Spearfish Educator Receives Prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence

Jessica Zwaschka recognized by California Casualty and the NEA Foundation

Brookings science teacher goes to Space Camp

A high school teacher in Brookings got the experience of a lifetime spending a week at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

SDEA/NEA Election Results

The SDEA/NEA Elections Committee met on April 27, 2018, to count and certify the results of the election. Pursuant to SDEA Board of Directors motion at its January 19–20, 2018, meeting, no ballots were sent regarding the SDEA Board of Director positions as these races were completely unopposed.

South Dakota Moves Out of Last Place for Average Teacher Salary

11.8 Percent Increase Boost State Average to 48 in Nation

2018 SDEA/NEA Election

SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements for the upcoming 2018 election.


Today House Education voted to send HB1198 to the 41st day, killing the bill.

SDEA Responds to Bill that Silences the Voice of University Faculty

PIERRE – House Speaker Mark Mickelson introduced legislation to ban faculty from entering into collective bargaining agreements with the state’s six public universities. The bill targets the Council of Higher of Education (COHE), an affiliate of the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA), from continuing to bargaining with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Milken Educator Award — Carla Diede

Carla Diede is the latest South Dakota teacher to earn the award. She was named in a surprise ceremony at Harrisburg Middle School Thursday morning.

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.

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.