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Higher Education

Engaged Families and Communities

Public schools are the heart of South Dakota's rural communities—and our communities make great public schools happen.
Parents, grandparents, caregivers, friends, and community advocates: we all have a role to play in supporting student learning in the classroom and beyond.
Learning happens at home, in school, and everywhere in between. Here’s how you can help our children, wherever you are.

Parent Resources

Parents and caregivers are crucial to the education and growth of children. Check out resources for parents to support learning.

Family Support

We know parents and caregivers are crucial to providing our students with the best possible education. We've seen–and research shows–that when families and communities are involved in their children’s education, students attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and perform at higher levels.
Kerry Konda poses for a picture with their child.
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
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.

Use Your Educator Voice.

We are THE voice for educators in South Dakota. See what membership can mean for you!

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.