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SD Department of Education December 2014  


Kelly Stone receives 2014 Governor’s Award in Transition Services
Kelly Stone is a special education teacher at Vermillion High School. She recently received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Transition Services. Congratulations, Kelly!

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Shawn DeWitt and Roxane
Dyk discuss instructional
coaching in math

Coaching aims to deepen students’ thinking about math

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering targeted professional development and instructional coaching in foundational math and reading skills for 21 districts this school year. This month, we are focusing on the math program. Math support is offered to teachers of grades 4-8.

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Jan Martin, with the
department’s Division of Assessment and
Accountability, talks about achievement levels and cut scores

Smarter Balanced achievement level cut scores approved by consortium

The Smarter Balanced consortium states met Nov. 14, and approved the achievement level cut scores (1, 2, 3, 4) for the assessment. In the processes leading up to this approval, South Dakota had almost 70 individuals who participated in the online achievement level setting, and 10 who participated in the face-to-face process.

Teachers needed to disaggregate proposed social studies standards

The South Dakota Department of Education is bringing together 56 teachers to disaggregate proposed social studies standards. This document will be an optional resource for teachers to use in translating the proposed standards into instruction. If any proposed standards are changed in response to the Board of Education’s public hearings, changes will be reflected in the disaggregated work as well.

State Library E-Resources Challenge begins Jan. 26

The South Dakota State Library’s E-Resources Challenge begins Jan. 26, 2015. Learn about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources while earning free continuing education contact hours.

Scholarships available for students planning to teach

Teacher shortage/pay will be a primary topic of discussion during the upcoming legislative session. One thing educators can do immediately (and on an ongoing basis) is to identify and nurture those young people who show an interest in becoming a teacher by highlighting the positive aspects of a career in education. Some students may qualify for scholarships like these:

   • Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
   • Dakota Corps Scholarship Program

Experience SD history at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre

Teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring their students to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre to experience South Dakota history. The South Dakota Experience galleries tell the story of the state from American Indian life before the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s through the end of the 20th Century. Students can walk through a tipi, “ride” a train and “milk” a cow, among other activities.

Mitchell science teacher finalist for Global Teacher Prize

Julie Olson is one of 50 finalists worldwide for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, sponsored by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. Olson teaches science at Second Chance High School, an alternative school in the Mitchell School District. Click here to learn more about Olson and the Global Teacher Prize. Congratulations, Julie!

DOE Blog: Editorial in Argus Leader favors proposed science standards

Dr. Jill Weimer and Liz McMillan with Sanford Research explain why they believe South Dakota’s proposed K-12 science standards will prepare students for careers.

Upcoming Events

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Board of Education meeting
Jan. 15, Pierre

Your First Years in CTE: 10 Things to Know
Jan. 28, Mitchell

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