Education

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.

lori walsh

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.

SDLRC

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. 

Regional Health supports Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB.

Steve Munsen

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
Steve Munsen

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. 

Adria Botella

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.

USD School of Education

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.

Chynna Lockett

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
Debra Smith

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.

Adria Botella

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. 

SD Department of Education

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.

Chris Laughery

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.

Western Dakota Tech

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. 

Jackie Hendry

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disability, but teachers may not always be able to recognize it in their students. A recent workshop in Sioux Falls  gave elementary teachers a glimpse of the challenges their dyslexic students can face in the classroom. 

Pathways Literacy Center

Dyslexia is the most common known learning disorder, but specialized resources for both students and teachers is often lacking. Sioux Falls Christian Schools is looking to change that in their community. 

Contrary to popular belief, dyslexia does not just mean a reader confuses letters. It exists on a spectrum and can render a person illiterate without direct intervention.

Carmen Heethuis  is the director of the Pathways Literacy Center at Sioux Falls Christian Schools. She says they focus on dyslexia because it’s so common: 1 in 5 people fall somewhere on the spectrum.

DSU Media Relations

Computer science has tended to be a male-dominated field, but Dakota State University is seeing a shift in the numbers. The school has seen a nearly 300% increase in female computer and cyber science majors over the last five years. 

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU includes majors like cyber operations and network security and administration. Five years ago, 26 undergraduate students in the Beacom College were women. By 2017 there were just over a hundred.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 2

After 40 years of teaching orchestra in Rapid City, Mr. William Evans leaves the podium. He's a graduate of Stevens High School (class of '72) and he's the most tenured teacher at the school.

Though he's conducted his final concert for the high school, his legacy in South Dakota music education lives on.

He joins us with highlights from his career.

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018
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The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

How do we create communities where our children grow up to live and innovate close to home?

We bring you a special In the Moment. We break down the numbers behind generational migration. We probe the outer reaches of the battle against Brain Drain. We ask the questions: Who are we and Who are we becoming?

This hour we meet educators and innovators, business leaders, policy makers, and advocates.

South Dakota The Next Generation

South Dakota Community Foundation

Dakota State University is receiving a $3,500 South Dakota Fund grant to support a mixed-reality teaching simulation for its education students. The Virtual Avatar Learning Experience—or VALE—gives DSU students a chance to experience classroom management before dealing with real live kids. 

The VALE at DSU is the only program of its kind in the state. During a VALE simulation, education majors stand in front of a flat screen TV that displays a classroom with five avatars representing middle-school aged students.

In The Moment ... April 26, 2018 Show 324 Hour 2

What is one thing you want to do before you die? What makes a meaningful life? What do you think about when you are alone?

Mitch Reed was inspired to ask students these questions. He invited them to place their answers anonymously in a cardboard box. Now he has a new book that tells the story of the project.

It's called "Cardboard Confessional." The author presents a book talk tonight (4/26/18) at the Brookings Arts Council from 6 to 7 p.m.

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.

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