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Teachers News Archive:

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. 27, 2022
Coming in early 2023: SD Educator Certification Portal
The South Dakota Educator Certification Portal will be a one-stop shop for educators and schools that integrates the certification application system with Teacher 411 and the Personnel Record Form. This new system is designed with the user and customer service in mind. More information to come.


Oct. 7, 2022
Teacher Feature: 2023 SD Teacher of the Year nominees
Meet South Dakota's Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these outstanding educators will be named 2023 State Teacher of the Year on Oct. 13:

  • Video: Region #1 - Alyssa Cassels, 5-12 band instructor, Deuel School District
  • Video: Region #2 - Deb Jensen, kindergarten, Viborg-Hurley School District
  • Video: Region #3 - Loretta Knodel, third grade, Avon School District
  • Video: Region #4 - Jennifer Weishaar, first grade, Aberdeen School District
  • Video: Region #5 - Jennifer Macziewski, first grade, Rapid City Area Schools


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. 22, 2022
DOE launches Good to Great Teachers mentoring program
We are launching Good to Great Teachers, a mentoring program aimed at empowering teachers in years 3-5 of their career by increasing teacher effectiveness and fostering self-efficacy. Experienced educators will guide small cohorts of participants through reflective practices to increase confidence in four key areas: communication skills, reflective practice, classroom management, and student engagement. Teachers who successfully complete the program will earn three graduate credits. Apply by Oct. 7.


Sept. 22, 2022
Celebrate the 2022 South Dakota Crunch Off
The South Dakota Crunch Off is a statewide event to celebrate local produce and Farm to School by crunching into any South Dakota grown "crunchy" fruit or vegetable. Anyone can participate. Simply register your crunch event and post a photo or video crunching to social media with #SouthDakotaCrunch. South Dakota Crunch Off events may occur anytime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7, 2022. Learn more and register your event.


Sept. 22, 2022
REMINDER: Earn grad credits and stipends for National Board Certification
The 2022-23 National Board Certification (NBC) cohort will begin in October. This program provides support and guidance to teachers throughout the NBC process and pairs them with a mentor. Teachers who pursue and successfully earn National Board Certification can get graduate credits, fee reimbursement, and a $2,000 stipend for five years. Learn more and register by Sept. 30.


Sept. 22, 2022
DEADLINE EXTENDED: New leadership opportunity targets teachers
Applications are open until Oct. 2 for the new Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy. This FREE academy offers South Dakota teachers who have taught five-plus years an experience-based learning opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. Teachers earn three graduate credits, and schools will be reimbursed for substitute teacher expenses and teacher travel/lodging costs. Participants will meet over three days during the 2022-23 school year and a three-day period in the summer. This opportunity is being offered by the Board of Regents and Department of Education, with funding available through the American Rescue Plan.


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.


Aug. 24, 2022
Earn grad credits and stipends for National Board Certification
The 2022-23 National Board Certification (NBC) cohort will begin in October. This program provides support and guidance to teachers throughout the NBC process and pairs them with a mentor. Teachers who pursue and successfully earn National Board Certification can get graduate credits, fee reimbursement, and a $2,000 stipend for five years. Learn more and register for the cohort by Sept. 30.


Aug. 24, 2022
Classroom science tools available at no cost to South Dakota teachers
Gizmos are online science simulations and case studies. Tuva offers students the opportunity to learn about and practice working with data, graphing, and statistics tools using real-world scenarios and data. Interested teachers should contact their district's assessment coordinator to get a TE-Science account in the South Dakota Assessment System.


Aug. 24, 2022
Board adopts recommended Praxis cut scores
As part of an annual process, updates to state-designated Praxis tests are reviewed. The South Dakota Board of Education Standards approved several updated tests and cut scores this summer.


Aug. 24, 2022
Legislative Page Program - Student Opportunity
The South Dakota Legislature is once again looking for high school students who are interested in being a page during the 2023 legislative session. Find more information, including the application, on the Legislative Research Council's Page Program webpage. The preferred application deadline is Oct. 7 and the FINAL deadline is Oct. 21, 2022.


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.


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.



July 1, 2022
Complete survey to help inform K-5 STEM initiative
The South Dakota Department of Education seeks input from K-5 teachers to gauge levels of STEM-focused instruction in South Dakota classrooms. Your feedback will help the department determine effective pathways to facilitate STEM-related instructional activities and resources in districts across the state.