By Dr. Melody Schopp
Department of Education
Working toward student success
Last month, I took part in the South Dakota Education Associationís education summit. Itís always exciting to see people who are passionate about education come together and share ideas. I am happy that the Department of Education will be working together with SDEA through the Commission on Teaching and Learning in moving the discussion about teacher and principal evaluations forward.
We share a common goal of boosting student success, so it makes sense we band together to discover our full potential and maximize our impact in achieving positive student outcomes.
As you know, the legislative session is in full swing. There has been a flurry of activity recently as the deadline to drop bills passed. We, at the department, are tracking a number of bills, as Iím sure you are. The Legislative Research Councilís website
is a great resource, and you can check out our Twitter Feed for updates.
Finally, as we celebrate Career and Technical Education Month, I would like to recognize the significant impact that CTE has in providing students with relevant and meaningful educational experiences. Thanks to all those CTE teachers out there for their dedication to students and their programs.