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Feb. 2019  

Photo of Bailey Coats TEACHER FEATURE:
Doland ag program thriving under Coats’ leadership

With this month’s Teacher Feature, we celebrate Career and Technical Education Month by highlighting the work of Doland agriculture teacher Bailey Coats. At Doland High School, students who aren’t part of the ag program are sort of “the exception to the rule.” “In my classroom, I see almost every student in our high school each day,” Coats says.
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Now Later Need to renew your certificate this year? Applications due July 1

Educators whose certificates expire July 1 of this year are strongly encouraged to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible. Early application ensures optimal processing. Processing time is typically eight weeks, but during the summer months, may exceed 10 weeks.

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2019 CTSOs with Gov. Noem

Celebrate CTE Month

Educators know the importance of preparing students for college and careers. February is CTE Month, a time to celebrate career and technical education, which seeks to equip students with academic, employability and technical skills. Read on for ideas for celebrating and raising awareness of CTE within schools and communities.
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State History
Photos courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society

Learn how to bring history to life for your students

The South Dakota State Historical Society’s annual History Conference will be held April 26-27 in Pierre. This year’s theme is “New Insights Into Old Stories.” Among presenters will be Taylor Hamblin, an eighth grade history teacher from Pierre, who will discuss teaching the next generation of historians and researchers, and what it takes to get them excited about history, with examples of student projects.
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Presentation proposals for Mentoring Summer Academy
due Feb. 28

The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2019 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 700 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentor program will attend this event scheduled for June 5-6 in Sioux Falls.
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english Educators invited to see English learner content instruction in action March 25

K-12 classroom teachers, content teachers, ESL teachers and administrators are invited to site visits in Huron middle and high schools and a Sioux Falls elementary school on March 25. Attendees will learn about how to engage English learners in the classroom for content and language instruction. This event is sponsored by the SD State-Wide Title III & Migrant Consortia. Choose from three locations and grade levels. Learn more and register on the Consortia website.

South Dakota State Fair State Fair invites teachers to submit student work by April 16

Teachers are invited to highlight their students’ best work in art, literature and photography at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair. The work must be from the 2018-19 school year, and entries must be submitted no later than April 16.
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SD Associated School Resource Officers
Nominate outstanding school resource officers by March 15

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 School Officer of the Year Award. The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers supports this annual award, which is now in its 11th year. Nominees should display professionalism, dedication and commitment to their respective school and/or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 15.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SDMyLife Overview
Feb. 19, webinar
Feb. 20, webinar
Feb. 26, Rapid City
Feb. 27, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
March 18, Rapid City

2019 South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 19-20, Deadwood

English Learner Chats
March 19
April 16

Formative Language Assessment
March 26-27, Aberdeen

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

TIE Conference
April 7-9, Rapid City

State Historical Society History Conference
April 26-27, Pierre

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

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

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