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Oct. 2020  

TEACHER FEATURE: Hargreaves selected as 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Amanda Hargreaves, a sixth-grade teacher at Mitchell Middle School, has been named the 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Ben Jones made the announcement recently at a special virtual event.

Applications now open: Teaching Online Certificate

One teacher – with administrator approval and letter of reference – from each attendance center in every accredited K-12 school system (public, non-public, tribal/BIE) may now apply for the opportunity to take coursework to earn the Quality Matters© Teaching Online Certificate. Cohorts will begin January 2021.

Governor Noem announces K-12 Connect

Governor Kristi Noem has announced the launch of K-12 Connect, a program to provide internet service at no cost to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

2019-20 Report Card released

The 2019-20 Report Card has launched. One highlight was an increase in the College and Career Readiness indicator. Seventy-three percent of students hit the Coursework Readiness mark, compared to 68 percent last year. The High School Completion rate was up three percentage points (to 93 percent). Graduation Rate stayed steady at 84 percent. No indicators that rely on assessment data were available this year.

Congratulations to 21st Century School Library awardees

The South Dakota State Library celebrates the 2020 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award! The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming, and the professional. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

resources/needs October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is available to help parents and educators learn more about dyslexia and includes additional resources for teachers to access if they suspect a student may have dyslexia. Visit our Dyslexia webpage for the dyslexia handbook, a brochure, and many other dyslexia resources.

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

We continue adding sessions to our 2020-21 webinar series for K-12 social studies teachers. Some webinars feature national experts. CEUs will be available. Collaborative chats are also offered to continue the conversation and support learning.

Nominate outstanding biology teachers

Congratulations to last year’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipient Lisa Fuccello (Brandon Valley High School)! Nominate a great science teacher in your district for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences. Nominees will have until March 31 to complete their application for the award.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 16, Sioux Falls

SD-STARS training – Analyzing Quantitative Student Data
Nov. 18, online

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