The Learning Link is an e-newsletter for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of South Dakota School of Education.
Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Learning Link! 


The University of South Dakota School of Education is proud to celebrate 90 years of excellence. We invite you to come along with us as we look back at the history from when it all began in 1927 through present day 2017. 

As we take time to remember our rich history, we are also looking forward to the next 10 years of achievements through nationally recognized research, teaching and partnerships while serving as the state’s flagship university. We will give you an inside look into our key pillars that will move us forward to the 100th year.  

Stay tuned for more details on upcoming special events throughout the year to include an open house, Dakota Days reception, speaker series, and the inaugural USD School of Education Alumni Gala. 

For 90th Anniversary inquires, please connect with me via phone or email.

Go Yotes!

Dean Donald Easton-Brooks

Current Student Highlight  

Abbie Wiebers and Jack Thony assist as team leaders at the USD Gifted Programs July 17-28 

The Ambassadors of Excellence program and South Dakota Governor's Camp provide unforgettable learning experiences for gifted youth. 

Camp provides the opportunity of gifted students grades 7-12, to explore and enrich learning through a variety of classes they may not experience in school. Campers engage in hands-on experiences including project-based learning, a variety of arts, and other unique contents. 

Alumni Spotlight

Kayla Kaltenbach is a recent 2017 USD School of Education Music Education gradute and she is teaching in Highmore-Harrold K-12 Music for the 2017-2018 school year. Check out a sneak peak of her  new classroom!  

Are you a School of Education Alumni? Please submit your updates  here  to be featured in an upcoming edition of Learning Link.

Research Update

Daniel Hajovsky,  Assistant Professor in the Division of Counseling and Psychology of Education, published an article in the new issue of School Psychology Review.

This article examines the longitudinal associations between teacher–student relationship quality and student achievement. The study looked at teacher-rated closeness and conflict with students, as well as math and reading achievement at first, third, and fifth grades. View the article here

Dyanis Popova, Assistant Professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, published a chapter in Black Female Teachers (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, Volume 6)The shortage of teachers of color, specifically Black female teachers, is a problem that detrimentally impacts students in US public schools.

Analyzing data from a nationally-representative sample of over 1,000 Black female teachers , the chapter explores how working conditions in general, and interpersonal relationships in particular, affect the retention of Black female teachers.​ The findings have implications for policymakers and school leaders who seek to improve teacher retention in US public schools.​

Faculty Spotlight
Andrea Wange is the Residency Coordinator and a Instructor in the Curriculum and Instruction Division and the USD Gifted Programs Camp Director. This year’s Gifted Camps theme is focused around the Gandhi quote: You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

"I feel like I am living in a dream, as I absolutely love the work I do. Working with teacher candidates to be effective teachers, as well as the opportunity to work with K-12 students through directing gifted camp." said Wange.

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ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
USD School of Education CLEAR Conference
Registration  is open for the  inaugural Cultivating Leadership, Education, Achievement and Responsiveness (CLEAR) Conference on October 20 in Sioux Falls, SD. Register by August 3 for early bird pricing!  In addition, there is still time to submit a proposals should be submitted through the online proposal form by Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Center for Student and Professional Services Redesign: You'll notice fresh paint and new carpet in the USD School of Education CSPS office!

Stop by Delzell rooms 113-114 to check out the complete redesign of the space and say hi to our friendly recruiter, advisors and staff. Go Yotes!

USD School of Education 90th Anniversary Billboards: 
We are celebrating statewide with billboards in Rapid City and Sioux Falls throughout the year. If you see one of our boards, take a photo and  send it to us  for a chance to win 90th Anniversary swag! Please provide your contact information with your photo to be entered to win. 
USD School of Ed Upcoming Events

JULY 27  Sioux Falls Alumni After Hours -  Join us for our second alumni after hours networking event of the summer! All alumni after hours events will take place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Bracco World Cafe & Island Bar. Register here.

AUGUST 3 USD Night at the Ballpark - Join the USD Alumni Association for an evening of Sioux Falls Canaries baseball! Register here.  

AUGUST 26  USD on the Move: Chicago - Spend your afternoon reconnecting with USD alumni and friends in Geneva, IL. Register here.

OCTOBER 6 90th Anniversary Reception - Save the date for an upcoming reception on the Friday of Dakota Days week to help us celebrate our 90th Anniversary! Stay tuned for more details and a formal invitation. 

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