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April 2017  

TEACHER FEATURE: How to build a school library

This is Janell Stoeger’s first school year as the Todd County Middle School librarian. Since the school district has not had a librarian for a while, she has been building up the collection and improving the space. She’s also been teaching Book Smack.
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April is National School Libraries Month.
Happy School Library Month!

Thank you, school librarians, for all you do for South Dakota students. Today’s school libraries are hubs of activity where students study, research and read for fun. They are also collaborative learning labs where students invent and explore.

SD Mentoring Program. Mentoring. Engage. Encourage. Empower.

Successful completion of mentoring program = certificate renewal

The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years. Successful completion of the program meets certificate renewal requirements for both mentors and new teachers. After completing the program, participants can also purchase six graduate credits.
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Provide feedback on proposed standards revisions by
May 15

Standards work groups will reconvene in June to consider feedback from K-12 educators on proposed revisions to South Dakota’s math and English language arts standards and make any necessary changes. The deadline for providing feedback is May 15.
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CTE LOGO Division of CTE collecting feedback on career cluster standards

This summer, the South Dakota Department of Education’s division of career and technical education will lead work groups in reviewing and revising CTE course standards in several career clusters. Educators who teach courses in these career clusters are invited to provide feedback on current standards.
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School Libraries Boot Camp. July 17-20, 2017. Pierre, SD. Boot Camp 2017: School Library Services for a Multicultural Student Body

The sixth annual School Library Boot Camp will be held July 17-20, at the South Dakota State Library in Pierre. All educators are welcome: librarians, classroom teachers, technology integrationists, paraprofessionals and administrators. Registration closes June 1.
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Teacher Swap Meet June 15 in Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation is hosting the Education Foundation Teacher Swap Meet June 15, at the Convention Center in Sioux Falls. The swap meet is designed to help K-12 teachers from the Sioux Falls region buy, sell or trade personal teaching supplies.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Learning Express trainings
April 20, Rapid City
April 21, Pierre

South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference
April 20-22, Sioux Falls

TIE conference
April 23-25, Rapid City

Perkins Data Collection Training
April 25, Pierre
April 26, Rapid City
April 27, Mitchell
May 1, Sioux Falls

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A 150-Year Legacy
April 28-29, Sioux Falls

Board of Education
May 15, Rapid City

Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 5, Vermillion
June 6, Watertown
June 9, Rapid City

CTE 101
June 19, Rapid City
July 11-13, online
Aug. 2, Brookings
Aug. 9, Chamberlain

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
(Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators. Educators may sign up for both courses in the same summer.)
June 26-Aug. 11, online

MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain
(Note: This conference is on as scheduled. Any link indicating that it has been canceled is wrong.)

Save the Date!

  • South Dakota Education Conference
    July 11-12, Pierre
  • Indian Education Summit
    Sept. 24-26, Pierre

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