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Hogie selected as 2015 SD Teacher of the Year

Allen Hogie 2015 SD Teacher of the Year
Allen Hogie, Brandon Valley High School math teacher, has been selected as the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at a special recognition banquet Oct. 16, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre.

Hogie is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves as a mentor to other teachers seeking certification. In 2007, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He serves on the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a liaison to the national council. Through Northern State University’s Rising Scholars Program, Hogie teaches College Calculus I as a dual credit course at Brandon Valley High School. He has also helped develop items for Smarter Balanced, the new statewide assessment in math and English language arts.

“This is a celebration of the outstanding teaching that goes on in classrooms across our state. All of these candidates go above and beyond every time they step into the classroom. I applaud Allen for his dedication to students, colleagues and his profession,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

A panel of educators from across the state selected Hogie from among six regional finalists. In addition to Hogie, other finalists included: Jennifer Larson, Sanborn Central School District; Ann Noyes, Pierre School District; Justin Speck, Rapid City Area School District; Lori Wagner, Webster Area School District; and Pam Wells, Mobridge-Pollock School District.

As recipient of the honor, Hogie receives $8,000 in cash prizes, a $6,700 technology package and the use of a vehicle during his year as 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Prize packages are made possible through the generosity of private businesses and organizations.

In addition, Hogie will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The 2015 National Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April 2015.

We talked with Allen right after he got the big news!
View video at: http://youtu.be/EeXf6Lywek8

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.

Read more at: http://www.scholastic.com/primarysources/teachers-on-the-common-core.htm

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 going to: https://www.thankamillionteachers.com/vote-for-a-proposal/vote-for-a-proposal-form-100k/

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. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/14/oct/documents/TIEclasses.pdf.

$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. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program is accepting applications from teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who have innovative ideas for implementing technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Full-time pre-K-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink residential service areas are eligible to apply. Visit http://fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkGrant for an application.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 2, 2015.

Teachers may apply for up to $5,000, with a total of $10,000 in grant money to be awarded in South Dakota. Grant winners will be announced between April 1 and May 15, 2015.

For more information, go to: http://fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkGrant, or contact Rachel Woodman, CenturyLink market development manager, at Rachel.Woodman@CenturyLink.com.

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. For more information, go to: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/national-history-teacher-year.

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. They can do this by entering their entire k12 email address in the ‘username’ box and entering their password for that email into the ‘password’ box.

If students don’t have an email address that ends in "@k12.sd.us" (or they can’t remember it), they can log in the old way using their 9-digit SDMyLife username and appropriate password. Educators can still access students’ 9-digit usernames and 6-digit passwords by logging into their Portfolio Administrator accounts.

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

For a complete listing of events, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.

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

This workshop will focus on developing universally designed lessons focusing on the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) curriculum and instruction materials.

Districts are encouraged to send an education team. Teams may be composed of the special education teacher, general education teacher, paraprofessionals, and/or related service providers. Teams will bring a student scenario and lesson plan and leave with lessons, materials and strategies adapted to meet the needs of their students.

To register, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title.

Family and Community Engagement Workshop
Oct. 28, Oacoma

If your goal is to increase student achievement, don’t go it alone. Families are essential! Come energized and ready to create meaningful family partnerships and develop your family and community toolkit. This workshop will provide a great opportunity to identify current practices and build a toolkit that will effectively engage families and communities.

To register, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title.

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

This workshop will focus on work-based learning and entrepreneurship as an important component in high school education.

To register, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title.

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet in the Library Commons, first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. The time of the meeting is yet to be determined. The first of four public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the area of social studies. The second of four public hearings will be held on proposed science, fine arts and K-12 educational technology standards. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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