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Dec. 2017  

Image of Mercia Schroeder. TEACHER FEATURE: ‘Kids never cease to amaze me’

Beginning in January, the South Dakota Department of Education will facilitate a cohort for teachers seeking National Board Certification. This month we put the spotlight on Jodi Neugebauer, a National Board Certified 2nd grade teacher at Garretson Elementary.
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Image of a watch. Time’s running out!
Sign up for the NBC cohort today

The South Dakota Department of Education will facilitate a cohort for teachers who sign up to begin the National Board Certification process in January 2018. South Dakota NBC teachers receive $2,000 per year for five years, with $1,000 paid by the Department of Education and $1,000 paid by the teacher’s school district, and they can apply to have their NBC fees reimbursed.
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Stock photo of neutrons Encourage students to apply for summer science opportunities
  • Davis-Bahcall Scholarship (application deadline Jan. 5)
  • National Youth Science Camp (application deadline Feb. 28)
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image of the state of South Dakota with collage of logos. State Library adds new electronic resources

  • BookFlix: Hundreds of talking books for children. Pairs approximately 120 animated stories with a nonfiction talking book on a similar subject.
  • ProCitizen (available in English and Spanish): An interactive course for immigrants preparing to take the naturalization test.
  • Pronunciator: Learn more than 80 languages. Also features 50 ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Includes oral phrases, flash cards, learning guides and live online instruction.
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Stock photo of students in science lab. Connect your students with SD researchers

SD EPSCoR (South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) has launched a free database of curriculum modules based on current scientific research occurring in South Dakota’s higher education institutions and aligned with the new South Dakota Science Standards.
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screen shot of The Digital Library December Spotlight: Family Customs Past and Present: Exploring Cultural Rituals

This month’s resource spotlight is from the Library of Congress and first asks students to analyze sample historical pictures and compare to familiar rituals or celebrations. The goal is to engage students with their own cultural rituals to improve oral and written communication. The Digital Library is an online repository of formative assessment resources available at no cost to all South Dakota public school teachers.
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stock photo of astronaut in outer space. STEM teachers, you could spend your summer researching

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites high school teachers in science, technology, engineering or math disciplines to apply for research fellowships. Applications are due Jan. 19. More information and the application are available on the SD Space Grant Consortium website.

image of cover of Oceti Sakowin Essential for Understandings and Standards. December Highlights: Ideas for using the OSEU in your classroom

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. A work group has been developing OSEU-aligned sample social studies lessons for teachers of all grade levels. Each month we are highlighting samples, developed using the Inquiry Design Model Blueprint™:

Stock photo of teacher in Biology Classroom. Nominate an outstanding biology teacher

Want to recognize a great science teacher in your district? Nominate him or her for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. Nominees will have until March 30, 2018, to complete their application for the award.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CST)
Dec. 19
Jan. 16
Feb. 20
March 20
April 17
May 15

CTE 101 Online
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (4-5 p.m. CST)
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (5-6 p.m. CST)

Effective Core EL Program
Jan. 4, Pierre
Jan. 5, Mitchell

ACCESS 2.0 Assessment Workshop
Jan. 16, Pierre
Jan. 17, Watertown
Jan. 18, Mitchell

2017-2018 Program Improvement Meetings
Jan. 22, Rapid City
Jan. 23, Pierre
Jan. 24, Aberdeen
Jan. 29, Mitchell
Jan. 30, Sioux Falls
Jan. 31, Brookings

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 26, Rapid City

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