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SD Department of Education
April 2019  
 

teacher feature TEACHER FEATURE: Nothing beats rich text at Robert Frost Elementary
“Today’s school library should be a buzzing, busy place. It should be the heart of the school, where students (and teachers!) come to discover answers to questions they didn’t even know they had,” says Korey Erickson, school librarian at Robert Frost Elementary in Sioux Falls.
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Teacher of the Year Congratulations to the District Teachers of the Year

Districts that choose to participate in the State Teacher of the Year program are invited to submit the names of their Teachers of the Year to the South Dakota Department of Education. Those teachers may then apply for Regional Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named State Teacher of the Year in October. Congratulations to these District Teachers of the Year!

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SPED Staff

Special education staff honored at statewide conference

Congratulations to the Parent Nominated Special Education Staff of the Year, who were recognized at a luncheon in their honor at the recent South Dakota Special Education Conference in Deadwood. Shannon Merkouris, Sioux Falls School District, (front, with plaque) received the Outstanding Special Education Staff Award.
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BHSU New online master’s degree in special education available from BHSU

To address a critical need for special education teachers across the state and region, the South Dakota Board of Regents has approved offering a new online master’s degree in K-12 special education from Black Hills State University. The master of arts in teaching degree is a new degree for BHSU and the public university system.
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School Library Month
Celebrating School Library Month

Thank you, school librarians, for all you do for South Dakota students! School libraries are hubs of activity where students study, research, collaborate, invent, and explore.

Teachers at workshop Mark your calendar for summer foundational reading trainings

The South Dakota Department of Education will offer foundational reading training for teachers this summer. More details coming soon. Mark your calendars:
  • July 1-2: Grades 4-8
  • July 30-Aug. 1: Grades K-3

Mentoring
Apply by May 1 to become a mentor
The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years. Applications for new mentors are due May 1, and applications for new teachers are due June 15. Late hires will also have an opportunity to participate.
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IES Submit presentation proposals by June 3 for 2019 Indian Education Summit

The South Dakota Indian Education Summit targets educators of all content areas and grade levels, as well as administrators and school board members. The goal of the summit is to provide training on best practices in the field of Indian education. Have an idea for a presentation to share with your colleagues? Proposal deadline is June 3. The 2019 summit is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Pierre.
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Data Include learning about data use in your summer PD plans

Have you been putting off learning about that “data stuff” because you think it’s only for your “numbers-minded” neighbor down the hall? Make the decision to harness the power of data this summer. Sign up for a data use course from SD-STARS and learn how to drive positive change in your classroom, school, or district.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

English Learner Chats
April 23 (postponed from April 16)

State Historical Society History Conference
April 26-27, Pierre

Norms for English Learners Webinar Workshop
May 6 and May 13

Board of Education Standards
May 20, Brookings

SD Dept. of Education Annual Conference
May 29-30, Pierre

MTSS Summer Conference
June 11-12, Oacoma

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 13, Rapid City
June 18, Watertown
June 19, Mitchell

Co-Teaching & Collaboration (for educators working with English learners)
July 22, Mitchell
July 23, Aberdeen

Save the Date! CTE Conference
July 28-30, Mitchell

Save the Date! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 22-24, Pierre


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