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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.

Applications are due May 24.

SDMath/SDSci Leadership is designed around the following goals:

  • Build capacity by focusing on problem solving, innovation, leadership, systems thinking, change, identity and efficacy.
  • Create a common knowledge base for advocacy and leadership, including effective instruction, clarity about STEM and research-based practices.
  • Explore challenges and opportunities in our classrooms, schools, districts, state and nation.
  • See social justice in the work of math and science teaching and learning.
  • Understand that the purpose of all of the above is to impact experiences in math and science for all students.

Application Process

Ideal candidates for the SDMath/SDSci Leadership Program aspire to grow professionally, challenge their thinking and practice, and be leaders/advocates for effective math and/or science education. Applicants must teach or co-teach in a math or science classroom for at least one course during their participation year.

The application process is designed to ensure a class that consists of members from diverse backgrounds, experiences and geographical locations. Approximately 20 participants are chosen annually.

A completed application requires submission of three components (all due May 24 by 5 p.m. CDT):

Program Meeting Dates

Upon selection, participants will be expected to attend all of the following meetings:

  • Virtual Orientation: Sept. 5, 4:30 - 5:30 CDT
  • Alpha Retreat: Oct. 5-6, Pierre
  • Beta Retreat: Feb. 8-9, 2020, Huron (optional attendance at SDCTM/SDSTA Conference Feb. 7)
  • Gamma Retreat: April 18-19, 2020, Pierre
  • Delta Retreat: June 8-9, 2020, Pierre


Registration for SDMath/SDSci Leadership is free. The South Dakota Department of Education is able to cover hotel, mileage and meals for each of the four retreats.

Questions? Email Nicol Reiner or Stephanie Higdon or call 605-773-2490.

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