Vermillion Partnership Paves Way for Professional Development Opportunity

A partnership paving the way for professional development for teachers was established in Southeast South Dakota. Vermillion’s Jolley Elementary School and the University of South Dakota are using grants from the Bush Foundation and USD School of Education to develop new teaching methods to adapt to student strengths. Jolley Elementary received a $100,000 Teacher Effectiveness [...]

McIntosh First in State with Operator Program

The McIntosh School District accomplished a first this year…for the entire state. In January, the district learned it had been awarded a Workforce Education Grant to purchase three Heavy Equipment Simulators, which will be used for South Dakota’s first Heavy Equipment Operator curriculum. The newly developed curriculum and concurrent credit courses will integrate academic content, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Engaging in Enrichment at Timber Lake Elementary

When opportunity knocked, the Timber Lake Elementary staff answered. This marked the first year the school incorporated MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing into the district with a common goal of using data to drive our instruction while utilizing other assessments. Data showed Timber Lake students benefiting from Intervention and Enrichment Strategies and set goals [...]

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 [...]

STEAM Team Stands Out in Parker

Parker School District is on a modified 4-day school week with Fridays reserved for student-help time in the morning and teacher in-service in the afternoon. Beginning last year, Parker Technology Coordinator Marci Leberman started a club called the STEAM Team, which is offered to all students in the fifth through eighth grades this year. “We [...]

Science Education Striding Forward at Timber Lake HS

Success and achievement have been the controlled variables of the experimental design that is Timber Lake High School’s science program. In the past decades, students have participated in both a local fair in Timber Lake School, as well as traveling to the regional fair in Rapid City, which is sponsored by the South Dakota School [...]