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SD Department of Education May 2016  

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teacher TEACHER FEATURE: One answer, multiple paths

Eagle Butte teacher Mona McClure likes math because problems have one right answer. She also likes that while everybody is headed to the same solution, not everyone will use the same path to get there. And she knows she’s not the only one in the room with a map.
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Big summer ahead for content standards review

State content standards are up for review in several areas this summer: math, English language arts, Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and more. Work groups made up of educators, business and industry representatives and parents will begin meeting in June.

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Two South Dakota educators honored by President Obama

On May 3, state teachers of the year, including South Dakota’s Sarah Lutz, were honored in Washington, D.C. For the first time, Head Start educators were also celebrated at this event. Jodi Berscheid of Pierre was one of three Head Start honorees from across the country.
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New format planned for 2016 Indian Education Summit

This year’s sessions will be two hours long, with the second hour designated for attendees to work together in small groups to develop action plans based on the information presented. The summit will be organized into four strands:
   • Attendance
   • Culture/Language
   • Recruiting/Retaining Qualified Teachers
   • Innovation
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South Dakota Ag in the Classroom announces Teacher of the Year

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom has named Michael Burke, a 4th grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City as its 2016 Teacher of the Year. Burke has been teaching for 23 years and was chosen to receive the award because of the work he does to promote agriculture literacy among his students.
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Dyslexia work group to meet this summer

A work group will meet this summer to examine strategies for providing South Dakota educators and pre-service teachers with tools to help identify and serve students with dyslexia. The group will also update South Dakota’s Dyslexia Handbook. The group’s first meeting will be June 14 in Pierre.

Two SD students named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Shelby Riggs (Mitchell) and Austin Lentsch (Pierre) have been named among 160 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Eleven South Dakota students were semifinalists for this distinction. Congratulations to all of these outstanding young men and women!

Summer Job
Summer jobs help prepare students for college, career and life

Many students are finalizing their summer plans. These plans should include a visit to their local Department of Labor and Regulation office, which offers a wide array of employment services for young adults. Work experience can help young adults learn new skills and prepare for the workforce.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

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

Social Studies Standards Implementation
July 19 June 15, Sioux Falls
July 20 June 16, Rapid City

Title Conference
Aug. 1-2, Oacoma

CORE/Foundational Reading Skills
Aug. 21, Sept. 21-22 (3-day training), Pierre

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

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