Teaching

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More than 9,500 public school teachers work within South Dakota’s boundaries. Some spend more time with kids during the week than parents. State Secretary of Education Melody Schopp says the community should elevate teachers with dignity and respect. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena begins our discussion about attitudes in teaching with Schopp, who says teaching is a noble profession.

The secretary leads the department of education, and teachers themselves say they struggle with the way people outside of education view their work.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A measure that automatically allows South Dakota’s home schooled students to participate in public extracurricular activities is dead. A legislative committee considered House Bill 1123 for nearly two hours Monday before decided not to support it.

Dakota Midday: "School Of The Future"

Sep 14, 2016
Stanford Graduate School of Education

Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Test scores show American children lag far behind their peers in other industrialized countries. How can our schools help students of all backgrounds meet the challenges of tomorrow? Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Central, NOVA explores how the science of learning and technological innovations are transforming the way we teach and learn.

Courtesy Melody Schopp

South Dakota’s Secretary of Education is reflecting on a recent trip to Africa. Melody Schopp is set to be the next president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and she went to Malawi last week through the US Department of State.

Schopp says students in Malawi learn in huge classes or groups outside, and they don’t have bright, colorful classrooms like she sees in South Dakota. She says she saw this while touring African schools.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Many teachers spend their summers preparing for class by attending seminars, plotting lesson plans, and incorporating technology into coursework. Yet one instructor in Sioux Falls goes dumpster diving. Meet a longtime woods teacher who is not afraid to plunge into his work.

Bob Darkow’s classroom is so typical it’s borderline boring. He has scrawled the classes he teaches in black marker on a white board attached to a beige cinderblock wall. Dark blue plastic chairs rest under school desks grouped in pods of four. A shiny, wooden rectangular box sits on one surface.

State lawmakers killed a bill Thursday that allows science teachers to incorporate information outside the approved curriculum to help students analyze and learn. Supporters of the measure say it gives teachers power to facilitate understanding; opponents question whether the measure solves a real problem.

SF School Leader Optimistic About Edu. Plan

Jan 11, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The leader of the state’s largest school district says South Dakota has an opportunity to restore value to careers in education. Governor Dennis Daugaard is set to reveal his vision for school funding during Tuesday afternoon's State of the State address. One education leader says the Governor’s proposal is more than a spending plan.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Sioux Falls teacher is a recipient of a prestigious education honor. Teachers can’t apply for the Milken Educator Award; the foundation identifies candidates and selects them without letting the teacher know – that is, until this week at a surprise assembly.  

Hundreds of students at Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School stomp up bleachers in the gym. The band plays as they fill the stands and spill out onto the hardwood floor.

After introductions, Jane Foley with the Milken Family Foundation tells students one teacher can positively influence thousands of lives.

Spencer Cody, a grade 7-12 science teacher in Hoven, recently returned from two weeks in the Gulf of Mexico with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program. While at sea, Cody studied the population of reef sea life and kept track of what different populations of fish are doing along the continental shelf. Cody also blogged during his time aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces. His blog can be seen here. It includes photos and videos.

First Graduates Of New Technology High School

May 16, 2014

New Technology High School graduates its first class of students this weekend.  Innovation host Cara Hetland spent an hour visiting with students and faculty about the past four years and the new style of teaching.  Guests included Principal Dolly Ellwein, counselor Vickie Donohoe, Spanish 1 teacher Chris Coughlin, administrative intern Heidi Jorgenson and seniors Leah Bernard, Wes Rasmusson, Max Rysdon and Mina Big Eagle.

Fulbright Award Winner To Teach In Botswana

Apr 16, 2013

Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of South Dakota, has won a Fulbright Award to conduct research and lecture in Botswana.  Avoseh will begin his journey to Botswana, in southern Africa, in July.

USD MLK Speaker

Jan 22, 2013
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of Emeritus Consulting Group in Chicago, is the guest of the Center for Academic Engagement at the University of South Dakota Tuesday night.  She'll deliver the keynote address, "Innovation in Higher Education: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," in the MUC Ballroom at 7 p.m.  Clayton-Pederson is also an Association of American Colleges & Universities Senior Scholar directing the work of a three-year project, "Preparing Critical Faculty For the Future." 

CTE Academy

Dec 7, 2012

SDPB News Director Cara Hetland spent Friday visiting with students in the media department at the Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls.  Hetland hosted BioMed instructor Allison Hutchinson and Engineering instructor Christy Carlson on Innovation.  The CTE Academy is a "Project Lead the Way" school.

Poet Taylor Mali

Oct 16, 2012

Taylor Mali's mastery with words has inspired many to go into the teaching profession.  He has traveled throughout the world to perform and lecture for teachers.  Mali recently published a book of essays, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World," which chronicles his life from teacher to advocate.  Mali spoke Tuesday at Black Hills State University as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

Teacher of the Year

Oct 15, 2012

Katie Anderson has been named South Dakota's 2013 Teacher of the Year.  Anderson teaches science and reading at East Middle School in Rapid City.  Part of her award is a technology package valued at $11,000 to use in her classroom.  She'll represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.  The National Teacher of the Year is announced during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., each April.