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Sept. 2020  
 



TEACHER FEATURE: 2021 SD Teacher of the Year nominees
Meet South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these outstanding educators will be named 2021 State Teacher of the Year on Oct. 8 during a special online event.

watch video Bender offers back-to-school advice

Amanda Bender shares useful advice for staff and students navigating this school year and the COVID-19 pandemic. Bender is the president of the South Dakota School Counselor Association and the school counselor at Lead-Deadwood Elementary.

     2020 Governor's Awards

Mitchell School District and Redfield educator receive 2020 Governor’s Awards

Congratulations to the Mitchell School District’s Foodservice Department and Redfield High School teacher Karen Schmeiser! They have been presented with 2020 Governor’s Awards for making significant contributions to improving independent living and increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota. In the spirit of this recognition, view suicide prevention resources for schools and the statewide, cross-departmental suicide prevention plan, amongst other pertinent items on the South Dakota Suicide Prevention website.


     Board adopts rule changes, begins content standards hearings, raises Praxis cut scores

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted several changes to educator certification rules to allow additional flexibilities at its Sept. 21 meeting. Changes include creation of an inactive certificate and adjustments to renewal requirements for an invalid certificate.


     Don’t miss upcoming webinars on Tools for Teachers and Gizmos

During these webinars, teachers will learn about the new formative assessment resources available to all math, ELA, and science teachers who administer the state assessments. Tools for Teachers is an easy-to-use site featuring lessons and strategies to enhance instruction, save time in lesson planning, and boost student learning. Gizmos are online science simulations and case studies.

     Social Emotional Learning webinar series begins Oct. 5

This series of hour-long webinars will introduce attendees to social emotional learning and address topics such as teacher self-care, student behavior, and resources for parents and families. Check out the full schedule to find webinars targeted to your grade level.

     Now available: Revised unpacked documents for SD social studies standards

During summer 2020, 39 K-12 educators from schools across South Dakota came together to revise the current social studies unpacked documents. The new documents include sections featuring prior knowledge, possible misconceptions, vertical alignment, example strategies, and possible civic engagement activities aligned with the standards.

     New additions: 2020-21 webinar series for K-12 social studies teachers

Two new sessions have been added to our 2020-21 webinar series for K-12 social studies teachers. Some webinars feature national experts, like Glenn Wiebe and Harvard Fellow Nate Otey. CEUs will be available. Collaborative chats will also be offered to continue the conversation and support learning.

     WIDA eSummit scheduled for Oct. 12-30

The WIDA eSummit is a free virtual learning opportunity for educators in WIDA Consortium states, territories, and federal agencies. The event will be held Oct. 12-30. Each week of the eSummit will have a theme with multiple webinars relating to the weekly topic.

     DLR offering free virtual soft skill development program

The South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation is offering the virtual Bring Your ‘A’ Game Anywhere program to schools at no cost as a way to foster middle and high school students’ soft skill development. Through e-learning modules, students tackle seven important soft skill behaviors. Questions? Email BYAG@state.sd.us

     211 Helpline Center now available statewide

The 211 Helpline Center began offering resources and support in South Dakota in 2001 and as of July 1 is now accessible to all South Dakota residents. Through 211, the Helpline Center staff provide referrals when they are needed most, from basic human needs to disaster support and mental health resources.

Road Trip
Smithsonian print resource available upon request

The South Dakota State Historical Society has available 1,000 copies of “Summer Road Trip,” an education resource developed by Smithsonian museums that highlights museum-inspired activities from across the country. This 40-page color activity booklet was co-sponsored by USA Today. If you would like copies for student use, please contact Jay Smith with the SDSHS.

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

Teachers: Using Tools for Teachers & Gizmos to Strengthen Instruction
Sept. 30, online
Oct. 7, online

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

DOE/SDSLHA Workshop: Multiple Pathways to Literacy Difficulties: A Longitudinal Perspective
Oct. 9, online

South Dakota Virtual Paraeducator Conference
Oct. 13-14

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 16, Sioux Falls


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