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SD Teacher of the Year and Milken Award winner honored by State Legislature
Beth Kaltsulas (left), the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, and Milken Educator Award winner Amanda Christensen were recently honored by the State Legislature. Hear what they had to say after being recognized by the House and Senate. Secretary of Educ...

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Blue Ribbon Package Raises The Salary Bar For South Dakota Teachers
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column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard During
the 2016 session, the State Legislature passed a package of three bills, based
on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The purpose of these
bills was to direct new funding to school districts to increase...

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Customized learning expanding in South Dakota
A column by Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp “Mass customized learning,” “MOD/CL,” “customized learning.”
It goes by a variety of names, and you are likely hearing them more and more. I
recently visited several South Dakota schools that are implemen...

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Customized learning expanding in South Dakota
A column by Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp “Mass customized learning,” “MOD/CL,” “customized learning.”
It goes by a variety of names, and you are likely hearing them more and more. I
recently visited several South Dakota schools that are implemen...

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Revising content standards in math and English language arts, by Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp
Some
very important work got underway this summer in Pierre. A number of dedicated
South Dakota educators and other stakeholders, including parents, began
reviewing and revising South Dakota’s content standards in the areas of English
language arts and math...

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Learning in Malawi, by Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp
During the last week of August, I traveled to Malawi,
Africa. My trip was sponsored by the U.S. Speaker program . I was joined by the National Teacher of the Year and met
with a number of individuals from teacher preparation and K-12 leadership, as
well as ...

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Make School Attendance A Priority
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: Across South Dakota, a
new school year is getting underway. Students and families are getting
back into the school day routine, reestablishing study habits and
juggling activities. In order to succeed in school, students...

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Preliminary state assessment results show gains
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp Preliminary
results on the 2016 statewide assessment in English language arts and math show
gains in student performance in both content areas and in all but one tested
grade level. The assessment is administered eac...

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A Message to the Classes of 2016
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard Congratulations to the class of 2016! To all high school, college and
technical school students now approaching graduation in South Dakota, I commend
you for reaching this milestone. After years of studying, taking tests a...

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Math and science teachers honored at annual conference
The 24th Annual Joint Professional Development Conference of the South
Dakota Science Teachers Association & South Dakota Council of
Teachers of Mathematics was held Feb. 4-6, in Huron. A number of
outstanding math and science educators were honored. Con...
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