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Sept. 2017  

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TEACHER FEATURE: 2018 SD Teacher of the Year nominees

Meet South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year. These outstanding educators are candidates for 2018 State Teacher of the Year, who will be named at a special banquet Oct. 19 in Rapid City, as part of the Systems Change Conference.

Watch video interview with Cara Biegler
Cara Biegler, English, Timber Lake Middle School
View video at https://youtu.be/jtpVo8VB1M4.

Watch video interview with Caitlin Bordeaux
Caitlin Bordeaux, computer science and multimedia, St. Francis Indian High School
View video at https://youtu.be/ua0GxTg0GCks.

Watch video interview with Jennifer Mudder
Jennifer Mudder, 5th grade, Tyndall Elementary
View video at https://youtu.be/H0E7ZIsSHP4.

Watch video interview with Jeremy Risty
Jeremy Risty, social studies, Brandon Valley High School
View video at https://youtu.be/tkXcGdtxCUY.

Watch video interview with Rachel Schaefer
Rachel Schaefer, kindergarten, Elkton Elementary
View video at https://youtu.be/p-f0fJr7_aE.

Watch video interview with Jessica Zwaschka
Jessica Zwaschka, chemistry, Spearfish High School
View video at https://youtu.be/QEclZ_5seac.

Image of person writing the word Standards on a white board. Math and ELA among content standards up for review this school year

The Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on the following content standards at its Sept. 18 meeting in Aberdeen:

  • Capstone courses
  • Career & technical education (5 career clusters)
  • English language arts
  • Health education
  • Math
  • Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings & Standards
Individuals are encouraged to review the proposed standards and provide public comment. Find detailed information about current standards, proposed standards, work group overviews and links for providing public comment on the department’s Content Standards Review webpage [http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/review.aspx].

Image of teachers working at tables at the 4-8 foundational reading training. Missed the 4-8 foundational reading training? Here’s an overview

Nearly 50 4th-8th grade educators from across South Dakota attended a foundational reading training in Pierre last month. This was the first time the Department of Education offered this training to teachers of these grade levels. Previous trainings had focused on grades K-3.

The training focused on foundational reading skills known as “the big five” (fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, phonemic awareness and phonics). These literacy skills are needed to help struggling readers at the upper elementary and middle school levels. The training featured a research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lesson models.

The training incorporated reading skills along with other literacy skills in the areas of critical thinking and writing. These skills all connect to fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension needed for success at the upper grade levels.

image of teacher writing on paper on wall while another teacher stands close.

During the "Chalk Talk" activity pictured here, an article was divided into sections. Participants independently read their section, annotated their ideas, and then shared their comments on the chart papers. Groups moved from chart to chart, reading and then responding or adding comments to the conversation. This activity is done in silence until each chart paper has been visited by all participants. Then small/large group conversations occurred. “Chalk Talk” allows students to share ideas through written comments and then expand on those discussions orally.

Texts referenced in the training included the following:

  • “Teaching Reading Sourcebook” (Updated Second Edition)
  • “How to Teach Students to Critically Think about Text” by Jill Jackson
  • “How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text” by Jill Jackson
Trainer Sally Crowser [scrowser@tie.net], with TIE, developed the activity pictured below, which used common Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. Groups were provided cards with the roots, prefixes and suffixes and then given the task of creating words. Word creations included “disautos,” “imastroer” and “transmicro.”

Image of Sally Crowser sitting at table with group of teachers with word on papers.

The Digital Library. Smarter Balanced Logo. Not sure where to start in the Digital Library?

Check out the new Monthly Spotlight on the Department of Education’s Digital Library page to learn about an instructional resource recommended by one of your teaching colleagues. The Digital Library is an online repository of formative assessment resources available at no cost to all South Dakota public school teachers.

Read more at https://doe.sd.gov/assessment/DigitalLibrary.aspx.

Proactive admissions initiative begins

This year, the state’s public universities and technical institutes have teamed up to offer eligible students guaranteed acceptance into their institutions. This initiative offers high school seniors guaranteed general admittance into any of the state’s six public universities and four technical institutes when they meet certain eligibility criteria. Students can meet the eligibility criteria in one of two ways:

1) Achieve a Level 3 or 4 on the 11th grade Smarter Balanced test (English and math),
2) Achieve an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. (NOTE: SD School of Mines requirements differ slightly.)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria receive a letter from the Secretary of Education, indicating that they are eligible for this new opportunity.

  • Frequently asked questions [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/17/sept/documents/Proactive.pdf]
  • Introductory video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnYJ0eL3fv4]
  • Website: www.SDMylife.com/accepted

This initiative not only benefits students, it’s a positive for the state and employers in the long-term. It also makes the SBAC test more meaningful for students.

image of maple leaf. Register today for Systems Change Conference

The Systems Change Conference will be held Oct. 18-20 in Rapid City. The conference will lead off with a keynote presentation from Tony Frontier about Five Levers to Improve Learning, with these five levers serving as some of the strands for breakout sessions. At a banquet Oct. 19, the 2018 State Teacher of the Year will be announced.

Read more at: http://systemschange.net/.

image of cover of Quakers book. Read for the Record scheduled for Oct. 19

School libraries have an opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year’s selection is “Quackers” by Liz Wong. The South Dakota State Library has a limited number of free copies available for distribution.

The first 130 libraries that register on Jumpstart's website [https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/signup/] by Oct. 11 will receive a free copy of the book from the State Library. Ten copies are available in Spanish.

Prove registration by sending a screenshot of your registration confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to Kathleen Slocum [Kathleen.slocum@state.sd.us] with the State Library. Please indicate if you would prefer a copy of the book in Spanish or English when sending your registration confirmation.

Consider coordinating with libraries in your community, daycares and other local youth programs to maximize reach. Send photos of your event to Kathleen Slocum [Kathleen.slocum@state.sd.us] as well—the State Library likes to highlight success stories and library events.

image of SD Captiol Building Encourage students to be pages during 2018 legislative session

The Legislative Research Council is looking for high school students interested in being a page during the 2018 legislative session.

Students must be juniors or seniors (seniors are given preference), must be sponsored by a legislator and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher is encouraged). They must also receive approval from a parent/guardian and from their principal or superintendent. They must be able to serve during one of the following terms and may select a preference:

  • Term 1: Jan. 8-19
  • Term 2: Jan. 22-Feb. 2
  • Term 3: Feb. 5-15
  • Term 4: Feb. 20-March 1
  • Term 5: March 5-9 (one-week term)
Applications should be submitted to the Legislative Research Council, 500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 6.

Information on the Page Program is also available on the Legislative Research Council’s Page Program webpage [http://sdlegislature.gov/Students_Page/Page/default.aspx].

Attention, government teachers: If you would like a legislator from your district to speak to your government class about the legislative process or the Page Program, please contact the legislator or the Legislative Research Council at 605-773-3251.

The LRC appreciates your continued support of this worthwhile opportunity for students.

Stock photo of books and globe. World Book online training webinar

The State Library will host a webinar Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. CDT, on the World Book database, one of several databases provided by the State Library. Britney Lipton, World Book business development and training manager, will provide an overview of the World Book online collection, with an emphasis on how you can use it in your school.

This one-hour session will also be recorded for those unable to attend. However, please register [https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8920983632490854401] to ensure you will receive a copy of the recording shortly after the session concludes.

Questions? Contact David Bradford [david.bradford@state.sd.us], Digital Resources Coordinator, or Alissa Adams [Alissa.Adams@state.sd.us], School Library Technology Coordinator, with the State Library.

2017 State Report Card available

The 2017 State Report Card is available by clicking on the “2017 Report Card” banner at doe.sd.gov. The Report Card uses several indicators to measure how schools are performing, including student achievement, academic growth, attendance rates, high school completion, and college and career readiness.

Read more at http://doe.sd.gov/reportcard/.

Upcoming Events

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

SDMyLife Student View for New Users
Oct. 4, webinar

World Book online training webinar
Oct. 5

SDMyLife Portfolio Administrator View for New Users
Oct. 11, webinar

Effective Instruction for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education
Oct. 16, Watertown (for Statewide Title III members only)
Oct. 17, Mitchell (for teachers of English learners and content teachers)

Systems Change
Annual conference, featuring Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 18-20, Rapid City

School Wellness Policy Training
Oct. 26, Pierre

Dakota TESL Conference
Nov. 8-9, Sioux Falls

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