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May 2019  

teacher feature TEACHER FEATURE: Bennett County teacher dives into special education alternative certification
When Bennett County School District teacher Sunny Pierson noticed about two years ago that her district had a need for more special education teachers, she wanted to know how she might be able to help. Now she’s pursuing the special education alternative certification option that became available through South Dakota’s 2017 overhaul of educator certification rules.
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Candidates for 2020 State Teacher of the Year announced

We are pleased to announce South Dakota’s 2020 Regional Teachers of the Year!

  • Region #1: Jean Gunderson, K-6 Title reading, Elkton Elementary School
  • Region #2: Amanda Harris, fourth grade, Endeavor Elementary School (Harrisburg)
  • Region #3: Dina Vander Wilt, kindergarten, L.B. Williams Elementary School (Mitchell)
  • Region #4: Nicole Dallman, third grade, Mobridge-Pollock Upper Elementary School
  • Region #5: Penny Shuster Louks, eighth grade English language arts, Belle Fourche Middle School

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National Teachers of the Year

Erica Boomsma among State Teachers of the Year honored in Washington, D.C.

2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year Erica Boomsma (second row, third from right) recently joined her fellow State Teachers of the Year for a week of events in Washington, D.C. Activities included networking, education policy discussions, sightseeing, a visit to the White House, and an evening gala event.

Scott Beehler Scott Beehler named History Teacher of the Year

The South Dakota State Historical Society has named Scott Beehler of Iroquois (right, with Secretary of Education Dr. Ben Jones) the History Teacher of the Year, one of the Governor’s Awards for History. Beehler was honored April 26 in Pierre during the society’s annual history conference. Congratulations, Scott!

Taylor Hamblin Guest blog: Pierre middle school students experience history

The Pierre School District hosted a regional History Day competition this year, and more than 30 students from Pierre went to the state competition in Brookings. Students also shared their projects at the State History Conference. Taylor Hamblin, a social studies teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre, has written about his students’ experience in this competition.

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Sign up for summer trainings on new math and ELA standards

This summer, the Department of Education is offering free trainings for K-12 math and English language arts teachers, in preparation for full implementation of new state content standards in fall 2019. These trainings will focus on unpacked standards documents that are intended to provide resources to support K-12 educators in standards implementation.
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Training Don’t miss summer foundational reading trainings

The South Dakota Department of Education will offer foundational reading training this summer for educators working with students in grades K-8. Registration is now open:

Apply for 2019-20 National Board Certification cohort

The South Dakota Department of Education will again be facilitating a cohort for teachers who register to begin the National Board Certification process during the 2019-20 cycle. Teachers will receive support and guidance from an assigned mentor, in addition to being able to network with other NBCT candidates. The new cohort will be limited to 20 participants.
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Apply by May 24 for SDMath/SDSci Leadership

SDMath/SDSci Leadership is a program to create and support a dynamic network of South Dakota math and science educators. The program selects, challenges, develops and educates South Dakota math and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to math and science education.
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Classroom activity available to help students make use of NCRC scores

Have you been looking for a meaningful and engaging activity to help students link their National Career Readiness Certificate scores with careers and employment? Career Launch SD has created a classroom activity you may find useful, called National Career Readiness Certificate Review.
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Still time to sign up to be a mentor

The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years. There’s still time for new mentors to apply, and applications for new teachers are due June 15. Late hires will also have an opportunity to participate.
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Indian Ed Summit 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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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Board of Education Standards
May 20, Brookings

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

MTSS Summer Conference
June 11-12, Oacoma

CTE 101 Workshop
June 12, Sioux Falls
July 17, Aberdeen
Aug. 6-8, online

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

Foundational Reading Skills Grades 4-8
July 1-2, Fort Pierre

National Customized Learning Summit
July 16-18, Rapid City

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

CTE Conference
July 28-30, Mitchell

Foundational Reading Skills Grades K-3
July 30-Aug. 1, Fort Pierre

2019 IEP Workshops
Various dates and locations statewide, summer and fall

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

School Library Boot Camp
Sept. 25, Spearfish, and online

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