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Jan. 2018  

Image of Carla Diede. Photo courtesy of the Milken Foundation. TEACHER FEATURE: Harrisburg math teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.” State Education Secretary Don Kirkegaard and Greg Gallagher, with the Milken Educator Awards, surprised Diede with the award at a school assembly earlier this month.
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Congratulations. Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Congratulations to South Dakota’s newest National Board Certified teachers! They hail from the Harrisburg, Summit, Rapid City Area and Pierre school districts. National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge.
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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Apply by Feb. 9 for Smarter Balanced educator opportunities
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, with support from the South Dakota Department of Education’s Office of Assessment, seeks educators to participate in several content development activities. Smarter Balanced assessments are developed by teachers from consortium states, and South Dakota input is important.
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Russ Swanson, Canton School District            Josh Johnson, Brookings School District

SD CTE teachers honored at national conference
The joint Association for Career and Technical Education/National Association of Agricultural Educators convention took place in December in Nashville, Tenn. Kudos to the South Dakota educators who were honored.
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Mentoring. Engage. Encourage. Empower. Share your expertise with new teachers and their mentors
The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2018 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 600 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentor program will attend this event scheduled for June 4-5 in Sioux Falls.
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Stock photo of a teacher at a desk holding piece of paper that has the word history on it. Nominate a great history teacher for special recognition
Nominations are being accepted for two awards honoring history teachers:

The Digital Library January Spotlight: Stump the Teacher Game
This month’s resource spotlight is a strategy that can help elevate the questioning and thinking that happens when students read a story. The Stump the Teacher Game is a short and simple strategy that is easy to differentiate for your specific needs. 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. January 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™:

Stock photo of gear to teach CPR. Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website
While CPR is not a graduation requirement, as of July 1, 2017, South Dakota Codified Law requires districts to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED. The South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction, which can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.
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Logo for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachings Nominate a great math or science teacher for Presidential honor
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for math and science (including computer science) teachers. Awardees each receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C. Nominations are due April 1.
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Stock photo of a suitcase and a globe. Apply by Feb. 2 for Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program
The Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. This flyer features upcoming locations, eligibility requirements and application information.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CST)
Jan. 16 - Postponed to Jan. 23
Feb. 20
March 20
April 17
May 15

2017-2018 Program Improvement Meetings
Jan. 22, Rapid City
Jan. 23, Pierre
Jan. 24, Aberdeen
Jan. 29, Mitchell
Jan. 30, Sioux Falls
Jan. 31, Brookings

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 26, Rapid City

SD Council of Teachers of Mathematics/SD Science Teachers Association Annual Conference
Feb. 8-10, Huron

CTE Western Region Exchange
March 5, Rapid City

Work-Based Learning & Employer Partnerships
March 20, Rapid City
March 21, Mitchell
March 26, Watertown
March 27, Sioux Falls

Effective Core EL Program
April 9, Aberdeen
April 10, Mitchell

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