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SD Department of Education September 2014  

SD Teacher of the Year LuAnn Lindskov finalist in $100,000 Dream Big Challenge

Farmers Insurance is giving away $1 million in grants to teachers across the country. Timber Lake High School math and science teacher LuAnn Lindskov is a finalist in the $100,000 Dream Big Challenge. Lindskov’s “Weavers of Hope” proposal focuses on summer training and school year mentorships for 6-12 science, math and English teachers working in low-income schools. Voting opens Oct. 1. Anyone 18 and over will be able to vote once a day by clicking here.

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

Apply by Oct. 1 for your chance at one of 10 scholarships. Priority will be given to educators teaching in Priority and Focus schools.

Time is running out to have your say on Smarter Balanced achievement levels

The deadline to apply for this online panel is Sept. 26. Achievement level setting will occur in October. Interested individuals are invited to participate in a three-hour online achievement level setting process for one subject and grade.


This month we highlight South Dakota’s six Regional Teachers of the Year for 2015. The South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced at a special banquet Thursday, Oct. 16, during the Systems Change Conference. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

Board holds first public hearing on proposed science standards, adopts new P.E. standards

The South Dakota Board of Education has held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 science standards. The proposed standards provide a foundation for students in grades K-12 to attain knowledge of scientific concepts and engage in the practices of science and engineering.

Learn what’s new in proposed South Dakota K-12 science standards

Thousands of teachers find summer SLO training helpful

Click here for a report on feedback from teachers who attended statewide summer trainings on student learning objectives. Ninety-one percent of evaluation respondents found the trainings helpful.

Legislative Research Council seeking pages for 2015 Legislative Session

The Legislative Research Council is once again looking for high school students interested in being pages during the 2015 Legislative Session.

Dakota Seeds internship program expanded to include high school students

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced an expansion to the Dakota Seeds internship program. Juniors and seniors with career interests in STEM fields, accounting and manufacturing may now seek internships for their Youth Internship Capstone Experiences with eligible employers across South Dakota.

South Dakota high school students on track to earn more than 4,000 reduced-cost dual credits

Statewide, almost 780 high school juniors and seniors have enrolled in the reduced-cost courses and are on track to earn more than 4,000 dual credits at South Dakota public universities and technical institutes.

New policy in place regarding fundraisers that involve food

The new Smart Snacks regulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires each state to set a policy related to fundraisers that involve food. South Dakota will allow for each school-sponsored group to have one “exempt fundraiser” (selling foods that otherwise would not be allowed) per year during the school day.

Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

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

IEP Process in Action
Sept. 25-Oct. 16, various dates and locations statewide

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

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

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