Zwaschka Receives 2018 SDEA Teacher of Excellence

PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) has named Spearfish Chemistry Teacher, Jessica Zwaschka, the 2018 SDEA Teacher of Excellence.

Money Available for School Athletic Programs in South Dakota from California Casualty

The race for a 2018 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty is now on. Public high schools and middle schools in South Dakota that are in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply at Applications must be received by January 15, 2018 for consideration for the 2017/2018 academic year. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000.

Teacher of Excellence Visits China

When Belle Fourche second grade teacher and the 2016 SDEA/NEA Teacher of Excellence recipient, Shelly Mikkelson, boarded a plane in Rapid City headed to China, she didn’t know what to expect. Mikkelson, and 40 other teachers from across the United States, embarked on an international learning experience through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship. For the next eight days, she and her fellow educators would visit the cities of Beijing and Xian. She would experience a rich culture that put less emphasis on technology and more on tradition and spending time with their elders.

Point Of View — Keeping Our Promise To Taxpayers And Teachers

Pierre — Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation. Even after adjusting for cost of living differences, teachers made significantly more in our neighboring states. I heard from many educators that the problem had reached its breaking point. As many older teachers retired, schools were struggling to fill vacant positions.

Celebrating Phil McNally

BELLE FOURCHE — The Third Annual Phil McNally Community Education Walk/Run took off early Friday morning from Belle Fourche Middle School. It was an opportunity to celebrate a man whose life made an impact on many others in the Belle Fourche schools and community.

Keeping McNally's ideas alive

BELLE FOURCHE — The Phil McNally Community Education Walk/Run will take off Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. from the Belle Fourche Middle School. This is an opportunity to celebrate a man whose life made an impact on many others in the Belle Fourche schools and community.

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month

PIERRE — With the 2017–18 school year underway, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

Mentorship Program Helps New Teachers Learn From Colleagues

"Cooperation, teamwork, working together and trying to come to a common goal," teacher and SDEA member Josh Thomas said.

SDEA Names Richard Kern As Executive Director

PIERRE — The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) named Richard Kern as the organization’s official executive director as of June 19.

Wright Wins National Education Association Scholarship

VERMILLION, S.D. – Paige Wright, a University of South Dakota senior majoring in secondary history education from Brandon, South Dakota, won the 2017 National Education Association Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship. She will speak at the NEA-Retired conference in Boston, Massachusetts, June 27-28.