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Professional Excellence

Supporting educator growth and achievement since 1884
Our members know creating Great Public Schools starts with developing great teachers and education support staff. Here, you can find the resources you need to achieve professional excellence.
SDEA works hard to provide the training, tools, and event opportunities our members need to succeed in their schools.

Teaching & Learning

Our goal is to ensure that every child has a qualified and caring teacher in the classroom. That's why we're leading conversations on the best practices for quality teaching.

SDEA Summer Academy

This summer academy is free and open to members only. We encourage your local to bring a team to take advantage of information in all sessions.

More Than A Teacher

Sacrificing many things to help their students, teachers are the backbone of their communities. But outside of the classroom, who are they? Join us as we travel across South Dakota to learn more.
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I wanted a seat at the table to help shape policy that affected my students, my classroom, my school district, and my community. SDEA provided me the opportunity to come to that metaphorical table.
Quote by: Kerry Konda, High School Speech and Debate Teacher
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Build your career and find opportunities to lead.

Whether you're focused on your classroom, community, or capitol, we have tools to help you transform teaching and learning.

Ready, Set, Grow!

SDEA provides high-quality professional learning to improve your professional practice, support student success and excellence, and build community with other members across South Dakota.

What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, reports, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.

It's about our kids.

The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is a professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.