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March 2019  

Andrea Harstad (left) and Courtney Hentges
TEACHER FEATURE: Mentoring program pair reflects on two years of professional growth
We recently spoke with teachers Andrea Harstad (mentor) and Courtney Hentges (mentee) about their experience participating in the statewide mentoring program. Their two years in the program will conclude at the Summer Academy this June.
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Award Math and science teachers honored at annual state conference

The South Dakota Science Teachers Association and South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently held their 27th annual joint conference, which has been renamed the SD STEM Ed Conference. Congratulations to the outstanding educators who received special recognition!

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Board adopts new school library and world languages content standards

At its March 18 meeting, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new school library and world languages content standards. Find more information on the South Dakota Department of Education’s Content Standards webpage.

Help shape the future of teaching: 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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Data Harness the power of data to help your students

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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Early Learning Early learning report now available

Late last year, the South Dakota Department of Education partnered with School Administrators of South Dakota to develop and disseminate a survey aimed at learning more about the landscape of preschool programming efforts in South Dakota as they currently exist. The results of that survey are now available online.

IES Seeking presentation proposals 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? Submit a proposal today! The 2019 summit is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Pierre.
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School Library Awards 21st Century School Library Award applications open until May 1

The State Library recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through their program, place, and professional. School librarians are encouraged to apply for this special recognition.
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 Photos courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society

Don’t miss spring learning opportunities at the
Cultural Heritage Center

Teachers of all grades are encouraged to bring students to the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society any time throughout the school year, including for end-of-year field trips. Make your plans today!
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No Smoking. No Vaping Dept. of Health seeks educator input
by March 30

Middle and high school teachers, school nurses, school counselors, and school resource officers are invited to complete a survey to assist the South Dakota Department of Health Tobacco Control Program in developing resources for educators to use to help students learn about the health risks related to e-cigarette use.
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Camping Fourth graders to receive free passes
to state parks

Over 11,000 free one-day entrance licenses to state parks will be distributed in South Dakota for fourth graders through the “Go Fourth” program. The license extends to the family of the student and can be used any day between distribution and Dec. 31, 2019. If families choose to purchase an annual pass, the license can be turned in for a discount off the purchase price.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD Early Childhood Education Conference
April 4-6, Pierre

SD School Library EdCamp
April 6, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

TIE Conference
April 7-9, Rapid City

English Learner Chats
April 16

The OSEU for Fourth Grade Teachers – Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms
April 24, Rapid City

State Historical Society History Conference
April 26-27, Pierre

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

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

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

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

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