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April 2020  

Teacher Feature TEACHER FEATURE: Helping students find the “spooky” books
As part of School Library Month celebrations, we’re spotlighting Brenda DeHaan, K-12 school librarian for the Andes Central and Wagner Community school districts. Like all educators, she’s making adjustments due to school closures. But under previously normal conditions, she genrefied her libraries and so enjoyed the work, she wrote a book on it!
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School Library Month

Don’t miss ExCITE! (formerly School Library Boot Camp)

ExCITE! (formerly School Library Boot Camp) is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Aberdeen and subsequently online through the month of October. This year’s focus will be on textual literacy, the first of the three strands of the South Dakota School Library Standards. Learn more and register.

School Library Awards YARP winners announced; Prairie Awards voting extended to May 1

The 2019-20 Young Adult Reading Program Award winners have been announced. And, encourage younger readers to keep reading—the voting deadline for the South Dakota Library Association’s Children’s Book Awards has been extended to May 1.

Survey Complete School Library Survey by May 15

The South Dakota State Library has opened the annual school library survey to collect data for the 2019-20 school year. Each district is asked to submit one survey per district rather than one survey per library. The survey is available online through May 15.

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Apply by May 1 for P.E. and ed tech standards revision workgroups

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking K-12 and postsecondary educators to serve on standards revision workgroups in the content areas of physical education and educational technology. The South Dakota Board of Education Standards will hold public hearings on the revised standards beginning in fall 2020.

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Apply by May 8 to revise unpacked social studies standards

This summer, a workgroup will revise South Dakota’s unpacked social studies standards. The goals of this work are to provide deeper meaning for the current social studies standards and identify potential gaps to support future standards revisions. K-12 social studies educators are invited to apply.
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Find the latest on DOE’s COVID-19 webpage

The South Dakota Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage is updated regularly as new information becomes available. Some of the newest resources include Flex Learning Guidelines, K-12 Schools Cybersecurity Considerations, and Grades, Awarding Credits, and Graduation During COVID-19.

Executive Orders address teacher prep, teacher evaluation
  • Governor Noem’s Executive Order 2020-10 waives certain Administrative Rules, including several having to do with teacher preparation candidates at our universities who can’t accomplish certain requirements (such as student teaching and taking a Praxis) given the current situation. The order provides needed flexibility for the teacher preparation programs to conditionally approve these individuals if deemed appropriate.
  • Via Executive Order 2020-14, Governor Noem has suspended Administrative Rule 24:57:01:01(6)(b) related to teacher evaluation. This action eliminates the requirement to assign a student growth rating based on attainment of student learning objectives (SLOs), when completing teacher evaluations this school year.

Check out variety of instructional resources available

A variety of instructional resources to assist educators in navigating flex learning is available from the Department of Education and Northern State University’s E-learning Center. Additionally, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is offering special programming on its TV channels.
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New listservs available for music and theater educators

The K-12 Data Center has created new listservs for music educators and theater educators. Listservs are also available for a variety of other content areas and grade levels. Listserv members receive announcements of upcoming events and trainings, and can ask questions, share resources, and collaborate on statewide projects. Find all available listservs on the K-12 Data Center website.

English PD Bingo – Distance Teaching opportunity available

The SD Title III & Migrant Consortium has created a PD Bingo – Distance Teaching opportunity. This is a free, self-paced, independent professional development activity designed for all teachers and administrators, not only teachers of English learners or Colony teachers. All work is due June 14.
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State Fair Deadline extended: State Fair invites teachers to submit student work by June 1

Teachers are invited to highlight their students’ best work in art, literature, and photography at the 2020 South Dakota State Fair. The work must be from the 2019-20 school year, and entries must be submitted by June 1. This deadline was previously April 16.
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Help shape the future of teaching: Become a mentor

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 2020-21 school year are now open.
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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.

SD Education Conference – Going virtual!
April 28 to May 21 with sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Board of Education Standards
May 11, teleconference

English Learner Handbook Workshop
May 19, online

Diversity and the School Library
June 1-July 1

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June dates TBD

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 29-Aug. 16, online

SD EPSCoR virtual PD for K-12 science teachers
June and July three-day workshops

Applying the SD Science Translations
July 8, Rapid City
July 22, Sioux Falls
July 23, Watertown
July 29, Pierre

Book study kick-off sessions: Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices

Foundational Mathematics Workshop
July 20-21, Pierre

Foundational Reading Workshops
Grades 4-8: July 29-30, Pierre
Grades K-3: Aug. 3-5, Pierre

Virtual Math Coaching Kick Off
July 30, Pierre

ExCITE! (formerly School Library Boot Camp)
Sept. 30, Aberdeen, and online through October

Indian Education Summit & Conference – now seeking presentation proposals!
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

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