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Oct. 2017  

Image of the Rachel Schaefer with Dr. Melody Schopp. TEACHER FEATURE: Schaefer named 2018 SD Teacher of the Year

Rachel Schaefer, a kindergarten teacher at Elkton Elementary School, has been named the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made earlier this month at a banquet in Rapid City.

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Stock photo of words Now and Later written on chalkboard. Check mark next to now. Use the buddy system! Join DOE’s NBC cohort
Have you been considering National Board Certification? Now is the time. The Department of Education will be facilitating a cohort for teachers who sign up to begin the process in January 2018. South Dakota NBC educators receive $2,000 per year for five years, with $1,000 paid by the Department of Education and $1,000 paid by the educator’s school district, and they can apply to have their NBC fees reimbursed.

It is optional for districts to reimburse nationally-certified school counselors.

Story updated 11/22/17
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Cover of standards page. Origional artwork by Donald F. Montileaux. Getting Started: Ideas for using the OSEU in your classroom
The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. A work group has been developing OSEU-aligned sample social studies lessons for teachers of all grade levels. Here are some samples, developed using the Inquiry Design Model Blueprint™:

The Digital Library. Smarter Balanced Logo. October Spotlight: Collaborating across disciplines

On the Department of Education’s Digital Library webpage, this month’s resource spotlight is on helping social studies and English language arts teachers work together in developing students’ research and writing skills. The Digital Library is an online repository of formative assessment resources available at no cost to all South Dakota public school teachers.
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Kudos Corner: Teachers winning awards
images of Meri Erickson holding award. Meri Erickson of Groton recently received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Transition Services. Erickson has assisted more than 100 students with disabilities to transition from high school to the adult world in her 31 years of working at Groton Area High School.

At the recent SD Council of Teachers of English/Speech Communication Association of SD annual conference, the following teachers were honored:

image of Thomas Moudry being presented award.                                                        image of Kayla Mette being presented award.
SDCTE Teacher of the Year:                           SDCTE Young Leader Award:
Thomas Moudry, Brookings High School             Kayla Mette (left), Sioux Valley High School

South Dakota Children's Book Award logo and logo for YARP. Empower student readers: Let them vote for their favorite books

Voting for the South Dakota Library Association’s Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards is open. Students can vote for their favorite nominees. Downloadable award certificates, bookmarks, posters and more are available from the State Library. Voting closes April 1, 2018.

image of Inspiring Partnerships Between Home and School cover. New! Guide to Inspiring Partnerships Between Home and School

The Department of Education announces a new tool for educators to help in establishing and maintaining meaningful, trusting relationships with parents and families: The South Dakota Guide to Inspiring Partnerships Between Home and School. It is made up of two components: a guide that corresponds to tools in a toolkit and the five-section toolkit with links to resources.
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image of Rock in box. Pet Rock manual next to it. Groovy! 1970s exhibit coming to Cultural Heritage Center

The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre makes a great addition to school trips during legislative session. Give students a hands-on history lesson with interactive exhibits in the museum. A new exhibit about the 1970s opens in mid-November. There is no charge for student tours, which can be guided or self-guided.
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Proactive admission gets state and national media attention

South Dakota’s new proactive admissions initiative, which grants guaranteed general acceptance into South Dakota’s public universities and technical institutes to students with qualifying Smarter Balanced test or ACT scores, is garnering significant attention:

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD-STARS monthly webinar
Oct. 25

School Wellness Policy Training
Oct. 26, Pierre

Dakota TESL Conference
Nov. 8-9, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 20, Sioux Falls

Scaffolding Learning Through Language
Dec. 5-6, Sioux Falls

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