What's Happening
Survey of South Dakota Educators Indicates Increased Workloads and a Decrease in Feeling Respect10/15/2020Pierre – Educators are seeing increased workloads as a result of the many adjustments being made to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic; this is happening at the same time many don’t feel they or their input is being valued by their local school district. That is according to a recent survey conducted by the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) of 1178 South Dakota educators. Seventy-six percent of the respondents indicated they have seen an increased workload since the beginning of the school year. When it comes to who is listening to their concerns, a majority (57.72 percent) say it is not their local school district. SDEA says between the increased workload and their concerns not being heard, many educators are not feeling valued or respected and this could exacerbate South Dakota’s teacher shortage.
A professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids.
Buildings, busses, classes and curriculum. Schoolbooks, pencils, homework and grades. Parents and teachers. Budgets. Taxes. It's easy to get lost in the details when we consider everything educators do to provide the best education for South Dakota's children. The SDEA encourages you to pause and remember: It's about our kids.
What the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) stands for
Advocating New Directions for Public Education
The SDEA works with our state's elected officials to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and members. Recent accomplishments include improved teacher pay across the state of South Dakota.
Influencing the Decision-Making Process at Local, Regional, State and National Levels
The SDEA works with local leaders to promote increased education funding for a safe and secure learning environment where students are comfortable and eager to learn, and by seeking out the best teachers and education support personnel for South Dakota's schools.
Strengthening the State's Education Workforce
All South Dakota educators benefit from the work of the SDEA, who makes the state's education workforce stronger as a whole.
Empowering Educators Across the State
Through professional development sessions and trainings, the SDEA encourages all educators to continue to develop their craft with hands-on learning.
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