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Jan. 2022  

SD band directors march in Rose Bowl Parade

South Dakota band directors Brock Persson (Todd County) and Ron Stary (Watertown) were part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Rose Parade Jan. 1 as members of the Band Directors Marching Band—the first of its kind! The Showmanship Award-winning parade entry’s theme was, “America’s Band Directors: We teach music. We teach life.”


Teachers and school counselors go above and beyond

Congratulations to the 12 South Dakota teachers and school counselors who earned or renewed national certifications in 2021, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions! Stipend and reimbursement opportunities are available for those who earn such certifications.

Register for Work-Based Learning webinar series

South Dakota K-12 educators are invited to register for Session 1 of a new webinar series focused on helping educators provide career exploration and work-based learning opportunities to learners of all ages. The webinar series will run from January-May and include panelists from education and business and industry sharing best practices, resources, and tips.

Check out free learning opportunities through REM grant
The Department of Education’s Rethinking Educational Models (REM) grant focuses in large part on competency-based instruction, as well as best practices for online learning. Individual educators and school teams have opportunities to grow professionally in these areas with free/sponsored programming. Visit the REM webpage to learn more.

On display now in the Hogen Gallery: “South Dakota’s Wardrobe: Selected Pieces from the Collection”

Make the Cultural Heritage Center part of your class legislative visit

Bringing students to Pierre this winter to observe the state legislature? Discover hands-on history at the Cultural Heritage Center, home of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The South Dakota Experience galleries tell the story of the state from American Indian life before the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s through the end of the 20th Century.

2021 OSEU Needs Assessment survey results available

The 2021 Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) Needs Assessment survey was designed and administered to support the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations Office of Indian Education and DOE to identify the current level of implementation of the OSEUs and the critical needs of educators implementing the OSEUs across South Dakota. Results will help the state provide focused support to improve statewide implementation.

January-April schedule announced for suicide prevention learning collaborative

Join partners in suicide prevention to celebrate Bright Spots, successful and impactful work going on right here in South Dakota. This virtual learning collaborative takes place monthly. The January-April schedule is now available. A brief presentation from a partner in South Dakota is followed by discussion and networking. Register via the links on this flyer. CEUs are available.

New mental health and suicide prevention resources for students and parents

  • With help from partners, the South Dakota Department of Health has developed the SD Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resources rack card. Schools can order free copies (click on the Mental Health tab) to share with students, parents, and other community members.
  • The University of South Dakota’s Center for Disabilities and the Department of Health have developed a four-part suicide prevention video series for parents. Tova Hartle, elementary school counselor in the West Central School District, contributed to this series.

Nominations for School Resource Officer of the Year due March 11

The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers is seeking nominations for the 2022 School Officer of the Year Achievement Award. The officer chosen for this award should display professionalism, dedication, and commitment to their respective school or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 11. Nominees will be announced at the association’s annual business meeting.

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.

Register students for SDSU Physics Bowl

The Physics Department at South Dakota State University invites students to Physics Bowl XLVIII. A face-to-face team competition is planned in the morning, with a virtual individual competition in the afternoon. For each competition, winners are eligible for SDSU scholarships. Learn more on SDSU’s Physics Bowl webpage.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

South Dakota Technology Education Association State Conference
Jan. 27-29, Pierre

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 31, Pierre

South Dakota State Library Textual Literacy Course
Feb. 1- March 4, online

201 Ways to Involve Parents book study
Feb. 1-March 18, online

Social and Emotional Learning Environments book study
Feb. 1-March 18, online

SD STEM Ed Conference
Feb. 3-5, Huron

Applying Ambitious Science Teaching
Feb. 7-May 8, online

Applying Student Sense-Making in Science
Feb. 7-May 8, online

How to Submit a Report Idea or Enhancement to SD-STARS
Feb. 15, online

Title Programs Bimonthly Zoominars
Feb. 22, April 19, June 21

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 15-16, Sioux Falls

South Dakota State Library Copyright Matters webinar
March 16, 11 a.m. CT

TIE Conference
April 4-5, Sioux Falls

ExCITE! 2022 (formerly School Library Boot Camp)
July 2022, online

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