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A New System to Serve ALL of our Students
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: Nearly 50 cents of every state tax dollar goes to education. That includes funding for our public universities, technical schools, and the state Department of Education, but the majority is used to fund our K-12 system. Giv...
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Finding Enjoyable, Well-Paying Work
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: Work is an important part of personal
fulfillment. True, most of us work because we must – to provide for ourselves and our
families – but a job nevertheless gives us purpose. And when it’s work we enjoy
that pays enough, w...
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South Dakota No Longer Last In Average Teacher Pay
For the first time since 1985, South Dakota’s average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. The news comes from the National Education Association’s 2018 Rankings and Estimates report, an annual report that was...
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'Why do we test?'
Abby Javurek, Director of Assessment and Accountability I’m often asked, “Why do we test?” It’s a great question
with a variety of answers. But the most important answer has to do with
students.   Teachers are constantly assessing their students. It can be
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State Legislature honors 2018 Milken Educator and SD Teacher of the Year
Carla Diede (left), South Dakota's 2018 Milken Educator, and Rachel Schaefer, 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, were recently honored by the State Legislature. Carla and Rachel also took time to talk with us about the teaching profession. L to R: Sen. ...
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9 sample lessons for teaching Native American history and culture to students of all ages
The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. A work group has been developing OSEU-aligned sample social studies less...
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Farewell message from Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp
A video message from Secretary Schopp Forty years ago, I entered the classroom as an elementary teacher
because I like working with kids. I never could have imagined the
trajectory my career would take, ending here in Pierre, leading the
state Departm...
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Celebrating American Education Week
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp American Education Week is Nov. 13-17. I hope you take some time during this special week to celebrate public education. I love visiting schools. From the moment the buses and cars pull up in the morning, the activit...
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TEACHER FEATURE: 2018 SD Teacher of the Year nominees
Meet South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year. These outstanding
educators are candidates for 2018 State Teacher of the Year, who will be
named at a special banquet Oct. 19 in Rapid City, as part of the
Systems Change Conference. Cara Biegler, Englis...
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Celebrating Native Americans' Day
A column by Indian Education Director Mato Standing High   Oct. 9 is Native Americans’ Day in South Dakota. How does one properly observe this day?   First, don’t feel limited to one day. Let Native Americans’ Day be an opening to something bigger. To quote...
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