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Gov. Daugaard signs education reform bills
Gov. Daugaard signs education reform bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the components of his education proposal - HB 1182, SB 131 and SB 133 – into law. HB 1182 increases the sales tax by a half-penny to help increase average teacher salary. SB 131 reforms the school funding formula. SB 133 includes a number of proposals to recruit and retain more teachers and to create new opportunities for school efficiency. The education reform bills can be viewed online at legis.sd.gov.

TEACHER FEATURE: South Dakota awash in a linguistic ocean


“She’s like a magnet,” Kathy Keffeler (left) said of Dr. Adriana Rabino’s rapport with students.

Keffeler is a world languages teacher in the Douglas School District in Box Elder. She hosted Rabino for two weeks in February as part of the Visiting Uruguayan Educator Program.

Rabino teaches English in Montevideo, Uruguay, and perhaps one reason she was so magnetic was because she quickly saw that for all the cultural differences between her home city of more than 1 million residents, and the much smaller Box Elder, teenagers around the world have a lot in common: “If you ask my students what they like to do, and you ask South Dakota students what they like to do, the answers are mostly the same,” she said.

Sometimes the language is even the same. “New words are coming every day,” Rabino said. “You see for instance, new items appearing, like selfie sticks. In Uruguay, in Spanish, we don’t say, ‘palo de selfie.’ We say, ‘selfie stick.’ Students were surprised, because it’s the same word you use here and in my country.”


It’s an example of what Keffeler calls the fluid nature of language: “If you think of water, especially with technology, the Internet, the texting, the tweeting, everything. We’re constantly washing each other in a linguistic ocean, if you will. When the tide goes out and comes back in, it’s going to leave some pebbles on the shore and those are going to be some of those words from other countries and other cultures.”

A cultural exchange can make people aware of commonalities, and Keffeler discovered it can also provide new perspective on one’s own life: “I have learned to see my life and my job through brand new eyes,” she said of the impact of Rabino’s visit. “I think what I’ve seen in just the short time Adriana has been here is new vibrancy, new life, a lot of interest in our program, which is really exciting.”

Keffeler and class

Keffeler has previously participated in this program and encourages other teachers to try such an opportunity: “To host a teacher is probably one of the most rewarding and fun experiences a person can have. You share your life, your home, your table, your fun.”

What does your schedule look like while you’re here, Adriana? The question was met with laughter from Keffeler, because to quickly summarize the agenda would have been impossible—it was jam packed. During Rabino’s visit, the two teachers left Keffeler’s home by 7 a.m. most days, often staying busy well into the evenings.

Rabino observed classes, gave presentations on her home country and observed middle and high school administrators. Keffeler scheduled a tour of Red Cloud Indian School. The two also visited the Badlands, Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore. They attended school and professional sporting events, a community theatre production, even a Chinese New Year celebration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Keffeler event

After two short weeks, Rabino returned home, but she and Keffeler have stayed in touch and are planning collaborative cross-cultural activities. “Everyone sees us and they say, ‘You look like sisters,’” Rabino said. “It’s like meeting another soul in the world who has something to share with you.”

“We call each other, ‘hermana,’ [sister] from time to time,” said Keffeler.


Individuals needed to serve on OSEU & health standards work groups

South Dakota will review standards in several content areas this summer. Applications, meeting schedules and work group expectations are now available for those interested in reviewing the following content standards. K-12 and postsecondary educators, business and industry representatives and parents are encouraged to apply.

• Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards (doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/review.aspx) (Apply by March 24)
• Health Education(doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/review.aspx) (Apply by April 20)

SD Capitol
New! Workforce Education Grant applications now available

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Grant fund through SB 235. Part of that fund, up to $1.5 million, was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools.

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. High quality CTE programs give students the knowledge, skills and experiences to be well prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business and industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs. These grants will efficiently increase the number of students with access to high quality career and technical education programs in the state.

Grants will be awarded for the first time in the spring and summer of 2016. The maximum individual grant application amount will be $300,000. The Workforce Education Grants will be awarded through a competitive submission and review process. As such, grant teams are expected to make significant and meaningful improvements to career and technical education programs; applications should not be one-off projects for small equipment purchases, teacher training, student transportation or similar activities. The Workforce Education Grants are one-time awards. If additional grants are available in the future from the fund, districts will not be re-awarded funds to sustain the initial award.

Applications will be accepted in two rounds, with deadlines as follows:
April 1: grant projects up to $50,000
June 3: grant projects up to $300,000

Find more information, including the grant application, on the Workforce Education Grant webpage (doe.sd.gov/octe/WEG.aspx).

SD Historical Sociey Logo
Spring learning opportunities available at Cultural Heritage Center

During the month of April, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society offers a gallery class entitled Lewis and Clark’s South Dakota Experience to 4th grade students at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Students will learn about the plants, animals and people Lewis and Clark encountered in South Dakota by handling objects and viewing photographs. The class is taught by docent educators and is 45 minutes long. It is offered at no cost. Find out how to schedule a gallery class on the Historical Society’s website (http://history.sd.gov/Museum/Education/galleryclass.aspx).

Teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring their students to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre to experience South Dakota history.

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. Students can walk through a tipi, “ride” a train and “milk” a cow, among other activities.

The Hogen Gallery features changing exhibits. Currently, this gallery features “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota,” an exhibit covering the history of baseball in the state.

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday-Friday. There is no cost for tours, which can either be guided or self-guided. For more information, visit www.history.sd.gov/museum. To schedule a tour, email Jeff Mammenga (Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us), South Dakota State Historical Society, or call (605) 773-6000.

The State Historical Society is also partnering with the South Dakota Discovery Center for South Dakota History Adventures, May 10-13. There is a nominal cost to participate in this event. Find more information on the South Dakota Discovery Center website (http://www.sd-discovery.org/outreach/south-dakota-history-adventures/). This event is intended for students in grades 4-6.

Math and science teachers honored at annual conference

The 24th Annual Joint Professional Development Conference of the South Dakota Science Teachers Association & South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics was held Feb. 4-6, in Huron. A number of outstanding math and science educators were honored. Congratulations!

Mark Kreie and Paul von Fischer
Outstanding Math Teacher Award, sponsored by Daktronics: Mark Kreie (right) and principal Paul von Fischer (Brookings High School)

Janet Wagner
Physical Science Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by 3M: Janet Wagner (Bon Homme School District)

state-level finalists
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching state-level finalists (l to r): (Dorothy) Marie Gillespie (science, Pierre Indian Learning Center), Jennifer Fowler (science, Rapid City), Mark Kreie (math, Brookings), Ruth Conway (math, Rapid City), Sheila McQuade (math, Sioux Falls), Lisa Cardillo (science, Harrisburg), LuAnn Lindskov (science, Timber Lake)
Not pictured: Cole Knippling (math, Elk Point-Jefferson) and Bjorg Remmers-Seymour (math, Rapid City)

Tricia Neugebauer and Marie Gillespie
SD Space Grant Consortium Kelly Lane Grant award winners: Tricia Neugebauer, left (Mitchell CTE Academy) and (Dorothy) Marie Gillespie (Pierre Indian Learning Center) with Tom Durkin (SD Space Grant Consortium)

Hilary Risner Jacoby Hinton
Daniel Swets Robotics Awards: Hilary Risner (SDSU 4-H Extension, Bon Homme & Douglas counties), Jacoby Hinton (McLaughlin High School)

Jean Gomer
Cindy Kroon, left (Montrose High School)presents Jean Gomer, retired (White, SD) with the Distinguished Service to Mathematics Award.

Brenda Murphey
Distinguished Service to Science Award: Brenda Murphey, left (Rapid City Area School District)

Other awards:
     • Outstanding Biology Teacher: Kay Bass (Harrisburg High School)
     • Friend of Mathematics Award: Huron Events Center/Crossroads Hotel
     • Friend of Science Award: 3M

SD Commission on Teaching and Learning
CTL starts examining alternative certification

At its February meeting, the South Dakota Commission on Teaching and Learning began examining the state’s alternative certification requirements.

“This is certainly an ongoing conversation, but we’ve made a lot of progress,” said Carla Leingang, commission member and administrator of certification and teacher quality for the South Dakota Department of Education. “Before we ever got to the nuts and bolts of what alternative certification requirements should be, we talked a lot about the importance of teaching as a profession. We don’t want to minimize teaching as a profession, but we also don’t want to put up unnecessary barriers.”

Leingang says the commission is studying three key areas within alternative certification:

    1) Eligibility: What an individual must do to qualify
        for alternative certification.
    2) School district requirements: What school
       districts must do to ensure an alternatively
       certified individual is qualified and properly
       supported through some kind of mentoring program.
    3) Path to full certification: The commission plans
       to work with higher education to determine what
       coursework individuals going through alternative
       certification need to become fully prepared to teach.

The commission is also beginning discussions on what members are calling, “alternative preparation.” For a person to qualify for alternative certification, he or she must have a job offer from an accredited South Dakota school. “Alternative preparation” would define a path for professionals from other fields wanting to change careers, but who don’t have a teaching job offer. For instance, if an engineer wanted to become a teacher, “alternative preparation” would outline the coursework and training necessary for that person to become certified.

The commission will continue discussion of alternative certification at its next meeting, March 18-19.

Quality and alignment of SBAC assessment reaffirmed

Two more external evaluations have declared Smarter Balanced to be a high quality test strongly aligned with South Dakota’s math and English language arts standards. The Smarter Balanced high school test received the highest possible ratings.

Read more at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/news/national-evaluations-again-confirm-quality-and-alignment-of-smarter-balanced-end-of-year-test/.

Kick off School Library Month at EdCamp in Sioux Falls or Rapid City

All educators are welcome to participate in this free event on April 2, co-sponsored by the State Library and the SD Library Association. EdCamp is an “unconference” where attendees collaborate to plan the learning and teaching. The day will start with some basic information on makerspaces. Find more info on the State Library website (http://library.sd.gov/CAL/2016/sdsl-schoollibedcamp.aspx#.VtbrWrx-yK0).

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.

TIE Conference
April 10-12, Sioux Falls

Don’t miss the 30th Annual TIE Conference!

Over the past 29 years, TIE has evolved from being the forerunner in sharing technology innovation with educators to meeting the current needs of technology integration, curriculum mandates, improved student achievement and effective assessment and evaluation.

Find registration information and more at www.conference.tie.net.

Fine Arts Standards Implementation
April 17-May 1, online and various locations statewide

This is an awareness training on the newly adopted South Dakota Fine Arts Standards. This training encompasses the layout of the standards and planning and assessment incorporating the new standards with a particular focus on the four artistic processes: creating, performing, responding and connecting.

Participants are asked to bring a unit or lesson plan from the arts content area they teach for work on implementing the new standards and applying the four processes. Participants are also required to bring a paper copy of the new standards. Teachers can print the whole document or only the pages that pertain to courses they teach. The standards are available on the Department of Education website (doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SD-FA-snd.pdf).

During the online course, participants will be asked to work with a unit or lesson plan from the fine arts content area they teach to implement the new standards and apply the four processes.

Here is a video invitation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zAD3Tso9pI&feature=youtu.be) to the course.

Six hours toward a Continuing Education Unit are available. Find more information at GoSignMeUp (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/). Search by course title.

Perkins Data Collection Training
April 20, Pierre
April 21, Aberdeen
April 25, Rapid City
April 27, Mitchell
April 28, Sioux Falls

Training sessions on the Perkins Data Collection system will provide CTE teachers/administrators in approved CTE programs (school year 2015-16) the following:

1. Instructions for entering Perkins Data via Mass Enrollment and Individual Enrollment (if your school enters data through the Upload process, contact Nora Kohlenberg for training information at nora.kohlenberg@state.sd.us).

2. Updates on modifications to the data system for 2015-16.

3. Tips to ensure data is entered comprehensively and accurately.

4. Ideas to get the most out of your Perkins data.

Details on the training sessions, including location and information to prepare prior to attending, will be sent following your registration. Watch your email for additional information.

Register at GoSignMeUp (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/). Search by course title. For questions or more information, contact the Division of Career & Technical Education at (605) 773-3423.

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

SLO Refresher Trainings are for all teachers, whether or not they’ve attended an SLO training in the past. Learn about updates and SLO best practices from trainers who have worked with SLOs for several years and have assisted hundreds of teachers across South Dakota in developing, revising and editing SLOs in all content areas and grade levels.

Participants will discover the power of analyzing baseline data and how this frequently missed step can drive creation of a truly meaningful SLO. Trainers will share strategies and best practices for SLO goal setting, which can be one of the most challenging parts of the SLO. Participants are encouraged to bring a current SLO or other materials and assessments to get a jump start on developing a great SLO for 2016-17.

Spring 2016 Trainings for Teachers Registration Information (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/March/documents/SLOtraining.pdf)

SD State Historical Society History Conference
Everyone Eats: South Dakota's Food Heritage

April 29-30, Pierre

Historical Photo

Sitting down to a family dinner, slicing into fruit kuchen or grilling fresh-caught walleye by the river – everyone eats! Come and learn about South Dakota’s food traditions and practices at “Everyone Eats: South Dakota’s Food Heritage.”

Teachers can obtain 11 contact hours from the South Dakota Department of Education for attending. For more information, call the historical society at (605) 773-3458, or visit the conference website (https://history.sd.gov/aboutus/HistoryConference/default.aspx). Join the historical society and get $10 off conference registration.

Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet in Aberdeen. Time and location are yet to be determined. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal (http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32) at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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

The School Health program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health will host professional development for physical education/physical activity educators at two locations this summer. The MVPA Maximized! workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT.

MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) is an essential component of a quality physical education program. The MVPA Maximized! workshop will show K-12 physical education/physical activity educators how to increase MVPA during physical education classes and in other environments.

Registration deadline: May 25.

Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for meals, mileage and lodging. Find registration information and more on this shareable flyer (http://doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/documents/MVPA-MAXED.pdf).

Questions? Contact Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education, at karen.keyser@state.sd.us or (605) 220-6453.

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

This year’s conference will focus on explicit instruction with keynote speaker Dr. Anita Archer. Read more about Dr. Archer and find registration information on this shareable flyer (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/March/documents/MTSS-Conf.pdf).

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

Top 20 Training is back in South Dakota, and it’s free. This is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity that will be a difference maker for educators and students. Top 20 Training is geared to help educators, no matter the grade level of their students. Concepts help teachers and students build better relationships and experiences in the classroom.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp (https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/). Search by course title.

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