Education

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. 

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 1

Children thrive when they live in communities that care about helping them reach their full potential.

The South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high-quality care and early learning for all children, birth through age eight. They advocate for early childhood care and education from local to national platforms.

Jessica Castleberry is the president of SDAEYC. 

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota is one of only five states in the country with no state-supported preschool program. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition is a non-profit dedicated to giving all children access to preschool. Wednesday it announced the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire is joining a partnership to offer free preschool for 20 local students.

Dakota Political Junkies: Interim Studies

Apr 3, 2019
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In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 2

The South Dakota Legislature will conduct interim studies of industrial hemp and the meth epidemic as they look ahead to the 2020 session.

And, Representative Scyller Borlum is traveling the state and talking with people about how to make education in rural South Dakota more accessible.

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In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

Erika Oppenheimer is an ACT and SAT test prep coach whose advice has been featured on The Huffington Post. Her book is called "Acing It: A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test."

The Senate Education Committee ends the legislative session with a debate on the merit of certain resolutions and the federal Department of Education. A resolution calling for South Dakota’s congressional delegation to support dissolving the department moves to the senate floor without a recommendation. 

Senator Stace Nelson is the resolution’s prime sponsor. He tells the committee this is an issue Republicans have pursued on a national scale since the Department of Education was established in 1979.

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The House Education Committee passes a bill banning instruction on gender dysphoria to the house floor, despite confusion on what the phrase means. House bill 1108 prohibits instruction on the issue to public school students from kindergarten to seventh grade. 

House Bill 1108 originally prohibited instruction on gender identity and expression. Later, the bill was amended to remove those phrases and instead prohibit instruction on gender dysphoria.

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Most colleges are making efforts to increase the diversity of their student body. One look at the populations of South Dakota's state institutions shows a pretty glaring discrepancy in college enrollment for one of the state's largest demographics. South Dakota State University is working to change that with its campus-wide Wokini Initiative. SDPB's Jackie Hendry is here for the first in a series of conversations about that effort. 

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In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 1 

Ben Jones is serving as interim Secretary of Education after being appointed by Governor Kristi Noem.

Jones is the Dean of Dakota State University's College of Arts and Sciences.

He visits about bringing a culture of performance and civic knowledge to South Dakota's students and teachers.

Hitting The Ground Running

Jan 9, 2019
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In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 1

Throughout her campaign, inauguration and in her first In The Moment interview as governor, Kristi Noem has talked about "hitting the ground running."

She discusses her transition to the governor's office, issues facing South Dakota and several of her ideas that she'd like to see come to fruition as the state's new leader. 

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In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 490 Hour 2

Augustana University has announced a new strategic vision. The plan looks at how Augustana can innovate, grow, and transform. It includes offering new acedemic programs and graduate degrees, expanding the performing and visual arts, growing enrollment, enhancing diversity, transitioning to a Division I athletics conference, and investing in the physical campus.

Augustana President Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin and Colin Irvin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Augustana University, give detail to the plans.

Jackie Hendry

Education can help to keep inmates from committing new crimes when they’re released. But funding those academic programs can be a barrier for correctional facilities. Now  the Pennington County Jail has brought back its GED program after a long hiatus. 

Captain Brooke Haga has been working at the Pennington County Jail for more than 20 years. When she first started, the jail partnered with the local Career Learning Center on  a GED program for inmates. When the center lost grant funding, Haga says the GED program went with it.

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Many school districts focus on recruiting the best teachers for their classrooms, and they struggle to bring in a diverse pool of candidates. Even when they’re successful, some can’t retain the teachers they’ve hired. Donald Easton-Brooks, the Dean of USD’s School of Education, says the challenge is about more than money. 

Before Donald Easton-Brooks pursued a career in education, he was a counselor at a residential treatment facility in Denver. He says something about the job didn’t feel right.

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In The Moment ... August 23, 2018 Show 407 Hour 2

In a digital world, librarians often stand on the forefront of technology education. But how do rural and reservation librarians develop the expertise to provide the vital leadership? 

 Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist with TIE -  Technology and Innovation in Education. She joins us for a look at a new professional development program through TIE. 

Meet The Candidate: Debra Smith

Aug 10, 2018
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In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 2

Debra Smith is a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 26B.  From Vivian, Smith is a high school teacher in the Lyman school district.

Among Smith's concerns are education and the uncertainty of how a new governor will address it along with teacher pay and the imbalance between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.

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In The Moment ... July 30, 2018 Show 389 Hour 2

The school supplies are on the shelves, and changes are ahead for South Dakota High School Graduation requirements.

SDPB's Education reporter Jackie Hendry joined In The Moment with an update on the new policy. 

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The South Dakota Board of Education Standards unanimously approves changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements after a public hearing in Pierre. The changes allow students more flexibility without changing the number of credits required for a diploma. 

The changes include three endorsements that can be added to a student’s high school transcript. Each endorsement requires particular courses to fulfill existing credit requirements, but students don’t need to choose an endorsement in order to receive a basic high school diploma.

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In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 2

The 2018 Kids Count Data Book has been released. South Dakota project director Carol Cochran joins us for an overview.

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In The Moment ... June 18, 2018 Show 360 Hour 2

Western Dakota Tech is hosting a poverty simulation on June 21st. Barb Garcia is facilitator. She joins us for a preview of the process and to discuss hopes for systemic economic and cultural change.

Proposed changes to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements are now open for public comment. The total number of credits are the same, but the changes could provide students more flexibility and additional opportunities for post-high school credentials. 

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