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Survey shows pandemic creating heavier workload for South Dakota teachers

10/16/2020
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy. Just ask South Dakota teachers. On Thursday, the South Dakota Education Association released the results of a survey of teachers.

Survey of South Dakota Educators Indicates Increased Workloads and a Decrease in Feeling Respect

10/15/2020
Pierre – Educators are seeing increased workloads as a result of the many adjustments being made to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic; this is happening at the same time many don’t feel they or their input is being valued by their local school district. That is according to a recent survey conducted by the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) of 1178 South Dakota educators. Seventy-six percent of the respondents indicated they have seen an increased workload since the beginning of the school year. When it comes to who is listening to their concerns, a majority (57.72 percent) say it is not their local school district. SDEA says between the increased workload and their concerns not being heard, many educators are not feeling valued or respected and this could exacerbate South Dakota’s teacher shortage.

Schools get mixed messaging on how long to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

9/25/2020
Schools get mixed messaging on how long to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

Many S.D. teachers on their own when adding safety barriers in classrooms

9/25/2020
South Dakota public school teachers are largely on their own when it comes to building and installing protective barriers for their classrooms that may reduce the spread of the coronavirus among their students and themselves.

School Re-Opening Must Not Be Political

8/3/2020
The following statement is attributed to South Dakota Education Association President Loren Paul in response to a recent fundraising letter sent out by Governor Noem’s campaign, which discourages students from wearing masks as schools re-open later this month.

SDEA Calls on Noem to Invest in Mental Health Supports for Students as They Return to School

7/28/2020
The following statement is attributed to South Dakota Education Association President Loren Paul in response to Governor Noem’s comments regarding the re-opening of schools.

Inside KELOLAND: Back to school plans & South Dakota Sweet Miracles

7/20/2020
Watch SDEA’s Dana Livermont on Eye on KELOLAND discussing what districts must do to safely re-open schools in the fall.

State education group questions idea of schools starting like ‘normal’ during COVID-19

7/15/2020
The South Dakota Education Association said in a recent statement that “schools cannot start like ‘normal’” this year.

Amy Scott Stolz Receives SDEA’s 2020 Friend of Education Award

5/11/2020
PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the 2020 Friend of Education Award to Sioux Falls businesswoman, Amy Scott Stolz. 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.

SDEA Names Estelline’s CeCe Louwagie 2020 Early Career Educator of the Year

5/11/2020
PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the 2020 Early Career Educator Award to CeCe Louwagie who is a kindergarten teacher in Estelline, SD. This award recognizes educators in their first five years who excel at differentiating instruction, building relationships, creating engaging lessons, and actively engages in association activities. Louwagie is the first recipient of this award.