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Teaching & Learning

SDEA experts provide tools, tips, and resources to connect with every student
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.
Whether it's helping teachers understand how to use Student Learning Objectives in their classrooms, developing the best assessments for students, or supporting members as they transform the teaching profession to meet the challenges of the 21st century student, SDEA is here to provide resources and necessary professional development to help our members be successful in their classroom.


A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition. NEA offers over 175 micro-credentials that have been created by educators for educators.

Local Trainings Upon Request

SDEA offers in-depth learning opportunities to support SDEA local associations and their school districts. Training requests are designed for group sessions rather than individual participation. Our training programs are tailored for groups to ensure a collaborative and interactive learning experience.
Lisa Jennings smiles for the camera.
Being part of the union made me feel like I mattered and that someone cared about me. I love my job and know how important my role is, but in the union, I also began to see how I could be more deeply involved with my colleagues and have a broader impact on education.
Quote by: Lisa Jennings, School Secretary
Aspiring educators work together on a problem based learning activity in an SDEA professional development session.

Get Support

Great educators create great public schools. SDEA provides the training, tools, and community support for educators to engage students, nurture justice, and excel in their profession.

SDEA VESi Online Course Offerings

Three Online Graduate Courses. Up to nine credits for $225 TOTAL!

South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) has partnered with Augustana University and VESi to offer members a yearly subscription to online graduate courses for $225 per year. You can enroll in one course per term or two courses during the summer (if you skip fall or spring), for a total of 3 courses per year.

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.