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Feb. 2021  

TEACHER FEATURE: Bishop brings drone certification to Belle Fourche ag program
Austin Bishop

After about a 10-year hiatus, the ag program in Belle Fourche restarted in school year 2017-18. Austin Bishop took over the program in 2018-19, and the sky is literally the limit for his goals.

The district recently purchased a drone, and Bishop is leading students in his Ag Systems Technology class through an online program to prepare them to earn Federal Aviation Administration certification to pilot drones.

Bishop sees career and technical education moving toward providing students more and more opportunities to earn industry certifications. His Ag Mechanics students work on small engines and personal projects. Those who wish to advance further can work to earn the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician Certification.

“I feel like we’re still building the ag program,” Bishop says. “And I will probably still say that in another 30 years. I never want to lose my step, get caught behind with technology, or get caught behind teaching the same old thing because ‘that’s just what I teach.’ I’m always looking for something new.”

The Belle Fourche School District has invested heavily in CTE, including a new building that opened in 2018. Bishop says the goal of the district’s CTE program is 100% placement: “What we mean by 100% placement is that after graduation, a student who has taken at least two years of CTE courses is accepted to a college, a tech school, or they have a job. We don’t want any Belle Fourche graduate to say, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing next.’”

Bishop takes advantage of Belle Fourche’s location to offer students unique hands-on opportunities via the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery for his Wildlife and Fisheries Capstone course, which he has broadly modeled on the Envirothon competition framework. He also brings in speakers from the Bureau of Land Management and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Some of his long-term goals include having 50% of Belle Fourche High School students enroll in the ag program. One of the ways he seeks to build enrollment in his program is by working to eliminate the stereotype that ag education is only for students who live on farms.

“There are so many leadership opportunities and other areas of content,” Bishop says. “If you look at my roster for FFA, probably only 20% of members are students who live on farms or ranches. I think that’s been a major help in trying to break that stigma of ‘it’s just for the farmers.’”

FFA Week (Feb. 20-27) activities help raise awareness of the district’s ag program. Members cook breakfast for teachers one day during the week, read books about agriculture to elementary students, and lead teambuilding activities for middle school students interested in learning more about FFA.

They also hold a food drive and recruit teachers willing to put their picture on a donation box. The teacher whose donation box has the most items then has to kiss an animal, like a sheep or pig. This year, the kiss may be scheduled for halftime during a basketball game.

Belle Fourche FFA
Due to COVID-19, the Belle Fourche FFA Chapter held a Summer Extravaganza to honor the achievements of its members and thank the community for its support. Pictured left to right: Austin Bishop; Doug Cole, Belle Fourche Honorary Friend of the FFA; Laney Mackaben, 2019-20 president; and Serena Davis, 2019-20 reporter; reading a letter of recognition.

2021 CTSOs

Student leaders celebrate CTE Month with visit to Capitol

February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 34 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 3, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day. Students shadowed legislators at committee meetings and observed House and Senate floor sessions.

“Career and technical education provides students hands-on learning opportunities, which can set them on the path to high-demand careers,” said Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson. “Career and technical student organizations take classroom learning a step further, giving students the chance to connect with peers across the state, develop leadership skills, and learn the importance of community service.”

Students representing the following CTSOs attended this year’s event: Educators Rising; Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; SD HOSA, a group for students interested in health sciences; and SkillsUSA, an association of trade, technology, and health occupation students.

By participating in CTSOs, students can apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom through competitive events; develop leadership and employability skills; and serve their communities.

Career and technical education seeks to equip students with core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills for careers and life. CTE emphasizes employability skills like critical thinking, responsibility, and technical skills related to specific career pathways.

Apply now Apply for social studies standards revision workgroup by March 31

South Dakota K-12 educators are invited to apply to participate in this summer’s K-12 social studies content standards review and revision. South Dakota core content standards are reviewed and revised every seven years.

The South Dakota Department of Education seeks up to 50 workgroup members comprised of K-12 educators, postsecondary educators, administrators or curriculum directors, parents, and business/industry partners to participate in this review and revision process.

The review process allows educators and stakeholders to analyze what is effective in the standards, identify challenges, and propose revisions. Review and revision will take place this summer. Throughout school year 2021-22, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards will hold four public hearings on the revised standards.

Workgroup members will be reimbursed for travel expenses and compensated for work completed. Workgroup members must participate in the following meetings. Currently, these meetings are scheduled to be held in-person in Pierre, though due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings may be moved to a virtual setting.

  • June 15-18
  • June 21-23
The revision process requires a lead for each grade level to assist other team members. Grade-level table leads will be required to meet virtually on June 7 in addition to the dates listed above. Grade-level lead responsibilities are outlined in the application. If interested in this role, please indicate on the application.

Applications [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/55N6TN2] will be taken through March 31.

Workgroup members will be identified and notified by mid-April.

Training required

All educators who are notified they will be workgroup members will be expected to attend C3 Framework training webinars on the dates listed below. These five one-hour online sessions are necessary to prepare workgroup members to understand the C3 Framework elements already in the standards in order to effectively revise them.

  • Elementary applicants: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25
  • Middle/high school applicants: April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
CEUs will be offered for attending these trainings. Workgroup members are required to attend their grade-level sessions but are also welcome to attend both elementary and middle/high school sessions to build capacity and earn additional CEUs. Separate from these trainings, educators will also have the opportunity to receive up to 56 CEUs as a table lead and 42 CEUs as a workgroup member for the revision work.

Session 1: Using C3 Standards, Inquiry, and State Standards to Develop Curriculum
Social studies teachers are tasked with a herculean duty: to develop young Americans into critically minded citizens who perform civic tasks. Designing curriculum for this obligation is difficult, but fortunately we have tools to help. This workshop will focus on an introduction to the C3 Framework as well as strategies that meld standards, inquiry theory, and contemporary perspectives to create a curriculum that is meaningful to the education of American citizens. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

April 27 (elementary): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcemsrDgtGdEyoi1HFM02fXBwjknm-H89]
April 29 (middle/high school): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocOmsqD4qHtGK9yo88lSYjtnT7bNAO7iI]

Session 2: Informed Action and End Products
Social studies teachers have a civic obligation to provide means for students to make an impact on their community. This workshop will focus on theories from project based learning and civic engagement to help design curriculum in which students will produce something impactful at the end. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 4 (elementary): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcu-srTgrHNMtP1Fn-H3YBcMQuvzhq7fN] May 6 (middle/high school): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdeyhrzkvHd3vhNRiFnK3y9ZISdgRdoHK]

Session 3: How to Create Compelling and Supporting Questions
Questions should drive all lessons because students become more eager to participate when they are pursuing answers. This workshop will focus on strategies to design compelling and supporting questions. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 11 (elementary): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqduyhqD4sG9SARSB9nFt1ExikM-owiCzy]
May 13 (middle/high school): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMudOCtrT4qG9JM0w1ojajxWMaZExwKe7oE]

Session 4: Applying and Assessing Disciplinary Concepts and Skills
Curriculum is powerful when it contains disciplinary concepts and skills that transcend the classroom. This workshop will focus on creating a list of key concepts and skills, incorporating them into a unit design, and assessing them. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 18 (elementary): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrce6srj4tG9eRs6bwbHg21MUrKPZLIyaF]
May 20 (middle/high school): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvd-uqqzIqEtVNvlxhVCjIV3KW8-qO8UTV]

Session 5: Finding Credible Sources and Integrating Them into Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
A unique challenge to teaching in the 21st century is the mass volume of teaching resources, websites, and educational materials. Being overwhelmed is a natural reaction to the multitude of resources. This workshop will focus on sifting through resources efficiently and finding materials that are credible and useful. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 25 (elementary): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpd--hrzIrE9fhjBUoJ_1mczwNX4NGzUXy]
May 27 (middle/high school): Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrduyhrj8rEtcg-jZ3c68iDcp144kvxiBA]

Questions? Please contact Melinda Johnson [melinda.johnson@state.sd.us], the department’s social studies specialist, or Stephanie Hansen [StephanieA.Hansen@state.sd.us], with the Division of Learning and Instruction.

Resources supporting OSEU instruction to be released weekly

K-12 educators, check out new resources to support instruction of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards. Resources will be released weekly, organized by OSEU standard. These resources are housed on the South Dakota Office of Indian Education website [https://indianeducation.sd.gov/oseuresources.aspx].

Resources available now:

Introduction [https://indianeducation.sd.gov/documents/OSEU Instructional Resources/OSEUTeachingResources-Introduction.pdf]

Week One – OSEU 1: Lands & Environment [https://indianeducation.sd.gov/documents/OSEU Instructional Resources/OSEUTeachingResources-Week1.pdf]

Week Two – OSEU 1: Lands & Environment [https://indianeducation.sd.gov/documents/OSEU Instructional Resources/OSEUTeachingResources-Week2.pdf]

Week Three – OSEU 2: Identity & Resiliency [https://indianeducation.sd.gov/documents/OSEU%20Instructional%20Resources/OSEUTeachingResources-Week3.pdf]

These resources are made possible through partnership with the Department of Tribal Relations, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE), the Red Cloud Indian School, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Education Department, Rapid City Area Schools, and the Region 11 Comprehensive Center.

Apply for 2021 Research Experience for Teachers by Feb. 23

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is accepting applications for 2021 Research Experience for Teachers summer fellowships. The program enables high school teachers to enrich their knowledge of science and engineering practices by joining a research group at a South Dakota university or laboratory in summer 2021.

Research has shown that teachers who participate in research in science and engineering are able to provide an enriched classroom experience for their students in subsequent years.

Participants are expected to do the following:

  • Work at an SDSGC affiliate research organization* during summer 2021 for at least eight weeks
  • Participate in occasional videoconferences with other RET teachers and science education professionals to develop strategies for transferring the summer experience to the classroom
  • Give a poster or oral presentation about your research (presentation opportunities include the South Dakota Academy of Science or the South Dakota Science Teachers Association annual conference in spring 2022, or the NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Symposium)
  • Participate in two online surveys or phone interviews as part of the evaluation process

  • * SDSGC affiliate research institutions: Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Black Hills State University (Spearfish), Dakota State University (Madison), Lake Area Technical College (Watertown), Northern State University (Aberdeen), Oglala Lakota College (Kyle), Sanford Underground Research Facility (Lead), Sinte Gleska University (Mission), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City), South Dakota State University (Brookings), United States Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS), University of South Dakota (Vermillion)
Find more details in this SDSGC Research Experience for Teachers – Application and Instructions document [https://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/21/02/documents/SDSGC.pdf].

For more information, contact:

Peggy Norris, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Education & Outreach
Sanford Underground Research Facility
630 E. Summit St.
Lead, SD 57754
605-645-6325 (cell)

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. Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays during Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, which is celebrated in May.

“The competition is open to fourth-grade students, as this is the grade level at which many students in the state learn about South Dakota history,” said Benjamin F. Jones, state historian and director of the State Historical Society. “The essay contest will expose students to an appreciation of their historic places, the stories they tell, and why they should be preserved for future generations.”

With the theme of “This Place Matters,” students are asked to write a 100-400 word essay about any South Dakota location that is at least 50 years old, why it is a favorite place for them, and why it should be preserved. It does not need to be a historic site and writing a history of the location is not necessary.

“We look forward to sponsoring this contest and seeing what places and stories students come up with,” continued Jones. “We think it will give students a better understanding of their history and culture.”

The contest entry deadline is Friday, March 12. Entries will be judged on quality of writing, content and theme, and originality of thought. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded.

The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Society (a $55 value). The second-place winner will receive a $75 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the society. The third-place winner will receive a $50 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the society.

The winning entries will be posted on the society’s website at https://history.sd.gov/preservation/archhpmonth.aspx during the month of May. Winners from 2020 are currently featured.

Additional information, including complete guidelines and an entry form, are posted on the website. Questions may be directed to Katie Wasley at 605-773-2907 or Katie.Wasley@state.sd.us.

SD Arts Council Don’t miss education opportunities from the SD Arts Council

Poetry Out Loud student submission deadline Feb. 28
Poetry Out Loud is a free program for students in grades 9-12 in both public and private schools that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $50,000 in awards.

This year, no local contests are required. Any interested student may submit a video to the preliminary round by midnight on Feb. 28. Students should record two poems for the preliminary round and have a third poem selected and prepared in case they advance to the state finals. Judging will be done online. On March 8, state finalists will be notified and invited to a live virtual contest on March 15, where a state champion will be named.

Teachers can begin by introducing POL curriculum to students. Teachers can develop their own lesson plans, use plans provided on the POL website [https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/], or have students learn on their own using online content. The POL teacher's guide is downloadable from the POL website.

Find more information on the South Dakota Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud webpage [https://artscouncil.sd.gov/POL/index.aspx].

Teachers: apply to host an artist residency by March 1
The South Dakota Arts Council is now accepting grant applications for its Artists in Schools and Communities residency program for the 2021-22 school year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). This program provides matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations for artists in residence.

Applications must be received through the AISC online grant form available on the SDAC's Artists in Schools and Communities webpage [https://artscouncil.sd.gov/aisc/]. The application deadline is March 1.

Through the AISC program, students – adults and children alike – will learn about fine arts in a relevant, hands-on environment.

Grantees choose their artist from a roster of professional teaching artists endorsed by the Arts Council. Disciplines include dance, literature, writing, music, theater, visual arts, and traditional arts. A theater residency could include classroom workshops or a full-length production featuring local students at the end of the week. In the visual arts, choose from pottery, painting, drawing, sculpting, murals, comic book making, and more. There are traditional arts residency opportunities in American Indian hoop dancing and rodeo clowning. To view the extensive list of roster artists and read about the residencies offered, visit www.artscouncil.sd.gov/aisc/meetartist.aspx.

Please review program guidelines before applying, and reach out to Rebecca Cruse [Rebecca.cruse@state.sd.us] with any questions.

Webinar series for K-12 social studies teachers continues

Don't miss upcoming sessions on geography and women's history in the 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.

Questions? Contact Melinda Johnson[melinda.johnson@state.sd.us] with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Schedule and registration links:

Women & the American Story
Join the New York Historical Society in this department-sponsored webinar to learn more about their Women & the American Story [https://wams.nyhistory.org/] curriculum, a free online resource that provides teachers and students with information about the myriad and critical roles women played in shaping United States history. Women & the American Story programs and resources are made possible through the generous support of Deutsche Bank, the Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, IBM, and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar.

March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT (elementary edition)
Through a guided tour of the site and an interactive session using primary source objects and images, videos, and arts integration activities from the Early Encounters: 1492-1734 [https://wams.nyhistory.org/early-encounters/] unit of the curriculum, learn new instructional strategies for bringing the diverse perspectives of women into your remote or face-to-face K-5 instruction.

Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErduuhqj8rHtJDZujbQ3oSnV1t1FBsPoCn]

March 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT (middle and high school)
Through a guided tour of the site and an interactive session using primary and secondary sources from the Confidence & Crises: 1920-1948 [https://wams.nyhistory.org/confidence-and-crises/] unit of the curriculum, learn new instructional strategies for bringing the diverse perspectives of women into your remote or face-to-face 6-12 instruction.

Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlduyqpjMoH9JAzSDy2hchqJ1n_1RUII9P]

It’s More than Just Maps: Using Geography to Create Critical Thinkers, featuring national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe from ESSDACK
We all love a good map, but geography can and should be more than colored pencils, memorizing state capitals, and listing different regions of the United States. We need to be using a variety of tools to help students think critically and use evidence to make claims. Join national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe in this department-sponsored webinar where you will learn about these tools and how they can fit into your classroom. During this fast-paced two-hour session, we’ll explore geography resources, tools, and strategies that will engage kids in solving problems and acquiring foundational content. Nat Geo Map Maker, Google Earth, geo-based political cartoons, integrating datasets into Street Views, and StoryMaps are just a few of the tools we’ll explore. Each session will focus on grade level activities specifically designed to help you immediately integrate geography skills and content into your instruction. CEUs will be offered for participating in this hands-on, fast-paced webinar.

April 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT (elementary edition)
Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIofu6trTwvG9H3IVPdkL9LBhQcJs3QJhT0]

April 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT (middle and high school)
Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMld-mgqj0rGN3-_iuXFVecIJRZlcJsyDE4]

Social Studies Collaborative Chat, featuring national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe from ESSDACK
April 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

Let’s chat! All K-12 social studies teachers are invited to join the department’s social studies specialist, Melinda, national social studies expert, Glenn Wiebe, and their fellow teachers across the state for a collaborative chat to ask questions, share strategies, and discuss tips for using the latest webinar information. Along with sharing ideas, this time will allow everyone to come together to chat about social studies in general and how the school year is going as we approach the last month of school. Give yourself a break to enjoy the company of your fellow teachers.

Register [https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsceuqqT4iG9Hz6ieImJsBYzqe_wCaaxzE]

SD State Fair State Fair invites teachers to submit student work by April 16

Teachers are invited to highlight their students’ best work in art, literature, and photography at the 2021 South Dakota State Fair. The work must be from the 2020-21 school year, and entries must be submitted no later than April 16, accompanied by this entry form [https://sdstatefair.com/assets/docs/uploads/2021-exhibitor-books-and-entry-forms/2021-ed-entry-form.pdf].

“South Dakota’s Largest Classroom” will again be part of the State Fair in 2021. Learn more about this program on page 15 of the 2021 South Dakota State Fair Education Book [https://sdstatefair.com/assets/docs/uploads/2021-exhibitor-books-and-entry-forms/education-book-2021.pdf].

More information on all of these educational opportunities is available in the 2021 South Dakota State Fair Education Book [https://sdstatefair.com/assets/docs/uploads/2021-exhibitor-books-and-entry-forms/education-book-2021.pdf]. There is also a waiver in the Education book that must be signed by the parent if entering work from a child on an Individual Education Plan.

SD GFP Students looking for summer work? Check out opportunities with GF&P

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is looking for seasonal employees across the state. Most positions run mid-May through Labor Day. If you have students ages 17+ who might enjoy working outdoors this summer, please consider sharing this opportunity.

Recently, seasonal positions have qualified for a pay raise. Pay begins at $10-$12 an hour.

Available positions include:

  • general maintenance
  • entrance station attendant
  • maintenance worker
  • campground attendant
  • law enforcement
  • heavy equipment operator
  • naturalist/programmer positions
For complete job listings, visit bhr.sd.gov/workforus, go to “All Open Positions” and click the “Seasonal and Temporary” tab.

Upcoming Events

Except where otherwise noted, details on the following events are available at GoSignMeUp [http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/].

Introduction to Social Emotional Learning (middle and high school)
Feb. 16

Social Emotional Learning Series (elementary)
Feb. 18, March 4, March 11, March 18

Teacher Self-Care and SEL
Feb. 22

ESL teacher webinars
Feb. 22: Let’s Talk Tools for Teacher Success [https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsc-2spjwpGN0jsPWUvC3YQF3cSB0KNOz8]
March 22: Let’s Talk Collaboration [https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfu2tqDgvG9Rb30xaXzxTmx72Ev6r_sEA]
April 26: Let’s Talk SEL [https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfu2tqDgvG9Rb30xaXzxTmx72Ev6r_sEA]

Effective Instruction Series

  • Feedback and Checking for Understanding
    Feb. 26
  • Summarizing and Note Taking
    March 12
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
    March 26
  • Growth Mindset, Effort, and Perseverance
    April 9

Social Emotional Learning Series (middle and high school)
March 1, March 8, March 15

K-12 social studies webinar series:

  • Women & the American Story
    March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT (elementary edition)
    March 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT (middle and high school)
  • It’s More than Just Maps: Using Geography to Create Critical Thinkers, featuring national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe from ESSDACK
    April 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT (elementary edition)
    April 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT (middle and high school)
  • Social Studies Collaborative Chat, featuring national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe from ESSDACK
    April 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 16-17 [https://centerfordisabilitiessouthdakota.wordpress.com/]

Board of Education Standards
March 26 [https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32]

2021 SD Driver Education Instructor Training Conference
March 26-27, Pierre

TIE Conference
Accepting presentation proposals until Feb. 28
April 18-19, online

Save the Date: SD Education Conference
May 24-28, online

ExCITE for school librarians
July, online (asynchronous and synchronous sessions throughout the month)

Save the Date: Foundational Reading Sessions for grades 4-8
July 28-29, Fort Pierre

Save the Date: Foundational Reading Sessions for grades K-3
Aug. 3-5, Fort Pierre

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