Celebrating South Dakota’s

Classroom activities for teachers:

Help your students celebrate the 125th with this list of suggested activities, from researching with online databases to recording oral histories. Activities are designed with the Common Core standards in mind.

Historical snapshot:

The South Dakota State Library has digitized historical reports and educational activities. Items in this collection include SD Department of Education publications produced many years ago, and they offer a fun and historical perspective on how education in South Dakota has progressed over the years. Some titles in the collection:

Seventeenth Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Territory of Dakota, 1886
From 1931: The School Laws of South Dakota
From 1952: Facts About Schools and School District Reorganization in South Dakota
From 1968: South Dakota Teacher Certification Regulations
The list of suggested activities teachers received during the South Dakota Centennial in 1989

South Dakota authors:

From Laura Ingalls Wilder and L. Frank Baum to Tom Brokaw and Joseph M. Marshall III, a plethora of writers have called South Dakota home over the years. Visit the South Dakota State Library’s South Dakota Authors Pinterest page to learn more about them. Then pick up one of their books at your school library, local public library, or check out an e-book from the comfort of your own home.

WoLakota and Oceti Sakowin projects:

“WoLakota” implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the "hearts" of each.

Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU address the achievement gap of American Indian students by embracing their identity, and promote cultural understanding among non-native students and teachers.

Lakota Elder Dottie LeBeau says, “When we approach teaching with one worldview…we create systems of failure in our schools.”

WoLakota closes the circle into a system of understanding and success.