PLC’s Bring Benefits to Brookings

This fall the Brookings School District embarked upon a new education endeavor to continue their focus of enhancing student achievement. “Brookings has been and continues to be a high achieving school district,” Brookings Superintendent Klint Willert said. “We are continually focused on improving student success and supporting teacher quality and effectiveness.” To support high levels [...]

STEM Content Sprouts PLTW Courses in Spearfish

Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, the technology-based elective offerings at Spearfish Middle School were limited. With the elimination of a traditional industrial technology program after the 2003-2004 school year, students were left only with a basic computers course. During the past three school years, the number of classes offered to sixth, seventh and eighth [...]

Elkton Enhances ELL Education

In March of 2016, the Elkton School Board approved a recommendation from the district’s enhancement committee to enhance the education of English Language Learners. The Board and the committee asked themselves the following questions from Georgia State Director of Educator Preparation Dr. David Hill: Is this decision in the best interest of our children? Is [...]

Club Provides Place for Yankton Youth Programs

This fall, youth in Yankton were ecstatic as the Boys & Girls Club of Yankton opened the doors of the new club for the first time. “It was an exciting day to celebrate not only the Boys & Girls Club but also the community of Yankton, kids and the many investors in kids that have [...]

Makerspace Making Impacting in Sioux Falls Schools

What do an old ceiling fan, cardboard cylinders, and brainpower have to do with one another? They are just some of the inexpensive tools necessary to create a successful Makerspace in classrooms and libraries. In nearly every elementary and middle school across Sioux Falls, students are exploring engineering principles, photography, sewing and more thanks to [...]

Hanson’s Expansion

Courtesy of Caitlyn Peetz of the Mitchell Daily Republic If history repeats itself, the Hanson School District could soon see an enrollment spike. On Monday, school officials held a ribbon- cutting ceremony for its recently completed $2.6 million expansion, another item added to the long list of renovation projects the district has undertaken in the [...]

Timber Lake Board Proud of Policy

This fall, the Timber Lake School Board revised and passed the district’s Tobacco Policy while maintaining a respect of the Lakota culture. Utilizing local resources, Timber Lake School made changes to the policy, which is pro-student in its proactive approach to student education, by incorporating protection for the use of traditional Lakota tobacco. Board Member, [...]

Edgemont Customizes Students’ Education

Change is a very difficult process, especially in a school, but after much research and discussion, staff, school board and community meetings and conversations with parents and teachers, the Edgemont School District moved forward with customized learning. With assistance from the Bush Grant through TIE and the Classroom Innovation Grant, the district moved to the [...]

Madison Makes Room for Makerspace

Unleashing the creativity and innovation of students at Madison Middle School is transforming how they’re educated. To advance its goals to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Education and career readiness, the district is using the Middle and High School Library for its new Makerspace, which provides a more flexible, multi-purpose space with [...]

Faulkton Finds Partner for Professional Development

In rural South Dakota it is not always easy to find professional development opportunities close by that will be as beneficial as possible for staff members, so the Faulkton and Redfield school districts joined forces for a joint in-service day. “The idea that we could partner with a school district close by, pool some resources [...]