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Nov. 2019  
Teacher Feature TEACHER FEATURE: SD teachers dig into new math and ELA content standards
Implementation of South Dakota’s new content standards in math and English language arts is underway this fall. From standards revision to standards unpacking, South Dakota educators have been deeply involved. This month, we hear from several such educators about the value of diving into the standards.
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Carolyn Schuldies Carolyn Schuldies receives Outstanding Transition Services Award

Governor Kristi Noem recently presented Carolyn Schuldies with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Transition Services. Schuldies has worked for the past 25 years providing self-advocacy instruction and training to the students of the Meade School District. Congratulations, Carolyn!

South Dakota LEADS conference Dec. 9

Gov. Kristi Noem has announced the launch of the South Dakota LEADS Conference, to be held Monday, Dec. 9, at the Convention Center in Sioux Falls. The one-day event is comprised of three tracks for students, teachers, and women. The event is free.
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Silent Silos Make new exhibits at the CHC part of your class legislative visit

Bringing students to Pierre this winter to observe the state legislature? Discover hands-on history at the Cultural Heritage Center, home of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society. This year, students can visit two new exhibits: “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Field” and “The Right is Ours: Women Win the Vote.”
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SD Captiol Building Security tightening at Capitol

Students and educators visiting the Capitol in Pierre during the legislative session will notice some changes. A security screening room is being constructed at the north entrance. Once completed, Capitol visitors will enter through the north doors and be directed into the screening room. Signage will help direct visitors and inform them what items are not allowed in the Capitol. Construction is expected to be completed before the start of the 2020 legislative session.

ENGLIH Reminder: Free PD available to build your capacity to work with English learners

The South Dakota Department of Education has partnered with WIDA Professional Learning to offer educators access to six, self-paced, on-demand eWorkshops. These free workshops are available to educators throughout the 2019-20 school year and are appropriate for all teachers and administrators, not only teachers currently working with English learners.
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New skills assessment added to student SDMyLife accounts

SDMyLife powered by Xello’s all-new skills assessment has been added to student accounts. This engaging, interactive survey for grades 9-12 asks students to consider their preferences for using a variety of skills. Survey results are combined with results from their Matchmaker interest assessment to refine career matches and provide a more comprehensive evaluation of career fit.
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South Dakota NAEP scores hold steady

South Dakota scores on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, are mostly steady and remain at or above national scores. Bright spots include state scores in eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading.
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Session proposals for 2020 Special Education Conference due Dec. 6

The 2020 Special Education Conference will be held March 17-18, 2020, in Sioux Falls. Session proposals must be received by Dec. 6. See this “Call for Presentations” flyer for suggested topics and more information on guidelines for submitting a proposal.

Virtual Dairy Farm Tour

Miss last month’s Virtual Dairy Farm Tour?

In October, as part of Farm to School Month festivities, the Boadwine dairy farm near Baltic, S.D., offered a live Virtual Dairy Farm Tour for students in grades 4-6. A recording of this tour is now available on the Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services webpage. Look for the “Virtual Dairy Farm Tour” link under the “Farm to Table Resources” heading.

Encourage colleagues to apply for Outstanding Math Teacher Award by Dec. 1

The South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics is pleased to partner with Daktronics for the 11th annual Daktronics Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award. Encourage colleagues to apply, or apply yourself. The honoree receives a $1,000 cash award and is recognized at the SD STEM Ed Conference in Huron in February.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SDMyLife for Juniors and Seniors
Nov. 20, webinar, 10 a.m. CST
Nov. 20, webinar, 3 p.m. CST

SD Week of Work webinar
Nov. 21

Family and Community Engagement in Action: Beyond the Bake Sale
Dec. 1, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020, online

Family and Community Engagement in Action: Powerful Partnerships
Dec. 1, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020, online

SDMyLife for Middle School
Dec. 4, webinar, 10 a.m. CT
Dec. 4, webinar, 3 p.m. CT

Equitable Grading of English learners
Dec. 5, Sioux Falls
Jan. 23, Huron

South Dakota LEADS Conference
Dec. 9, Sioux Falls

ESL Teacher Summit
Dec. 10, Rapid City

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 27, 2020, Pierre

Save the Date: Foundational Reading Workshops
Grades 4-8: July 29-30, 2020, Pierre
Grades K-3: Aug. 3-5, 2020, Pierre

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