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USD to Host South Dakota Education Association Student Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The annual South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) Student Conference will be held in the University of South Dakota's Delzell School of Education Thursday and Friday, April 21-22. Those attending the conference will also volunteer at the Vermillion Parent Teacher Association carnival on Friday for the organization’s annual service project.

The event is a professional conference for teacher education majors. Those in attendance include student members of SDEA representing education programs from across South Dakota. The conference provides training in topics related to students' future careers and includes presentations from K-12 teachers and administrators.

Sarah Lutz, 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker. Lutz is a third grade teacher at Stanley County Elementary in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and is a member of the school’s leadership team. She serves as a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run program and works to promote parent involvement.​


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News