Jackie Hendry

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).

Jackie Hendry

In the Moment ... April 5, 2018 Show  308 Hour 2

SDPB Education reporter Jackie Hendry kicks off a month-long look at international students in South Dakota higher education. Watch for continuing coverage throughout April as she explores the impact on the state economy as well as on communities, on colleges and universities, and on students who study side by side with scholars from across the globe.
 

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards is adopting updates to six subject areas, including math and English language arts. The board is responsible for curriculum standards for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Becky Nelson is the Director of Learning and Instruction for the state Department of Education. She says most changes involve clarifying language in existing standards. For instance, math standards now include learning how to read both digital and analog clocks in third grade. Nelson says the board has also added new standards for math beyond algebra.

Avera Health

Avera Health plans to build an Addiction Care Center on its new campus at 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. Avera psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Stanley says an estimated 10%-15% of the general population struggles with some kind of chemical dependency. 

Jackie Hendry

 A few years ago,  Coleen Liebsch had to make a choice: would she finish the horror novel she was writing, or would she jump on an unexpected opportunity?

Today, her creation--the Books 4 Kids program--donates books to  children in  South Dakota and around the world.

Coleen Liebsch is an author...publisher...and CEO of Books 4 Kids. She loves books.

She also knows that a school book fair   can make a student feel like an outsider . Liebsch says when she was growing up, her family couldn’t afford to send her with much money to buy books.

Jackie Hendry

For a group of Vermillion high schoolers, a winning robotics team takes passion, perseverance, and a really dedicated mom.

In January, the team ranked 8th in the world at a competition in Omaha. Last weekend, the students won the state robotics championship. During a team practice earlier this month, students set their sights on their next goal – a ticket to the world championship in Kentucky this spring.

These teenagers in the Rolfes family basement aren’t just socializing. They’re part of the robotics team and they’re practicing...stacking cones.

A bill adjusting reorganization requirements for low-enrolled school districts is moving to the senate floor. Despite the do-pass motion, some lawmakers expressed hesitancy in adopting the new measure in state statute. 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

A new program is giving Rapid City high schoolers a taste of the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Stevens High School and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is being called a modern revival of shop class.

The design for manufacturing partnership began when School of Mines mechanical engineering instructor Aaron Lalley met Stevens High School teacher Jason Reub through a manufacturing summer camp a few years ago. Lalley says Reub was already bringing some manufacturing skills into his classroom, and the partnership seemed natural.

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 1

SDPB's Jackie Henry joins In the Moment for a conversation about a proposed (and rejected) resolution in Pierre that aimed to address rural "brain drain" in the state.

South Dakota LRC

The Senate Education Committee is sending a bill creating an early learning advisory council to the 41st day. South Dakota is one of seven states without state funded preschools.

The twelve members of the council outlined in Senate Bill 132 include governor-appointed representatives from multiple government agencies--including the departments of education, health, social services, and the legislature. Other members include Head Start providers, parents, and the business community.

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

Jackie Hendry

Before colonization, the indigenous peoples of North America spoke nearly 500 different languages. Today, there are only 20 languages with enough speakers for a revitalization effort. 

Lakota is one of them.

The Lakota Language Consortium hosted a Lakota Language Weekend in South Dakota's largest city last weekend. 

Sanford Health Expands to Five New Countries

Jan 23, 2018
Sanford Health

Sanford Health is establishing a presence in five countries in 2018. It's also expanding preexisting services in China and Ghana.

On Tuesday, Sanford announced it's expansion to New Zealand, Ireland, Vietnam, Costa Rica and South Africa. It's also expanding on the 23 current Sanford Clinics in Ghana, and adding remote physician partnerships for oncology support in China. 

Dan Blue is the Executive Vice President of Sanford World Clinic. He said these partnerships help hospital staff learn from other physicians around the world.

Avera Leads International Lung Cancer Treatment Trial

Jan 19, 2018
Avera Health

The Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls is partnering with an international research organization for a ground-breaking study of lung cancer treatment. Members of the team believe this study could help eradicate metastatic cancer by 2025.

Dr. Vladimir Lazar is the founder of the World Innovative Networking Consortium (WIN). According to Dr. Lazar, 60% of lung cancer patients are first diagnosed after the cancer has metastasized. Less than 3% of those patients survive longer than five years after their diagnosis. 

Flight Club Takes Off At Roosevelt High School

Jan 16, 2018
Jackie Hendry

The halls of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls are abuzz with new technology. Nathan Hofflander, adviser of the school's Flight Club and head of The Volaré Project, is using drones to keep students engaged in the classroom.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited with members of the club and stopped by their unique fundraising event. 

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.

Author John Green's tour bus rolled through South Dakota this fall. He spent time with librarians, readers, and independent booksellers.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry was captivated by his latest book. Here, she reviews "Turtles All the Way Down."

DSU Media Relations

A partnerships between four state organizations is working to provide continuing educational opportunities in computer sciences for a broader range of students. The South Dakota Partnership for Student Success--or SDPaSS--blends workforce training with classroom learning.

Longtime Avera CEO Announces Retirement

Dec 15, 2017
Avera Health

After 44 years with the Avera Health system, President and CEO John Porter is retiring. His tenure spanned decades of growth, including the joining of the Benedictine and Presentation health systems into Avera Health in 2000.

John Porter has a few major milestones to celebrate. After a more than four-decade career with Avera, this next year sees his 70th birthday and his 50th wedding anniversary. After reflecting with his wife, Porter says that's why now seems like the perfect time to move on.

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. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 1

For nearly thirty years, the Red Road gathering brought stories of healing to the University of South Dakota and the city of Vermillion. Earlier this month, that circle closed with a two-day celebration as Red Road founder Gene Thin Elk passed leadership on to the next generation. SDPB's Jackie Hendry shares some history of the Red Road Approach along with insight into a Lakota wopila.

Lori Walsh

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.

Chris Laughery

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.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 1

Should the Law School at the University of South Dakota relocate to Sioux Falls? A committee continues to seek input about the option, and SDPB's Jackie Hendry was in the room for the second meeting, yesterday in Sioux Falls.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 8, 2017 Show 151 Hour 1

Where should we put the state's only law school? Declining applicants, smaller classes, and concerns about life after law school are just a few reasons the University of South Dakota is taking the relocation of the Law School into consideration. While the proposed move would land the school just an hour north of Vermillion in Sioux Falls, the question resulted in a five-hour task force panel that ended in plans for the next meeting. SDPB's Jackie Hendry covered the proceedings, and she's here with highlights.

SDPB

In The Moment ... July 26, 2017 Show 142 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Roger Whittle join us to talk about the state’s top political headlines. Today we discuss lawmaker’s attempts to prevent future embezzlement of tax payer dollars as it relates to the continued investigation into Mid-Central Education Cooperative. We also talk about the state’s budget surplus and President Donald Trump’s popularity in the state.

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