Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Celebrating Attendance Awareness Month 2021

 Executive Proclamation

Office of the Governor
State of South Dakota

WHEREAS, good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and South Dakota is committed to reducing chronic absenteeism rates; and

WHEREAS, chronic absence - missing 10 percent or more of school or just 2 or 3 days a month - is a proven predictor of academic trouble and dropout rates; and

WHEREAS, the impact of chronic absence affects low-income students who are more likely to face systemic barriers in getting to school – such as unreliable transportation, lack of access to health care, unstable or unaffordable housing; and

WHEREAS, improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration, and approaches tailored to challenges and strengths in each community; and

WHEREAS, chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, parents, and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school:

Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the State of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim September 2021, as

Attendance Awareness Month

in South Dakota.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bennett County student earns Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship




Congratulations to Bennett County High School JAG-SD (Jobs for America's Graduates) senior Thea DuBray on earning a Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship! She is one of only 40 recipients nationwide. Thea plans to attend Black Hills State University to study criminal justice and sociology.
And kudos to Bennett County JAG Specialist Kim Claussen. Thea is Kim's second student to earn this prestigious scholarship since the JAG program started at Bennett County!

JAG-SD is a program supervised by the South Dakota Department of Education and is proven to help students persist through graduation. Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young people of great promise. In its 40-year history, the JAG Advantage has proven to deliver results.

The JAG-SD mission is to help young people of great promise succeed in both school and on the job, leading to productive and rewarding careers.

Learn more about JAG-SD on the Department of Education's JAG-SD webpage.

The Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund and the Smith Scholars Program were established by the JAG Board to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of JAG, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith. Since 2009, the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund has awarded 229 scholarships for a total of $261,000 for participants enrolled in Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG). Contributions to the KMS Scholarship Fund have come from JAG Board members and partnering corporations who invest in the educational development of students in JAG.

 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Governor Noem proclaims Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7

Whereas, South Dakotans believe in the importance of education for our students; and

Whereas, South Dakota teachers are our state's greatest assets for ensuring student success; and

Whereas, teachers are at the forefront of the effort to prepare South Dakota students to graduate from the K-12 system ready for college, careers, and life; and

Whereas, highly qualified teachers are trained professionals deserving of the utmost respect for the work they do; and

Whereas, our state is dedicated to supporting new and current teachers as well as recruiting future teachers from among the ranks of today's students by elevating the teaching profession; and

Whereas, South Dakota teachers have eagerly and capably stepped up to meet the unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, 

Now, therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the State of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 3-7, 2021, as

Teacher Appreciation Week

in South Dakota.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Career Exploration: Why it is important

 

The South Dakota Week of Work will take place April 19-23. This exciting week is an opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to explore career opportunities across the state, with many activities being held virtually, including live panel discussions with a wide variety of business and industry professionals. Registration information is now available on the 2021 Schedule page of the South Dakota Week of Work website.

Marcia Hultman is the Secretary of Labor and Regulation. Here she shares her thoughts on why career exploration is so important.

Hi, everyone. I’m Marcia Hultman, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation. As a former teacher, I’ve long known the importance of helping students make connections between classroom learning and the world of work.
  

I want to help students like yourselves understand WHY career exploration is so important. What you study in school sets an important stage for effective education and your future success.

While I was teaching English, I watched many students as they explored career options and made important decisions about their future. Their choices were not always for the right reasons or based on the best information.  

Now, as a leader of workforce development efforts, I continually see examples and hear stories underlining the importance of making informed career decisions.  

Employees in well-matched careers who enjoy their work and find personal value in it are generally more productive. Turnover resulting from employees discovering too late a field of work is not for them is difficult for employers who’ve invested time, money, and resources hiring and training them.

For young people and others choosing a career path, the investment in education and training is often costly. While there is always value in education, the return on investment is certainly better the more direct the path is to related employment.  

Our state’s employers need workers in many occupations. They offer great opportunities for youth and others in our great state of South Dakota.  

Resources to learn about these opportunities and make realistic, informed decisions about careers are invaluable. Our Labor Market Information Center has several career resources readily available. I encourage you to check out the Career Exploration and Planning Tools available on our website atdlr.sd.gov/lmic.  

The tools include: 

  • Age-appropriate K-12 materials for downloading or printing, including fun career awareness booklets and activities.  
  • A career interest survey with extensive online resources for learning more about occupations of interest.  
  • Exploration of occupations by career cluster.  

All resources are available at no charge online. I encourage parents to check out what’s available too. 

Making informed career decisions is a win-win for South Dakota employers and individuals. It is vital to your success to make a positive impact on our communities and economy as both workers and citizens. Please visitdlr.sd.gov/lmicto learn more about our career planning and exploration tools.  

The South Dakota Week of Work is sponsored by the South Dakota departments of Labor and Regulation and Education, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Retailers Association, and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Congratulations to 2021 Perkins Reserve grant recipients

Perkins Reserve grants provide funds to support the purchase of industry-grade classroom equipment or curricula and high-quality professional development opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Perkins Reserve grant application this year. The Department of Education reviewed 48 total applications featuring a variety of projects. It’s exciting to see these innovative ideas from our state’s career and technical education programs! 

Congratulations to the following schools on receiving a 2021 Perkins Reserve Grant:

Britton-Hecla

Modernize manufacturing program with the purchase of a plasma cutting table

$   30,000.00

Corsica-Stickney

Add industry-grade welding equipment to enhance the manufacturing program

$     3,970.21

Dakota Valley

Add industry-grade welding equipment to increase the student capacity of welding courses and add dual credit courses

$   20,790.28

Deubrook

Enhance the Intro to Sports Medicine and Medical Terminology courses with industry-grade equipment

$     7,989.68

Flandreau

Enhance opportunities in ag metal fabrication with the purchase of a plasma cutting table

$   29,750.00

Gettysburg

Enhance opportunities in ag metal fabrication with the purchase of a plasma cutting table

$   28,195.07

Hitchcock-Tulare

Purchase industry-grade ag metal fabrication equipment

$   12,264.92

Hot Springs

Purchase plasma cutting system to enhance curriculum in Ag, Food and Natural Resources and Manufacturing clusters

$   30,000.00

McIntosh

Enhance the Ag, Food and Natural Resources program with drone technology

$     5,156.00

Northeast Technical High School

Purchase industry-grade equipment to enhance the Health Science Biomedical program and allow for increased student participation

$   14,888.00

Northern High Tech Consortium

Purchase an interactive seat to provide a real-life experience with the program’s heavy equipment simulator

$   15,845.00

Platte-Geddes

Implement a middle school MakerSpace Lab to foster career exploration and promote CTE

$   19,021.10

Sisseton

Provide instructor training and course equipment for CASE Animal Science and Plant Science courses that will provide CTE for Core Content opportunities for students

$   22,158.80

Wolsey-Wessington

Purchase industry-grade ag metal fabrication equipment

$     2,600.00

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Governor proclaims Feb. 1-5 School Counseling Week

Whereas, school counselors are employed in schools to help students reach their full potential; and,

Whereas, school counselors are committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development; and,

Whereas, school counselors partner with parents to further the educational and personal growth of their children; and,

Whereas, school counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students succeed in school and set realistic goals for themselves; and,

Whereas, school counselors identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs to assist students in becoming productive members of society; and,

Whereas, comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process:

Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim

Feb. 1-5, 2021, as

School Counseling Week

in South Dakota.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Winter sessions added to webinar series for K-12 social studies teachers

The Department of Education is facilitating a series of webinars during the 2020-21 school year for South Dakota's K-12 social studies teachers. Some webinars feature national social studies education experts. CEUs are available. Collaborative chats are also offered to continue the conversation and support learning.

Questions? Contact Melinda Johnson with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Find recordings and other information from previous webinars in this Social Studies Google Folder.

Schedule and registration links:

Jan. 28, 2021, 4-5 p.m. CT: Learning About Intellectual Charity with Harvard Fellow Nate Otey
This webinar is open to all K-12 teachers. What is intellectual charity, and why does it matter? When you hear the word “charity,” you might think about donating money or time to a good cause. But there’s another meaning of charity that has to do with how we make arguments. Intellectual charity is a skill. We practice intellectual charity when we listen to and think about other people's arguments with precision and care - especially when we disagree. Being “charitable” in this context means treating other people’s arguments in the same way you want them to treat yours: as intelligent and well-intentioned. Give people the benefit of the doubt and try to assume best intentions. Sounds simple, but this principle is very hard to practice when you disagree strongly.

Why does intellectual charity matter? If you’ve ever been part of a discussion where a point of disagreement turns into a wave of assumptions, faulty evidence, and emotional appeals, you’ve experienced the frustration of arguing without an honest exchange of ideas. This type of miscommunication happens everywhere - social media, classrooms, workspaces, and kitchens. The strain of talking past each other, learning nothing new, and feeling misunderstood often ends the discussion without making any progress.

Join Harvard Fellow Nate Otey to learn a simple, practical set of tools that you can use to improve your students' charity skills so they can discuss current issues with precision and care.

Register

Feb. 2, 2021, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CT: Teaching the Great War with Elementary Students, featuring the National WWI Museum
Think World War I is only a topic for middle and high school students? Think again! Join a National WWI Museum and Memorial educator in this exciting webinar to learn effective teaching techniques for use with elementary school students as they are introduced to World War I. Learn about engaging classroom activities, lessons about alliances, trench warfare, and propaganda and ideas for more in-depth student projects that will develop students’ historical research skills. In addition, we’ll discuss recommended K-5 reading to enrich your lessons. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding WWI and its continued impact and relationship to global situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

These lessons will address the following South Dakota social studies content standards:

K-12.H.1: Students will analyze how major events are chronologically connected and evaluate their impact on one another.

K-12.H.4: Students will identify and evaluate the causes and effects of past, current, and potential events, issues, and problems.

K-12.H.5: Students will develop historical research skills.

Register

Feb. 4, 2021, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CT: Making Connections with World War I for Middle and High School Students, featuring the National WWI Museum
Need some assistance to help your students recognize the critical importance of World War I history and its relevance to contemporary life, especially with the current pandemic in mind? In this webinar led by a National WWI Museum and Memorial educator, the focus will be on the continued impact made by the Great War on a global scale and how it shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. Webinar attendees will spend time beyond the western front, examining participants from all inhabited continents, how and why they contributed to the war effort, and effects felt from war outcomes.

Content provided will be useful for teachers as they address the following South Dakota social studies content standards:

K-12.H.1: Students will analyze how major events are chronologically connected and evaluate their impact on one another.

K-12.H.4: Students will identify and evaluate the causes and effects of past, current, and potential events, issues, and problems.

9-12.H.4.1: Identify and distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events of WWI

9-12.H.4.7: Evaluate the causes and effects of the First World War on the United States

9-12.H.5.1: Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of view represented in the sources, the types of sources available, and the potential uses of sources.

Register