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Sept. 2021  

Teacher Feature: 2022 SD Teacher of the Year nominees
Meet South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these outstanding educators will be named 2022 State Teacher of the Year on Oct. 12.

SD Regional Math Circles program begins in October

The Department of Education is launching SD Regional Math Circles. This program provides educators opportunities to build their professional network while they engage in rich mathematics tasks and grade-specific tasks, develop their conceptual understanding of mathematics, and discuss equitable learning opportunities for all students.

JAG-SD expands to three more schools in 2021-22

The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that Lyman High School, Oelrichs High School, and Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls) have launched Jobs for America’s Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) programs this school year, bringing the total number of schools to nine.

Congratulations to Hagen-Harvey Scholarship recipients

Ten students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial State scholarships. This scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at a public or non-public accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.

Nominate a colleague for the PAEMST by Jan. 7
Do you know an exemplary math or science teacher working with students in grades K-6? Nominate them for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. These awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.

September is Suicide Prevention Month
All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. For ideas on how to get involved, visit the South Dakota Suicide Prevention website.

Plan to crunch into local produce during Farm to School Month in October
In celebration of Farm to School Month, South Dakota State University Extension and the Department of Education’s Division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services are partnering to encourage schools to participate in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off Oct. 4-8.

South Dakota joins National Consortium for Health Science Educators
South Dakota has joined more than 30 other states to become a National Consortium for Health Science Educators state leader. This provides a variety of benefits for South Dakota schools, science/health science educators, and HOSA advisors.

Study shows positive impacts of participation in career and technical education
A recent report from the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central shows students who were career and technical education (CTE) concentrators were more likely than non-CTE concentrators to graduate from high school on time, enroll in postsecondary education, and attain a postsecondary award or degree within two years.

Teach South Dakota Conference canceled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Teach South Dakota Conference, scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Mitchell, has been canceled. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

EL Teacher Monthly Check-in Meetings
School year 2021-22

Getting Started with SDMyLife
Sept. 29, Rapid City

Struggling Reader Series (online)
Oct. 4: Why Phonemic Proficiency is Necessary for All Readers
Nov. 1: Teaching Spelling Using a Structured Literacy Approach
Dec. 13: Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems
Jan. 10, 2022: Assessment and Intervention in Light of Reading Difficulties
Feb. 7, 2022: Understanding Dyslexia
March 7, 2022: What Does Good Instruction Look Like for Students with Dyslexia
April 11, 2022: Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners

SDMyLife Training Series – Lessons
Oct. 6, 10 a.m. CT, online
Oct. 6, 3 p.m. CT, online

Embedding Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam
Oct. 8, Sioux Falls

Dyslexia Assessment in SD
Oct. 8, Chamberlain
Oct. 29, Rapid City
Nov. 5, Sioux Falls

SDMyLife Training Series – Method Test Prep – Student View
Oct. 13, 10 a.m. CT, online

SDMyLife Training Series – Method Test Prep – Educator View
Oct. 13, 3 p.m. CT, online

Braille & Talking Book Library Tools for Struggling Readers
Oct. 18, online

SDMyLife Training Series – Student Portfolios – Using “About Me”
Oct. 20, 10 a.m. CT, online
Oct. 20, 3 p.m. CT, online

Nurturing Speaking Growth for English learners
Oct. 20 and 27, online

SD-STARS for Beginners webinar
Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m. CT

Board of Education Standards
Oct. 25, Aberdeen

SDMyLife Training Series – Exploring Careers and Schools
Oct. 27, 10 a.m. CT, online
Oct. 27, 3 p.m. CT, online

WIDA Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades
Oct. 28-29, Fort Pierre

SD Regional Math Circles
Oct. 29, Aberdeen
Oct. 29, Eagle Butte
Oct. 29, Sioux Falls
Oct. 30, Chamberlain
Oct. 30, Rapid City

Engage Every Family 5 Simple Principles
Nov. 1-Dec. 10, online/hybrid book study

Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework
Nov. 8 and 15, online, 3-4:30 p.m. CT

Indian Education Conference
Nov. 15-16, online

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