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Sarah Lutz (left) and Secretary of Education Melody Schopp
TEACHER FEATURE:
Lutz selected as 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year


Sarah Lutz, a 3rd grade teacher at Stanley County Elementary School in Fort Pierre, has been selected as the 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made earlier this month at a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma.

“Those who dedicate their careers to teaching often do so with little fanfare. With this award, we shine a much-deserved spotlight on these special people. I commend Sarah for achieving this honor. She will represent the profession well in coming months across our state,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

As a member of her school’s leadership team, Lutz has led the development of math/literacy family nights to promote parent involvement. Lutz is an instructional team leader for grades 2-3 and has completed the South Dakota Counts teacher leadership program. She also serves as a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run program.

A statewide panel of educators selected Lutz from among five regional finalists. The other finalists were Kim Davidson, Rosholt School District; Heidi Holforty, Huron School District; Shelly Mikkelson, Belle Fourche School District; and Kaye Wickard, Ipswich Public School District. Leslie Fylling with the Tea Area School District was also a regional finalist, but because she was contemplating retirement was not eligible to compete for State Teacher of the Year.

As recipient of the honor, Lutz receives prizes including a $5,000 cash award, a $6,300 technology package from SMART Technologies and a $1,000 honorarium from the South Dakota Board of Regents to present a series of professional development seminars to aspiring teachers. Prize packages are made possible through the generosity of private businesses and organizations.

In addition, Lutz will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The 2016 National Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April.


We got Sarah’s reaction right after the big announcement!
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1GmScxqzzk&list=PLkUH7Q9xWfE8kcpzhSg9dH0bOs708Aw1h



Roosevelt High School teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award


Gina Benz, an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, didn’t walk the red carpet, but she did receive a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.” Benz was recently surprised with a Milken Educator Award during a school assembly.

Read press release at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2015/1020-Mlkn2.pdf.




Training on new social studies standards to start in October



With the recent adoption of new social studies standards, the Department of Education is offering trainings throughout the 2015-16 school year. Teaching to the standards is to begin in the 2016-17 school year.

Awareness trainings will provide an overview of the standards (doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SocialStd.pdf), background in the C3 Framework, inquiry in the classroom, the disaggregated templates and connections to the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. These free trainings will be held statewide. Two self-paced online versions of these trainings are also scheduled. Find registration links for these courses below, or find them at GoSignMeUp.com (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/) by searching the term “social studies.”

Free in-person regional courses (6-8 CEUs available) (Wait lists only)
1. Aberdeen (Northern State University)
   (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3668)
    – Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
2. Sioux Falls (Southeast Technical Institute)
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3669)
   – Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
3. Yankton (Kelly Inn)
   https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3670
   – Oct. 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
4. Rapid City (Western Dakota Tech)
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3671)
   – Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. MST

Free online courses (8 CEUs available)
1. Online Course Section 1
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3672)
   – Nov. 1-14, self-paced
2. Online Course Section 2
   (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3673)
   – Nov. 15-30, self-paced

Other opportunities will include in-depth online trainings in early spring 2016, which will build upon material from the fall trainings. These in-depth trainings will cover a longer time frame (a few months) as well as more specific material and engagement related to implementation. More details about these trainings will be sent out at a later date.

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



Science standards training available for up to 420 teachers

South Dakota recently adopted new science standards, and this online class will function as the first phase in standards implementation, serving up to 420 teachers. This is the only professional development on these standards that the Department of Education will offer during the 2015-16 school year.

The focus of this training will be on building awareness and foundational understanding of the vision for science education related to the new standards.

Course Title: SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education

Register: Register via the direct course link (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3706&AllowDirectLoad=1") or go to GoSignMeUp (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/) and search for “SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education.”

Registration deadline: Nov. 6 (Extended deadline)

Modules: Start Date: Due date for each assignment: Overall summary and responses provided by facilitator by:
Mod 1 – A vision for Science Education Nov. 9 Nov. 22 Nov. 29
Mod 2 - Engaging in a Science Performance Task Nov. 9 Dec. 6 Dec. 13
Mod 3 - Introduction to the 3 Dimensions of the Science Standards Nov. 9 Dec. 20 Dec. 27
Mod 4 - Science and Engineering Practices Nov. 9 Jan. 3 Jan. 10
Mod 5 - Crosscutting Concepts Nov. 9 Jan. 17 Jan. 24
Mod 6 – Disciplinary Core Ideas; Bundling and Storyboarding Nov. 9 Jan. 31 Feb. 7
Mod 7 – Designing Science Performance Tasks with Phenomena Nov. 9 Feb. 14 Feb. 21
Mod 8 – Planning for Instruction Nov. 9 Feb. 28 Mar. 6


These graded online modules will allow participants to obtain either two college credits through USD at $40/credit OR two continuing education credits (30 hours) through the Department of Education for free. These modules will be facilitated by science teachers and instructional coaches and will rely on participants’ interaction and contributions in online discussions. An end-of-course survey will allow participants to provide feedback that will help the department determine future professional learning needs.

Note: All modules will be offered via Blackboard.k12.sd.us and will require the participant to have an @k12.sd.us email address. If needed, contact your school’s technology coordinator or the K12 Data Center (Help@k12.sd.us) to obtain one. After registering for the course, participants will receive access to the course and an introductory video explaining how to get into Blackboard and navigate through the course.

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



Annual Indian Education Summit to be held in Pierre

The 2015 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Nov. 1-3, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre. This 12th annual summit will include more than 60 specialized sessions, cultural activities and student-led discussions.

Read press release at doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2015/1014-IES1.pdf.



Blue Ribbon Task Force hears about funding and revenue possibilities

The Blue Ribbon Task Force met Oct. 1 and heard about potential funding formula changes and revenue possibilities. Meeting materials and audio (http://blueribbon.sd.gov/materials.aspx) are available on the task force website. The task force will submit a report of its recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 1.

Digging Deeper 2 scheduled for Nov. 20

Where do you and your students dig for primary sources? How can you and your students use these artifacts in your work? Join the South Dakota State Library and special guests for "Digging Deeper into Primary Sources," (http://library.sd.gov/tps/) a free online learning program, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.

Social Studies Standards Implementation
Oct. 28-Nov. 19, various locations statewide

With the recent adoption of new social studies standards, the Department of Education is offering trainings throughout the 2015-16 school year. Teaching to the standards is to begin in the 2016-17 school year.

Awareness trainings will provide an overview of the standards (doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SocialStd.pdf), background in the C3 Framework, inquiry in the classroom, the disaggregated templates and connections to the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. These free trainings will be held statewide. Two self-paced online versions of these trainings are also scheduled. Find registration links for these courses below, or find them at GoSignMeUp.com (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/) by searching the term “social studies.”

Free in-person regional courses (6-8 CEUs available) (Wait lists only)
1. Aberdeen (Northern State University)
   (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3668)
    – Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
2. Sioux Falls (Southeast Technical Institute)
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3669)
   – Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
3. Yankton (Kelly Inn)
   https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3670
   – Oct. 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
4. Rapid City (Western Dakota Tech)
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3671)
   – Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. MST

Free online courses (8 CEUs available)
1. Online Course Section 1
    (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3672)
   – Nov. 1-14, self-paced
2. Online Course Section 2
   (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3673)
   – Nov. 15-30, self-paced

Other opportunities will include in-depth online trainings in early spring 2016, which will build upon material from the fall trainings. These in-depth trainings will cover a longer time frame (a few months) as well as more specific material and engagement related to implementation. More details about these trainings will be sent out at a later date.

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



2015 Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, Pierre

View details at http://indianeducation.sd.gov/summit.aspx


SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education

Start date: Nov. 9

South Dakota recently adopted new science standards, and this online class will function as the first phase in standards implementation, serving up to 420 teachers. This is the only professional development on these standards that the Department of Education will offer during the 2015-16 school year.

The focus of this training will be on building awareness and foundational understanding of the vision for science education related to the new standards.

Course Title: SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education

Register: Register via the direct course link (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3706&AllowDirectLoad=1") or go to GoSignMeUp (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/) and search for “SD Science Online Modules: Vision for Science Education.”

Registration deadline: Nov. 6 (Extended deadline)

Modules: Start Date: Due date for each assignment: Overall summary and responses provided by facilitator by:
Mod 1 – A vision for Science Education Nov. 9 Nov. 22 Nov. 29
Mod 2 - Engaging in a Science Performance Task Nov. 9 Dec. 6 Dec. 13
Mod 3 - Introduction to the 3 Dimensions of the Science Standards Nov. 9 Dec. 20 Dec. 27
Mod 4 - Science and Engineering Practices Nov. 9 Jan. 3 Jan. 10
Mod 5 - Crosscutting Concepts Nov. 9 Jan. 17 Jan. 24
Mod 6 – Disciplinary Core Ideas; Bundling and Storyboarding Nov. 9 Jan. 31 Feb. 7
Mod 7 – Designing Science Performance Tasks with Phenomena Nov. 9 Feb. 14 Feb. 21
Mod 8 – Planning for Instruction Nov. 9 Feb. 28 Mar. 6


These graded online modules will allow participants to obtain either two college credits through USD at $40/credit OR two continuing education credits (30 hours) through the Department of Education for free. These modules will be facilitated by science teachers and instructional coaches and will rely on participants’ interaction and contributions in online discussions. An end-of-course survey will allow participants to provide feedback that will help the department determine future professional learning needs.

Note: All modules will be offered via Blackboard.k12.sd.us and will require the participant to have an @k12.sd.us email address. If needed, contact your school’s technology coordinator or the K12 Data Center (Help@k12.sd.us) to obtain one. After registering for the course, participants will receive access to the course and an introductory video explaining how to get into Blackboard and navigate through the course.

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


Board of Education
Nov. 16, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at Southeast Technical Institute, Mickelson Center Room 101, 2320 N. Career Ave., in Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. CST. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal (http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Template.aspx?id=32) at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Teachscape Tuesday Live Webinars
Monthly (Next webinar: Nov. 17)

Every month, Teachscape offers a live webinar to South Dakota educators on various Teachscape topics.

Learn more at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse?courseid=3694.

   
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