Native Communities Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States, the pandemic is hitting some tribal communities especially hard, underscoring existing health disparities, crowded housing conditions and water access issues that health experts fear could facilitate a devastating spread of the virus among Native Americans.

2020 SDEA/NEA Election Results

Here are the election results with more information to come May 5.

SD Not Immune to Distance-Learning Disparities

STURGIS, SD – Concerns over distance learning gaps have popped up with schools around the country shut down in the pandemic, and those concerns also are being raised in South Dakota.

SDEA Responds to Bill that Silences the Voice of University Faculty

Pierre – Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer of Dell Rapids 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. Similar legislation was introduced in 2018 by then Speaker of the House, Mark Mickelson of Sioux Falls. That bill was defeated by the state senate. The following comments can be attributed to SDEA President Mary McCorkle.

SDEA President Mary McCorkle Responds to Governor's State of the State Address

In her State of the State Address, Governor Noem stated that since the budget address in December, state revenue projections have improved. She went on to say that it will be her priority to use those additional dollars to fund increases for state aid to education.

South Dakota Schools Celebrate American Education Week

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota educators and school support staff are celebrating the 98th annual observance of American Education Week by applauding parents, and also recognizing the importance of outstanding professionals.

Watertown’s Jolene Sutton Receives SDEA/NEA’s Educational Support Professional Award

Watertown – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) named Jolene Sutton, an office paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary School in Watertown the 2020 Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year. Sutton received the award at a school assembly on Education Support Professionals Day during American Education Week.

Amanda Harris Receives 2020 SDEA Teacher of Excellence Award

Pierre - The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) has named Harrisburg South Fourth Grade teacher, Amanda Harris, the 2020 SDEA Teacher of Excellence. Harris will also be nominated for the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Educators selected for this award have demonstrated outstanding professional practice, association advocacy, community engagement and leadership in professional development.

Wounded Head named SDCTE Teacher of the Year

Wounded Head named SDCTE Teacher of the Year English teacher at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, Meghan Wounded Head, recently received the Teacher of the Year Award from the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English. Congrats, Meghan!

Two teachers selected for presidential awards

Rapid City Area Schools teachers Leah Oxner and Kimberly Webber have been selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.