Foundational Support #2

Students are supported by effective teachers and leaders.

Effective teachers and leaders play an essential role in assuring that students are on track to successfully complete their K-12 education experience. If standards are the backbone for student learning, effective teachers and leaders provide the means of delivery for quality instruction and strong academic programs. It is imperative that we, as a state, support teachers and school leaders so they can constantly grow as professionals and provide for rigorous, relevant learning in their classrooms and schools.

• Developing model evaluation systems for teachers and principals designed to assist educators to grow in their profession

• Providing training to evaluators so the evaluation process is sound, reliable and focused on professional growth

• Revamping teacher and principal preparation programs at the state's public universities


For additional information, contact the South Dakota Department of Education
at (605) 773-3134.