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USD to Offer Webinar Addressing K-12 Education and Mental Health During COVID-19

Decorative graphic USD hosts "A Changed Landscape in K-12 Education: Considerations and Solutions for Educators," a free webinar featuring a panel of experts in education and mental health, on Aug. 20.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosts “A Changed Landscape in K-12 Education: Considerations and Solutions for Educators,” a free digital webinar featuring a panel of experts in education and mental health, on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

“The 2020-2021 academic year presents unique challenges to K-12 educators,” said Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., USD School of Education interim dean. “Administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists and all school personnel are entering the year with anticipation and excitement, but also trepidation and uncertainty. Our panel will discuss some of the uncertainty surrounding this changed landscape in K-12 education.”

Panelists include David De Jong, Ed.D., Kari Oyen, Ph.D., Dyanis Popova, Ph.D., and Daniel DeCino, Ph.D., of the USD School of Education and Dana Livermont, M.Ed., of the South Dakota Education Association. They will discuss the challenging decisions schools are making, opportunities for using technology to facilitate learning, the ways in which reopening plans impact children from marginalized communities and considerations regarding the mental health of students, parents and teachers.

“The panelists, with their diverse and extensive expertise, will be able to address many questions across a broad range of contexts,” Schweinle said.

To register for the event and submit questions for the panelists, visit Register by Monday, Aug. 17. A maximum of 3,000 attendees may register for the webinar. The webcast will be available for on-demand viewing in the following days.


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