Education

Terri Colgrove

   The international students who attend South Dakota’s colleges and universities have plenty of challenges.  From language barriers to the weather--there’s a lot to navigate. But perhaps the biggest and most important challenge is finding a sense of home away from home.

 As part of an ongoing series on international students in the state, SDPB’s Jackie Hendry shares how some students adjust and what one family gained from welcoming students into their home

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 12, 2018 Show 314 Hour 2

South Dakota colleges and universities invite students from around the world to study here. But do those students feel welcome in America?

SDPB education reporter Jackie Hendry talks about international students in South Dakota higher education as part of a month long series.

In part two of the series, we explore the challenges of getting them here.

Western Dakota Tech Marketing

A team from Western Dakota Tech reaches the finals in a National Science Foundation competition for community colleges. The team’s project uses electrical automation to provide organic food for communities in need. 

The project is based on a system called aquaponics. It’s a combination of aquaculture (raising aquatic animals for human consumption) and hydroponics (a method of growing plants in water rather than soil).

Bush Foundation

In the Moment ... April 10, 2018 Show 312 Hour 1

Cutting edge technology comes to South Dakota classrooms like never before.

The 2018 Technology and Innovation Conference kicks off at the Sioux Falls Convention Center April 15.

Julie Mathiesen is Director of Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) joins us to talk about the annual conference, expected to draw more than 1,000 educators.

Jackie Hendry

In the Moment ... April 5, 2018 Show  308 Hour 2

SDPB Education reporter Jackie Hendry kicks off a month-long look at international students in South Dakota higher education. Watch for continuing coverage throughout April as she explores the impact on the state economy as well as on communities, on colleges and universities, and on students who study side by side with scholars from across the globe.
 

The South Dakota Board of Technical Education held its first spring meeting this week to set tuition for the next academic year. The board was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard last summer. 

Tuition rates for the state’s four technical institutions is set for the 2018 to 2019 school year, and it means a slight bump in costs for students. In-state students will pay 116-dollars per credit hour—a two-dollar increase from last year.

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota has the third highest suicide rate for young people in the country, and overall suicide rates in the state are on the rise.

One woman from Presho has seen the impact of suicide on small communities first hand. As a student at the University of South Dakota, Chesney Garnos researched suicide and bullying. Now, she speaks to students in schools around the state. 

At the beginning of her presentation, Chesney Garnos asks students to imagine this scenario:

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards is adopting updates to six subject areas, including math and English language arts. The board is responsible for curriculum standards for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Becky Nelson is the Director of Learning and Instruction for the state Department of Education. She says most changes involve clarifying language in existing standards. For instance, math standards now include learning how to read both digital and analog clocks in third grade. Nelson says the board has also added new standards for math beyond algebra.

Students Make Art Real Through Poetry Out Loud

Mar 15, 2018
Jackie Hendry

Shakespeare isn’t boring to Kassondra Gooley. The West Central High School senior talks about poetry the way some students might talk about movies or music.

“I like that it’s feelings put into words, and that you can dive only as deep as you’re willing to go, and so it’s kind of like an endless view of the world and gives you so many perspectives.”

Gooley enjoys studying and analyzing poetry, but that’s not all. She’s one of the state finalists in a national competition that pushes students to engage with poetry a little differently than they might in most classrooms.

In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 1

We discuss a new reading initiative in the Black Hills with Jessica Gromer, Program Officer, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, Jamie Toennies, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills, and Michaela Mader-Tully, United Way of the Black Hills Marketing Coordinator.

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 1

James Rankin is the 19th President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He joins us for a conversation about efforts to increase diversity, research, and the (not-so-distant) future of flying cars.

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 1

As the 2018 Legislative Session winds up its final week of business, we talk with state Senator Kevin Killer and state Representative Shawn Bordeaux about the triumphs and disappointments of the session. We also discuss the drive to rename Todd County to Sicangu Oyate County.

In The Moment ... March 5, 2018 Show 289 Hour 1

Two school principals join In the Moment for an extended conversation about school culture and its role in helping students feel connected and involved and connected during the current concerns about mass shootings in school.

bhsu.edu

In the Moment ... February 28, 2018 Show 286 Hour 2

Black Hills State University offers the latest Geek Speak lecture, this one by Jami Stone, professor of mathematics education.

Her talk is called "Trash Has Two Parents: The Person Who Threw It and the Person Who Walked By," and it focuses on the work of acclaimed author Thomas Friedman.
 

sdlegislature.gov

In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 2

State Representative Timothy Johns is from Lead and represents District 31. He's the chair of the House education committee and vice-chair of the judiciary committee. He joins us for an update on this year's legislative session.

Jackie Hendry

For a group of Vermillion high schoolers, a winning robotics team takes passion, perseverance, and a really dedicated mom.

In January, the team ranked 8th in the world at a competition in Omaha. Last weekend, the students won the state robotics championship. During a team practice earlier this month, students set their sights on their next goal – a ticket to the world championship in Kentucky this spring.

These teenagers in the Rolfes family basement aren’t just socializing. They’re part of the robotics team and they’re practicing...stacking cones.

americancreed.org

In the Moment ... February 26, 2018 Show 284 Hour 1

What is the promise of America and who has access to it? A new documentary from PBS called "American Creed" explores the topic.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different backgrounds and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed.

Diedre Prevett, principal of Lindbergh Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahama, is featured in the film.

She joins us to talk about living her American Dream.

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 1

SDPB's Jackie Henry joins In the Moment for a conversation about a proposed (and rejected) resolution in Pierre that aimed to address rural "brain drain" in the state.

South Dakota LRC

The Senate Education Committee is sending a bill creating an early learning advisory council to the 41st day. South Dakota is one of seven states without state funded preschools.

The twelve members of the council outlined in Senate Bill 132 include governor-appointed representatives from multiple government agencies--including the departments of education, health, social services, and the legislature. Other members include Head Start providers, parents, and the business community.

Jackie Hendry

Technology continues to change how we communicate and how we work. It's also changing how we learn. One South Dakota university is facing the challenge head-on with a new digital initiative and partnership with Apple.

Most of the student’s filing into the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan didn’t know much about their school’s new initiative. They only had a name: Digital DWU.

But curiosity turned to excitement when junior Aaron Ahmadu took the stage and performed a rap about changing times.

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

The Senate Education Committee met this morning in Pierre. South Dakota state Senator Jim Bolin is chair of the committee. He represents District 16, which includes Lincoln and Union County.

SD LRC

The senate education committee effectively tables a bill prohibiting students who are in the country illegally from attending public universities. Senate Bill 103 is sent to the 41st day after more than an hour and a half of testimonies and discussion. 

Opponents of the bill argue the Board of Regents lacks power and resources to uphold federal immigration law. Legal counsel for the Board of Regents also states the system is not considered complicit in harboring criminals under federal statute.

Jackie Hendry

Students at Harrisburg South Middle School are learning to solve the world's problems through empathy. Carla Diede teaches the new class. She's a recent recipient of the Milken Educator Award, also known as the "Oscars of teaching." 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton joins us from Pierre for a look at legislation he supports regarding campaign finance reform, open government, and education.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

It's National School Counseling Week. We talk with Rapid City Area Schools lead counselor Dana Livermont and Kristin Wheeler, a certified school counselor at Huron High School.

Chuck Gemar  was born in Yankton and graduated from Scotland high school in 1973. He was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned an engineering degree in 1979.

Gemar was attached to the 24th Combat Aviation unit as an Assistant Flight Operations Officer and Flight Platoon Leader.

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In The Moment ... January 30, 2018 Show 266 Hour 2

Schools in South Dakota hope to prepare students to seamlessly take their next step, to a higher grade or to enter the work force.

But South Dakota is one of a hand full of states that does not have a state funded and administered pre-school programs to prepare children for the first step into kindergarten.

Flight Club Takes Off At Roosevelt High School

Jan 16, 2018
Jackie Hendry

The halls of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls are abuzz with new technology. Nathan Hofflander, adviser of the school's Flight Club and head of The Volaré Project, is using drones to keep students engaged in the classroom.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited with members of the club and stopped by their unique fundraising event. 

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR DENNIS DAUGAARD

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council submitted a resolution to state lawmakers on Thursday opposing the nomination of Don Kirkegaard to Secretary of Education. Council members are concerned about his connections to the GEAR Up Controversy.

The concerns were brought to the State-Tribal Relations Committee during its second unofficial meeting in 24 hours.

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