Scholarships would aid students with financial need and promote teachers in fields of critical need.
The SD Senate voted unanimously to accept House bill changes that will create two scholarships. One measure would set up an awards program based on students' financial needs. A second scholarship would target college students who agree to teach in critically needed fields. Read the full article and
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 occupaton of Wounded Knee.
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The Award of Excellence is given for leadership, improving student achievement and being effective.
An independent four-person panel selected the Wall School Board for the award from the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. The board will receive a recognition plaque and a $1,000 cash award, which was provided by BankWest.
The board has focused on continued support of technology by putting a laptop computer in the hands of each student in the 6-12 grades, provided a monthly magazine for parents and community members detailing classroom projects and continued to develop as a board through training.
Read the press release announcing the award attached to this post.
United Tribes Technical College announces new student center in Rapid City.
A college devoted to educating Native Americans will open a new student center in downtown Rapid City. The new United Tribes Technical College learning center will be housed on the National American University campus at 321 Kansas City St.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the Initiated Measure 15 could bring $175 million a year.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the Initiated Measure 15 could bring $175 million a year, which must be divided equally in two: half going towards K-12 education and the other for South Dakota Medicaid providers.
Black Hills State University will begin offering an applied health sciences degree geared toward students seeking a career in nursing.
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Students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing or another healthcare field can get their start with a new associate's degree in applied health sciences from Black Hill State University, according to a news report on the KEVN TV website.
Darla DeKraai and her students have helped those in need by buying shoes, serving breakfast and giving money for medical bills.
Darla DeKraai, right, is presented the Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award by Dianne Rider, president-elect of the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education.(Image from KOTA MyTown)
Rapid City's Reptile Gardens and Junior Adventure Guide, Jace Oldham, take children on exploration of reptiles through educational videos.
Rapid City's Reptile Gardens has launched a new series of fun and educational videos aimed at teaching children about specific reptiles within the park. Junior Adventure Guide, Jace Olham, takes children on an exploration of Komodo Dragons, Poison Arrow Frogs and Burmese Pythons. Read the full article on KOTA My Town Community News. Watch the first video featuring the Burmese Python.
The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission has requested more information regarding building materials from the architect for President's Plaza.
The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission has requested more information regarding building materials from the architect of President's Plaza. The architect was asked to bring this material to the Historic Preservation Commission meeting to be held on May 18th. The Commission will look at the report and then send it to state officials for making the final decision on the future of the project.
From "A Nation at Risk" to "No Child Left Behind," the decades of debate over education reform in the United States are about to bear fruit in the form of overhauled assessment tests and a nationalized "core curriculum," said a former South Dakota education secretary at the recent Data Matters Forum on Education.
From "A Nation at Risk" to "No Child Left Behind," the decades of debate over education reform in the United States are about to bear fruit in the form of overhauled assessment tests and a nationalized "core curriculum," said a former South Dakota education secretary.
City council and legislative candidates participated in a candidates forum hosted by the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association.
A forum hosted by the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association featured two candidates running for the Ward 5 City Council seat and all four candidates for the State House of Representatives in District 32. Billboards and education reform dominated the debate, according to the Rapid City Journal.
The choice by a 39-member task force was made after considering 1,800 responses from an online survey.
A specially appointed task force recommended to the Rapid City School Board that school close early on Wednesdays, according to the Rapid City Journal. Budget cuts led to a proposed change of shortening one day of the week, and the task force considered 1,800 responses from parents and staffers to an online survey. The board postponed a decision until the 2012-2013 school year calendar is completed.
District administrators are asking parents for feedback on two options for setting aside planning time for teachers.
Budget cuts that eliminate outside planning time for teachers will lead to a change in classroom hours. School will either start late or end early one day a week, to allow time for professional development. Administrators are asking parents to indicate their preference in a two-question survey.
Legislators updated citizens on pending bills and discussed the need to address issues related to bills that have already died in committee.
The third area legislative crackerbarrel was hosted by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Opening the crackerbarrel was Senator Bruce Rampelberg, who addressed the failure of Senate Bill 1200, which would have granted local governments more authority to regulate outdoor advertising, including digital billboards and the moving forward of Senate Bill 157, which prohibits certain billboard restrictions.
Merit pay and teacher evaluations are at the heart of the conversation.
Governor Daugaard's education reform proposals have sparked a growing debate over merit pay and teacher evaluations. While nearly everyone agrees that effective teacher evaluations are critical to improving education, there is less consensus on whether teachers should receive extra or "merit" pay if they receive high marks on their evaluations. Last summer, a legislative work group explored the Danielson Model as one option for teacher evaluations.