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SD Department of Education April 2016  

teacher TEACHER FEATURE: Making students feel at home in the library

The Douglas High School Library is a busy place. Librarian Kim Darata works hard to encourage students to read for pleasure and to enjoy their library space.
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School Library Month

Celebrate School Library Month

A big thanks to school librarians for all you do for South Dakota students! Today’s school libraries aren’t only places of quiet study, but engaging hubs of activity. School libraries are collaborative learning labs where students engage in research, invention and exploration.

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Education reform: Beyond the teacher pay increase

This year’s legislative session was a historic one for education. The teacher pay increase garnered the most attention, but the education reform package passed by this year’s legislature also seeks to bolster the teaching profession in other ways:
• Mentoring
• National Board Certification
• Classroom Innovation Grants
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2016 Legislative Session: Takeaways for educators

A number of bills passed by the 2016 Legislature directly affect educators, including a scholarship opportunity for paraprofessionals, an extended tuition-reduction benefit and an added training requirement in the area of suicide awareness and prevention.
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Boot Camp 2016

Boot Camp 2016: It’s all about Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library

Where can I find primary sources to use with my students? How do I integrate primary sources into my lessons? Find the answers to these questions and more at Boot Camp 2016 in Pierre, July 18-21. All educators are welcome.
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SLO Video
Student Learning Objectives: Lessons learned

The 2015-16 school year marks the first year of full implementation of South Dakota’s Teacher Effectiveness System. Within the system, evaluated teachers must write Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). The Department of Education has received valuable feedback from educators who have gone through the process.
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ESSA work groups begin meeting in April

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires a State Plan, outlining strategies for implementing key requirements of the new law. Four South Dakota work groups will develop this plan in coming months. Click the links below for meeting times and names of work group members:

School Improvement
Educator Effectiveness
English Language Learner

21st Century School Library Award applications due May 1

The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: program, place and professional. Applicants conduct a self-assessment and awardees are recognized at the annual Systems Change Conference. Find more information on the State Library website.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Fine Arts Standards Implementation
April 21-May 1, online and various locations statewide

SLO Refresher Trainings for Teachers
April-June, various locations statewide

SD State Historical Society History Conference
April 29-30, Pierre

Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
May 30-July 13, online

MVPA Maximized! (for physical education/physical activity educators)
June 1, Pierre
June 2, Oacoma

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
July 5-Aug. 19, online (and one face-to-face workshop)

Top 20 Training
July 18-19, Rapid City
July 20-21, Sioux Falls

Boot Camp 2016: Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library
July 18-21, Pierre

The GO TO Strategies Workshop
July 25, Sioux Falls
July 26, Oacoma

New format in 2016! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

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