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Feb. 2020  
Teacher Feature TEACHER FEATURE: Preparing students to be “good at life”
Frankie Nelson was recently named New Professional of the Year by the National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences. She teaches in the Bridgewater-Emery School District and seeks to empower students with the skills and understanding they’ll need to succeed as soon-to-be independent adults.
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Student leaders visit Capitol as part of CTE Month celebrations

It’s National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 37 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 4-5, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day. Activities included a social for students, legislators, cabinet members, and state agency staff. Students also attended committee meetings and observed House and Senate floor sessions.

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Public comment window open for Perkins V State Plan

South Dakota’s proposed State Plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is now open for public comment. Perkins V is the federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education. View the proposed State Plan on the department’s Perkins V webpage. Look for the State Plan Draft for Public Comment link.
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Apply Now Need to renew your certificate this year? Applications due July 1

Educators whose certificates expire July 1 of this year are strongly encouraged to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible. Early application ensures optimal processing. Processing time is typically eight weeks, but during the summer months, may exceed 10 weeks.
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SD Suicide Prevention New Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan released

DOE is a partner agency in creating a statewide suicide prevention plan with an aim to prevent, intervene, and respond to crises related to suicide. The Suicide Prevention Plan, Priority Strategies and Call to Action are posted on the state’s Suicide Prevention website. A top-priority education-related item is providing a model crisis policy. Find more information on DOE’s Mental Health webpage.


Mentoring Summer Academy presentation proposals due Feb. 28

The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2020 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 850 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentoring program will attend this event scheduled for June 3-4 in Sioux Falls.
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History Teacher of the Year
2019 History Teacher of the Year Scott Beehler (right)
State Historical Society looking for SD’s History Teacher of the Year

Nominations are being accepted until Feb. 24 for the 2020 South Dakota K-12 History Teacher of the Year, one of the Governor's Awards for History coordinated by the South Dakota State Historical Society. The society seeks to pay tribute to a teacher who excels in teaching the history of South Dakota. All elementary and secondary teachers are eligible.
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Gov. Noem appoints Heineman and Westra to Board of Education Standards

Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Phyllis Heineman and Julie Westra, both of Sioux Falls, to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. Heineman is a former teacher, who served in the state legislature from 1999-2008 and from 2011-2016. Westra served three years on the Sioux Falls School Board and has also served on the South Dakota Professional Administrators Practices and Standards Commission.
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SD State Historical Society State Historical Society holding essay contest for fourth graders

The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is holding an essay contest for fourth-grade students. Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays during Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, which is celebrated in May.
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Watch Video Build Dakota Scholarship applications open until April 15

Build Dakota Scholarship applications are open until April 15. This scholarship covers tuition and fees, books, equipment, and other related program expenses in high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Scholarship recipients must commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation. Learn more at builddakotascholarships.com.

Presidential Awards Nominate a great math or science teacher for Presidential honor

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for math and science (including computer science) teachers. Awardees each receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C. Nominations are due March 1.
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SD 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 no later than April 16.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Spring 2020 Book Studies via South Dakota Statewide Title III & Migrant Consortia
Registration open until March 15

Title Programs webinars
3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

Feb. 27 – Executive Dysfunction
March 10 – Build It and They Will Come K-12
March 26 – Mindfulness
April 6 – How to Prevent Summer Slide K-5
April 23 – STEM in a Bag

Introduction to the School Library Standards course
March 1-April 1

SDMyLife Grade Level Lesson & Series Wrap Up webinar
March 11, 10-11 a.m. CT
March 11, 3-4 p.m. CT

See It In Action! Day – Rural CTE Programs
March 11, Webster

Board of Education Standards
March 16, Mitchell

Strengthening relationships with all families with an emphasis on EL/Migrant families
March 17, Sioux Falls

TIE Conference
April 19-21, Sioux Falls

South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference
April 23-25, Sioux Falls

Looking Back on South Dakota History with 20/20 Vision
State Historical Society History Conference
April 24-25, Pierre

SD Education Conference
May 27-28, Oacoma

Save the Date: Top 20 Training
July 28-30, Chamberlain

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

Save the Date: Indian Education Summit & Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

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