May News Notes from Dakota Conference Education
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Thoughts From Under the Desk . . . 

--Brad Gienger, Children's Ministries/Sabbath School/Pathfinders

Romans 3:25 says that Jesus was sent as our “Propitiation”. This word is translated in various ways depending on the translation of Scripture you prefer. Here are several as examples: “as the sacrifice for sin”, “a sacrifice of atonement”, “placed on the altar of the world to forgive sins”.  There are about as many translations of this word as there are translations of Scripture, and yet the meaning of that word “Propitiation” has always been a wondering of my heart. The stark dictionary definition is simply, “The act of appeasing a god”. So according to Webster, Jesus was sent as our “appeasement”. Have you ever felt, in your service or elsewhere, that you were a sacrifice? Some kind of appeasement?
As one dives into the word that is translated “Propitiation” and in similar terms a slightly different story begins to emerge. The word, transliterated as “hilasterion”, has roots in two separate verbs: “haireo” which means “to claim” and “airo” which means “to lift up”. So Jesus was sent for the purposes of claiming and lifting up, which is Good News! It can often feel like ministry is a call to sacrifice oneself with long hours, thankless service, and upset people. There are times when one or all of those factors can almost reduce our experience and perspective to the point that teaching simply means sacrifice. In spite of challenges let us each strive for equal purpose with Jesus to claim these children and to lift them up, just as Jesus has claimed all of us and is eagerly lifting us up.

Heard Around the Conference. . .

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School of the Month - 
Rapid City Adventist Elementary, South Dakota

Article by Mrs. Debbie Darnall, Head Teacher
The 2015-2016 school year is going fast for the Rapid City Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School. We have 21 students. This year we have started some new learning opportunities.
Our P.E. program has been given a boost. For a number of years, we have attempted to take advantage of a nearby health club by the name of Just Jymnastics. This year, the opportunity presented itself, and students are going to Just Jymnastics and are learning tumbling once a month. The students really enjoy this and are learning a lot.
The older students have been fund raising to take a trip to Washington DC next year. This will be the first year our school has done this, and we are looking forward to the challenge and the payoff of sending half of the school away to actively learn about our U.S. government.
 Our choir program is going well. We have been to  the Spearfish and Rapid City churches already  and look forward to performing in Hermosa soon.  The students also sing at the nursing home and in  the mall at Christmas time.
 Students went skiing and tubing at Mystic  Mountain this year. In the past, we have hit the ski slope but this year we decided to try a different location which has tubing as an option which was a lot of fun. The day was beautiful, and there was plenty of fresh, soft, sparkling snow.
Our Social Studies Fair will be coming up the last week of school. This year we are studying about parts of Latin America. We are looking forward to having a church member, who goes to Mexico regularly, bring back some Mexican merchandise for a small Mexican store that we are thinking of adding to our regular program as a fund raiser. Students, parents and other guests may practice bartering for a good price.
(Photo Credit:Rapid City School) 

Technology Matters & More

These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You'll Need To Get Them)
By Gwen Moran
Two-thirds of Americans believe that, in 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work humans now do. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 report, The Future of Jobs, estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 and that the number will keep growing. Jobs that once seemed like "safe bets"—office workers and administrative personnel, manufacturing, and even law—will be hit hardest, the report estimates.

"There are some overarching shifts poised to change the nature of work itself over the next decade," says Devin Fidler, research director at Institute for the Future, a nonprofit research center focused on long-term forecasting. That includes a demand for new skills and strategies that could help people to thrive in future work environments,

So what do you need to work on to be marketable in 2025? Here are skill areas that the experts recommend, as well some of the strongest job-growth categories, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other sources—that relate to them.

It’s no surprise that tech skills will be in demand. However, Fidler says that "computational thinking"—the ability to manage the massive amounts of data we process individually each day, spot patterns, and make sense out of all of it—will be valued.

As more people live longer, every aspect of the health care sector is poised for growth. And while telemedicine, robotic surgical equipment, and other forms of automation are changing how some health care is delivered, demand for caregivers is going to increase as we commit to providing health care for more of the population—a population that is growing and living longer, says John Challenger, CEO of outplacement and career coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.

It’s going to take a long time for robots to be good at soft skills, like social and emotional intelligence and cross-cultural competency, "which are hugely valuable in a world where you or I could go and be working with somebody in the Philippines within an hour. Virtual collaboration itself is really useful in that environment as well," Fidler says. In addition, new media literacy—understanding various media platforms and how to best communicate effectively in them—are valuable skills that robots won’t be likely to match any time soon.

With the world moving as fast as it is, we need to become a society of people who are always learning new things, says Julie Friedman Steele, board chair of the World Future Society, a membership organization for futurists. But we’re also going to need to shift how we learn, she says. As so many things advance quickly, it will be difficult for teachers and trainers to keep up with the latest thinking. Instead, we’ll use technology to find the best sources of information to keep our knowledge and skills current.

With opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship and the rise of the "gig economy," Cusumano says understanding how businesses work is essential. Even if you’re working for a company, you have to have a better understanding than ever of how the business operates. "It's how the millennial generation has been raised. They are more in tune to collaborate. They know how to do project-based work and move quickly, which I think is inherent in today's economy," she says.

Read the full story here. Source: Fast Company

  • USC Rossier has just released its latest resource. The Digital Literacy Toolkit for Teachers provides teachers with how-to guides, actionable strategies and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy in the classroom. Learn more at
  • Coding isn’t just about video game development or programming scientific equations anymore. Kids across the country are creating interactive projects with themes as varied as fashion design, storytelling, art, and music. The Scratch Foundation was founded in 2013 to promote this different approach to coding and provide financial support for free university-based research projects including Scratch, ScratchJr, and ScratchEd from MIT, Tufts, and Harvard. T&L talked with Lisa O’Brien, director of the Scratch Foundation, about how coding can enhance the student experience and how teachers can implement it in the classroom. See the article here.
5 Technologies That May Change Classroom Education
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