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Awards, Grants & Scholarships

Recognizing Great Teaching and Learning
SDEA honors educators and community members for their hard work and commitment to providing a great public school for every student. We also have a grant to provide funding to educators to be innovative in their schools and classrooms. Members also invest in future teachers by providing two scholarships to outstanding students who are pursuing a teaching career.
Check out the opportunities to honor and support today's and tomorrow's educators!


SDEA honors great educators, community groups, and individuals who go above and beyond for our schools and students.

SDEA Innovation Grant

The SDEA/NEA Educational Innovation Grant Program provides grants to members in support of innovative educational and student-oriented projects. The grant program funds new member-led projects. It does not fund projects on an on-going basis. The SDEA/NEA Educational Innovation Grants give preference to proposals that address student achievement, cultural diversity issues, include community partnerships, and can be duplicated by others.

NEA Foundation Grants

The NEA Foundation is an independent national philanthropic organization founded by educators to promote the absolute best in public education.


The South Dakota Education Association/NEA awards scholarships to outstanding students who are planning on entering the teaching profession.
CeCe Gorder
I joined SDEA for professional development and to advocate for our profession. The best part about joining SDEA has been creating a network for my profession and being able to bounce ideas off one another to better our teaching.
Quote by: CeCe Gorder, Kindergaten Teacher
An educator and a small child smile for a camera at an advocacy event.

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Use Your Educator Voice.

We are THE voice for educators in South Dakota. See what membership can mean for you!

What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, reports, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.

It's about our kids.

The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is a professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.