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April 2018  

School librarian helps energize middle school research on wildfires

Shelley Rath is the librarian at West Middle School in Rapid City, an Exemplary 21st Century School Library. In summer 2017, she and colleague Amber Robbins, a West Middle School science teacher, were among 104 middle school educators across the country to become National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Ambassadors.
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Celebrating School Library Month
Thank you, school librarians, for all you do for South Dakota students! School libraries are hubs of activity where students study, research, collaborate, invent and explore.

(l to r): Linda Turner, state director of special education; Johnston, Pratt, Schoenwetter, Eulberg, Heirigs (l to r): Linda Turner, state director of special education; Johnston, Pratt, Schoenwetter, Eulberg, Heirigs

Cary Johnston named 2018 Parent/Guardian Nominated Special Education Employee of the Year
Cary Johnston, an elementary-level special education teacher in the Meade School District, was recently named the 2018 Parent/Guardian Nominated Special Education Employee of the Year. Congratulations to Cary and her fellow nominees!
  • Janie Pratt, special education teacher, Highmore Elementary
  • Sheena Schoenwetter, special education paraprofessional, Huron School District
  • Kari Eulberg, special education teacher, Huron High School
  • Amber Heirigs, special education teacher, Explorer Elementary (Harrisburg)
  • Erin Gutjahr, special education teacher, May Overby Elementary (Aberdeen)

Apply Now Apply by April 30 for SD Team Leadership Institute and Colloquia
Leading Innovation and Change through Systems Thinking and Equity is a pilot by the South Dakota Department of Education to create and support a network of South Dakota schools that will develop locally inspired innovation to address needs of a diverse population of students and educators. Apply by April 30.
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Teacher of the Year Congratulations to the 2018 Regional Teacher of the Year candidates
Districts that choose to participate in the State Teacher of the Year program are invited to submit the names of their Teachers of the Year to the South Dakota Department of Education. Those teachers may then apply for Regional Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named State Teacher of the Year in October. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!
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DOE offering foundational reading trainings this summer
The South Dakota Department of Education is offering two reading trainings in Fort Pierre this summer to support foundational reading skills in grades K-3 and to explore strategies to support struggling readers in grades 4-8. Teachers (general, special education and Title), reading specialists, instructional coaches, paraprofessionals and K-8 administrators are invited to attend.

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National Assessment of Educational Progress South Dakota’s NAEP scores hold steady

South Dakota’s math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remain at or above the national average. The scores for 2017 were mostly steady compared to 2015, the last time the NAEP was administered. Nationwide, scores held mostly steady in 2017 as well.

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The Digital Library April Spotlight: Puzzling Proof Activity

This month’s resource brings excitement to developing two-column proofs in a group format. Proofs are arranged on a map, and statements/reasons are arranged to be cut out. Students place the pieces in the correct order on the map to complete the proof. 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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image of cover of Oceti Sakowin Essential for Understandings and Standards. April Highlights: 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. Each month we are highlighting samples, developed using the Inquiry Design Model Blueprint™:

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

History Conference
April 27-28, Rapid City

Board of Education Standards
May 8, Vermillion

IEP Q Training
May 10, Mitchell

Effective Core EL Program
May 10, Mitchell
May 11, Aberdeen

English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CDT)
May 15

SDMyLife: Next Generation
May 30, Rapid City
May 31, Mitchell
June 1, Sioux Falls

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 11, Aberdeen
June 13, Rapid City
June 18, Yankton

2018 MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 20-21, Oacoma

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 25-Aug. 12, online

School Library Boot Camp
July 23-26, Pierre

Top 20 Training
July 30-31, Rapid City
Aug. 1-2, Sioux Falls

Behavior De-escalation Training
July 30, Sioux Falls
Aug. 3, Rapid City
Aug. 10, Aberdeen
Aug. 14, Fort Pierre

Foundational Reading Skills Grades K-3
July 31-Aug. 1 and Oct. 3, Fort Pierre

Keeping Students in School: Training for District Employees Working with Students without Permanent Homes
Aug. 1, Pierre

SD Department of Education Annual Conference
“Well-Rounded Education = Success”
Aug. 1-2, Pierre

Foundational Reading Skills Grades 4-8
Aug. 7-8, Fort Pierre

Save the Date! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Pierre

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