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Julie Olson nominated for Global Teacher Prize
Julie Olson is a science teacher at Second Chance High School, the alternative high school in Mitchell. She recently became one of 50 nominees worldwide for the first-ever Global Teacher Prize. Congratulations, Julie!

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SD teachers discuss high quality standards in Expect More videos

Educators from across our state have implemented new English language arts and math standards. Hear what your colleagues are saying about how the standards challenge students and prepare them for success in college, career and life.

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Students and educators in the spotlight in Pierre

During the first week of the 2015 legislative session, educators from across the state gave presentations to the House and Senate Education committees, even delivering sample lessons in ELA and math. Legislators also heard from students about their experiences in reduced-cost dual credit courses and the JAG program.

Smarter Balanced resources available for parents

This spring, South Dakota will begin using the new Smarter Balanced state assessment, based on the state’s standards in English language arts and math. This test is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11. Click here for resources you can share with parents, including FAQs, infographics, videos and a link to practice tests.

Certificate renewal applications due July 1

The window to renew certificates that expire in 2015 opened Jan. 1. Teachers are encouraged to submit applications early for optimal processing. Processing time is typically four to six weeks, but during the summer months, can take up to 10 weeks.

Two SD teachers earn profession’s top honor

Two South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,160 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2014.The achievement raises the number of National Board Certified Teachers in South Dakota to 106.

Nominate an educator for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. A candidate must currently be teaching biology and/or other life sciences and must have devoted a significant portion of his or her career to teaching life sciences.

DOE Blog: Proposed science standards will prepare students for STEM success

Michael Amolins served on the South Dakota Science Standards Work Group. He’s a science teacher, school curriculum coordinator and administrator. Learn why he supports South Dakota's proposed science standards.

2015 Healthcare Video Contest under way

A short message promoting healthcare careers could earn a creative high school team a $1,000 prize to be split with their school. South Dakota students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to create a 30-second video boosting healthcare career awareness.

Teachers encouraged to highlight student work at State Fair

Teachers have the opportunity to highlight their students’ best work in art, literature and photography at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.

Upcoming Events

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Your First Years in CTE: 10 Things to Know
Jan. 28, Mitchell

Board of Education meeting
Jan. 29, via teleconference

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