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Re-imagining Remote Education in South Dakota:
The ESF-REM Project

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the South Dakota Department of Education a Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant in the amount of $6,883,481 to support the state’s efforts to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This three-year grant project aims to provide a comprehensive road map to successful learning so that students can learn at school, at home, or with blended learning approaches. It will also seek to empower parents and families in navigating these options. Grant funds will be used to help a group of 30 schools pursue new course options in personalized, competency-based education and provide coursework and professional development for more than 1,600 South Dakota teachers, principals, and pre-service teachers. One educator in each school district in SD will also be able to earn a certificate in effective online teaching and will be a resource for his or her district.

Partners include South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center, and Technology and Innovation in Education.