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USD School of Education to Present at AACTE Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. – Faculty from the University of South Dakota School of Education will present at the 69th annual American Association for Colleges in Teacher Education March 2-4 in Tampa, Florida.

“As this is the top-tier conference and association in our field of educator preparation, it is essential that the University of South Dakota not only be present in terms of attendance for learning and development purposes, but to have a presence in terms of presenting on our program impact, the policy initiatives we are a part of, and the research we are conducting,” said Nicholas Shudak, chair of curriculum and instruction.

Donald Easton-Brooks, Mark Baron, Nicholas Shudak and Karen Kindle will represent USD and present on a range of topics including sustainable funding for residency programs, the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), data sharing and barriers to cultural responsiveness.


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.