Be aware of changes to child nutrition programs
As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Program, there have been several changes to the stateís nutrition programs. Click here to see a complete list of all the changes to date.

Setting the standard for Service Learning
The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the boardís November meeting.
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Next Generation Science Standards in the news
Last month, KSFY took an in-depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards. The story highlights South Dakotaís role in the process and gives an up-to-date look at where we are headed.
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Setting the standard for Service Learning

The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the boardís November meeting.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, schools will be required to offer Capstone Experiences or Service Learning. Because Capstone Experiences and Service Learning oftentimes take place off campus and outside of the traditional classroom environment, the Service Learning Standards and Framework provide additional structure to ensure that students are getting a real-world experience that is both rigorous and relevant.

Now that the board has given its seal of approval to the standards, the Department of Educationís Career Development staff will begin disseminating information on the standards and framework to schools. Watch for information on training opportunities in the spring, and visit http://www.doe.sd.gov/octe/servicelearning.asp to learn more.