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SD Department of Education Feb. 2016  

Photo of Joe Dalton, SD CTE Teacher of the Year TEACHER FEATURE:
How many ways can students use this?

After 12 years as a maintenance operator for the City of Watertown, Joe Dalton sought a new frontier: teaching. This South Dakota CTE Teacher of the Year is an explorer.
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DOE seeking individuals to serve on standards work groups

Beginning this summer, South Dakota will review standards in several content areas, including math, English language arts, and several CTE career clusters. The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking individuals from across the state to participate in this process.

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Celebrate CTE Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month. Check out the Department of Education's CTE Month webpage throughout the month for stories about CTE teachers and other fun updates. The department is also hosting weekly webinars about great things happening in CTE.

South Dakota educators working on the Smarter Balanced Digital Library

Not using the Digital Library yet? You’re missing out!

In January, seven South Dakota educators traveled to a national workshop and spent three days submitting and reviewing items for the Digital Library, an online collection of formative assessment tools available at no cost to South Dakota K-12 educators.

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DOE providing SLO Refresher workshops statewide March through June

SLO Refresher workshops are for all teachers, whether or not they’ve attended an SLO training in the past. Participants will discover the power of analyzing baseline data and how this frequently missed step can drive creation of a truly meaningful SLO.

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Teacher of the Year and Milken Educator honored during legislative session

South Dakota Teacher of the Year Sarah Lutz and Milken Educator Award winner Gina Benz were recognized in both houses of the state legislature in January. We sat down to talk with them.

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Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day

Pierre celebrates CTSO Legislative Shadow Day

As part of the Career and Technical Education Month celebration, nearly 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 10-11, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day.

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CTE program applications for SY 2016-17 due March 1

Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved Career and Technical Education programs in the 2016-17 school year. Applications for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 1.

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Scholarship available from SD Retired School Personnel

South Dakota Retired School Personnel (formerly SD Retired Teachers Association) offer scholarships to South Dakota teachers seeking advanced degrees or national certification. Find more information on the SDRSP website. Application deadline: April 5.

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A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

How to REACH those you TEACH
Webinars for general educators
• Feb. 29: Behaviors and Behavior Plans
• March 14: Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

Board of Education
March 14, Rapid City

TIE Conference
April 10-12, Sioux Falls

Save the Date! 2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

Save the Date! Top 20 Training
July 18-19, Rapid City
July 20-21, Sioux Falls

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