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Feb. 2017  

TEACHER FEATURE: Growing CTE in Platte-Geddes

Whether advising FFA or looking for the next improvement she can make to the Platte-Geddes agriculture, food and natural resources class offerings, Cayla Graves is an educator on the move. She just got back from a trip to Texas with some of her senior FFA students.
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Second public hearing on proposed certification rule changes to be held March 20

The state Board of Education will hold the second public hearing on proposed certification rule changes at its March 20 meeting in Aberdeen. Proposed rules are posted for public comment at rules.sd.gov. Find more information on the Department of Education website.
  • KSFY News features proposed certification changes

Photo of 2017 SD Teacher of the Year Beth Kaltsulas and Milken Educator Award winner Amanda Christensen.

Teacher of the Year and Milken winner recognized in Pierre

2017 SD Teacher of the Year Beth Kaltsulas and Milken Educator Award winner Amanda Christensen were honored in the House and Senate galleries last month in Pierre. They also enjoyed a luncheon with their local legislators.
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Photo of Gov. Daugaard and SD CTSO Officers in the State Capitol. Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

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Need to renew your certificate this year? Applications due July 1

Teachers whose certificates expire July 1 of this year are strongly encouraged to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible. Early application ensures optimal processing. Processing time is typically four to six weeks, but during the summer months, can take up to 10 weeks.
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Logo for South Dakota Association of School Resource Nominate an outstanding school resource officer by March 10

The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers (SDASRO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 School Officer of the Year Award. Nominees should display professionalism, dedication and commitment to their respective school and/or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 10.

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School Health Program offering spring workshops

In April, the School Health Program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health will offer workshops on implementing the South Dakota Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.
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stock photo of teacher in science lab. Nominate an outstanding biology teacher by March 31
Do you know an outstanding biology teacher? Nominate him/her for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Social studies & Oceti Sakowin: Standards & Lesson Rollouts
March 1-May 1, online

CTE Standards Implementation Session
March 8, Mitchell

Board of Education
March 20, Aberdeen

Learning Express trainings
April 4, Sioux Falls
April 20, Rapid City
April 21, Pierre

School Library EdCamp
April 8, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

Implementing the SD Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education
April 20, Sioux Falls (elementary level)
April 27, Sioux Falls (secondary level)

TIE conference
April 23-25, Rapid City

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

Save the Date! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 24-26, Pierre

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