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Aug. 2018  

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Stock image of book with blocks spelling advice. TEACHER FEATURE:
Back-to-school advice from your colleagues

We asked some South Dakota teachers for their best advice to start the school year on a positive note. A strong theme emerged: relationships. Thank you to all South Dakota educators for the work you do every day. You make a difference in the lives of our state’s students. Have a great school year!
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Lindsey                 Andrea
Tellinghuisen       Thedorff
Willow Lake and Rapid City teachers earn the PAEMST
Congratulations to Willow Lake Elementary teacher Lindsey Tellinghuisen and Black Hawk Elementary (Rapid City) teacher Andrea Thedorff! They are among the latest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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image of Harrisburg teachers Harrisburg teacher named 2018 SD Outstanding Biology Teacher
Congratulations to 2018 SD Outstanding Biology Teacher, Harrisburg High School’s Angela Wachal (2nd from right)! Also pictured (l to r): Julie Olson (SD OBTA Chair) and from Sanford Research: Eli Louwagie, Tricia Larsen, Dr. Peter Vitiello. Wachal receives a travel grant from Sanford Health to help with expenses to attend the National Association of Biology Teachers convention this fall, where she will be honored and receive gifts from national sponsors.

group photo of teachers at gala Brandon Valley teacher named Gilder Lehrman State History Teacher of the Year
Jeremy Risty has been named the Gilder Lehrman State History Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes exceptional K-12 American history teachers across the country. Risty teaches American history at Brandon Valley High School. Congratulations, Jeremy!

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Board adopts changes to state graduation requirements
The state Board of Education Standards has adopted proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements. Soft implementation of the new graduation requirements begins this fall. Learn more about what this means.

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Teacher of the Year logo Don’t miss OSEU ‘how-to’ at this year’s Indian Education Summit

Part of this year’s Indian Education Summit, Sept. 23-25, in Pierre, will be an in-depth, day-long training with elders and classroom teachers sharing the value and how-to of implementing the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards. Dr. Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever will facilitate, with time built in for lesson planning. Register for the summit today!
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Graphic of laptop and books New PD opportunity available to school librarians

School librarians are eligible to apply for a three-year cohort program, designed to enhance their skills in the digital world. Participation is free and limited to 13 South Dakota school librarians. Through face-to-face and virtual learning, participants will gain expertise in utilizing open educational resources (OER) and be prepared to serve as instructional leaders in their schools. Application deadline: Oct. 1.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education Standards
Sept. 17, Aberdeen

Explicit Instruction for K-12 Educators
Sept. 17, Rapid City
Sept. 18, Aberdeen
Sept. 20, Sioux Falls

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Pierre

SDMyLife: Next Generation
Oct. 3, Sioux Falls
Oct. 4, Rapid City
Oct. 15, Watertown
Oct. 16, Pierre
Oct. 22, morning webinar
Oct. 22, afternoon webinar
Oct. 23, morning webinar
Oct. 23, afternoon webinar

Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Oct. 4-5, Sioux Falls

Supporting Early Learners Institute
Oct. 11-12, Sioux Falls

Systems Change
Oct. 17-19, Sioux Falls

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