the Secretary


The dog didn’t eat his homework, but Spencer Cody did get to eat some of his summer research. Cody teaches 7th-12th grade science in the Hoven School District.

Have your say on Smarter Balanced
achievement levels

This process will allow an online panel of up to 250,000 K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents and others to participate virtually in recommending achievement levels. Apply by Sept. 19.
Educators participate in Smarter Balanced Digital Library workshop

More than 40 South Dakota educators have submitted and reviewed resources for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. In July, 12 of them participated in a workshop that brought together educators from across the country.

State content standards under review

Read proposed standards and submit public comment:

    • Fine arts
    • K-12 technology
    • Physical education
    • Science

All proposed standards receive four public hearings at South Dakota Board of Education meetings, where individuals may also give public comment.

$1,500 scholarships available for teachers pursuing National Board Certification

Apply by Sept. 15 for your chance at one of 10 scholarships. Priority will be given to educators teaching in Priority and Focus schools.

Teacher shortage areas designated for 2014-15

The U.S. Department of Education has designated teacher shortage areas in South Dakota for the 2014-15 school year. These designations may qualify borrowers for deferment or forgiveness of some federal loans.

Updated data available in SDMyLife

Students logging into SDMyLife this fall will have access to the latest career demand and wage data. These data reflect the recently updated 2012-2022 South Dakota Employment Projections provided by the Department of Labor & Regulation.

Students receive Critical Teaching Needs scholarships

This state scholarship supports future educators who agree to serve in critical-need teaching areas in South Dakota.

Read the new DOE Blog:

The South Dakota Department of Education has launched a blog. Check out the first entry from Secretary Melody Schopp, 3 ingredients in the recipe for success.

SD 125 Anniversary Celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary

Engage your students in this special event. 125 schoolwide and classroom activities and many other resources are now available.

Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

IEP Process in Action
Sept. 3-Oct. 16, various dates and locations statewide

IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 11, Aberdeen
Sept. 22, Rapid City
Sept. 29, Sioux Falls

Board of Education meeting
Sept. 15, Rapid City

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 28-30, Pierre

Integrating Universal Design for Learning and Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Special Education Classrooms (Pre-Conference Workshop)
Oct. 8, Sioux Falls

15th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

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