Join us this winter for an on-line course focusing on the third strand of the SD School Library Standards, Civic and Ethical Literacy, in which we'll focus on topics related to the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living and learning in an interconnected world. This is a professional development opportunity for librarians, teachers, specialists, para-professionals, administrators, and coordinators.

WHEN: Jan. 29 - Feb. 29, 2024

WHO: All South Dakota school librarians, educators, and other library staff are welcome!

WHERE: Online via Canvas


  • 2 graduate or undergraduate credits through USF
  • OR 30 CECHs offered by SDSL

Readings, viewings, activities, projects, and evaluations are designed to equal a total of 30 hours of your time.


  • $90 payment made to the University of Sioux Falls (for undergrad/grad credit)
  • Free if taking for CECHs

*More information about registering/paying for undergrad/grad credit will come after course registration.

HOW: Instruction will be provided through asynchronous Canvas assignments. Instructional methods will include a digital learning platform, class discussion, independent forms of communication, collaborative innovation work time, and the use of digital tools.

excite 2024 creating an impactful school library


The Department of Education, of which the SD State Library is a division, is excited to present a new professional learning platform.

All items in Instructure Canvas are considered "courses" within the platform even if they are webinars, workshops, conferences, or in-person events.

Feedback from ExCITE! 2023 (ExCITE! 2024 Reboot is a re-offering of this original course)

"The best part of ExCITE! is all the resources and lessons we developed through out the course. I have actual teaching plans to take back to my class. "

"I love the practicality of ExCITE. There are so many things that I can take back and begin to use immediately in my instruction."

"I absolutely love these classes. I am so appreciative that I am allowed to take them (since I'm an ELA teacher, and not a librarian), but every class, I take away so many awesome new ideas/strategies/etc. that I can use in my classroom."

"Excite is always an amazing opportunity to connect with other professionals outside of my district. I always come away so refreshed, enlightened and energized."

"Having an online class that not only used theoretical concepts but also provided practical examples and practice."

"I was really impressed by this course and the knowledge and tools I gained by taking it. I would highly recommend others to take this course."

"Scottie is wonderful. I appreciate her down to earth approach to the class as well as her availability and willingness to answer questions and help in any way she was able. I would definitely take another class from her in the future!"