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Janet Wagner: A homegrown teacher, growing young thinkers

Janet Wagner is a middle and high school science teacher in the Bon Homme School District. This past July, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Blue Ribbon Task Force delivers final report to Gov. Daugaard

The Blue Ribbon Task Force has delivered its final report to the Governor. It includes numerous recommendations to meet the task force’s goals, including a significant increase in teacher salaries. These recommendations will form the basis for policy discussions during the 2016 Legislature.

Commission on Teaching and Learning

Commission on Teaching and Learning continues certification work, meets with US Ed.

South Dakota’s Commission on Teaching & Learning and Department of Education representatives recently met with U.S. Ed. to discuss the state’s teacher effectiveness system. The commission also continued its work developing recommendations for changes to the state’s teacher certification system.

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survey Statewide survey released

Teachers should have received a link late in the week of Nov. 2, to complete a statewide survey gathering data about instructional practices and implementation of the teacher effectiveness model. Each district will receive its own report with district-level results. Please participate in this survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

American Education Week
American Education Week is Nov. 16-20

This special week is a celebration of public education. Thank you to South Dakota’s teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and school board members. All of you are crucial to the success of our state’s students!

SD EPSCoR Grant logo EPSCoR grant proposals due Dec. 7

SD EPSCoR is looking for innovators in the area of career and technical education who would like to create or improve a program that allows students to explore STEM disciplines. Approximately $170,000 will be granted to schools this December. Find more information in this request for proposal document.

Cultural Heritage Center Let the Cultural Heritage Center add context to your class legislative visit

Many teachers and students visit the Capitol every winter during legislative session for a live look at the political process. Help your students understand the state history that informs this work by making the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre part of your trip.
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PAEMST logo Nominate a great K-6 math or science teacher for the PAEMST

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers. Every year, up to 108 awardees receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C., for networking opportunities and recognition events.
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Apply by Dec. 9 for Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program

The Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. This flyer features upcoming dates, locations and application information.

Buddy Baskets for veterans
Schools invited to fill Buddy Baskets for veterans

Schools are invited to participate in the Veterans’ Holiday Relief Drive Service Project by filling Buddy Baskets. Each participating school/group will be nominated for a National American Legion Auxiliary Good Deed Award. Find more information on this poster.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Administering and Scoring Interim Assessments
Dec. 1, Sioux Falls
Dec. 2, Oacoma
Dec. 3, Rapid City

Literacy Secondary/Postsecondary Collaborations
Dec. 1, Aberdeen
Dec. 2, Brookings
Dec. 3, Vermillion

Sexual Violence Institute
Dec. 2-4, Sioux Falls

Teachscape Tuesday Live Webinars
Monthly (Next webinar: Dec. 15)

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