Coyote Nation,

We had the privilege this month of awarding Robert "Bid" and Jonette "Joni" Miller the first USD School of Education EDGE Award at the Center for Student and Professional Services Ribbon Cutting. The EDGE Award stands for E xcellence in your field, D edication to the School of Education, G enerosity to the School of Education and its students, and E mpowerment of our students. We created the award to honor all those who have a positive impact on the School of Education. 
Dean Donald Easton-Brooks
Go Yotes!
Current Student Highlight
Students from Dr. William's K-8 Social Science Methods class, along with members of the Student Veterans Resource Center on campus, created artwork to honor American Veterans.
Jessica Braveheart, Kinesiology and Sport Management student, presented at the 2017 American Indian Science & Engineering Society National Conference in Denver, CO.
Alumni Spotlight
Dr. Heather Bleecker (2017) is one of 271 accomplished teachers to participate in the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Meeting.
Ben Schaap (2017) is recently back on campus as a Post Doctoral Researcher in the USD School of Education Research Center (SERC).
 
Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Daniel Hajovsky published in the Journal of School Psychology

Cognitive ability influences on written expression: Evidence for developmental and sex-based differences in school-age child.
Dr. Gabrielle Strouse worked with Vanderbilt University on article in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Co-Viewing Supports Toddlers’ Word Learning from Contingent and Non-Contingent Video
Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks and Dr. Derrick Robinson presented at Teacher Diversity Matters Symposium at NKU

Strategies for Working with Today's Diverse School Climate

Dr. Amy Schweinle visited Washington, D.C. to promote Educational Research

LEARN Coalition deans & Suzanne Bonamici, a member of the US House of Representatives from Oregon.
In Case You Missed It
USD Head Start celebrated 40 years with a Family Fun Day on September 23 at the Vermillion Armory. Past and present staff, Head Start alumni, parents and community partners joined together to recognize the great resources available through early childhood education. Local community partner organizations and businesses provided activities, games, crafts and snacks.
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Upcoming Events
The Cultivating Leadership, Effectiveness, Achievement, and Responsiveness (CLEAR) Conference at the University Center on October 20 will feature keynote speaker, Dr.  Muhammad Khalifa of University of Minnesota.
OCTOBER 2-7 Dakota Days Festivities  - USD's Dakota Days are right around the corner and we invite you to celebrate all week long with us! From daily themes in the Delzell Education Center to tailgate, we have you covered! Get all the details  here .
 
OCTOBER 6 90th Anniversary Reception  -  NOTE: This event has been cancelled.  We look forward to seeing you at the Dakota Days parade and tailgate!
 
OCTOBER 6 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards  - Join the USD Alumni Association to recognize outstanding alumni with special entertainment and guest speakers. Reception at 5:30PM and program at 7PM. Register  here .
 
OCTOBER 7   School of Education Dakota Days Tailgate  - Join us after the Dakota Days parade for refreshments, games, drawings, photos and more! We'll be located in front of the Dome by the tennis courts from 11AM-2PM.
 
OCTOBER 10 School of Education Research Center (SERC) eNewsletter  - Watch for the SERC eNewsletter every second Tuesday of the month. We'll bring you updates on current and published USD School of Education research and ways you can get involved in research within the school.

OCTOBER 12 "Through My Eyes" Art Expedition and Silent Auction - Join us in the Muenster University Center (MUC) Ballroom A from 9AM-1PM to view visual art honoring American Veterans created by students and support the silent auction with funds going to aid the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3061.

OCTOBER 12-13 South Dakota Association of School Psychologists (SDASP) Annual Fall Conference   - View the full event details  here .
 
OCTOBER 20 CLEAR Conference  Register today  to reserve your spot at this inaugural event.
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