Big Plans in Personalized Learning at Harrisburg’s Freedom Elementary

Think about this familiar situation, for a second: Student A is in 2nd grade and struggles with reading. Students are not finding their passions, and instead sitting in classes consuming information. The end of the year comes, and the student is ready for 3rd grade in math—but not 3rd grade reading. See where frustration starts [...]

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 [...]

Belle Fourche HS Promotes MCL Opportunity

In the fall of 2015, Belle Fourche High School started a Mass Customized Learning pilot program with sophomores that showed interest in the opportunity to learn independently. In the program students are exposed to carefully developed curriculum in English, math, science and social sciences, which allows them to work at their own pace. Though MCL [...]

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 [...]

Students at Winner High School Doing Work on Dual Credit

For Winner High School Junior and Senior students one thing is certain, dual credit classes are creating college ready kids. “I highly recommend taking dual credits courses to anyone that is able to take them,” Junior Riley Calhoon said. “Being able to take dual credit classes has not only helped me get ready for college, [...]

De Smet Goes One-to-One in Fourth-Eighth Grades

DeSmet School District equipped students with critical thinking and technology skills by rolling out a one-to-one laptop initiative for their middle school and fourth and fifth grade students this year. “Our goal is to enable teachers to deliver more personalized content to students, to boost students' technology skills and to empower children to do more [...]

CTE Bringing Districts and Employers Together

School districts around South Dakota are partnering with employers to implement modern, high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. “These strong, sustainable partnerships are proving to be successful by informing classroom instruction and providing students with real-world connections,” Assistant Director of Secondary CTE Erin Larson said. Employer partnerships show students the value of career [...]