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SD Department of Education Dec. 2016  

TEACHER FEATURE: Helping Native students know themselves better

Sage Fast Dog teaches Lakota Studies at Todd County Middle School. He uses the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards, which are intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching about Native American history and culture. He wants all teachers to embrace these standards.
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Overview of proposed certification rule changes now available

An overview of proposed changes to educator certification rules is now available. A first reading of the proposed rule changes was held at the Nov. 15 state Board of Education meeting. Public hearings will be held in January and March.

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National group develops video on SD’s teacher pay efforts

The Council of Chief State School Officers has developed a video to share with its members, showcasing South Dakota’s efforts in increasing teacher pay. South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp has been elected president of the CCSSO’s Board of Directors and shared the video at the group’s recent annual policy forum.

Photo from Mentoring Meeting.

Statewide mentoring program kicks off

Mentor/new teacher pairs have been meeting for the first time at regional kickoff meetings for the statewide mentoring program, established as part of the 2016 education package. The educators pictured here were gathered at the Fort Pierre event Nov. 15.

Logo for The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Nominate a great math or science teacher for Presidential honor

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for math and science (including computer science) teachers. Awardees each receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C. Nominations are due April 1.
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Stock Photo of suitcase and globe Apply by Dec. 28 for Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program

The Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. This flyer features upcoming dates, locations and application information.

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Research fellowships available for high school STEM teachers

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium invites high school teachers in science, technology, engineering or math to apply for research fellowships. Applications are due Jan. 20. More information and the application are available on the SD Space Grant Consortium website.

#SCHSDSL Twitter Challenge School librarians, earn contact hours in #SCHSDSL Twitter Challenge
The #schsdsl Twitter Challenge is a continuing education opportunity for school library staff, sponsored by the South Dakota State Library. It’s a series of 20 tasks relating to Twitter, designed to introduce Twitter as a professional learning tool. Learn more on the #schsdsl Twitter website.

21st Century Community Learning Centers. Soaring Beyond Expectations. Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
The opportunity to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants will be available soon. The grant application will be online, and applicants must first submit a Notice of Intent to Apply to the South Dakota Department of Education by Jan. 13, 2017.
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CTE Logo. CTE Learning that works for South Dakota. Board holds first public hearing on proposed CTE standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its Nov. 15 meeting. The remaining three hearings on these standards will be held in 2017 at board meetings around the state.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

CTE – Standards Implementation Collaborative Work Day
Jan. 11, Rapid City
Jan. 25, Sioux Falls

Preparing for ACCESS 2.0
Jan. 17, Watertown
Jan. 18, Sioux Falls
Jan. 19, Chamberlain
Jan. 20, Rapid City

Board of Education
Jan. 19, Pierre

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