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TEACHER FEATURE: Growing CTE in Platte-Geddes

Platte-Geddes FFA Students standing in from of Y Bar Ranch Sign.

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. We caught up with her just before she left for Texas with some of her senior FFA students.

Where did you and your students go?
The seniors in FFA have to meet certain qualifications over their four years in order to go on the trip. We’ve gone to Florida twice. We’ve gone to Illinois to visit John Deere plants twice.

This year, we went to Texas. We attended the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. We toured Y Bar Ranch, which raises commercial crossbred cattle. They also focus on wildlife management and provide hunting opportunities. We drove further south to visit the San Antonio Viejo Ranch, which is part of the East Foundation. We spent time along the Gulf Coast visiting Padre Island and Corpus Christi. Our last tour was HeartBrand Ranch, which raises a Japanese breed of cattle called Akaushi.

Platte-Geddes FFA Students photo on beach of  Padre Island in Texas
Platte-Geddes senior FFA members on Padre Island in Texas

How do you partner with Platte business Meyerink Farm Service?
They have helped me in a variety of ways, including showing students some different things with our plasma-cutting table. Students don’t always like to listen to their teacher, but when somebody who’s actually doing that job comes in and says, no, you need to do it this way, they seem more apt to do it. So I always appreciate that. They have also been good about letting students tour the business.

Meyerink also gave us tips and suggestions as we were applying for the Workforce Education Grant we received from the Department of Education. They helped us better understand what we need in order to catch up with what they actually use in the industry.

How will your district use its Workforce Education Grant?
Right now, we really don’t have resources for students to explore welding or metalworking, so we will be using it to develop a new welding area, with six to eight welding booths.

How does your certification in CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) Animal Science add value to your CTE program?
Once you do this training, it gives you a year’s worth of curriculum right at your fingertips. It gives you a more hands-on way of doing things, like if you can’t always get out to a farm for animal science, for instance. And having gone through the training, I’ve done all the labs myself, so I’m better prepared to help students when they encounter challenges.

You’re also looking to expand your school’s family and consumer sciences program, right?
Yes. I got a Monsanto Growing Rural Education Grant this summer that we’re using to secure two kitchen units. My goal is to eventually get CASE-certified in Food Science, too, so that we can make it a year-long course. Students have been showing strong interest in these kinds of courses.

What are some projects your students enjoy?
We build Adirondack chairs in my entry-level shop class. Sometimes students grumble about this project at first, but I bring out my Adirondack chair and let them sit in it. Then they think it’s great, and when they all get theirs built, they just think they’re the greatest things ever.

In my plant science class, I also bring in a local florist, and we do three days of floral design with her. She brings in real flowers for us to use. Some of the boys tend to grumble at first, but it usually ends up being a hit. The first day, each student donates their arrangement to a teacher. The next day, they get to take their arrangement home to give to perhaps their mom or grandma. The last day, we typically take the arrangements to the nursing home to give to residents.

What is the NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Educators) Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship you earned last year?
I would recommend this to anyone. The application is a little long, but it’s totally worth the experience and professional development opportunities.

By earning it, I received an all-expense paid trip to the national career and technical education conference. The Teachers Turn the Key recipients were all in our own workshops. We got to network with ag teachers at our same teaching level from all over the U.S. We made our own little group on Facebook, and we still share ideas. It was awesome professional development for new and beginning teachers. They have great speakers and facilitators.

Platte-Geddes senior FFA members with two cowboys at San Antonio Viejo Ranch in Texas
Platte-Geddes senior FFA members with two cowboys (left) at San Antonio Viejo Ranch in Texas

Screenshot of KSFY video. Teacher in classroom.
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 [http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/certification-rules.aspx].
  • KSFY News [http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Certification-changes-could-help-recruit-more-teachers-412012785.html] 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.

Read more at http://sddoe.blogspot.com/2017/02/sd-teacher-of-year-and-milken-award.html.

Photo of Gov. Daugaard and SD CTSO Officers in the State Capitol. Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

  • Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2017/0210-CTSO.pdf]

  • CTE Star Students, Wednesday Webinars on CTE Month webpage [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/ctemonth.aspx]

  • CTE program applications for SY 2017-18 due March 1

    Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved career and technical education programs in the 2017-18 school year.

    Establishing approved CTE programs offers students coursework that allows them to seek meaningful and robust personal learning plans. In addition, students can use the courses to meet requirements for both graduation and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Approved CTE programs that seek to continually improve and support the aims of Career and Technical Education/Perkins are also eligible for the following:

    • Perkins funds
    • State and federal grants (when available)
    • Student organization membership (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA)
    • Technical support and professional development
    Applications [https://apps.sd.gov/DP42LaunchPad/Logon.aspx] for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 1. Contact your regional CTE specialist with any questions and to obtain application logon information. More details, including directions for completing applications are available on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/data/index.aspx].

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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. By waiting too long, teachers risk not having their certificate updated before the start of the school year.

State regulations require educators whose certificates have lapsed to obtain six university-transcripted credits to renew.

The Teacher 411 system at http://teacher411.sd.gov lists information from teachers' certification records, including the expiration date and core content teaching assignments that teachers are qualified to accept. For more information or to apply online, visit the Department of Education website [http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teachercert.aspx]. Questions can be directed to certification@state.sd.us.

NOTE: If the state Board of Education adopts, and the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee approves, proposed certification rule changes, rule changes that DO NOT impose increased requirements on educators go into effect on July 1, 2017.

If the state Board of Education adopts, and the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee approves, proposed certification rule changes, rule changes that DO impose increased requirements on educators go into effect on July 1, 2019.

Find more information about proposed rule changes on the Certification: Proposed Rule Changes webpage [http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/certification-rules.aspx].

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 [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/17/Feb/documents/SDASRO.doc] 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.

Both workshops will be held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Registration is limited to 40 participants per workshop.

  • Elementary Level (grades K-5): Thursday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT
  • Secondary Level (grades 6-8 and 9-12): Thursday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT
The South Dakota Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education can be found on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SD_PEstan.pdf].

Find more information on this flyer [http://www.doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/documents/0417-Workshop.pdf], and register online [https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx]. Contact Karen Keyser [Karen.Keyser@state.sd.us] with questions.

stock photo of teacher in science lab. Nominate an outstanding biology teacher by March 31

A candidate must currently be teaching biology and/or other life sciences and must have devoted a significant portion of his or her career to teaching life sciences. A minimum of three years teaching experience in public, private or parochial schools is mandatory before applying for the award. Candidates need not be members of NABT, and unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.

Sanford Health sponsors a $1,000 grant for the winning teacher to use for professional development and/or classroom materials. Winners are also invited to the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference in the fall and receive additional materials and prizes from national sponsors.

Nominations containing the following information should be submitted to Julie Olson [julie.olson@k12.sd.us], director of the South Dakota OBTA award:

  • Name of nominee
  • Email address of nominee
  • Name of nominator
  • Email address of nominator
Olson will forward the necessary application forms to the nominee.

The nomination deadline is March 31.

Upcoming Events

Except where otherwise noted, details on the following events are available at GoSignMeUp [http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/].

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 [http://doe.sd.gov/board]

Learning Express trainings [http://library.sd.gov/CAL/2017/sdsl-LEXtrainings.aspx#.WKNtbWozW71]
April 4, Sioux Falls
April 20, Rapid City
April 21, Pierre

School Library EdCamp [http://library.sd.gov/CAL/2016/sdsl-schoollibedcamp.aspx#.WHPABmozW72]
April 8, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

Implementing the SD Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education [http://www.doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/documents/0417-Workshop.pdf]
April 20, Sioux Falls (elementary level)
April 27, Sioux Falls (secondary level)

TIE conference
April 23-25, Rapid City [https://tieconference.net/]

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A 150-Year Legacy
April 28-29, Sioux Falls [http://history.sd.gov/aboutus/historyconference/]

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

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