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March 2018  

Deubrook Area School District wins $10,000 theatre grant

Have you ever had a $10,000 secret? Deubrook Area school counselor and theatre adviser Susan Kranz has. In late February, she got a phone call letting her know that her school district was one of only 50 nationwide winners (out of 1,000 applicants) of an NBC R.I.S.E. America grant. Then she had to keep it quiet.
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Stock photo of desktop with bencils, books, tablet, apple and clock. Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in the following subject areas at its March 19 meeting:
  • Capstone courses
  • Career and technical education (business management & administration; government & public administration; hospitality & tourism; marketing; transportation, distribution & logistics)
  • English language arts
  • Health education
  • Math
  • Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards
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Photo of PAEMST math finalists Mark Kreie, Leah Oxner, Shana Ward with their awards Math and science teachers honored at annual state conference
The South Dakota Science Teachers Association and South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently held their 26th Annual Joint Professional Development Conference in Huron. Congratulations to the outstanding educators who received special recognitions!
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Don’t miss spring learning opportunities at the Cultural Heritage Center
Teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring students to the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society any time throughout the school year, including for end-of-year field trips. Make your plans today! Now open: the “Spirit of the ‘70s” exhibit.
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Mentoring. Engage. Encourage. Empower. Applications available for statewide mentoring program
The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years. Applications for new mentors are due May 1, and applications for new teachers are due June 15. Late hires will also have an opportunity to participate.
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South Dakota Children's Book Awards logo. YARP Logo. Time is running out: Voting closes April 1
Voting for the South Dakota Library Association’s Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards closes April 1. Downloadable award certificates, bookmarks, posters and more are available from the State Library.

Next Generation SDMyLife coming Fall 2018. Sign up for SDMyLife: Next Generation trainings

Starting in fall 2018, SDMyLife will be supported by a new platform called Xello, which brings with it improved course planning, a personality assessment and interactive online lessons to assist students with meaningful career exploration. Learn more at one of the following trainings:

The Digital Library March Spotlight: ‘Punkin Chunkin’ Quadratic Equations and Projectile Motion

This month we highlight a resource that allows students to work with measurements and graphing to determine the winner of a “Punkin Chunkin” contest. 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. March 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.

School Library EdCamp
March 24, Spearfish and Sioux Falls

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

SD Early Childhood Education Conference
April 12-14, Spearfish

TIE Conference
April 15-17, Sioux Falls

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CDT)
April 17
May 15

History Conference
April 27-28, Rapid City

Board of Education Standards
May 8, Vermillion

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

2018 MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 20-21, Oacoma

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

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