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May 2021  

Teacher Feature: Congratulations to Regional Teachers of the Year
Districts were invited to submit the names of their Teachers of the Year to the South Dakota Department of Education. Those teachers could then apply for Regional Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named State Teacher of the Year in the fall. Congratulations to the Regional Teachers of the Year!

Seeking public input on use of ARP/ESSER funding

Under the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), which became law in March 2021, South Dakota public schools are set to receive nearly $380 million in ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. In thinking about how to best serve students and responsibly spend these dollars, DOE is asking interested parties to provide input via a short survey.

K-12 Data Center offering educators free online training

With support from the South Dakota Department of Education, the K-12 Data Center is offering free online training for South Dakota educators that covers cyber security, Microsoft 365, and Google tools. Continuing education credit is available. Registration deadline: May 24.

K-12 math and science teachers: Apply for SDMath/SDSci Leadership by May 21

Applications are open until May 21 for the 2021-22 SDMath/SDSci Leadership program. This program selects, challenges, develops, and educates South Dakota K-12 mathematics and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education.

Still time to sign up for mentoring program

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 2021-22 school year are open.

Hanson High School hosts career panels during SD Week of Work
During the South Dakota Week of Work, Hanson High School hosted 40 guest speakers for an afternoon of career panel discussions. Professionals from the area represented all 16 career clusters across seven groups. A total of 94 students participated.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD Education Conference
May 24-28, online

Ambitious Science Teaching
Online (registration deadline: June 1)

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 8, 10, 17

Multi-tiered System of Supports Summer Education Conference
June 29-30

Foundational Mathematics for grades K-5
July 19-20, Fort Pierre

Best Practices in Teaching the SD Math Standards
July 21, Fort Pierre

CTE Conference
July 25-27, Watertown

Foundational Reading Summer Session for grades 4-8
July 28-29, Fort Pierre

Save the Date: Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Sept. 29-30

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