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Sept. 2019  
 
SD Teacher of the Year nominees

TEACHER FEATURE: 2020 SD Teacher of the Year nominees

Meet South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year. One of these outstanding educators will be named 2020 State Teacher of the Year at a special banquet Oct. 10 in Oacoma, as part of the Systems Change Conference.



Region #1: Jean Gunderson, K-6 Title reading, Elkton Elementary School
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pp15xDg09eA&list= PLkUH7Q9x WfE8qeuMN1vlsje2GgiEYb2_i







Region #2: Amanda Harris, fourth grade, Endeavor Elementary School (Harrisburg)
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=DO8ErIylT_8&list= PLkUH7Q9xWfE8JDj15sr 6377GMpa6jzqeG







Region #3: Dina Vander Wilt, kindergarten, L.B. Williams Elementary School (Mitchell)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBQ20gNflTI&list=PLkUH7Q9xWfE-0uHgQ5_eo_ikUBr2oOMtK







Region #4: Nicole Dallman, third grade, Mobridge-Pollock Upper Elementary School
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=JJg9XA0bfWo&list= PLkUH7Q9xWfE89JIFN3Qp TZqyRyAVQgD-B







Region #5: Penny Shuster Louks, eighth grade English language arts, Belle Fourche Middle School
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=muEZbVYnD_Q&list= PLkUH7Q9xWfE_s XLlBGFEFIno2bFq6fOcd


Full implementation of new state content standards underway

South Dakota adopted ELA and math content standards in March 2018. The 2018-19 school year was considered a transition year, so that teachers could become familiar with the revisions made to state content standards. Full implementation of new state content standards begins this fall. Check out these upcoming trainings:

  • Unpacked Document Workshops
    • Oct. 24, Pierre - English language arts [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=12737]
    • Oct. 24, Pierre - Math [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=12739]


2018-19 Report Card released: English-learners, postsecondary readiness are bright spots

The public version of the 2018-19 Report Card is now live. Two bright spots in this year’s data: the number of English learners considered on track to English language mastery grew from 33 percent to 45 percent, and the number of students considered ready for postsecondary based on their course-taking patterns in high school jumped from 64 percent to 68 percent.

Read more at https://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2019/0917-ReportCard.pdf.

SD Week of Work SD Week of Work to engage students in career exploration

Governor Kristi Noem has announced details of the first-ever South Dakota Week of Work [http://sdweekofwork.com/], April 20-24, 2020. The purpose is to connect 10th grade students with area businesses to: 1) provide students with opportunities to explore potential jobs here in South Dakota, and 2) provide employers with opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.

Throughout the fall, businesses will be recruited and asked to indicate their interest in participating in the Week of Work matching system. In the spring, schools will register participating 10th grade students via this same matching system. The department is hosting face-to-face workshops Oct. 9 in Sioux Falls [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=12776] and Rapid City [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=12774] for high school principals and counselors to learn more. The department will also host webinars in November if in-person is not an option.


Still needed: Special education teachers to help with review of SD Science Alt Assessment

Special education teachers are encouraged to apply by Sept. 27 to help with content and bias review for the South Dakota Science Alternate Assessment. Educators will work with content specialists from AIR to review assessment items to ensure accuracy, grade-level appropriateness, alignment to South Dakota’s science standards, and potential bias and sensitivity concerns.

Read more at https://doe.sd.gov/Assessment/Educators.aspx.


Perkins V planning: Draft framework available

DOE’s Perkins draft framework [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/documents/Perkins-Framework.pdf] is now online, along with an infographic [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/documents/Perkins-Infographic.pdf] highlighting the framework’s five tenets. We continue to gather feedback and will begin writing the state’s plan later this fall. Send input via your regional specialist [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/cteregions.aspx] or doecte@state.sd.us. This work is to plan for South Dakota’s implementation of the federal career and technical education law, Perkins V. Find more information on our Perkins V webpage [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/PerkinsV.aspx].

Attend Community Response to Child Abuse Conference for free

The Department of Education is able to cover registration fees for a limited number of educators from all South Dakota public school districts to attend the 19th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference, Oct. 3-4, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Districts may send staff based on their district enrollment numbers.

The conference brings together more than 600 professionals; schools are encouraged to send teachers, counselors, or nurses. There is a specific track for the education side of mandatory reporting topics. Continuing education units are available.

Interested parties should email Lauren Jahn [lauren.jahn@state.sd.us] or call her at 605-773-4693. This opportunity is available to all school staff, and districts may send multiple individuals if their enrollment numbers allow. The department is also reimbursing districts at the state rate for hotel, mileage, and meals.

Find more information on the conference website [https://sdcpcm.com/conference/].


NASA @ My Library NASA@ My Library kits available for checkout from State Library

The South Dakota State Library is part of NASA@ My Library, a nationwide science-technology initiative by the STAR Library Network. This STEM education initiative is intended to increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities. NASA@ My Library kits are available for checkout. School libraries may participate by coordinating with their local public library in offering events open to the general public.

Read more at https://library.sd.gov/LIB/CYS/nasa/index.aspx.

SD Capitol Encourage students to be pages during 2020 legislative session

The South Dakota Legislature is accepting applications from high school students interested in serving as pages during the 2020 legislative session.

Students must be juniors or seniors (seniors are given preference). They must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher is encouraged). Students must be sponsored by a legislator with the legislator’s signature. They must also have signed permission from their high school principal or superintendent and their parent or guardian.

Applicants must be able to serve during one of the following terms and may select a preference:

  • Term 1: Jan. 13-24
  • Term 2: Jan. 27-Feb. 7
  • Term 3: Feb. 10-21
  • Term 4: Feb. 24-March 5
  • Term 5: March 9-12
The preferred application deadline is Oct. 15. The final deadline is Nov. 12. Applications, including a cover letter, should be submitted to the Legislative Research Council, 500 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. More information on the Page Program is available on the Legislative Research Council’s Page Program webpage [http://sdlegislature.gov/Students/PageProgram].

Attention, government teachers: If you would like a legislator from your district to speak to your government class about the legislative process or the Page Program, please contact the legislator or the Legislative Research Council at 605-773-3251. The LRC appreciates your continued support of this worthwhile opportunity for students.


Emergency Guidelines for Schools-2019 document available

Emergency Guidelines for Schools-2019 [https://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2019/Sept/documents/SD-Emergency-Guidelines.pdf] is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for managing a variety of medical emergencies involving children, distributed by South Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children. It is meant to serve as a basic guide for staff with little to no medical/nursing training.

Upcoming Events

Except where otherwise noted, details on the following events are available at GoSignMeUp [http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/].

The Ripple Effect: Impact of Trauma/ACEs on School Climate & Culture & What We Can Do About It
Sept. 27, Rapid City
Oct. 7, Chamberlain
Oct. 17, Isabel
Oct. 18, Aberdeen
Oct. 22, Sioux Falls

Strengthening relationships with all families with an emphasis on EL/Migrant families
Sept. 30, Chamberlain
Oct. 2, Huron

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners: Webinar Series
Oct. 1, Oct. 29, Dec. 3, Jan. 21

SDMyLife Educator & Student View
Oct. 2, webinar, 10 a.m. CDT
Oct. 2, webinar, 3 p.m. CDT

Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Oct. 3-4, Sioux Falls
Note: Public school district personnel are eligible for complimentary registration and travel reimbursement based on student enrollment numbers in each district.

SD Week of Work & Work-Based Learning Workshop
Oct. 9, Rapid City
Oct. 9, Sioux Falls

SDMyLife Aptitude Assessment and Other Assessments
Oct. 9, webinar, 10 a.m. CDT
Oct. 9, webinar, 3 p.m. CDT

6 Principles for Paraeducators Seminar (webinar)
Oct. 9
Note: The South Dakota Department of Education Title III office will reimburse the $50 registration fee for 30 paraeducators who work with English learners to participate in this webinar hosted by TESOL International.

Systems Change
Annual conference, featuring Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 9-11, Oacoma [https://web.cvent.com/event/26148b4c-f289-4a0f-a81d-7849af92eb99/summary]

SDMyLife Course Planner/PLPs/Accreditation
Oct. 23, webinar, 10 a.m. CDT
Oct. 23, webinar, 3 p.m. CDT

Unpacked Document Workshops
Oct. 24, Pierre – English language arts
Oct. 24, Pierre – Math

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 18, Sioux Falls [https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32]


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