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March 2022  

Pierre and Brookings teachers earn
Milken Awards

Nichole Bowman, a math teacher at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, and Camrin Vaux, a fifth grade teacher at Camelot Intermediate School in Brookings, are South Dakota’s newest Milken Educators. They were surprised with special school assemblies in their honor and $25,000 checks from the Milken Family Foundation. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

Tammy Rueb named Outstanding Special Education Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Tammy Rueb (right), with the Scotland School District! She is the Parent/Guardian Nominated Special Education Staff of the Year. Rueb was honored at the Special Education Conference in March, along with the following nominees. Thank you to these outstanding educators:
  • Pam Brewer – Harding County
  • Janie DesLauriers – Clark
  • Moon Hemeyer – Spearfish
  • Jennifer Klinkel – West Central
  • Ryan Kruse – Sioux Falls
  • Irish Pepito – McLaughlin
  • Gayle Strand – Sioux Falls

Educators gather for Large School CTE Summit

Educators from the state’s 15 largest districts recently gathered for the Large School CTE Summit in Sioux Falls to learn from each other, share best practices and challenges, and create an action plan for the future of their career and technical education programs.

SD Week of Work Plan for students to participate in SD Week of Work
The South Dakota Week of Work will take place April 11-15. Resources are available on the Schools page of the Week of Work website to help educators and 10th and 11th grade students prepare for an engaging week of local in-person activities aimed at exploring career opportunities. Live panel discussions with business and industry leaders from across the state will also be held virtually.

Andrea Diehm
Guest column: Tips for helping alleviate students’ anxiety

Andrea Diehm is the South Dakota Department of Education’s school counseling liaison. In this guest column she offers tips for helping students experiencing minor anxiety. This time of year, some students may experience test anxiety, but common stressors can bring it on any time. Andrea’s tips can help you prepare.

Apply for SDMath/SDSci Leadership by May 20

SDMath/SDSci Leadership is a program to create and support a dynamic network of educators. The program selects, challenges, and develops K-12 South Dakota mathematics and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education. Apply by May 20 to join the next cohort.

SD educators: Check out statewide assessment development activities this summer

South Dakota educators are invited to apply to participate in a variety of activities this summer related to state assessments in English language arts, math, and science. Participants will be compensated for their time and have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country. Application deadlines are coming up in April.

New videos for parents/caregivers promote student well-being

Created for parents and caregivers, three new videos and a video guide are now available for access on the Project AWARE webpage under “Parent/Caregiver Resources.” These videos provide insight on concrete strategies for practicing positive parenting to foster healthy child development and promote positive mental health.

Teachers encouraged to enter students’ work in the South Dakota State Fair by April 16

The South Dakota State Fair and the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources encourage teachers to submit student education entries for display in the Arts & Education Building at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair. On average, more than 50 schools participate, entering more than 5,000 entries each year.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

SD-STARS Power User Training
March 29-30, Sioux Falls
April 5-6, Pierre
April 12-13, Rapid City
May 5, virtual follow-up meeting (included when registering for any of the above locations)

SD Advisory Panel on Children with Disabilities
March 31, Pierre

TIE Conference
April 4-5, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
April 7, Mitchell

SD Regional Math Circles
April 8, Sioux Falls
April 9, Pierre
April 9, Rapid City

Struggling Reader Series – Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners
April 11, online

Secondary Grades and Writing with Multilingual Learners
April 19-20, Chamberlain

Title Programs Bimonthly Zoominars
April 19, June 21

South Dakota History Conference: Fighting the Good War
April 22-23, Pierre

Using a Trauma Lens to Support Your Students
May 3, Rapid City

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 17, Watertown
June 21, Vermillion
June 23, Rapid City

Save the Date: MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 21-22, Oacoma

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

South Dakota Foundational Mathematics
July 19-20, Fort Pierre

South Dakota Best Practices in Teaching Mathematics
July 21-22, Pierre

Top 20 Training
July 21-22, Oacoma

Foundational Reading Skills Grades 4-8
July 26-27, Fort Pierre

Foundational Reading Skills Grades K-3
Aug. 2-4, Fort Pierre

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