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Your Rights in the Workplace

We need the working conditions to succeed now—and ensure the next generation of educators joins us.
We believe in taking collective action to ensure the collective good. When we raise our voices, we help every educator get the support they need to join, stay, and thrive in our profession.
We need and deserve fair salaries and benefits. We need and deserve safe workplaces that respect who we are and what we bring to our students. We need and deserve the right to demand change. Let’s redefine the workplace—together.

SDEA Health and Safety Survey

In almost every school across South Dakota, there seems to be a conversation that is happening again, and again, and again - How safe is the environment our educators teach in every day? How safe is the environment our students learn in?

Educator Voice

Coming together with one voice, SDEA's advocacy ensures that we enhance student learning and improve educator working conditions–benefiting our students, schools, and the community as a whole.

Fair Pay & Benefits

Educators shouldn’t have to choose between following your passion and making a living.

Legal Services

As part of our unwavering commitment to protect the rights of South Dakota's educators, SDEA provides an array of legal services to its members.

Union U

Using our collective voice empowers educators to make positive changes for our working conditions and our students. Unionism is about working together for the betterment of all. Union U is where you can learn more about your union and how you can help make it stronger.
CeCe Gorder
I joined SDEA for professional development and to advocate for our profession. The best part about joining SDEA has been creating a network for my profession and being able to bounce ideas off one another to better our teaching.
Quote by: CeCe Gorder, Kindergaten Teacher
An educator and a small child smile for a camera at an advocacy event.

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Speak Up For Students and Public Schools

When we act together and lift our voices together in unison, we can improve the lives of children.

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.