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SD Department of Education April 2015  


Librarian wants students to be lifelong learners, readers and library lovers

Educators needed to serve on CTE standards revision workgroups

The Division of Career & Technical Education invites CTE teachers, school counselors and district administrators to participate in a number of content standards revision workgroups this summer. Workgroups will meet in-person during the month of June at various locations across the state. The deadline to apply is April 24.

Governor makes initial appointments to Blue Ribbon Task Force

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced initial appointments to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. The task force, announced by the Governor and legislative leaders in February, will reevaluate the current funding formula and make recommendations to the 2016 State Legislature for reform.

Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council members announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced members of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council. The council will work to identify strategies for improving achievement and graduation rates among South Dakota’s Native American students and report its findings to the Legislature and the Governor by Dec. 1.

April is School Library Month

    • Head west for STEM learning at School Library Boot Camp 2015

    • Vermillion and Yankton students have fun with Read! SD initiative


Students and families encouraged to “Go Fourth” this summer

South Dakota State Parks, a division of Game, Fish and Parks, is partnering with the South Dakota Departments of Health and Education to put on the “Go Fourth” program. By distributing free one-day state park licenses to every fourth grader in the state, this project aims to get students and families outside and active this summer.

Still time to schedule end-of-year field trips to Cultural Heritage Center

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.

Upcoming Events

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TIE Conference
April 19-21, Rapid City

Board of Education meeting
May 18, Aberdeen

South Dakota State Historical Society 2015 History Conference
Prairie to Pines: People and Their Environment in South Dakota

May 29-30, Pierre

Transition Institute
June 1-2, Pierre

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 1-July 15, online

2015 Summer Education Conference: Multi-Tiered System of Supports
June 3-4, Pierre

Save the Date: 2015 Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, Pierre

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