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March 2020  

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TEACHER FEATURE: Mentoring pairs foster the future of teaching
Applications are open for the Statewide Mentoring Program. We’ve checked in with several experienced teachers and mentees to learn more about the value they’re getting out of this important program.
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  • The South Dakota Department of Education has a COVID-19 webpage. Among the resources available is a Q&A document of schools’ commonly asked questions. It’s under the “Resources for school officials” heading and is titled, "SD Department of Education COVID-19 Q&A for Schools." We are updating it regularly as new information becomes available.
  • During these extended school closures, we are also hosting online collaboration meetings to provide a forum for educators to discuss how their schools are navigating flex learning. We are maintaining a schedule of these meetings on the DOE Blog. The meetings are targeted to specific audiences, including school counselors, content areas, and teachers of English learners.

Assessment U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s statewide assessment waiver

The U.S. Department of Education has informally approved the South Dakota Department of Education’s waiver of statewide assessment requirements, accountability, and school identification requirements for the 2019-20 school year.
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Apply Now DOE seeking educators for CTE standards revision work groups

Our Division of Career and Technical Education invites CTE teachers, school counselors, and district administrators to participate in several content standards revision work groups. Revision work groups will meet in person June 2-4 in Sioux Falls. If necessary, these meetings will be held virtually. Additional online meetings may be held as needed. Participants will be compensated for their time.

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Educators Honored

Award-winning educators honored in Pierre

Earlier this month, these award-winning South Dakota teachers were honored in Pierre with a luncheon at the Governor's residence and recognition on the Senate and House floors of the state legislature:

  • State Teacher of the Year Amanda Harris (Harrisburg School District)
  • Milken Educator Alison Ter Horst (Sioux Falls School District)
  • Regional Teachers of the Year Nicole Dallman (Mobridge-Pollock School District), Jean Gunderson (Elkton School District), Penny Shuster Louks, (Belle Fourche School District), and Dina Vander Wilt (Mitchell School District)
Find a photo album from the day on our Facebook page.

Math and science teachers honored at annual conference

The South Dakota Science Teachers Association and South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently held their 28th annual joint conference, the SD STEM Ed Conference. Congratulations to the outstanding educators who received special recognition at this event!
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Math Class Three PD opportunities for SD math teachers launch this summer

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering math teachers three unique training opportunities beginning this summer:
  • Foundational Mathematics course for elementary teachers
  • Book study: Taking Action: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices
  • Virtual Math Coaching
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SD Indian Education Apply by April 17 to participate in Wóokiye Project

Beginning this summer, the Wóokiye (WOH-oh-kee-ya) Project will be an opportunity for 20 South Dakota teachers to create and implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist them as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin (oh-CHEH-tee shaw-KOH-we) Essential Understandings and Standards. Learn how you and educators at your school can apply to participate.

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Workforce Education Grants Apply by April 3 for Workforce Education Grants

The South Dakota Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2020 Workforce Education Grants. This is your chance to dream big and make transformative changes to your district’s career and technical education programs.
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Watch Video

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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21st Century School Library Award 21st Century School Library Award applications open until May 1

The State Library recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through their program, place, and professional. School librarians are encouraged to apply for this special recognition.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

In light of COVID-19 concerns, we are evaluating all upcoming events. When possible, some events are being made available online. Please check with event organizers before making plans to attend.

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