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SD Department of Education October 2014  
 

TEACHER FEATURE

Hogie selected as 2015 SD Teacher of the Year
This month we honor Allen Hogie, South Dakota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Hogie is a math teacher at Brandon Valley High School. Congratulations, Allen!



Scholastic survey results gauge teachers’ thoughts on Common Core


Data shows more teachers (79%) feel prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards this year and believe implementation is “going well” in their schools (68%). In addition, 53% of teachers say they have seen a positive impact on their students’ ability to think critically and use reasoning skills due to Common Core implementation.




Timber Lake teacher LuAnn Lindskov finalist in $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge


Timber Lake High School math and science teacher LuAnn Lindskov is a finalist in the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Lindskov’s “Weavers of Hope” proposal focuses on summer training and school year mentorships for 6th-12th grade science, math and English teachers working in low-income schools. Voting is open through Nov. 30. Anyone 18 and over can vote once a day by clicking here.




Free Math, Science and ELA Learning Power Institutes coming up in November


Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Education to offer regional Math, Science and English Language Arts Learning Power Institutes, free of charge. These institutes will immerse 6th-12th grade teachers in hands-on strategies designed to impact student learning and prepare students for rigorous coursework. Click here for more information and to register.



$10K in technology grants available to South Dakota teachers

CenturyLink, in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education, is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. Full-time pre-K-12 teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who have innovative ideas for implementing technology in their classrooms are encouraged to apply.


Nominate a colleague for the National History Teacher of the Year Award

The 2015 National History Teacher of the Year Award will honor teachers of grades K-6. The deadline to nominate someone for the award is Feb. 1, 2015. South Dakota’s state winner will receive $1,000 and an archive of classroom resources. The national winner will receive a $10,000 prize at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City. Click here for more information.


Students can now sign in to SDMyLife using K12 email addresses

SDMyLife.com has added a new method for students to log in to the system. All students with a “@k12.sd.us” email address are now able to log in to SDMyLife using their email information.


October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention have released a variety of resources aimed at youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents and schools. Find these resources at StopBullying.gov.


Construction Awareness Days held in September

Students attend a Construction Awareness Day at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City on Sept. 16. Awareness days give students hands-on experience operating heavy equipment, like this scissor lift. The events are sponsored by Associated General Contractors of South Dakota and often take place on technical institute campuses.


Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

Developing Universally Designed Lessons
Oct. 22, Rapid City
Oct. 24, Sioux Falls

Family and Community Engagement Workshop
Oct. 28, Oacoma

Students at Work: Entrepreneurship and Internships
Oct. 30, Rapid City

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre


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