Pierre will host teacher conference

Pierre will host teacher conference Gov. Mike Rounds has announced that Pierre will again host more than 500 South Dakota teachers from public and private schools across the state as they gather Oct. 25-27 for the second annual Teacher Leadership Conference at the Ramkota RiverCentre.

"I was very pleased with the turnout and teacher commitment last year," said Gov. Rounds. "Nearly all districts were represented at the conference."

Teams of two or more teachers from each district in South Dakota are invited to attend. Gov. Rounds' goal is to encourage sharing of ideas and to provide support through direct communication with educators.

The state Department of Education will facilitate the conference and focus on supporting educators and districts in the key area of implementing No Child Left Behind legislation requirements. In addition, the conference will give teachers the opportunity to network with one another and share skills, knowledge and techniques.

Additional conference discussion topics include:

* No Child Left Behind updates.

* Gov. Rounds' 2010 Education Initiative.

* Leadership training.

* Scientific-based research strategies.

* Reading Across the Curriculum.

"The feedback from last year's conference has been very positive," said Education Secretary Rick Melmer. "Attendees continue to share knowledge with their colleagues through collaboration and professional development."

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