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Student Organizations

NAEYC (National Association for the  Education of Young Children)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children. 

Phi Delta Kappa
Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership.  Specifically, PDK is one of the largest education associations in the world and has thousands of members dedicated to improving education, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators

The Reading Council
The International Reading Association is a professional organization concerned with the promotion of literacy, with specific emphasis on reading, language, and thinking. Its primary purposes are to promote quality reading and language arts instruction at all levels of reading and maturity consistent with each individual’s unique capacity.  -Formed in 1988 on campus-

Teacher quality, Community outreach and political action are the underlying areas of focus that direct student program activities.  It is in these areas that tour members and affiliates sponsor program , education on issues and affect change, The SDEA student programs addresses the needs of today's diverse student population in order to facilitate student achievement by preparing professional educators with ideals of professional ethics and standards.

Talking Hands (Dr. Jessica Zanton)
BHSU Talking Hands strives to educate others about sign language (American Sign Language, Signing Exact English, along with other forms of sign language). Its purpose is to help students, faculty, staff, and community members learn sign language while developing lasting relationships. BHSU Talking Hands aims to have both community and university involvement by volunteering and participating in university activities such as homecoming, a dodgeball tournament, and the Lip Synch Battle for student organizations. In the community, members have participated in activities such as teaching sign language to children at area Boys and Girls Clubs as well as performing for community groups to introduce them to the power of sign language.

Teammates is a mentorship program that links K-12 students in our community with BHSU education majors for 1 hour each week. One of the first clinical components of Black Hills State University’s teacher preparation program is focused on developing caring skills. Research shows that teachers who care, and can demonstrate their caring, have a greater capacity to increase student achievement. Toward that end, sophomore-level students are given the opportunity to participate in Teammates. Learn more about Teammates..

Yellow Jackets Friends
Yellow Jacket (YJ) Friends will provide BHSU majors a service learning opportunity to work with adults with developmental disabilities within the Spearfish community. Student volunteers will be paired with individuals from the Northern Hills Training Center (NHTC) to engage in a variety of activities throughout the year.