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Harrisburg Math Teacher Wins "Oscars of Teaching"

Jan 8, 2018
Jackie Hendry

In The Moment ... January 8, 2017 Show 251 Hour 2

The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching." Last week, a middle school math teacher in Harrisburg was surprised to learn she was one of 44 winners in the entire country.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry attended the secretive school-wide assembly. She shares sounds and reactions from the surprise announcement. 

Milken Family Foundation

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 ... April 20, 2017 Show 076 Hour 1

We continue our look at how shifting populations impact South Dakota communities. SDPB's Kealey Bultena is in Harrisburg. She's joined by Harrisburg school superintendent Jim Holbeck. 

Art is often a selling factor for businesses looking to expand to a community. Organizations around the state are taking action to measure the economic impact of art. SDPB'S Chynna Lockett has more.​

A Makerspace In The Middle School

May 26, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

When you picture a normal middle school, you probably envision kids in rows of desks listening to a teacher drone on and on at the front of the room. But a makerspace is no typical classroom. The concept lets kids master concepts using whatever tools make the most sense for them. While some philosophies come and go, some educators say the makerspace trend is part of a culture – not a buzzword – and teachers say their students can prove it.

Kealey Bultena

Public school administrators are telling teachers a plan to increase the average teacher salary to more than $48,500 doesn’t mean pay raises across the board. Governor Dennis Daugaard wants to boost education funding by raising the sales tax by a half cent. 

South Dakota’s Blue Ribbon Task Force determined that teacher pay in South Dakota is behind surrounding states by thousands of dollars. Now lawmakers must decide on the right mechanism for funding K-12 education and how much money school districts should receive.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Harrisburg High School student is in custody after police say he brought a gun to school and shot the principal. Authorities stress all students are safe and the principal is stable. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are collaborating on the investigation. The Lincoln County States Attorney is determining what charges the teenager faces.

High school students piled onto bright yellow school buses late Wednesday morning after law enforcement swept the building for threats. 

Changes At Harrisburg High School

Jan 29, 2013

Beginning with next year's freshman class, Harrisburg High School is transitioning to personalized learning plans for every student, along with a much more flexible schedule for students to pursue their interests and get one-on-one help from teachers.  Harrisburg High School Principal Kevin Lein described the changes on Tuesday's Dakota Midday.

Kealey Bultena

South Dakota’s education report card shows the state’s high school completion rate dropped slightly this year, but education officials say it’s mostly flat. South Dakota didn’t see a huge increase in the dropout rate, but the state didn’t make any significant improvements in keeping more students on track. Educators around South Dakota try to curb dropout rates by encouraging students to stay in class.