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SD Department of Education Sept. 2016  

Mentor and first-year teacher applications due Sept. 23
2017 SD Teacher of the Year nomineesr TEACHER FEATURE: 2017 SD Teacher of the Year nominees

The 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be named Oct. 13 in Chamberlain at the Systems Change Conference. Meet the nominees in this month’s newsletter. Kudos to these exemplary teachers!
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Teacher feedback wanted on revised math, ELA, health standards

Work groups reviewed and revised the state’s math, English language arts and health education standards throughout summer 2016. All K-12 educators are encouraged to provide feedback on these proposed changes by May 15, 2017.

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Bringing Native American culture into your classroom

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. Upcoming trainings will help teachers weave the OSEU together with social studies standards to create relevant lessons for all students.
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2016 SD Indian Education Summit
Register for the 2016 Indian Education Summit

Each year, education professionals from across the state and around the country attend this summit to access high quality professional development, information on the latest trends and proven best practices in the field of Indian education. We seek to showcase successful projects, programs and initiatives for all ages, from preschool to postsecondary.
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Presidential Award

Four SD educators earn Presidential Award

Four South Dakota educators were among those honored in Washington, D.C., recently as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!
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Systems Change Conference Leaf Systems Change Conference coming up Oct. 12-14

The Systems Change Conference is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. It promotes ideas, strategies and resources to help schools make positive changes to increase student achievement. On the evening of Oct. 13, the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet.

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State Library e-resources offer more than ever

The South Dakota State Library announces access to a suite of Ebsco databases at no charge to all South Dakota schools. This includes general and scholarly e-resources, such as Academic Search Premier, and subject-specific e-resources including health and business. Ebsco’s new Explora is designed for K-12 student and educator research.
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Interested in reviving the SD Council for the Social Studies?
TIE is conducting a survey to gauge interest in re-establishing the South Dakota Council for the Social Studies. The group has been inactive for several years. Provide your input by completing this survey by Oct. 1.

Book Cover Read for the Record Oct. 27
School libraries have a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year’s selection is “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.” A limited number of free books are still available for order from the State Library.
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Dyslexia stakeholders group meets over summer
The dyslexia stakeholders group was assembled to help guide the state on how to better assist schools in identifying and serving students with dyslexia. For more information on the group, including meeting minutes, please visit the Department of Education website.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

SDMyLife: Portfolio Administrators/Advanced
Oct. 4, Mitchell

SDMyLife New Users
Oct. 4, Mitchell

Lesson Planning for English Learners & Extension Webinars
Oct. 11-12, Sioux Falls

Systems Change
17th Annual Conference & Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 12-14, Chamberlain

IEP Back to Basics
Oct. 14-Nov. 4, various locations statewide

K-2 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 17 & Dec. 5, Rapid City
Oct. 24 & Dec. 12, Watertown

3-5 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 18 & Dec. 6, Rapid City
Oct. 25 & Dec. 13, Watertown

6-8 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 19 & Dec. 7, Rapid City
Oct. 26 & Dec. 14, Watertown

9-12 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 20 & Dec. 8, Rapid City
Oct. 27 & Dec. 15, Watertown

ONLINE EL Program Boot Camp
Oct. 20, 2016 - Jan. 26, 2017, online

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