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Aug. 15, 2022
Proposed Social Studies, CTE standards released
Proposed standards for Social Studies and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas have been released. Members of the public are invited to read the standards and provide public comment.


Aug. 8, 2022
State board to hold public hearing
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards will consider rules designed to prohibit the adoption of academic content standards that promote inherently divisive concepts and to revise language regarding waivers of administrative rules, at its meeting Aug. 22. Public comment is now being accepted via rules.sd.gov.


Aug. 8, 2022
New leadership opportunity targets teachers
Applications are open for the new Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy. This FREE academy offers South Dakota teachers an experience-based learning opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. This opportunity is being offered by the Board of Regents and Department of Education.


Aug. 8, 2022
CTE Innovative Equipment Grants now available
DOE's Office of Career and Technical Education is now accepting applications for CTE Innovative Equipment Grants. Entities may apply as a single district or as a consortium for award amounts of $100,000 to $250,000. Applications are due Nov. 1.


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Administrators


Aug. 15, 2022
Proposed Social Studies, CTE standards released
Proposed standards for Social Studies and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas have been released. Members of the public are invited to read the standards and provide public comment.


Aug. 8, 2022
CTE Innovative Equipment Grants now available
DOE's Office of Career and Technical Education is now accepting applications for CTE Innovative Equipment Grants. Entities may apply as a single district or as a consortium for award amounts of $100,000 to $250,000. Applications are due Nov. 1.


Aug. 8, 2022
New leadership opportunity targets teachers
Applications are open for the new Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy. This FREE academy offers South Dakota teachers an experience-based learning opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. This opportunity is being offered by the Board of Regents and Department of Education.


July 28, 2022
Submit directory information by Sept. 1
The annual submission of school directory information for the 2022-23 school year must be completed by Sept. 1, 2022. School directory information includes the names, titles, and contact information for administrative positions within your school(s) and district. If you are new to the district or need a password reset, please send an email requesting password information to angie.bren@state.sd.us.


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Teachers


Aug. 15, 2022
Proposed Social Studies, CTE standards released
Proposed standards for Social Studies and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas have been released. Members of the public are invited to read the standards and provide public comment.


Aug. 8, 2022
New leadership opportunity targets teachers
Applications are open for the new Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy. This FREE academy offers South Dakota teachers an experience-based learning opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. This opportunity is being offered by the Board of Regents and Department of Education.


July 1, 2022
Applications open for Statewide Mentoring Program
The Statewide Mentoring Program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer academy following the first and second year of employment. Applications for the 2022-23 school year are now open. Mentors and new teachers who complete the mentoring program meet the credit requirements to renew their teaching certificate. Visit the Statewide Mentoring Program webpage for applications and more information.


Dakota Dreams July 1, 2022
Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy to begin in school year 2022-23
The Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy will offer eligible teachers a year-long, experience-based learning opportunity to further develop their educational leadership skills. Submit your intent to apply to receive more information.


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Food Service


Aug. 15, 2022
Temporary flexibility for nonprofit food service account finances
This memo communicates a temporary flexibility for food service finances from School Year (SY) / Program Year (PY) 2021-22 that allows School Nutrition Program (SNP) or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators to apply for a two-year spend down plan if the program operator exceeds a five-month net cash resource limit.


July 18, 2022
School meal applications required for SY 2022-23
Families that may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will need to submit an application for SY 2022-23. Waivers that allowed schools to serve universal free meals, due to the pandemic, have expired. Schools should communicate early and often with families about the application process. Learn more.


July 15, 2022
Harvest of the Month Grant available from DOH
The South Dakota Department of Health is offering a grant to fund up to $1,500 to implement Harvest of the Month for 10 youth programs across the state. The purpose of this grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to fruits and vegetables through Harvest of the Month educational lesson plans, recipes, and supporting materials. Applications are due Aug. 10 by 5 p.m. CT. Learn more and access the grant application.


July 8, 2022
Keep Kids Fed Act and new USDA nationwide waivers
A memorandum from DOE's Child and Adult Nutrition Services offers the latest news on the school food service front, including information about the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, a second round of supply chain assistance funding, and a host of new waivers.



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Counselors


July 1, 2022
Is your school truly PREPaREd to respond to a crisis?
Do you have plans in place to keep your students not only physically safe, but also psychologically safe in the event of a crisis? The state currently has grant funding to make PREPaRE workshops available at no cost to school professionals across South Dakota. Find more information on these workshops. Questions? Email Amber.Kilburn@usd.edu.


July 1, 2022
Mental Health Poster Campaign
The South Dakota Department of Education is providing free 8.5" x 11" clear, acrylic wall mount sign holders for your school district to use in your restrooms to provide helpful mental health information and resources for your middle and high school students. The department creates the signs and posts them on our website for you to print. Find out more about this campaign.


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