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.

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.

December 13 — Horace Mann’s $10,000 Fall into Funding Sweepstake Deadline

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 21, 2019) – Horace Mann welcomes educators back to school this fall with its 2019 Fall into Funding sweepstakes. The company, which helps educators achieve their financial goals, will donate $10,000 in funding from September through December. provides a way for teachers to post classroom project requests allowing donors to identify and choose projects to support.

November 18-22 — American Education Week

American Education Week—November 18-22, 2019—will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

November 7 — SDEA Virtual Grant-Writing workshop

Are you looking for additional dollars for your school or classroom? Do you have grant applications, but not sure where to begin?

Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bulling Prevention Month. One caring adult can make all the difference to a student.

October 9–11 — 20th Annual Systems Change Conference

Featuring the South Dakota Teacher of the Year Banquet.

September 22–24 — South Dakota Indian Education Summit

The South Dakota Indian Education Summit targets South Dakota PK-16 educators of all content areas, as well as administrators and school board members. The goal of the summit is to provide training on best practices in the field of Indian education, for educators of both majority and minority American Indian student populations.

September 13 — NEA ESP Leadership Institute (NEA ESPLI) deadline

NEA ESPLI is a powerful leadership development program, grounded in diversity, equity and cultural competence that brings together the overarching NEA Leadership Competencies to train ESP members to be effective leaders in their associations. ESPLI is designed and collaboratively delivered by ESP members.

July 25 — New Ed Campaign Training (Rapid City)

The New Educator Campaign is the foundation of SDEA/NEA’s year-round organizing effort. Each one of the three regional trainings will connect you with the tools and materials to grow and strengthen your local and Association. Together, we can recruit and engage the newest generation of educators!