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SD Department of Education Jan. 2017  

TEACHER FEATURE: Mitchell teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Amanda Christensen, a 4th grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a Milken Educator Award. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and State Education Secretary Dr. Melody Schopp surprised Christensen with the award during a recent school assembly.
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Proposed certification rules posted for public comment

South Dakota’s certification process is being overhauled, and proposed rules are now available for public comment. Find more information on the state Board of Education’s webpage. The board will hold the first of two public hearings on the proposed changes Jan. 19.
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Why should high school students care about Smarter Balanced scores?

As schools prepare to administer this year’s statewide assessment, this is a reminder that South Dakota’s public universities accept Smarter Balanced scores as evidence of students’ readiness for credit-bearing coursework in English and math (the same way ACT scores can be used).
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Shane Gross, Sanborn Central and Woonsocket school districts, received the NAAE Teachers Turn the Key professional development scholarship. SD teachers recognized at national CTE teacher convention

The joint Association for Career and Technical Education and National Association of Agricultural Educators convention took place Nov. 30-Dec. 3, in Las Vegas. South Dakota was well represented, with teachers earning recognitions and serving as officeholders.
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CTE Logo. CTE Learning that works for South Dakota.
Apply by March 13 for Workforce Education Grants

Workforce Education Grants provide South Dakota school districts the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. Department of Education staff will hold conference calls to answer questions about the grants and discuss project ideas.
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The Digital Library Are you using Interim Assessments and the Digital Library yet?

Educators at all grade levels (not just tested grade levels) are finding value in Smarter Balanced resources that are available year-round. DOE’s Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments page has been updated, and there are two new playlists in the Digital Library.
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Find CPR and AED training resources on DOE website

Per SDCL 13-3-91, the South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing instruction in CPR and the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators). These resources can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.
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stock photo of teacher holding paper that says History Two opportunities to nominate great history teachers
Nominations are being accepted for two awards honoring history teachers.

Classroom photos of students sitting on floor reading books. Enhancing RtI to Close the Gap
The Dyslexia Stakeholders Group has proposed a state plan to support struggling readers, including those with dyslexia. Fred Assam Elementary submitted this article to share information about their Walk to Read program aimed at supporting readers at all levels.
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21st Century Community Learning Centers. Soaring Beyond Expectations. Peer reviewers needed for 21st CCLC grant applications
The Department of Education is seeking qualified individuals to become peer reviewers for 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications. Centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction.
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Stock photo of students in science lab measuring test tubes. Encourage seniors to apply for National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp honors academic excellence in STEM and promotes leadership through a lecture series, hands-on research, educational activities and outdoor adventures. The application deadline is March 1.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Preparing for ACCESS 2.0
Jan. 17, Watertown
Jan. 18, Sioux Falls
Jan. 19, Chamberlain
Jan. 20, Rapid City

Board of Education
Jan. 19, Pierre

CTE – Standards Implementation Collaborative Work Day
Jan. 25, Sioux Falls

SD Council of Teachers of Mathematics/SD Science Teachers Association Annual Conference
Feb. 2-4, Huron

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

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

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