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November/December 2015, Volume 7, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

American Diabetes Month

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month

SD Birthday: Dr. Anita Marie Caspary
Nov 4, 1915; born in Herrick, SD; wrote 2003 memoir "Witness to Integrity" and collection of poems "From The Heart"

SD Birthday: Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs
Nov 10, 1813; Teacher, Missionary in Dakota Territory and Author of "A Small Bit of Bread and Butter" (posthumously)

SD Birthday: Russell Means
Nov 10, 1939; born in Shannon, SD; activist, actor, writer

Veterans Day
November 11

National Young Readers Week
November 9-13

National Philanthropy Day
November 12

Lita Forum
November 12-15; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Random Acts of Kindness Day
November 13

America Recycles Day
November 15

Geography Awareness Week
November 15-21

American Education Week
November 16-20
•17: Parents Day
•18: Education Support Professionals Day
•17: Substitute Educators Day

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources 2
November 20

International Games Day
November 21

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

SD Birthday: Dan O'Brien
Nov 23, 1947; Rancher, conservationist and author of "Spirit of the Hills"

Native American Heritage Day
November 27

SD Birthday: Kathy Lou Schultz
Nov 30, 1966; From Burke, SD; award winning poet; works include "Re dress", "Some Vague Wife", and "Biting Midge: Works in Prose"

SD Birthday: Frank Joslyn Baum
Dec. 3, 1883; lived in Aberdeen, SD; son of L. Frank Baum; author of “To Please a Child”

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3

National Cookie Day
December 4, 2015

SD Birthday: Rose Wilder Lane
Dec. 5, 1886; born in DeSmet, SD; famed journalist, author of "Let the Hurricane Roar" and "Free Land"

International Volunteer Day
December 5

Day of the Ninja
December 5

Women's Leadership Institute
December 6-9

December 6-14

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7

International Human Rights Day
December 10

National Poinsetta Day
December 12

SD Birthday: Helen Rezatto
Dec. 13, 1919; lived in Aberdeen; author of "The Making of the Two Dakotas" and "Tales of the Black Hills"

Bill of Rights Day
December 15

Wright Brothers Day
December 17

SD Birthday: Harry Neal Baum
Dec. 18, 1889; born in Aberdeen, SD; wrote history books for children

International Human Solidarity Day
December 20

Christmas Eve
December 24

December 25

December 26-January 1

New Years Eve
December 31

Brainteaser Month

Creativity Month

Get Organized Month

New Years Day
January 1

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 8-12, Boston MA

ALA Youth Media Awards
January 11

SD Legislative Day: Libraries
January 22

Featured e-Resources of the Month
E-resources provide holiday fun and information

school libraries


Are you ready to apply for the 21st Century School Library Award?

First quarter of the 2015-2016 school years is behind us and it's time to begin thinking of the next 21st Century School Library Award. Are you ready to apply?

Pull out the self-assessment tool at and evaluate your library. Be fair with yourself and discuss the information with your administration, staff and students. Where would their ratings fall? There is no library or librarian who is perfect at all things. The award criteria are aimed at focusing on all of the great teaching and learning going on in South Dakota school libraries, not 100% perfection.

Awards recognize the status of the library as Effective (75-79), Enhanced (80-83), or Exemplary (84-87) based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines. If the overall score of your 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment worksheet falls within one of the three point ranges noted above, you are eligible to apply for the 21st Century School Library Award anytime from March 1 through May 1, 2016.

Start gathering and planning for the required supporting evidence to be submitted with the formal award application. All submissions must be in electronic format. Keep it simple and include one piece of evidence and a clear explanation for one specific topic in each of the following areas: place, professional, and program. Evidence includes, but is not limited to: video, photo, link, website, lesson plan, etc. The supporting explanation may be incorporated into the evidence using a tool such as PowerPoint, or may be a separate list or paragraph describing the connections.

Take a look at the list of past awardees, contact them to ask about their experiences, and seriously consider adding your library to the list in 2016.


You'll find excellent lesson plans in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library is a collection of formative assessment resources/lesson plans for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Content was created and vetted by educators from all of the Smarter Balanced member states, including South Dakota.

All schools who administer the Smarter Balanced assessment have access to the Digital Library. If you have not yet explored this resource, contact your district testing coordinator for your login information. More details may be found at


Featuring New School Libraries: Kennedy Elementary School

The new Kennedy Elementary School in Pierre opened this fall with a fantastic new library. Librarian Rose Hertel provided a visual tour.

Kennedy elementary school librarian with students

Kennedy elementary school students in library space

Kennedy elementary school library space





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