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Counselors News Archive:

Oct. 31, 2022
South Dakota school counselor resources available
We have posted two new school counselor resources on our School Counseling webpage. More resources will be published in the future. Questions? Contact Andrea Albrecht.

  • 14 Tips for New School Counselors: This is a joint document from the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) and South Dakota School Counselor Association.
  • Appropriate Duties within a School Counselor's Role: This best practice guide is for school counselors, administrators, and teachers as they discuss division of duties within a school building. Please note DOE does not mandate appropriate duties for school counselors.

Oct. 31, 2022
UPDATED: South Dakota Hot Careers and related resources
The South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation, Labor Market Information Center, has updated its list of hot careers (high demand-high wage occupations). Related resources are updated as well, including the following:

Check out additional career publications applicable to elementary, middle, high school, and beyond from the Labor Market Information Center.

Oct. 27, 2022
Paying for College SD
The online video series, Paying for College SD, teaches prospective college students and their families how to carefully consider their education options and make informed decisions about how to pay for college. It features advice from South Dakotans as well as footage from SD state colleges and universities. This project was produced in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Black Hills, the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center, and the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills, a division of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative through a grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. Questions? Contact Kelsey Smith.

Oct. 6, 2022
Free, online tutoring available for K-12 students
South Dakota students and families can access a new, online tutoring program, staffed by college students who are preparing to become teachers. The Dakota Dreams Online Tutoring Program offers FREE online tutoring to K-12 students. One-on-one tutoring sessions can help students with their homework, tackle specific trouble areas, and address broader educational concepts. Families must first register their students to access the service.

Sept. 19, 2022
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide is the leading cause of death among youth aged 10-19. Educators have the power to make a difference. Reach out to Becky Cain in our Office of Student Wellness and Supports if you need ideas about where to start. As of July 16, 988 is the national three-digit phone number for all mental health, substance use, and suicide crises. Materials are available for schools to order to help promote 988 and BeThe1SD.

Sept. 19, 2022
Connect students with career possibilities
The Future Workforce Finder is an online matching system that gives students and businesses across South Dakota a new way to connect. The goal of the Future Workforce Finder is two-fold: attract potential employees for business and industry and allow students to explore careers available in their home state. South Dakota businesses have begun to register and showcase student opportunities like internships, job shadows, tours, and classroom visits. Educators can now create accounts and start exploring opportunities. Educators are also encouraged to share this resource with businesses in their community and encourage them to sign up if they haven't done so already. This employer engagement resource for schools offers tips for deepening connections with businesses in your community..

Sept. 19, 2022
Contact sheet for school counselors updated
Wondering who to contact for what at the South Dakota Department of Education? A contact sheet has been updated with a list of contacts who may be beneficial for school counselors to contact when needing support.

Sept. 19, 2022
School counseling annual calendar template updated
A calendar template is available for download/modification for school counselors to use within their own school counseling program settings. The template may be useful in the management and delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program. NOTE: The template is in "View Only" mode, so either make a copy in your own Google Drive or download it to your computer to make modifications.

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

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.