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May 2017  

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Cathy Smith Dee Quinnett TEACHER FEATURE: Unlikely pair finds mentoring success

“If I wouldn’t have had Cathy as a mentor, I wouldn’t be teaching today,” said Dee Quinnett, a first-year culinary teacher with the Northwest Area Schools Education Cooperative. Her mentor is Cathy Smith, a special education teacher in the Faith School District.
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Suicide prevention training requirement begins in July

Beginning July 1, 2017, anyone applying for an initial or renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional must participate in a minimum of one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training. Find more information on the DOE website.

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Teachers wanted for SD Science Standards Framework Project

DOE is seeking science educators to participate in the development of the South Dakota Science Standards Framework. The framework will provide educators with information and resources to help develop curriculum aligned to South Dakota’s science standards. Applications are due May 26.
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Teacher of the Year Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced

Six individuals have been named South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year for the 2016-17 school year. A statewide panel of educators will select one of these regional finalists to represent the state as the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 19, 2017, at the Systems Change Conference in Rapid City.
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CTE Logo. Learning that works for South Dakota. Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters

The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters. New standards include Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications; Finance; Health Science; Human Services; and Manufacturing.
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South Dakota to release education plan, Board receives high-level summary

A summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is now available. It was presented to the state Board of Education at its recent meeting in Rapid City. The full draft of the state’s plan is expected to be released before month’s end – kicking off an official public comment period.
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Photo of teachers in Oval Office standing around President Trump. Photo credit Ronald Sachs

Beth Kaltsulas among State Teachers of the Year honored in Washington, D.C.

2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year Beth Kaltsulas recently joined her fellow State Teachers of the Year for a week of events in Washington, D.C. President Trump recognized the teachers in the Oval Office. Kaltsulas is standing immediately to the right of the Resolute desk, wearing a scarf.

image of Beth Kaltsulas Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, several South Dakota teachers, including 2017 State Teacher of the Year Beth Kaltsulas and Milken Educator Award winner Amanda Christensen, wrote guest editorials for their local newspapers. Find links to these columns on the DOE Blog.

Logo for the US Department of Education Two SD students named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Jacksyn Bakeberg (Spearfish) and Lexis Sherron (Brandon Valley) have been named among 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Nine South Dakota students were semifinalists for this distinction. Congratulations to all of these outstanding young men and women!

Image of a spotlight Spotlight: Sturgis Brown High School

This spring, more than 100 business and postsecondary representatives gathered in the Sturgis Brown High School gym, marking the school’s 10th Annual SBHS Career Fair. Surrounding districts are taking notice, with several busing in students, and teachers visiting to learn how they might do something similar in their own schools.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

2017 SDASRO/SDDOA Safe Schools Summer Conference
June 6-8, Pierre

CTE 101
June 19, Rapid City
July 11, 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.)

South Dakota Education Conference
July 11-12, Pierre

Board of Education
July 17

School Library Boot Camp
July 17-20, Pierre

SD CTE Conference
July 31-Aug. 1, Brookings

Behavior Training for Educational Assistants
Aug. 8, Sioux Falls
Aug. 10, Pierre

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  • Indian Education Summit
    Sept. 24-26, Pierre

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