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Jan. 2019  

  K-12 math teachers: Apply for free coaching by Jan. 18

The South Dakota Department of Education is launching the next cycle of the Virtual Math Coaching program beginning in winter/spring 2019 and continuing through the 2019-20 school year.

Virtual Math Coaching is a free professional learning opportunity.

Any math teacher, teaching kindergarten through 12th grade, who is in or beyond their third year of teaching may register to participate in the program.

This program provides teachers with the opportunity to ask questions, discuss challenges, collaborate on lesson plans, and share math lessons with their math coach, an experienced South Dakota math educator. In addition, teachers will receive personalized and specific feedback reflecting on goals for increasing student discourse and improving instruction and student learning.

How to participate: Program expectations:
  • Attend one regional face-to-face kick-off event in March:
    • March 4, Sioux Falls
    • March 5, Pierre
    • March 7, Rapid City
  • The purpose of this event is to introduce coaches to teachers, share this cohort’s teaching focus, and practice using the coaching process and coaching technology.

    Both substitute and mileage costs will be reimbursed. Lunch will be on your own.

  • Complete one coaching cycle between coaches and teachers before May 2019:
    • Watch and reflect on one classroom lesson shared by the math coach.
    • Participate in a virtual discussion and give feedback to the math coach.
    • Share lesson plans and record one math classroom lesson and participate in one virtual coaching cycle (upload video, reflect on and discuss lesson with math coach, receive feedback, and begin planning for next steps) with this recorded lesson.
  • Virtual Coaching commitment:
    • Complete coaching cycles beginning in March 2019 and continuing through the 2019-20 school year.

Questions? Please contact the department’s math specialist, Stephanie Higdon.

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