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SD Department of Education Sept. 2015  

New science standards focus of Systems Change workshop

Sam Shaw with the Department of Education will deliver a pre-conference workshop on South Dakota’s new science standards at the Systems Change conference in October. Breakout sessions during the conference will cover upcoming online training opportunities and recommended science course pathways.

2016 SD Teacher of the Year nominees

The 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be named Oct. 15 in Chamberlain at the Systems Change Conference. This month, we feature the nominees. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

South Dakota Indian Eduation Summit 2015
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Indian Education Summit coming up in November

The Indian Education Summit will be held Nov. 1-3 in Pierre. This year’s schedule features a pre-conference session on the WoLakota Project. Keynote speakers will be Donald Montileaux and Joseph Marshall III. Visit the summit’s webpage for more information and to register.

How SD’s new social studies standards address early U.S. history

The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted new social studies content standards, and there has been some confusion about how the standards address early U.S. history (1776-1876), particularly at the high school level.

Nominate students for U.S. Presidential Scholars program

Nominate academically outstanding 12th graders for this distinct recognition by Sept. 27. This year South Dakota can nominate up to 10 male and 10 female students in the traditional Scholars program. Additionally, up to five CTE students can be nominated. Here’s a nomination checklist. Learn more and submit nominations at SDMyLife.com.

Encourage students to be part of the legislative process

The Legislative Research Council is looking for high school students interested in being a page during the 2016 legislative session. Students must be juniors or seniors (seniors are given preference). Students must be sponsored by a legislator and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher is encouraged).

Don’t “bee” late! Enroll today in Scripps National Spelling Bee program

The University of South Dakota provides students in grades 1-8 the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. For students to participate, your school must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Early bird enrollment ends Sept. 30.

Blue Ribbon task force begins developing recommendations

The Blue Ribbon Task Force met Sept. 9 and heard about South Dakota trends in educator preparation and employment. Task force members also began initial work on developing formal recommendations. Meeting materials and audio are available on the task force website. The group’s next meeting is Oct. 1.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

IEP Process in Action
Sept. 17-Oct. 2, various locations statewide

Board of Education
Sept. 21, Watertown

IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 24, Rapid City

SPED Teacher Effectiveness Training
Sept. 30-Oct. 9, various locations statewide

16th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 14-16, Chamberlain

Healthy Schools Summit
Oct. 20, Pierre

Project WET & Leopold Educator Workshop
Oct. 21, Rapid City

2015 Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, Pierre

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