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Jan. 2020  
Teacher Feature TEACHER FEATURE: Freshman Academy an investment in success
"If you want to change your high school, there’s no better place to start than in the ninth grade,” says Dr. Todd Novak, who is in his 11th year running the Freshman Academy at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. “What you invest in your ninth-grade students will pay out over the next four years."
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South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications

Five South Dakota teachers and three school counselors earned national certifications in 2019. Teachers achieve National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of their pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The National Certified School Counselor certification recognizes counselors who demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in school counseling.

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Andy Jensen Chester Area teacher receives professional development scholarship

Congratulations to Andy Jensen of Chester! Jensen has received the Teachers Turn the Key professional development scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This scholarship brings together agricultural educators with four or fewer years of experience and immerses them in three days of professional development that addresses issues specific to the early years of teaching agriculture.

NBC Teachers From your colleagues: Why pursue National Board Certification?

The South Dakota Department of Education is facilitating a cohort for teachers interested in pursuing National Board Certification, a widely known and respected professional certification. The cohort registration deadline is Feb. 28. Hear from some of South Dakota’s newest National Board Certified Teachers about the value of pursuing this certification and doing so with the support of a cohort.
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Perkins V Accountability Indicators: Now taking public comment

South Dakota is developing a state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), the federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education. Proposed Accountability Indicators are now open for public comment. View the proposed indicators on the department’s Perkins V webpage. Look for the Accountability Indicators for Public Comment link.

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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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Civics Education Civics education plan created

The department’s three-year plan for the enhancement of civics education in South Dakota is now available on our Civics Education webpage. A group of stakeholders helped to develop this plan, which outlines strategies, goals, and action steps.
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Students South Dakota Math Standards aligned to Integrated Mathematics courses

The South Dakota Math Standards are now aligned to high school Integrated Mathematics courses. A team of South Dakota teachers collaborated to align state math standards to Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3. Find the Integrated Mathematics Alignment Supplement on DOE’s Mathematics Content Standards webpage, under the South Dakota Mathematics Standards heading.

colorful people State Library offering self-paced online course for school librarians

Registration is open for Diversity and the School Library, a self-paced online course for school librarians. The course was developed from content delivered at the State Library's annual School Library Boot Camp focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in relation to the school library and the classroom. The course will run from Feb. 1 to March 1 and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit or CEU.

CPR Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website

CPR is not a graduation requirement; however, all districts need to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). The South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction, which can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.
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Cybersecurity Nominations due Jan. 31 for inaugural Cybersecurity Education Award

Beginning this spring, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators – one elementary and one secondary – who instill in their students skills, knowledge, and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Award nominations are due Jan. 31. Learn more in this Homeroom blog entry from the U.S. Department of Education.

National Youth Science Camp Encourage seniors to apply for National Youth Science Camp

Two South Dakota high school seniors will be chosen to attend the National Youth Science Camp, which honors academic excellence in STEM and promotes leadership through a lecture series, hands-on research, educational activities, and outdoor adventures. The application deadline is Feb. 28.
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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

SD-STARs & EL joint webinar
Jan. 29

SD Technology Education Association meeting
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Pierre

SD STEM Ed Conference
Feb. 6-8, Huron

Student Sense-Making in Science
Feb. 17-May 8, online

CTE 101 Online Workshop
Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 11

Board of Education Standards
March 16, Mitchell

TIE Conference
April 19-21, Sioux Falls

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

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

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