About South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning
SDALL was formed in 1966. For Nearly 60 years, members have been dedicated to improving the field of adult education in South Dakota.


The SDALL Board of Directors are elected from the active membership.  Board members have access to leadership opportunities through the delivery of SDALLs mission.

The focus of the South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning is to promote and provide professional growth and development for adult educators in South Dakota

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Professional development

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Leadership opportunities

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Access to professional networks

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Influential collective voice

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Recognition for Service


SDALL provides members with scholarship opportunities to advance the professional standing of practitioners.

Hovland Development

The South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning Development Fund was created to make small grants available to SDALL members for activities that will increase the knowledge or effectiveness of adult education in South Dakota. Activities which may be funded include--but are not limited to--professional development workshops, seminars, research projects, innovative adult and continuing education activities, and special projects.

Educator Professional Development

South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning (SDALL) Scholarships are for active SDALL members and intended to assist in funding professional development opportunities including state, regional, and national conferences and workshops, distance learning courses, and college courses that will advance the professional standing of SDALL practitioners.

Distinguished Awards of Merit

SDALL recognizes excellence in the filed of adult education by providing awards and grants to its members.

Adult Educator

2022 Winner - Andrew Cina
Cornerstones Career Learning Center


2022 Winner - Greg Kline
The Right Turn


2022 Winner - Karen Krause
Lutheran Social Services
Center for New Americans

Community Partner

2022 Winner - South Dakota
Department of Labor Rapid City Office


Since the first meeting in 19696, SDALL and its volunteer board members have dedicated their time, efforts, and resources to insure that South Dakota’s adult educators have access to quality professional development and training. 

“The first South Dakota State Adult Education organizational meeting was held in conjunction with the Missouri Valley Education Assoc. Conference at the Sheraton Cataract Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on April 22, 1966. The original members were from various agencies, organizations, businesses, industry, and education from throughout South Dakota. […] Twenty-five people from South Dakota were present for this first meeting. The following officers were elected: President, Howard Hovland; Vice-President, R. Milton Rich; Coordinator of General Extension Services South Dakota State University Brookings; Secretary-Treasurer, William Oerlline, Rapid City. Two dollar membership fees were collected. The prepared constitution was accepted unanimously.”

— from The History of the South Dakota Adult Education Association:
A Summary of the Available Findings
by Howard A. Hovland