Neutrino Day With Constance Walter

21 hours ago

In The Moment … July 6, 2020 Show 852 Hour 1

This week the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead presents "Neutrino Day: A Matter of Mystery" only this year, it's virtual. You can expect speakers, live chats with scientists, hands-on activities, Native American games, Science Steve, contests and facility tours, and even a science comedian. Constance Walter, the facilities communications director, joins us with more.

Rachel Headley & Meg Manke

Apr 20, 2020

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 1

Business leaders have rapidly become COVID-19 business leaders -- leaders during a time of massive transition, chaos, uncertainty, and grief. Many are seeking to build skills for the days ahead. Project management and organizational psychology experts Rachel Headley and Meg Manke are leading an upcoming business education series, online of course.  Rachel Headley, CEO of Rose Group International. Meg Manke, is COO and Head of Training. 

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All K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Governor Kristi Noem says it doesn’t make sense to bring students back to their classrooms in light of current projections of COVID-19 infections.

The governor says the state Department of Education will continue working with school administrators on distance learning through the end of the year. 

SDPB Educational Resources

Apr 2, 2020

In The Moment ... April 2, 2020 Show 787 Hour 1

At South Dakota Public Broadcasting, education is central to who we are. With so many South Dakota students' education disrupted due to the closure of school buildings and the abrupt shift to at-home learning, we wanted to let you know about a variety of SDPB's learning resources. 

Governor Says Schools Should Stay Closed Until May

Mar 24, 2020

Governor Noem recommends that all k-12 school districts remain closed until early May. She says that course of action offers consistency in the approach to educating South Dakota students during the pandemic. 

The governor says she’s open to reevaluate school closings in May. But until then, schools are closed.

The shift to on-line learning for the nation’s K-12 students presents new challenges for educators. But some tribal schools are struggling with the transition for different reasons. Their technology infrastructure and internet access aren’t strong enough to connect isolated students.



In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 2

The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced all public universities will move to online learning for at least the next two weeks in light of public health concerns regarding coronavirus.  Professor Elizabeth Racz, Ph.D., MPH, is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology. She teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus.   

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

School bond elections in South Dakota would have to be conducted in June or November if pending legislation becomes law. 

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Goodwin, R-Rapid City, said the bill is motivated by the timing of Rapid City’s recent school bond election. 


A bill allowing for the creation of community-based schools centered on Native American cultural curriculum passes the Senate unanimously.

Senate Bill 66 allows for schools centered on the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. They deal with language, treaty rights, sovereignty, and other topics.

On the floor, Senator Wayne Steinhauer explains this isn’t just about separate schools for Native Americans.


The Senate Education Committee unanimously passes a bill to allow for the creation of community-based schools centered on Native American language and culture curriculum.

The approval comes after a lengthy amendment process to bring the Governor’s office and Department of Education on board.

When Ryan Maher looks at the administration of the two state universities in the Black Hills, he sees costly duplication. 


Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 1

Ben Jones is South Dakota's secretary of education. He joins us in Pierre with a look into his top priorities, and his view of the future of education in South Dakota.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

South Dakota's technical schools are retaining students at a higher rate than the national average. The state's four tech schools are keeping 78% of their students. The national average is 62%. 

Nick Wendell is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education. He credits the high retention rates to transition initiatives that help students handle their first year. Wendell also says they've focused on resources for veterans and other non-traditional students. 

News: Nov 9 - 15

Nov 15, 2019

State tourism officials say it’s been a challenging summer for the state’s number two industry.

Education majors at Augustana University have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge classroom tools through Makerspace workshops. 

A second tribe in South Dakota has adopted hate crime protections for LGBT people.

We ask USD’s Mike Allgrunn Ph.D., “What's the economic impact of giving?”

Breast cancer survivors who’ve undergone mastectomies have a new, crafty option in artificial breasts.

Jackie Hendry

Education majors at Augustana University have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge classroom tools through Makerspace workshops. Robots, iPads and circuit boards help students of any level engage with a variety of subjects in a way that feels like play.

The three Makerspace workshops this semester are financed with the Oliver Innovation Fund through Augustana to encourage creativity throughout the university. Assistant Professor of education Michelle Powers applied for the grant to help future teachers learn to incorporate Makerspace in their classrooms.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 30, 2019 Show 690 Hour 1

Former South Dakota legislator Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. His platform focuses on the economy, education, and healthcare. Ahlers joins In The Moment from the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls.


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 1

The South Dakota Department of Education has released its annual report card. Education Department Secretary Ben Jones discusses the results.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

South Dakota Board of Regents

Fall enrollment for full-time equivalent students at South Dakota’s six public universities is down three percent. That’s nearly a full percentage point lower than last fall. This is the fifth year in a row fall enrollment has shown a decrease in full-time students. 

The Board of Regents is the governing body over the state’s public universities. BOR Executive Director and CEO Paul Beran says the decline in students signals a strong job market that encourages some students to choose the workforce over education.

An estimate from the Sioux Falls School District shows about 350 children per year exceed federal poverty limits to attend Head Start, but preschool is too expensive for their families. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition is a non-profit that partners with pre-schools and local businesses to provide that opportunity. With 150 students enrolled in pre-k in its third year, the Coalition’s leadership believes it won’t be long before it can give all Sioux Falls students a chance to prepare for kindergarten.

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakota businesses to register for the state’s first Week of Work in April of 2020. The week is a chance for high schoolers to experience local job opportunities through job shadowing and industry tours. 


In the Moment ... September 9, 2019 Show 654 Hour 1

Mel Schopp and Deb Soholt are dedicated to helping women accelerate their influence in the workplace and in communities. They are set to launch the joint venture Influential She on September 16.

Today they sit down with In the Moment host Lori Walsh to talk about their personal journeys and high leverage practices to change the world.

Jackie Hendry

Note: This story originally aired on June 21, 2019. 

Starting in July, the non-profit arm of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation will develop a new school with the help of a national fellowship program. The NACA-Inspired Schools Network fellow will help design curriculum and launch the school over a two-year period. 

Wizipan Little Elk is the CEO of REDCO. He says the school will focus on Lakota language, culture, and educational rigor.

Augustana University is partnering with Flandreau Indian School and the Washington Pavilion for a project that brings Native American perspectives into historical archives. Augustana is one of 25 independent colleges in the country to win a grant for the Humanities Research for the Public Good initiative. 

Photographs and other documents in archival collections may include Native Americans, but these items are rarely created by Native Americans.

“—and that’s a huge discrepancy in terms of representation of a population that has been silenced in a way.”


In The Moment News is a new podcast recaping news of the week. Find it every Friday afternoon.

USD School of Education

During his time as dean of the University of South Dakota's School of Education, Donald Easton-Brooks formed a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District to launch the Teacher Pathway Program, which seeks to recruit a diverse pool of future teachers from its own student body. Easton-Brooks is a scholar of education policy and culturally responsive teaching. His book Ethnic Matching: Success of Students of Color was released earlier this year. 

SD Department of Education

The second cohort to complete a state-wide, two-year teaching mentorship program celebrated in Sioux Falls Thursday. The state department of education hopes pairing new teachers with mentors will improve teacher retention. 

The Blue Ribbon Task Force is perhaps best remembered for the resulting half-cent sales tax increase to improve teacher salaries in the state. But surveys conducted during the task force showed many teachers wanted a support system to help them adjust from college to running their own classroom.


In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 2

Jay Mickelson has been a teacher in the Pierre School District for 49 years. Raised on a dairy farm near McLaughlin, Mickelson has influenced thousands of students and helped shape their futures. The community gathers at 7:00 tonight to celebrate the career of one of the region's most popular educators.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 13, 2019 Show 574 Hour 2

South Dakota Secretary of Education Ben Jones joins us to discuss the department's strategic focus, empowering administrators and teachers, and the ongoing conversation about civics education in South Dakota schools.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well.

In the Moment ... May 6, 2019 Show 569 Hour 2

As college and high school seniors prepare to launch into the world, commencement speakers offer words of wisdom for a new generation of thinkers, innovators and leaders.

Steve Jarding gave Sunday's commencement speech at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Born in Mitchell, Jarding has taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University since 2004. He was worked in local and national politics for more than four decades.

Jackie Hendry

The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls is updating its Science Center with new exhibits celebrating fossils and stones unique to South Dakota. The interactive area gives kids a chance to dig for dinosaur bones, explore a mine tunnel, and maybe jumpstart a love of science. 

A life-sized T-Rex looks on as a ribbon cutting officially opens the new exhibits. With animatronic dinosaurs screeching in the background, Washington Pavilion President and CEO Darrin Smith explains this is part of a multi-year effort to attract more families to the Science Center.