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Carla Diede (SD '17)

Field Placement Coordinator

Fredrikson School of Education, University of Sioux Falls

At the time of the Award, Carla Diede was:

Harrisburg South Middle School
Harrisburg, SD

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics

Biographical Information

Carla Diede is a pioneer, leading her school, district and state forward in adopting transformational and cutting-edge strategies focused on personalized, student-centered instruction.

As a leader in the personalized learning program at Harrisburg Middle Schools, Diede has served as a liaison to parents of incoming middle school students, helping them understand the options available to their children (personalized learning versus traditional middle school setting). She creates and implements professional development to support teachers who are new to personalized learning and to help to veteran teachers reflect on and strengthen their teaching practices.

Diede works as a learning coach helping coordinate lesson plans with teachers and track student learning, modifying school curriculum when needed to address gaps based on her analysis of student data. She helps teachers create classrooms and curriculum that support high levels of student voice and choice. Diede helps train and support teachers as they put students in the center of their own learning by giving learners ownership over their daily schedule and learning tasks. In addition, she meets with educators from other schools when they come to observe the personalized learning program, and she has presented about the program and educational technology at teacher in-services and various state and regional conferences.

Diede earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with an Education Specialization from South Dakota State University in 2007, and her Master of Science in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2011. In 2017, she earned National Board Certification. Diede is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in the area of mathematics for the state of South Dakota.

Press release: Math, this time it's personal: Innovative teacher Carla Diede earns a $25,000 Milken Educator Award


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Carla Diede In The News

LISTEN --> Harrisburg Middle Schoolers Use Problem-Solving Model from Stanford University
KCSD-FM  |  NPR/PBS  |  Feb 08, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Harrisburg Educator Wins 'Oscar of Teaching'
KSFY-TV  |  ABC  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Harrisburg Teacher Wins National Award, Tells Students: 'I Only am Who I am Because of You Guys'
The Argus Leader  |  USA Today Network  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

LISTEN --> Harrisburg South Middle School Teacher Wins "Oscar of Teaching"
KCSD-FM  |  PBS/NPR  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Harrisburg Teacher Wins National Award
KELO-AM/FM  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Harrisburg Teacher Surprised With Prestigious Award At School Assembly
KDLT-TV  |  NBC  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  Sioux Falls, SD

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