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March 2017  

TEACHER FEATURE: Teacher earns national recognition for class project

Deuel High School teacher Matt Rosdahl receives the Korean War Legacy Foundation Interview Initiative Scholarship at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
Deuel High School teacher Matt Rosdahl receives the Korean War Legacy Foundation Interview Initiative Scholarship at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

In December 2016, Deuel High School social studies teacher Matt Rosdahl was one of three teachers nationwide to receive the Korean War Legacy Foundation Interview Initiative Scholarship. The scholarship is bestowed on individuals for their contributions in archiving Korean War veteran interviews. Rosdahl earned the scholarship in recognition of a project his American history students completed.

Working with Dennis Evenson, Deuel County’s Veterans Service Officer, the class first identified Korean War veterans in the community. Students then met with veterans for pre-interviews to learn basic details about their wartime service.

After pre-interviews, students conducted research to formulate detailed questions about where veterans were stationed, the years during which they served and each veteran’s unique experiences. Students and veterans discussed these topics over the course of two to three additional interviews.

Multimedia students helped record interviews and compile the videos. The project culminated with a luncheon in the school gym, where veterans and their families, students, educators and community members got to watch the videos.

While Rosdahl was recognized for the Korean War project, it wasn’t the first time his students have worked with the community’s veterans. His students did a similar project with World War II veterans in the 2014-15 school year. And in future years, they will interview Vietnam War and other veterans, with plans to begin involving art students in the project as well.

Rosdahl says feedback has been positive from a variety of perspectives: “Some of the veterans’ families have told me this was the first time they’ve heard some of these stories.”

Parents like the project, too: “I think the parents like it because they know their students aren’t just sitting in a classroom listening to me talk about these wars. They’re actually hearing it from somebody who experienced it firsthand,” Rosdahl says.

Mass customized learning comes to the Deuel School District

As a classroom innovation grant recipient, the Deuel School District is in the process of implementing mass customized learning. This school year, Rosdahl began transforming all four years of his high school social studies classes.

“As I’ve been redesigning my curriculum, instead of world history for freshmen, geography for sophomores, American history for juniors, government and economics for seniors, everything is more integrated over the course of students’ four years,” Rosdahl says. “For instance, let’s say we’re studying the European Renaissance. Then at the same time, we’ll also study the geography of Europe.”

This year’s freshmen classes covered seven geography units, four world history units, a government unit and a unit on learning strategies and creating growth mindsets. “What I’m finding is that I can inject a few additional units we may not have gotten to otherwise,” Rosdahl says. “For instance, I had time to teach all of my classes a unit on elections and voting this year, with it being an election year.”

Board adopts new educator certification rules

The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted new educator certification rules, overhauling the state’s current system. Among major areas of change is the creation of a new category of certificates, called educator permits. The process for alternative certification has also been revised and reciprocity rules have been updated.

Read press release at doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2017/0320-BOEc.pdf

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

Applications available for statewide mentoring program

The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer academy following the first and second year of employment.

This is an excellent opportunity for experienced South Dakota teachers (current and retired) to share their skills and help guide beginning teachers. In addition, through this program, South Dakota’s newest teachers will be supported and welcomed into the education community.

Requirements have also been established for districts that would like to receive funding to handle mentoring locally.

Visit the mentoring program’s webpage [http://doe.sd.gov/mentoring] to learn more and find the following:

  • Applications for new mentors and first-year teachers
  • Program information for second-year participants
Applications for new mentors are due May 1. Applications for new teachers are due June 16. Late hires will also have an opportunity to participate.

Those who are already participating in the program are not required to complete a new application.

Awards given at annual math and science teachers conference

The South Dakota Science Teachers Association and South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently held their 25th Annual Joint Professional Development Conference in Huron. Congratulations to the outstanding math and science educators who received special recognitions!

Photo of four teachers standing with awards.
State Level Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
(l to r): Lindsey Tellinghuisen, Willow Lake Elementary; Andrea Thedorff, Black Hawk Elementary (Rapid City); Crystall Becker, Canistota Elementary and Middle School; Lisa Kissner, Huron Middle School

Tracy Moody holding award. Julie Olson standing with her.
Tracy Moody, Sanborn Central High School (left), receives the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from Julie Olson, Second Chance High School (Mitchell), on behalf of Sanford Health.

Charles Standen holding award and book title Flying Circus of Physics.
Charles Standen, Spearfish High School, receives the Outstanding Physical Science Teacher Award sponsored by 3M.

Lori Wagner holding award. Standing next to Paul Kuhlman.
Lori Wagner, NSU Center for eLearning High School, receives the Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award from Paul Kuhlman, Avon Junior High and High School; on behalf of Daktronics.

Julie Olson and Patty Martin holding awards. Standing next to Tom Durkin.
SD Space Grant Consortium Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant winners (l to r): Julie Olson, Second Chance High School (Mitchell); Tom Durkin, SD Space Grant Consortium; Patty Martin, Roncalli High School (Aberdeen)

Jackie Knox and Kelly Hinds holding awards, standing wiht Tom Durkin.Photo of Laurie Elmore
Daniel Swets Robotics Awards (l to r): Jackie Knox, Highmore-Harrold Junior High and High School; Tom Durkin, SD Space Grant Consortium; Kelly Hinds, Simmons Middle School (Aberdeen); Laurie Elmore, SDSU Extension Harding County 4-H

Steve Caron holding award, standing next to Cindy Kroon
Steve Caron receives the Distinguished Service to Mathematics Award from Cindy Kroon, president of the SD Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Millie Palmer  standing with Cindy Kroon
Millie Palmer (right) receives the Friend of Mathematics Award from Cindy Kroon, president of the SDCTM.

Judy Vondruska holding award standing next to Liz McMillan
Judy Vondruska (left) receives the Friend of Science Award from Liz McMillan, president of the SD Science Teachers Association.

Lisa Cardillo holding award, standing in between Ben Benson and Liz McMillan.
Lisa Cardillo, Harrisburg High School (middle) receives a Sanford PROMISE Ambassador Award from Liz McMillan, SDSTA president and Sanford PROMISE program director; and Ben Benson, Sanford Research Education Specialist.

Lindsay Kortan holding award standing in between Ben Benson and Liz McMillan.
Lindsay Kortan, Bon Homme High School (middle) receives a Sanford PROMISE Ambassador Award from Liz McMillan, SDSTA president and Sanford PROMISE program director; and Ben Benson, Sanford Research Education Specialist.

Jeff Peterson holding award, stand next to Ben Benson and Liz McMillan.
Jeff Peterson, West Central High School (left) receives a Sanford PROMISE Ambassador Award from Liz McMillan, SDSTA president and Sanford PROMISE program director; and Ben Benson, Sanford Research Education Specialist.

My Dream. My Plan. My Future.
SDMyLife update: Personal Learning Plans

A new Personal Learning Plan tab on SDMyLife [http://sdmylife.com/personal-learning-plan/] provides students a more comprehensive view of the career decision-making process, broken down into five clear steps. There is also a new resource for parents [http://sdmylife.com/uploads/Parents_Role_in_Career_Decision_Making.pdf] to help them support their child throughout the decision-making process.

Logo 2017 Indian Education Summit. DOE seeks presenters for Indian Education Summit

The South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 24-26, in Pierre. Summit strands will focus on achievement, culture and language, success from within and building future leaders. Consider submitting a proposal to present [http://indianeducation.sd.gov/documents/17-IES-Req.docx].

Photo of students walkingon painted rug.
Check out spring learning opportunities at the Cultural Heritage Center

During the month of April, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society offers a gallery class entitled Lewis and Clark’s South Dakota Adventure to 4th grade students at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Students learn about the plants, animals and people Lewis and Clark encountered in South Dakota by handling objects and viewing photographs. The class is taught by docent educators and is 45 minutes long. It is offered at no cost. Find out how to schedule a gallery class [http://history.sd.gov/Museum/Education/galleryclass.aspx] on the Historical Society’s website.

In addition, teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring their students to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre to experience South Dakota history at any time throughout the school year, including for end-of-year field trips.

The South Dakota Experience galleries tell the story of the state from American Indian life before the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s through the end of the 20th Century. Students can walk through a tipi, “ride” a train and “milk” a cow, among other activities.

The Hogen Gallery displays changing exhibits. Currently, this gallery features “From the Collection: Quilts” and opening April 4: “A Life’s Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of Native American Stories.”

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday-Friday. There is no cost for tours, which can either be guided or self-guided. For more information, visit www.history.sd.gov/museum. To schedule a tour, email Jeff Mammenga [Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us], South Dakota State Historical Society, or call (605) 773-6000.

The State Historical Society is also partnering with the South Dakota Discovery Center for South Dakota History Adventures, May 8-11. There is a nominal cost to participate in this event. Find more information on the South Dakota Discovery Center website [http://www.sd-discovery.org/outreach/south-dakota-history-adventures/]. This event is intended for students in grades 4-6.

Logo for South Dakota Children's Book Awards and YARP Voting closes April 1 for Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards
Time is running out for students to vote for their favorite books. Voting for the South Dakota Library Association’s Children's [http://library.sd.gov/LIB/CYS/prairieawards/index.aspx] and Teen Choice [http://library.sd.gov/LIB/YAS/yarp/index.aspx] Book Awards closes April 1. Downloadable award certificates, bookmarks, posters and more are available from the State Library.

21st Century School Library Award 21st Century School Library Award applications open until May 1

The State Library recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through their program, place and professional. School librarians are encouraged to apply for this special recognition.

Follow these steps to apply:

    1. Complete the self-assessment tool [http://library.sd.gov/LIB/SLC/index.aspx#Guidelines]. School libraries that score 75 points or higher may proceed to Step 2. While school libraries that don’t meet the threshold of 75 points are not eligible to apply for the award, there is still benefit to completing the self-assessment. It is intended to be an informative tool to help guide decisions about school libraries and professional practices. The self-assessment can also be used as an advocacy tool with administrators, staff, school boards and the public.
    2. Fill out the formal application [http://library.sd.gov/LIB/SLC/21stCentAward.aspx#.VtWLVLx-yK0].
    3. Via email, submit one example each of place, program and professional as evidence supporting your library’s score.

Logo for South Dakota State Fair State Fair holding “Fair”cycled Art Contest
The South Dakota State Fair is holding a “Fair”cycled Art Contest, a recycled indoor/outdoor art contest. There are entry categories for elementary, middle school and high school-aged students. More information is available on this registration form [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/17/March/documents/State-Fair.pdf].

Upcoming Events

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

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)

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

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

Board of Education
May 15, Rapid City

MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

Save the Date!

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

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