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School year 2020 is far from typical. And it’s even more unique for the nearly 3,000 Sioux Falls’ students opting to learn from home through the district’s Virtual Academy curriculum. SDPB’s Lura Roti talks with parents and administrators to learn more.

When the pandemic closed schools spring 2020, South Dakota parents of school-age children quickly became familiar with remote schooling. But the Virtual Academy option the Sioux Falls School District offers families who don’t feel safe returning to the traditional classroom this fall is different, explains Kirk Zeeck. 

Back To School 2020: As A Parent, As A Teacher

Aug 18, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … August 18, 2020 Show 883 Hour 1

Teachers, parents and students alike have questions and concerns going into the new school year. What are children talking about with the new school year just days in the offing? Lorne Lawrence is a teacher in the Rapid City school district. He's also the father of two children who attend school in the Sturgis school district. Kaydee Roth teaches in the Sturgis school district. She'll have a class of second graders this year.

Back To School 2020: The Role Of School Nurses

Aug 4, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … August 4, 2020 Show 873 Hour 1

Schools around South Dakota are moving forward with returning students to the classroom. In-person education is important but so is the health and well-being of students, faculty and support staff, and families at home. Rita Baszler is a school nurse and former president of the South Dakota School Nurses Association, she joins us today to talk about the role of school nurses in back-to-school 2020.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

SDPB News: Aug 4

Aug 4, 2020
SDPB

How does the state Department of Education plan to use $6.9 million in federal grant money to support students during the pandemic? Plus, how are state associations responding to Governor Kristi Noem's opposition to mandatory masking?

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Challenges Of Re-Opening South Dakota's Schools

Jul 21, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … July 21, 2020 Show 863 Hour 1

The last school year ended with students and teachers doing everything virtually. Next month, it appears that schools in South Dakota will re-open, which is what everyone wants, right? With that opening will come challenges. What are they and what to parents and teachers need to know? Dana Livermont is an executive committee member of the South Dakota Education Association. She joins us with more.

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

Meet the Candidates: Al Leber

Jul 21, 2020

In The Moment … July 21, 2020 Show 863 Hour 1

Al Leber is a retired school superintendent and long-time administrator. He's hoping to focus on education issues at the State Capitol in Pierre. Leber is a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 17. Leber is a resident of Vermillion and he joins us for an installment of our "Meet the Candidates" series.

 

Crazy Horse 7th Generation College Prep Program

Jun 15, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … June 15, 2020 Show 838 Hour 1

The 7th Gen summer program at Crazy Horse Memorial is a partnership between the University of South Dakota and The Indian University of North America. Students earn transferable college credits and participate in other college prep courses to ease the transition into higher education.  Our guests are John Little, the director of the Indian University of north America, and Megan Red Shirt Shaw, she's associate director of admissions.

Counseling Students From Home

Apr 6, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 1

SDPB Educational Resources

Apr 2, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 2, 2020 Show 787 Hour 1

At South Dakota Public Broadcasting, education is central to who we are. With so many South Dakota students' education disrupted due to the closure of school buildings and the abrupt shift to at-home learning, we wanted to let you know about a variety of SDPB's learning resources. 

Mental Health & COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 1

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Schools across the state have been shut down for the week for deep cleaning at the recommendation of Governor Noem. Some parents are making the best of their children's time at home by adding tradition to the curriculum. 

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart owns a Catering company in Rapid City. She’s currently staying at home with her kids, and teaching them how Lakota history relates to their lives today.

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In The Moment ... February 20, 2020 Show 757 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... February 20, 2020 Show 757 Hour 1

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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.

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.​

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As educators incorporate best practices, utilize new projects in certain subjects, and incorporate innovative techniques into their lessons, one constant remains: you can’t teach students who don’t attend. Truancy is an evolving issue in South Dakota’s schools. State lawmakers are working to pass legislation to change state law regarding penalties for being out of school, and school leaders are using every tool they can find to convince kids to class.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A measure that automatically allows South Dakota’s home schooled students to participate in public extracurricular activities is dead. A legislative committee considered House Bill 1123 for nearly two hours Monday before decided not to support it.

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
 
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
 
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.
 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Mitchell teacher has won a prestigious national award that comes with $25,000. An assembly this week surprised the fourth grade educator with the honor.  

Local and state leaders gather at Longfellow Elementary in Mitchell to recognize a teacher. Students and staff attend the assembly under false pretenses before they find out the real reason they gather. Greg Gallagher with the Milken Family Foundation announces that one of the educators in the gym is set to receive a celebrated award.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A school safety plan at a southeast South Dakota district includes allowing people who are not law enforcement access to firearms on school property. The Tri-Valley school board Monday approved the first reading of a sentinel program.

Nearly 900 students in kindergarten through the 12th grade attend Tri-Valley school in Colton. The building sits outside of town across from a field.

Chynna Lockett / SDPB

A bill that requires students use school bathrooms that coincide with biological sex is not law. Governor Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday he vetoed House Bill 1008 hours before the deadline to make a decision.

House Bill 1008 is the so-called transgender bathroom bill. Supporters say the measure protects privacy, because it keeps students of different biological sexes in separate bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Each legislative session, some major issues seem to take the spotlight in Pierre – and education is dominating this year’s conversation. Much of SDPB’s coverage relates to funding schools and teachers, because lawmakers are trying to find ways to fairly and adequately fund education. Despite a goal to provide the same opportunity for all kids by doling out the matching funding for students, children walk into classes facing a wide range of challenges. A visit to one Sioux Falls school reveals some of those differences.

The Statehouse Podcast for Tuesday February 9th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on the policy for allowing transgender students in high school sports, prenatal care, and vaccine warnings.

Patty Buechler

Mental health care providers working in schools receive recognition this week. Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared School Psychology Week in South Dakota to acknowledge their impact on learning. School psychologists focus on removing challenges so students can succeed in the classroom.

South Dakota schools have a waiver from No Child Left Behind but it lasts for just one year, and federal officials have put the state on high risk status.

South Dakota’s first waiver from NCLB lasted for three years. The latest exemption applies for only one year – and it’s happening because of teacher evaluations.

Ashley Madison Hack, Bank Card Skimmers & Flash

Aug 21, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" tackled several issues in this program.  They talked about the AshleyMadison.com hack and possible problems for the site's users, the slow demise of flash ads, back-to-school technology and bank card skimmers which have surfaced on Sioux Falls ATM machines.  Plus, "The Computer Guys" answered listener questions as always.

Chynna Lockett

  The defense attorney in the trial of Trace O’Connell rested his case Thursday morning without calling any witnesses.

O’Connell is charged with disorderly conduct. He’s accused of shouting racial slurs and dousing a number of Native American students with beer during a hockey game in January.

Both defense and prosecuting attorneys made closing arguments in the case.

O’Connell Trial Wraps Up Day One--Protest Follows

Jul 22, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

The trial of Trace O’Connell is underway in Rapid City this week.  
 
O’Connell is accused of disorderly conduct after a group of Lakota children from American Horse School were doused with beer at a hockey game in January.  
 
During the incident, the group of school kids and chaperones were allegedly told to “go back to the rez” by those in a corporate box seated above the stands. The school kids and chaperones left the game early.  
 
The city prosecutor made his case Wednesday, with the defense up Thursday.
 

With school out, children who rely on school lunches for food may be looking for a healthy meal. This summer the USDA is funding a toll-free hotline for kids and adults to call for information about free meal sites.

As part of the USDA’s Summer Foods Program, any child from across the country can call the nation toll-free hunger hotline. Based on a zip code, callers are then directed to the nearest food site where meals are provided by the USDA. Program Manager of the National Hunger Hotline Gina Bonilla says the meals are free to all kids with no enrollment requirements.

Firefighter Students Train For Wildfires

Jun 1, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Firefighters are preparing for forest fire season in South Dakota. The Box Elder Job Corps is hosting an intensive firefighting course. Land management agencies from South Dakota and the surrounding states are invited to work with future firefighters. Students participate in various training activates to become qualified to combat wildland fires.

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