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2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year named

10/11/2019
Oacoma, SD – A Harrisburg educator has been named the 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Amanda Harris, a fourth-grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in the Harrisburg School District, won this year's award. Secretary of Education Ben Jones made the announcement Thursday evening at a banquet in Oacoma.

Teacher Training Boosts South Dakota Kids' Learning

9/5/2019
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Decades after school days have ended, adults remember their best teachers, and research shows teachers who complete advanced training become even better educators. Comments from Mary McCorkle, president, South Dakota Education Association and Rich Mittelstedt, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, South Dakota Education Association.

Out-of-Pocket School Supplies Add Up for South Dakota Teachers

9/5/2019
Sioux Falls, SD – Nine out of 10 public school teachers will open their wallets this year to purchase classroom supplies for which they will not be reimbursed. The National Center for Education Statistics says California teachers spend the most, while North Dakota teachers spend the least. Comments from Mary McCorkle, president, South Dakota Education Association.

Mitchell's Aslesen awarded by Honored Women Educators of SD

8/21/2019
Aug 17th 2019 — Since she began teaching at the Mitchell School District in 1981, Cheryle Aslesen has had a hand in preparing young people for their first steps into a larger world. She has guided students from the head of her classrooms and has helped develop progressive programs that enhance the educational experience of both students and teachers.

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.