March 28 – Dr. Donna Beegle: Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty

In this highly-interactive session, participants will be given a foundational understanding of poverty, a common definition of poverty and its many lived experiences, and explore simple and actionable items they can do right away to make a difference for students and families living in poverty.

March 7 – 2020 Tri-State Summit: Creating Thriving Learning Environments for ALL Students

Educators are struggling to help students learn social emotional skills. This summit will help educators to strengthen their knowledge and skill base to address severe behavior challenges in their classroom so students may acquire a broad array of skills, attitudes, character traits, and values to succeed in school, careers and life.

March 2 – Read Across America

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.

February 17–18 – Lobby Day

Participants will come to Pierre on the evening of Monday, February 17 for a legislative briefing and training. On Tuesday we will head to the capitol to talk with state legislators about the needs of our students. This year SDEA is asking legislators to Support our Students by making sure our schools have the resources necessary to meet the needs of all students including resources that support students emotional and behavioral needs. Please join us as we work to make sure every student receives a great public education.

February 15 – Ramia Boersma Scholarship – deadline

The South Dakota Education Association/NEA awards scholarships to outstanding students who are planning on entering the teaching profession. The Association may annually award up to three $750 scholarships for each academic year.

Gordon Horgen Scholarship — deadline

The South Dakota Education Association/NEA is calling for applications for the new Gordon Horgen Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to Native American students who are planning on entering the teaching profession. This scholarship was created by the 2014 Representative Assembly to honor the late Gordon Horgen from Winner.

February 12 — Cohort of NEA Leaders For Just Schools (self nominations deadline)

Are you interested in working for equal and just schools for all students?


Explore the Science Behind Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Resilience, and Strategies to Accommodate Disruptive Learners.

January 15 – 2020 SDEA/NEA Election

January 15, 2020 is the last day to notify Mary McCorkle, SDEA/NEA President of your declaration to run for a Board of Director position.

January 11 — SDEA Bargaining Conference

SDEA realizes that local bargaining teams are often sitting across the bargaining table from business managers, superintendents, school attorneys, and the board members who construct and pass the school budgets. While it is not possible to make every member of a local bargaining team as knowledgeable about school funding as a business manager, SDEA hopes to provide the information necessary to prepare its local bargainers for financial conversations with those on the other side of the bargaining table through this bargaining conference.