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SD Department of Education November 2014  
 

TEACHER FEATURE

LeeAnna Rabine receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
LeeAnna Rabine is a kindergarten teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls. At a recent school assembly, she was surprised with the Milken Educator Award. Congratulations, LeeAnna!


American Education Week is Nov. 16-22: Raise Your Hand for Student Success

Thank you to everyone who plays a vital role in the success of South Dakota students: teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and school board members. You are all helping prepare our state’s students for college, career and life. Enjoy the week and let’s celebrate public education!




CTL begins looking at teacher certification


The Commission on Teaching and Learning met Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Pierre to make updates to the Student Learning Objective Handbook and begin discussing teacher certification rules. A final version of the handbook will be completed soon. Certification discussion focused on tiered certification, reciprocity and alternative certification.




DOE Blog: Common Core enhances ‘Camp Math a lot’


Read about how Tammy Jo Schlechter is helping her students develop deep understanding in math at sddoe.blogspot.com. Schlechter is a middle school math teacher in the Custer School District. She was a candidate for 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.



Students navigate frontier between high school and postsecondary with dual credit

This fall, students and educators are navigating an exciting frontier between high school and postsecondary with reduced cost dual credit courses. Across the state, approximately 1,100 high school juniors and seniors are taking college-level courses at the rate of $40/credit hour.


Voting is open for children’s book awards

Voting is open for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Awards, sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Now voting is easier than ever before. All South Dakota students in grades K-2 can cast votes for the Prairie Bud Award, and students in grades 3-5 can vote for the Prairie Pasque. Voting closes March 31, 2015. Winning books will be announced in April during National Library Week. Click here to learn more.


DOE offers student infographic contest

The South Dakota Department of Education has partnered with Lemonly, a Sioux Falls infographic design and advertising firm, to create an infographic contest for students. Lemonly is also offering an online infographic course at no cost to career and technical education teachers, and at a reduced cost to students.


Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian offers new e-newsletter for teachers

Representatives of the National Museum of the American Indian spoke at the recent Indian Education Summit in Pierre. The NMAI now offers a free, quarterly e-newsletter. The newsletter covers the NMAI’s educational resources—including curriculum for the classroom, teacher workshops and educational strategies. Click here to see the latest issue.


Miss Oahe invites schools to participate in Veterans Holiday Relief Drive

Miss Oahe Autumn Simunek, a representative of South Dakota Operation: Military Kids, invites schools to fill Buddy Baskets, an American Legion Auxiliary project to aid homeless veterans and service members’ families in need.


Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

Secondary/Post-Secondary Collaborations
Nov. 25-Dec. 5, various locations statewide

Career and Technical Education Program Improvement meetings
Dec. 1-5, various locations statewide

Regional Meetings 2014: Career Exploration
Dec. 2-5, various locations statewide


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