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SD Department of Education February 2015  

  CTL holds roundtable discussion with legislators

The South Dakota Commission on Teaching and Learning met Jan. 22-23 in Pierre. A group of teachers who serve on the commission also held a roundtable discussion with legislators, in part to explain the group’s purpose and how it formed.

Teachers, administrators and higher education representatives from across the state serve on the commission, which formed in 2013. Initially, the group came together to help develop South Dakota’s educator effectiveness systems. That process is largely complete, and the group is working to finalize the Student Learning Objective Handbook.

Now the group is shifting its focus to issues surrounding teacher certification in South Dakota, including alternative certification, tiered licensure and reciprocity. Something commonly called the “middle level issue” will also be part of the commission’s future discussions. Specifically, this issue refers to South Dakota administrative rule 24:43:10:01, which can create confusion when districts restructure schools.

“The CTL is composed of varied groups with one common goal: growing professional practice and thereby improving student learning,” says commission member and President of the South Dakota Education Association, Mary McCorkle. “Whether our focus is educator effectiveness or certification, CTL brings educator voices together to address current issues and create educator-led solutions.”

The commission’s next meeting is Feb. 20-21.

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