Investing in Teachers

Updated: Dec. 5, 2012

Governor Daugaard introduced his Investing in Teachers package during the 2012 legislative session. The package demonstrated a commitment to education through a significant investment in the teaching profession, including $8.4 million for professional development.

Training Component

Investing in Teachers provides $8.4 million for professional development in four distinct areas. This statewide training will occur over the next three years.

Curriculum Curation

As part of the training component, the department will bring together Common Core Curriculum Curation Teams starting summer 2012 to design a blueprint for delivering the standards for each subject and each grade level. The teams also will curate suggested resources to assist teachers in their efforts to teach to a new level of rigor. The product of the Curation Teams will be interwoven into Module 4 and subsequent trainings.

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Work Groups

The Teacher Evaluation Work Group provided input in developing a model evaluation instrument based on the South Dakota Standards for Teaching.

The Principal Standards and Evaluation Work Group provided input in developing standards for principals and a model evaluation instrument based on those standards.

The South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council examined initiatives for increased teacher compensation, areas of critical need, and improving student achievement.


For more information about Investing in Teachers, contact the Department of Education, Secretary’s Office, at (605) 773-5669.