Blog

Receives SDEA/NEA’s Taking a Stand, Making a Difference Human and Civil Rights Award

5/10/2019
The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the Taking a Stand, Making a Difference Human Civil Rights award to Dr. Shafiqur Rahman of Brookings at its annual Representative Assembly in Pierre. The award is given annually to honor an individual or organization for their work in promoting human and civil rights.

Billie Sutton Receive SDEA’s 2019 Friend of Education Award

5/10/2019
PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented its 2019 Friend of Education Award to former State Senator Billie Sutton at its annual Representative Assembly in Pierre. SDEA/NEA’s Friend of Education Award honors a person or organization that has made a significant contribution on a statewide basis toward achieving quality public education for all students.

Brookings’ Donna DeKraai Receives SDEA’s First Larry Mintzlaff Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award

5/10/2019
PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented Donna DeKraai of Brookings, SD with the first Larry Mintzlaff Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award at its Representative Assembly in Pierre. DeKraai teaches at Dakota Prairie Elementary School in Brookings and has dedicated her professional career to students and advocating for the teaching profession.

Zoller Receives SDEA/NEA’s Educational Support Professional Award

5/9/2019
PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) named Jenifer Zoller, a paraprofessional at Spearfish Middle School, the 2019 Educational Support Professional of the Year. Zoller received the award at the annual SDEA/NEA Representative Assembly in Pierre.

SD Educators Ask Feds to Keep Funding Promise for Special Ed

4/18/2019
Sioux Falls, SD – South Dakota educators are asking Congress to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). Passed in 1975, the federal government promised to pay 40 percent of the costs, but currently pays only 14.9 percent, putting a huge burden on states, including South Dakota, to find the money to remain in compliance with the law. Comments from Mary McCorkle, president, South Dakota Education Association (SDEA).

2019 SDEA/NEA Election

4/6/2019
SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2019 election.

New books and resources

4/5/2019
New Books and Resources for the Children & Families You Serve!

Diede Receives 2019 SDEA Teacher of Excellence Award

11/9/2018
Pierre – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) has named Harrisburg South Middle School Math Teacher, Carla Diede, the 2019 SDEA Teacher of Excellence.

Aberdeen Education Association’s Kerry Konda Selected as 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

11/8/2018
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship increases access to global training and experiences by providing global education professional development opportunities for K-12 public school educators.

Rapid City teachers begin their first micro-credential program

11/7/2018
For the first time, Rapid City teachers can renew their credentials for free, at their own pace, and online with micro-credentials. Every five years teachers have to recertify. Teachers have two options: pay hundreds of dollars to earn 6 credits at a university or take the free classes local schools offer, but at times that conflict with teacher's schedules. Rapid City now has a third option for free called micro-credentials. 14 teachers are trying the pilot program where they will register online to do classes at their pace and on their time.