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SD Department of Education February 2015  


Ag teacher wants all students to know value of CTE

Karen Roudabush is the agriculture teacher at Bridgewater-Emery High School. She says one year she was the only girl in her school’s FFA chapter because most of her female classmates assumed the program wouldn’t interest them. Now she strives to make sure all students know there’s a place for them in career and technical education.

When did you decide to become a teacher?
I just always loved the idea of being a teacher. My dad was an ag teacher and I saw how much he loved teaching and engaging with students. I don’t remember a time when I wanted to be something else.

What do you like most about teaching?
I like that no day is ever the same. I like the energy kids bring. They’re so inquisitive and excited.

Why is career and technical education important?
CTE is important because so often I’m able to help students make those connections from what they’re doing in other classes to what they might do in their future careers or just later today on the farm. It solidifies what they’re learning in other classes. I could say, here’s something you learned about in science, and now here’s an immediate application of it.

I love that CTE is real-life, hands-on and applicable to students’ lives now and in the future.

How has CTE changed since you were in high school?
I feel like CTE has a more positive connotation now. People see it as a way to gain valuable skills. I don’t know if that was always the case. I was the only girl in my FFA chapter one year, because everyone thought it was the shop class where you “just build stuff.”

What classes do you teach?
I teach a wide variety of classes: intro to ag; animal science; food and natural resources; wildlife and fisheries; ag sales and marketing; and plant science. I’ve also taught a companion animals class. With that one, I reached a whole different demographic. The students in that class were perhaps going to get a pet dog or cat or just wanted to learn more about animals. They didn’t necessarily want to learn about large animals like those that would be covered in my animal science class.

How do you get kids excited about the content?
One of the most important things is just getting to know students. As freshmen, students can take intro to ag. At the conclusion of that class, I like to sit down with them individually and talk about what they liked, what they didn’t like, so I can offer them guidance on classes to consider in the future.

Introducing students to the subject early is also valuable. I teach a six-week exploratory class for 7th and 8th grade students. The class covers a variety of ag topics. I lead mini labs and other fun activities to get them into the content.

Things can change quickly in CTE. How do you stay current?
I think it’s vital to network with other CTE teachers. I use the CTE teacher listserv, I attend the South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education Summer Conference.

Right here at Bridgewater-Emery, I have a great relationship with Jean Clarke, our family and consumer sciences teacher. She and I have found, for example, that the ways we approach nutrition topics dovetail nicely. We also team up for classes to discuss the work of Temple Grandin from both the ag and human development perspectives.

How do you keep learning?
I am blessed to work for a school that values professional development. Our administrators take advantage of a lot of the opportunities provided to us—workshops, trainings, just checking out what other schools are doing.

There’s so much I don’t know, I’ve got to keep exploring.

Watch Video
A Message from the Governor:
Consider a CTE course. Watch
video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aov-Kru2Fj
February is CTE Month

    • CTE Month focuses on CTE Innovators (doe.sd.gov/octe/ctemonth.aspx)

    • Student leaders visit Pierre to learn about legislative process

In conjunction with National Career and Technical Education Month, nearly 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 10-11 for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.

Students, legislators, cabinet members and state agency staff kicked off activities with an evening social Feb. 10. On Feb. 11, students shadowed legislators at committee meetings and had the opportunity to observe House and Senate floor sessions.

“CTSO Legislative Shadow Day is always a special day in Pierre,” said Tiffany Sanderson, director of career and technical education for the South Dakota Department of Education. “Students get a taste of the political process and learn about opportunities for public service. Legislators enjoy the chance to share what they do and learn about these young leaders’ experiences.”

Five CTSOs are active in South Dakota: DECA, an association of marketing students; Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; and SkillsUSA, an association of trade, technology and health occupation students.

CTSOs give students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom through competitive events; develop leadership and employability skills; and serve their communities.

Career and technical education seeks to equip students with core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills for careers and life. CTE emphasizes employability skills like critical thinking, responsibility and technical skills related to specific career pathways.

Governor joins with legislative leaders to create task force to study education funding

Gov. Daugaard is joining with legislative leaders to create a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. The task force will reevaluate the current funding formula. It will collect and analyze data, engage with stakeholders and seek public input. The task force will make recommendations to the 2016 State Legislature for reform.

Read more at: http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17247.

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.

Encourage 12th grade students to apply for National Youth Science Camp®

Two South Dakota high school seniors could receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds at the National Youth Science Camp®. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington, D.C. Selected delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to participants. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.

Delegates arrive in Charleston, W.Va., on June 17, and depart on July 11. The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.

For more information, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/15/feb/documents/NYSCHando.pdf.

Students can apply at http://apply.nysc.org

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Contact Sam Shaw, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5229 or sam.shaw@state.sd.us with questions.

Digging Deeper free online learning day scheduled for
March 6

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources is a free online learning opportunity sponsored by the South Dakota State Library with a grant from the Library of Congress’ Teaching Primary Sources Program.

The event is scheduled for March 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST, and will give educators tools to help students analyze, evaluate, and differentiate primary and secondary sources. Educators can participate in the entire day or choose from individual sessions.

Featured speakers include Dr. Peggy O’Neill-Jones, director of the Teaching Primary Sources Teachers Network; education consultant Glenn Wiebe; and South Dakota author Jean Patrick.

Representatives of the following South Dakota organizations will present strategies for finding and using state and regional primary sources:

• South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
• South Dakota State Historical Society
• South Dakota State Library
• South Dakota State University
• University of South Dakota
• Black Hills Knowledge Network
• South Dakota Discovery Center

For more information and to register, go to library.sd.gov/tps.

JAG Student Leadership Conference held in Rapid City

JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students recently gathered in Rapid City for a leadership conference. Breakout session topics included leadership, youth engagement, team building and communication skills. Students also participated in a contest to design a new logo for JAG-South Dakota.



Upcoming Events

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

Board of Education meeting
March 16, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. CDT at Southeast Technical Institute in room 101, the Mickelson Center, 2320 N. Career Ave., in Sioux Falls. Public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the areas of science, social studies, fine arts and K-12 educational technology. The board will also hold a public hearing on proposed accountability rule changes. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Steps to Success: Creating a Healthier Environment for Students to Learn and Staff to Work
March 23, Pierre

Interested in creating a healthier school environment? Developing or enhancing your School Wellness Policy?

Register now (https://apps.sd.gov/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx) to attend training on promoting healthy eating (focusing on Smart Snacks in Schools (http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks)), increasing physical activity in the classroom and the importance of health promotion for staff.

The training, sponsored by the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health in collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, will feature the alliance’s national nutrition and physical activity advisors.

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at RedRossa, 808 West Sioux Avenue, in Pierre. Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at state rates at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, (605) 224-6877 and the Governor’s Inn, (605) 224-4200.

For more information, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/StepsToSuccess.pdf.

Contact Karen Keyser (Karen.keyser@state.sd.us), South Dakota Department of Education, or Kari Senger (kari.senger@healthiergeneration.org), Alliance for a Healthier Generation, with questions.

South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference
April 9-11, Rapid City

This conference is put on by the South Dakota Head Start Association and the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children to bring professional development to South Dakota's early childhood education professionals. The conference is held every April and features nationally known keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

Go to: http://sdececonference-org.doodlekit.com/ for more information and to register.

TIE Conference
April 19-21, Rapid City

The 29th Annual TIE Conference will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. It’s the largest event in the region focused on teaching materials, instructional practices, and technology applications for school administrators, teachers, technology coordinators, librarians and media specialists.

The event features breakout sessions, in-depth workshops, nationally recognized keynote speakers, an opportunity for graduate credit and a large exhibit hall.

For more information or to register, go to www.conference.tie.net.

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