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Aug. 2020  

teachers TEACHER FEATURE: Clemens and Diede receive Presidential Award
Congratulations to Denise Clemens, Northwestern High School, and Carla Diede, Harrisburg South Middle School! They are South Dakota's newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Feeling frazzled? We have resources for back-to-school

This school year presents many unique challenges for educators as they seek to transition from a spring of distance learning to an unusual fall. From a Starting Well guide specifically for teachers to continued collaboration webinars, the South Dakota Department of Education has resources to help you start the year successfully.
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Assess for success! Using interim assessments to identify knowledge gaps

A recent webinar series explored the South Dakota Interim Assessments associated with the state tests in English language arts and math. Recordings of these webinars are now available. Presenters included staff from schools currently using these assessments and from the Department of Education. These assessments can help educators identify students’ knowledge gaps as they return to school.
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Tools for Teachers provides vetted resources and strategies for educators

Tools for Teachers is an easy-to-use website featuring lessons and activities designed to move students toward college and career readiness. Created with the assistance of hundreds of educators, Tools for Teachers helps educators reflect on what students know and can do and take action on next steps to meet learning goals. Visit SmarterToolsForTeachers.org to get started.

2020-21 webinar series planned for K-12 social studies teachers

The South Dakota Department of Education will facilitate a series of webinars during the 2020-21 school year for K-12 social studies teachers. Some webinars will feature national social studies education experts, like Glenn Wiebe. CEUs will be available. Collaborative chats will also be offered to continue the conversation and support learning.

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SD Captiol Encourage students to be pages during 2021 legislative session

The South Dakota Legislature is accepting applications from high school students interested in serving as pages during the 2021 legislative session. Students must be juniors or seniors (seniors are given preference), must be sponsored by a legislator and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher is encouraged).
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BOR approves Child and Adult Advocacy Studies certificate

The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved the Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) certificate. Those earning the graduate-level certificate will gain competency in the various factors that lead to child and adult maltreatment and will be better equipped to advocate for children and adults who have experienced trauma.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Please note: Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19 concerns, face-to-face meetings are subject to cancelation, postponement, or shifting to an online platform. Confirm with event organizers before making plans to attend.

SDMyLife Overview
Sept. 2, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Sept. 2, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

SDMyLife ACT Method Test Prep (Student View)
Sept. 9, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Sept. 9, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

SDMyLife Assessments
Sept. 16, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Sept. 16, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

Board of Education Standards
Sept. 21, Aberdeen

SDMyLife Interactive Online Lessons
Sept. 23, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Sept. 23, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

SDMyLife for Juniors and Seniors
Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Sept. 30, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

SDMyLife for Middle School
Oct. 7, 10-11 a.m. CT, webinar
Oct. 7, 3-4 p.m. CT, webinar

Dyslexia Assessment in SD
Oct. 9, online
Oct. 16, online
Nov. 6, online

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