May 2–8 | Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-8, 2021. Say 'thank you’ this week, and throughout the year, to the extraordinary educators who have worked tirelessly with students and families to keep things moving forward, despite such an unpredictable year.

April 26 | Town Hall: Why Community Schools?

The next SDEA President’s Virtual Town Hall is set for Monday, April 26 at 7 pm CT/6 pm MT. What does it mean to have a true community school and how can your local association lead the way in creating one? This month's President's Town Hall will feature Andrew Montoya, an organizational specialist in NEA's Center for Racial and Social Justice. He will lead a discussion about NEA's Community Schools Model and how it can be used to address equity issues in our schools. Please join us for this important conversation.

April 24 | Aspiring Educator Virtual Conference

2021 Aspiring Educator Virtual Conference

April 9 | SDEA/NEA Teaching Fellow Deadline

SDEA has just learned about an exciting opportunity for one member to participate in NEA Teacher Quality’s Professional Practice and Policy Teaching Fellows Program. SDEA will select one member who has at least five years' teaching experience in the K12 classroom setting to be an SDEA/NEA Teaching Fellow for the 2021-22 school year.

March 1–4 | 2021 Lobby Week

SDEA is hosting “Lobby Week” March 1–4, 2021 to give educators the opportunity to speak up for the schools our students deserve. The pandemic prohibits us from bringing you to the Capitol, so this year we are going to ask you to join us from where you live and teach. Click here for more info and to sign up for the virtual town hall.

February 6 | Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty

A student in poverty is less likely to gain an education today than they were in the 1940s. If a student from poverty makes it to college, only 11 percent leave with a degree and/or certificate of completion. Studies show that 83 percent of students from generational poverty will stay there unless we are able to gain the knowledge and tools needed to meet them where they are, not where we want them to be.

2021 SDEA/NEA Election

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact SDEA President Loren Paul,, Elections Committee Chair Stephanie Hageman,, or Elections Committee liaison Anne Plooster,

2020 SDEA/NEA Election

SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2020 election.

January 30 | SDEA Bargaining Conference

Join SDEA staff for a brief virtual training on Saturday, January 30th as we prepare for the 2021 bargaining season. The main sessions run from 10–12 CST/ 9–11 MT. Those new to bargaining are invited to stay for a crash course for beginners from 12–1 CST/11–12 MT.

January 15 – 2021 SDEA/NEA Election

January 15, 2021 is the last day to notify Loren Paul, SDEA/NEA President of your declaration to run for a Board of Director position.