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Jan. 2019  

Photo of Crystal McMachen TEACHER FEATURE:
Rapid City math teacher coaches colleagues

Crystal McMachen teaches math at Southwest Middle School in the Rapid City Area School District. She is a coach in the South Dakota Department of Education’s Virtual Math Coaching program, which is accepting applications for a new cohort through Friday, Jan. 18.
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Dr. Ben Jones Dr. Ben Jones to lead Department of Education

Dr. Ben Jones joins Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration as Interim Secretary of Education. In his previous role as Dean of Dakota State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, he oversaw more than 50 full-time and adjunct faculty members. In this role, he revitalized numerous programs to better equip students for modernized careers, launched innovative programming and improved course content through interdepartmental collaboration.

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Space SD CTE teachers honored at national conference

The joint Association for Career and Technical Education/National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention took place recently in San Antonio, Texas. Kudos to the two South Dakota educators who were honored at this event!
  • Sara Colombe, Hoven High School
  • Noelle Swanson, Northwestern Area High School
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math game K-12 math teachers: Apply for free coaching by Jan. 18

K-12 math teachers, applications are open for DOE’s Virtual Math Coaching program, which is launching a winter 2019-spring 2020 cohort. This program is a free professional development opportunity for math educators to have rich discussions about lesson planning and best practices in math instruction, in addition to giving each other specific, personalized feedback.
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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 Make a game of PD with English Learner Bingo

DOE’s Title III Office has created a PD opportunity for teachers to gain renewal credits while learning about English Learners and academic language for all students. The opportunity is open to all K-12 teachers: content teachers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, ESL teachers, etc. No need to sign up; simply complete required activities and submit documentation by May 1.
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History teacher Nominate a great history teacher for special recognition

Nominations are being accepted for two awards honoring history teachers:

Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website

CPR is not a graduation requirement; however, all districts need to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). The South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction, which can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.
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Team Nutrition
USDA Team Nutrition offers resources for teachers

USDA Team Nutrition offers a variety of free nutrition education resources for teachers to incorporate fun and interactive learning about nutrition in the classroom. Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive nationwide plan for promoting the nutritional health of the nation’s school children. DOE administers Team Nutrition in South Dakota through Child and Adult Nutrition Services.
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No Smoking. No Vaping
E-cigarette prevention resources available

The South Dakota Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program recently created resources to assist schools and communities with addressing the growing problem of youth e-cigarette use in South Dakota. Find them on DOH's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program webpage, under the Resources heading.
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SD Arts Council
Applications open for SD Arts Council funding opportunities

South Dakota schools are among groups invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. The application deadline for Project Grants and Artists in Schools & Communities grants is March 1.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

CTE Improve 2019
Jan. 22, Rapid City
Jan. 23, Pierre
Jan. 24, Aberdeen
Jan. 28, Mitchell
Jan. 29, Sioux Falls
Jan. 30, Brookings

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 28, Pierre

Explicit Instruction for K-12 Educators
Jan. 28, Rapid City
Jan. 29, Aberdeen
Jan. 30, Sioux Falls

The OSEU for Fourth Grade Teachers – Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Jan. 29, Mission

National ESEA Conference (formerly National Title I Conference)
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Kansas City

SD Technology Education Association meeting
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Pierre

SD STEM Ed Conference
Feb. 7-9, Huron

SDMyLife Overview
Feb. 11, Rapid City
Feb. 27, Sioux Falls

SDMyLife Overview Webinar
Feb. 19
Feb. 20

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

TIE Conference
April 7-9, Rapid City

State Historical Society History Conference
April 26-27, Pierre

Save the Date: SD Dept. of Education Annual Conference
May 29-30, Pierre

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