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Dec. 2020  

TEACHER FEATURE: Hill City students decorate ornaments for National Christmas Tree
Hill City School District teacher Chad Ronish seeks to provide opportunities for students to access learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Integration in the classroom. This year, he led K-12 students in a unique art project: decorating ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C.

Now taking public comment: ESSA addendum, waiver, amendment

South Dakota is seeking a waiver, addendum, and amendment to its ESSA State Plan, which is required under the Every Student Succeeds Act. If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, these changes would be reflected in the 2021 Report Card. Access the waiver, addendum, and amendment and find information about how to submit public comment at https://doe.sd.gov/essa/. Public comment is being taken until Dec. 31, 2020, 5 p.m. (Central).

Be a part of reimagining remote education

The state’s REM (Rethinking K-12 Education Models) grant is supporting two development opportunities for educators. Find complete information about these opportunities on the REM grant webpage.
  • Professional development: 1,600 South Dakota educators will be invited to apply for the opportunity to earn nine graduate credits by completing a series of online courses to increase their capacity in competency-based, knowledge-rich, and whole child approaches to instruction to support a continuum of learning. Continuing education credits will be available. All costs for courses, texts, and credits are covered by the grant.
  • Teaching Online Certificate: Educators can apply to complete the coursework to earn the Teaching Online Certificate offered by Quality Matters on their Canvas learning platform. Registration is continuous for the 23 cohorts that will run in 2021 starting in January.

SD-JAG What is the JAG Advantage?
This article is part of a series about South Dakota’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program. The program was placed in statute by the 2020 Legislature, and the Department of Education is aiming to grow JAG’s footprint in the state.

IE Assessment Save the Date: Native American Needs Assessment coming in 2021

In January, the South Dakota Department of Education will invite all South Dakota K-12 educators to complete the state’s first-ever Native American Needs Assessment. This survey is intended to gauge current awareness, knowledge, practice, and advocacy for the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. Results will be used to develop targeted support for broader implementation.

2020 School Library Data Digest available

Every year South Dakota public school districts, non-public school systems, tribal/BIE schools, and state special schools are surveyed about their libraries. The 2020 South Dakota School Libraries Data Digest reflects the activities of the 148 districts and systems that responded to the South Dakota School Library Survey.

Encourage high school seniors to apply for National Youth Science Camp

High school seniors can now apply to represent South Dakota at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp from June 28-July 21, 2021. The NYSCamp is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program traditionally hosted in the eastern mountains of West Virginia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 NYSCamp will be entirely virtual.

Nominate a colleague for the PAEMST

Do you know an exemplary STEM or computer science teacher in grades 7-12? Nominate him or her for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. These awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.

Don’t miss winter sessions of 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 are available. Collaborative chats are also offered to continue the conversation and support learning.

Highway Safety’s Lesson Learned SD program Edmunds Central High School senior wins in Highway Safety’s Lesson Learned SD program

An Edmunds Central High School senior has won a $10,000 prize for promising to be a safe driver. Austin Faw of Roscoe was recently announced as the winner of this year’s Lesson Learned SD program during an all-school assembly in Roscoe.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 19, 2021

SD-STARS and EL joint webinar
Jan. 28, 2021

K-12 social studies webinar series:

Save the Date: SDSTA Virtual Science Day
Feb. 6, 2021

2021 National ESEA Conference
Feb. 8-11, 2021, online

Save the Date: SD Education Conference
May 26-27, 2021

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