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The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine. Carla Diede of Harrisburg South Middle School was surprised with the honor Thursday morning during a school-wide assembly.

Students and teachers didn't know the real reason behind the assembly at first. They were told it was because a special guest was visiting. Newly appointed Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard was there, along with Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck and a host of school board members.

In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

What are the possible effects for learning via screen time for toddlers? Gabrielle Strouse, PhD. will publish research findings on this topic in next month's issue of the "Journal of Experimental Child Psychology."

Gabrielle Strouse is an assistant professor in the division of counseling and psychology at the University of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... December 19, 2017 Show 243 Hour 1

South Dakota is one of nine state with no government-funded preschool. Private preschool education can be pricey. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition thinks we can begin to address the problem with resources that exist right now.

We're joined by Randell Beck, president of the board for the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition.

In The Moment ... December 14, 2017 Show 240 Hour 2 

Each year, economics professor Travis Letellier ends the semester with a lecture (he calls it "The Speech") guiding his students toward the future. SDPB's Jackie Hendry highlights this life-changing lecture for Letellier and his USD students. 

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

How does tax reform stand to impact graduate students in South Dakota? Dr. Ranjit Koodali is Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota.

He recently returned from the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

The Lakota Nations Education Conference invites educators, parents, administrators and friends of education to the table for a four-day conference in Rapid City. Terrie Jo Gibbons has served 26 years as conference coordinator. She joins us for a preview.

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Dec 8, 2017

Jason Whiting teaches information and communication technology and career and technical education at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.

He received a grant from the Sioux Falls Education Foundation to purchase a humanoid robot. He joins Innovation host Cara Hetland for a conversation about rethinking classroom interactions.

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In The Moment ... November 20, 2017 Show 224 Hour 1

One year after an agreement between Kilian Community College and the University of Sioux Falls, USF's Bridges program continues to welcome people wanting to improve their proficiency in English. This month the University also cut the ribbon for the renamed Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center. We’re joined by Brett Bradfield, president of the University of Sioux Falls.

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In The Moment ... November 15, 2017 Show 221 Hour 2

The Black Hills Playhouse's Dakota Players have toured South Dakota schools since 1999, giving kids in rural communities a chance to play a part in a live theater production. SDPB's Jackie Hendry spoke with the Director of Education for the Black Hills Playhouse, Deb Workman, to learn more about how the playhouse is impacting students across the state. Then, Lori Walsh talks with Black Hills Playhouse Executive Director Linda Anderson about the upcoming season.

In The Moment ... November 9, 2017 Show 217 Hour 1 

Stephen Jackson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Sioux Falls joins us for a conversation about America's most sung-about founding father and what his legacy means for liberal arts education in America.

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In The Moment ... October 16, 2017 Show 199 Hour 2

Jill Watson is Professor of English as an additional language and world language education at St. Olaf College. She comes to South Dakota for workshops through the South Dakota Department of Education. The state education department hosts workshops for teachers this week in Watertown and Aberdeen. Dr. Watson joins us to discuss bridging the gap between cultures, the potential role of elders in the classroom, and how to dismantle “cognitive imperialism.”

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In The Moment ... October 10,2017 Show 195 Hour 1

How should the University of South Dakota Law School address falling enrollment? Does moving the law school to Sioux Falls make sense in the shifting demographic landscape of the state? Are there other ways to boost enrollment and expand offerings to would-be South Dakota lawyers? SDPB's Jackie Hendry is following this ongoing story.

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In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 1

In 2015, South Dakota was the only state in the country that didn't have some kind of Chinese language opportunity in the public school system. That same year, Northern State University in Aberdeen established their Confucius Institute--a Chinese cultural and language education partnership with the University of Jinan in China. This fall, that partnership extended to Aberdeen's Central High School.

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In The Moment ... September 28, 2017 Show 187 Hour 1

September is national suicide awareness and prevention month. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In July, new state legislation took effect to help ensure that teachers can play a role in helping South Dakota's young people who are struggling with mental health. SDPB's Jackie Hendry shares the details of the new policy.

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In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 2

A new Honors program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invites highly motivated students to seek a deeper education, one that's tied closely to the challenges of the real world. We're joined by Dr. Scott Kenner and Dr. Demitris Kouris from SDSMT.

Shon Anderson is with B9Creations, an international 3D printer company based in Rapid City. He joins us to talk about building an international business from the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a culture of innovation and imagination.

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In The Moment ... August 2, 2017 Show 147 Hour 1

As international experts predict North Korea could develop a workable missile with a reliable warhead by early next year, Americans consider, once again, what it means to live in the shadow of nuclear weapons. We welcome author and Washington Post reporter Dan Zak. His book is called "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age." It's now in paperback.

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In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 2

A diverse law enforcement team can be a more empathetic and community-oriented team. The most diverse class of new Highway Patrol officers recently graduated from training in Pierre. Joining us with insight is Colonel Craig Price. He's superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

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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.

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In The Moment ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 2

 

More than 95-hundred public school teachers work within South Dakota's boundaries. Sometimes, they 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. Then, Lori Walsh and Kealey Bultena continue the conversation with insight from South Dakota teachers.

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In The Moment ... June 28, 2017 Show 124 Hour 2

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states must create an indicator of English Language Proficiency for k-12 students. More than 80 different languages are spoken in homes across South Dakota. Some school districts have very few English language learners, but in districts like Huron, nearly 1 in 4 students speak a language other than English at home. And as the population of Sioux Falls grows and diversifies, the need for resources increases.

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Schools and producers are working to feed kids with local crops. A federal grant worth $24,158 helps educate stakeholders on the Farm to School movement. The project brings local ingredients to school food programs.

Farm to Table restaurants aim to bring local foods directly to diners. Schools have a similar program to connect students with products raised nearby.

Sandra Kangas is the South Dakota Department of Education’s director of Child and Adult Nutrition Services. She says Farm to School improves access to local foods.

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One hundred seventy-nine teachers survived their first school year with extra support. That’s thanks to a new South Dakota program that connects first-time educators with veteran teachers. They pair up for two years to increase support and professional development. Meet educators who can now look back on their first year in the classroom and plan ahead for a second year of mentoring.

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In The Moment ... June 14, 2017 Show 114 Hour 1

Skyforce basketball is a staple in the Sioux Falls professional sports scene. Recently the NBA's Miami Heat purchased controlling interest of the team. In The Moment producer Chris Laughery talks with president of the Sioux Falls Skyforce Mike Heineman about the future of the team in South Dakota.

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In The Moment ... May 25, 2017 Show 101 Hour 2

What do you want to do with the rest of your life? It's the question college grads are asking this month, It's the question many adults are still asking,  long after the cap and gown are folded into the archival box. Dave Evans is on a mission to help others find theirs. He's written a book with Bill Burnett that . It's called "Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life."

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The International Coding Competition in Rapid City and recent international hacking events have prompt people to consider coding. It provides the scaffold for computers and smartphones and apps. Educators must decide how kids can learn code, what they should understand, and when they should start.

Take a peek inside this coding classroom. The room is warm. It’s afternoon. The school year draws to a close, and sixth-grader Adysen Moet plays a video game.

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This week kids in Sioux Falls are planting seeds and sprouts in four raised garden beds next to a parking lot. A few days ago, we brought you a conversation from Ground Works-Midwest about teaching gardens. Volunteers have now constructed more places for food to grow.

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In The Moment ... May 11, 2017 Show 091 Hour 1

SDPB’s Steve Zwemke talks with NBC analyst and former NASCAR racer Kyle Petty. Petty rides through South Dakota for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether addressed the media for an update on child pornography charges against the former fire chief Jim Sideras. For the latest on the investigation, SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins us live from our studio at the University of Sioux Falls.

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Aspiring nurses are researching vulnerable populations and brainstorming strategies to improve lives. University of Sioux Falls students examine vulnerable populations. Some teams consider solutions for children who are hearing impaired. Others develop a plan to deter college students from abusing alcohol. Hear from a nursing instructor about comprehensive patient care and learn about the vision these 20-somethings have for making the world a better place.

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An Eagle Butte woman is encouraging Native American leaders in 23 tribal governments. The Bush Foundation is dedicating resources to Native Nation Building. A woman from Cheyenne River is six months into the job of supporting and promoting Indian leadership.

Eileen Briggs is the Bush Foundation’s director of Native Nation Building. She says the work includes a handful of large investments to empower American Indian communities instead of prescribing solutions.

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South Dakota schools are getting a minimal budget increase to cover inflation. State law requires lawmakers provide schools the money, but in tight budget years – like this one – they override that mandate. Education funding plans changed throughout the session.

One month ago, State Senators approved a bill that offers K-12 education a one percent increase. With a week left in the session, State Representatives decided they could offer no increase – not even one to cover inflation.

On the final day, Republican State Senator Deb Peters says lawmakers found a compromise.

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