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SD Department of Education Aug. 2015  

A message from Secretary Schopp:
Welcome back to a new school year!
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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. This year, Brewer will teach pre-calculus, statistics, trigonometry and sheltered pre-algebra for English language learners. She has worked with Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) for about five years. She is also one of the district's SIOP coaches.

The Huron School District has the second largest ELL population in South Dakota. Many students in Brewer's sheltered classes speak Karen and have only been in the United States for a few years. If you studied a foreign language in high school, imagine if you had also been required to take algebra in that language.

"Their social English might be great—when they’re having lunch, hanging out with friends and casual settings like that,” Brewer says. “Academic vocabulary is what they need to work on. The goal is to increase language skills as you teach core content. I have to get students speaking a lot.”

Talking about math helps ELLs and native English speakers alike, so in all of her classes, Brewer has students use the big white boards hanging around her room to show and explain their work. At the beginning of the year, they work in small groups, then with partners. By the end of the year, students explain their thinking individually, in front of the whole class. “When they have to explain the process to me or their classmates, it helps them learn better,” Brewer says.

In recent years, Brewer has been sharing her own learning by working with fellow Huron High School math teacher Lori Keleher to deliver presentations on activities they use in their classrooms. Keleher nominated Brewer for the Presidential Award. The two of them spoke at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting in Boston this past spring as well as the TIE Conference in Rapid City.

They also worked with Mid-Central Educational Cooperative to develop a day-long workshop which they led five times throughout summer 2015. The workshop focuses on transforming worksheets into engaging activities and games.

One way Brewer likes to engage students is with manipulatives. She says her students’ favorites are the ones they can eat. She has had geometry students in a sheltered class represent lines with pretzels, points with M&Ms and arrows with candy corn. For pre-calculus students, even carbon dating can be delicious. As carbon is depleted, it’s replaced by nitrogen. What yummier way to illustrate this phenomenon than with M&M carbon and Reese’s Pieces nitrogen?

Virtual Math Coaching Program available for 6-12 math teachers

The South Dakota 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. Participating teachers will attend a regional training in October to gain a base knowledge of these practices and then further develop their pedagogical skills by collaborating with their coach in a virtual environment using a program called Edthena.

Participating teachers will receive a $150 stipend and can purchase one graduate credit for $40.

Instructional practices are aligned to South Dakota Professional Practices (Danielson Framework):

• Discourse
• Collaborative grouping
• Effective questioning
• Mindsets
• Strategies for modifying tasks
• Using assessment in learning


• Attend regional training in October 2015 (substitute reimbursement will be provided)
• Critique two pre-recorded stock videos of classroom instruction
• Record two videos of own classroom instruction and submit to virtual coach (using state-provided Swivl device and personal smart phone, iPad or other tablet computer)
• Collaborate with virtual coach regarding recorded classroom video

For more information and to register go to doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/15/Aug/documents/MathTeachers.pdf

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. Go to http://www.doe.sd.gov/documents/SDTeacher.pdf 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

Gene Stowe, University of Notre Dame, contributed to this article

Through the National Science Foundation, 20 physics teachers from across the United States, including Timber Lake teacher LuAnn Lindskov, joined 30 of their European counterparts in July in Attica, Greece, for the Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2015, a six-day training and networking program aimed at boosting inquiry-based learning in high school classrooms.

The foundation funded the trip through the national QuarkNet Program, an education and outreach program that partners high school physics teachers with particle physicists at more than 50 centers across the country. Lindskov was nominated to attend because of her ongoing work with the QuarkNet Program.

“This kind of international relationship building is a big win for QuarkNet teachers and the hundreds of students they serve,” says Mitch Wayne, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame and one of QuarkNet’s national principal investigators. “It opens access to new resources, new models of learning, and new colleagues and collaborators in the field.”

“This experience introduced me to new technologies to incorporate into my curriculum, such as augmented reality,” Lindskov says. “This new tool allows animations to be superimposed onto real objects using cameras and a software system.”

In the photo above, Professor Angelos Lazoudis was demonstrating augmented reality by holding a target near an object. The animated blue dots on the screen represent how particles are moving at the subatomic level. If he were to hold the target near a cup of coffee, the dots would move faster; near a glass of ice water, the dots would move more slowly. Lazoudis is currently working on a particle physics augmented reality project involving the ATLAS detector at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider, with which scientists detected the Higgs boson (commonly called the “God particle”) in 2012.

The teachers learned about eLearning tools, open digital educational resources such as data from CERN, Fermilab, and telescopes around the world, as well as teaching practices including real-world activities and project-based approaches that they can adapt to their own classrooms. Among other things, the teachers were introduced to the European Commission’s Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School (Go-Lab), a European approach to engaging young students in science education.

Each teacher was asked to produce a classroom project with the tools and share it with the others. While some of her colleagues at the academy were working on classroom projects for advanced students, Lindskov has chosen to develop a project aimed at younger students. She is working on a unit for use with her freshman physical science students.

“I teach physics to physical science students starting in the second semester,” Lindskov says. “I’m hoping to incorporate into it some of the tools I was introduced to in Greece. Students will do some things online; other parts in the classroom. It’s based on inquiry, so the idea is to get kids asking really good questions, like, what would happen if? Then exploring and finding answers to their own questions. My project will allow students to test hypotheses about the relationship between energy types. It’s intended to introduce them to some of the mass and energy relationships that occur in particle physics.”

Once completed, academy participants’ projects will be housed in a repository on the Inspiring Science Education website for other teachers to access.

LuAnn Lindskov (right) at the Temple of Poseidon

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.

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Future teachers among recent scholarship recipients

Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships (http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17990) 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 (http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17991), 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

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

Board of Education
Aug. 24, Rapid City

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at the South Dakota Department of Transportation Rapid City Region Area Office, 2300 Eglin St., in Rapid City, at 9 a.m. MDT. A public hearing will be held related to content standards adoption in the area of social studies. An agenda is posted at http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Template.aspx?id=32.

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

This training is designed for teachers with less than three years of special education experience wanting to learn more about special education referral to placement. During this training, participants will review all of the forms as they follow the special education process from referral through consent, evaluation, eligibility, IEP development and parental prior written notice. Participants should bring a hard copy or a downloaded copy of the current IEP Technical Assistance Guide. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Go to http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title. Contact Arlene Maxfield at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3678 or Arlene.Maxfield@state.sd.us, with questions.

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

This training is designed to provide an overview of criteria used in the special education process. Participants will review the special education process to think about how the whole team can be involved in the IEP process. Participants should bring a hard copy or a downloaded copy of the current IEP Technical Assistance Guide. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Go to http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title. Contact Arlene Maxfield at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3678 or Arlene.Maxfield@state.sd.us, with questions.

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

This is a new conference that will cover special education legal issues, including the latest information from due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR (Office of Special Education Programs/Office of Civil Rights) guidance letters, and basic IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) procedural requirements. It is designed for general/special education staff, administrators, state/school district attorneys, state education department staff, related services staff, parents and other stakeholders.

For more information and to register go to http://www.cvent.com/d/4rq15w.

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

Special education teachers and administrators who evaluate them are invited to attend this training, which will provide clarification on Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and dig deeper into the South Dakota Framework for Teaching. Educators will learn how the framework and SLOs work together, along with how to write differentiated SLO goals, which is recommended practice. In addition, they will break down the framework and the different special education scenarios.

Go to http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title. Contact Matt Gill at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-8193 or Matthew.Gill@state.sd.us, with questions.

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

This year’s Systems Change Conference (http://www.systemschange.midwestmaple.org/default.htm) will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. This is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. On the evening of Oct. 15, the 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available.

Go to http://www.systemschange.midwestmaple.org/content/KeynoteSpeakers.htm for more information about keynote speakers Kathleen Cushman and Denise Ryan.

Go to https://bhssctie.wufoo.com/forms/2015-systems-change-call-for-proposals/ for information on submitting proposals for breakout sessions.

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