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SD Department of Education Aug. 2015  

A message from Secretary Schopp:
Welcome back to a new school year!


Sheltering students to help them go far
Lindsey Brewer, a math teacher at Huron High School, recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

Save Your Spot: Virtual Math Coaching Program available for 6-12 math teachers

The Department of Education is offering a Virtual Math Coaching Program during the 2015-16 school year for 6-12 math teachers. Teachers will be partnered with a coach with whom they will collaborate throughout the year to refine math instructional practices.

Celebrating South Dakota Teachers magazine available

The Department of Education has developed a new publication to elevate and raise awareness about the importance of the teaching profession. The magazine features many of our state’s award-winning teachers and will be shared with teacher preparation candidates at our public universities, South Dakota public schools, legislators and other key stakeholders. Click here to access the magazine.

Board of Education approves intermediate math endorsement

The state Board of Education has approved the creation of an intermediate math endorsement. It creates a pathway for individuals who are teaching lower-level math courses only to earn the endorsement and teach those courses. The high-school level option, which allows the individual to teach upper-level math courses as well, remains intact.

Timber Lake teacher attends international education academy in Greece

Physics teacher LuAnn Lindskov spent a week in Greece this summer with physics teachers from across the U.S. and Europe for the Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2015. This training and networking program was aimed at boosting inquiry-based learning in high school classrooms.

Connecting math and ELA to workforce needs

Hear what South Dakota educators and employers are saying about how rigorous standards in math and English language arts are preparing students for today’s workforce.


Future teachers among recent scholarship recipients

Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations, including teaching, within the state. Twenty-five South Dakota college students have been awarded the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship, which supports future teachers who plan to serve in critical-need teaching areas.

Blue Ribbon Task Force to meet Aug. 19

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students will meet Aug. 19 in Pierre. This task force, made up of legislators, educators and other stakeholders will make recommendations to the 2016 State Legislature. Find more information at http://blueribbon.sd.gov.

Upcoming Events

Click here for a complete listing of events.

Board of Education
Aug. 24, Rapid City

IEP Back to Basics
Aug. 24, Aberdeen
Sept. 11, Sioux Falls
Sept. 24, Rapid City

IEP Process in Action
Aug. 25-Oct. 2, various locations statewide

Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Sept. 22-23, Rapid City

SPED Teacher Effectiveness Training
Sept. 30-Oct. 9, various locations statewide

16th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 14-16, Chamberlain

Registration Now Open! 2015 Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, Pierre

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