T.F. Riggs High School Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus, Pierre, talks about his school’s experience with the National Career Readiness Certificate program.



Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week

American Education Week is a chance to celebrate public education! Thanks to all teachers, administrators, support staff and parents who play an essential role in educating our students.



2013 NAEP results announced

South Dakota’s fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2002.
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Upcoming Events






Board of Education meeting
Nov. 18, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet Nov. 18 in Pierre, at the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. A draft agenda is available on the board's web page.





*Common Core: K-12 Module 2 & 3
Nov. 19, Sioux Falls
Dec. 3, Aberdeen

Module Two: Common Core 101 will be a one-day workshop. The workshop will focus on review and understanding Common Core KUD concepts and Webb Leveling. Participants will engage in a process to analyze lessons to ensure alignment to the disaggregated CCSS (KUD) and meet the cognitive demand of the CCSS (Webb Leveling.) Participants will also discuss the relationship of formative and summative assessments and evaluate the purposes and uses of assessment. (Danielson Framework: Domain 1)

MODULE 3 will be online follow-up work for both Math and ELA.

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Elementary: Common Core for Principals
Nov. 20, Aberdeen

Building the capacity of school principals is critical for successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It demands a shift in thinking to enhance instruction, assessment, and learning. Successful implementation of CCSS will move districts from preparing students for graduation to preparing students for college and careers.

This workshop will provide principals with practical, hands-on experiences to better understand how the Common Core fits within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Workshop activities will also focus on what higher-order instruction and assessment should look like in the classroom. Lastly, the workshop will help principals understand how the Common Core State Standards, the South Dakota Teaching Standards (Danielson Framework) and the teacher effectiveness system all fit together.

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Secondary: Common Core for School Principals
Nov. 20, Aberdeen

Building the capacity of school principals is critical for successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It demands a shift in thinking to enhance instruction, assessment, and learning. Successful implementation of CCSS will move districts from preparing students for graduation to preparing students for college and careers.

This workshop will provide principals with practical, hands-on experiences to better understand how the Common Core fits within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Workshop activities will also focus on what higher-order instruction and assessment should look like in the classroom. Lastly, the workshop will help principals understand how the Common Core State Standards, the South Dakota Teaching Standards (Danielson Framework) and the Teachscape evaluation system all fit together.

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*Common Core: 6-12 ELA Module 5 & 6
Nov. 21, Aberdeen

Module Five: In this module, participants will learn strategies to infuse higher-order instructional practices and help students extend and apply knowledge. Infusing higher-order thinking strategies increases the chances students will make connections to the schema when they encounter new information and be able to make sense of that information. (Danielson Framework: Domain 3)

Module Six: This module will help participants assess the higher-order thinking emphasized in Common Core standards. Participants will also gain knowledge of benefits and how to implement a quality, well-balanced plan for utilizing formative, interim and summative assessment. (Danielson Framework: Domains 1 and 3)

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*Common Core: K-5 Module 5 & 6
CANCELLED



*Common Core: Literacy in History/Social Studies, Art, Music, World Language, Science & Technical Subjects
Various locations statewide

This workshop will cover the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Teachers of all non-ELA content areas in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Participants will learn foundational components found in Common Core for ALL content areas. The workshops will include understanding of the standards as well as strategies for implementation.

The training will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Please bring the following:
1) Laptop Computer
2) Text-based resource that will be used in an upcoming lesson. This text-based resource will be analyzed and transformed during the workshop. If you bring a textbook, please bring a supplementary reading material such as an article, blog, quantitative text (graph, chart, etc.)

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Formative Language Assessment
Various locations statewide

This workshop provides an overview of assessment models with a focus on formative assessment. Participants will explore academic language in formative assessment, its implementation, and impact on instruction. Participants will be able to do the following:
• Describe different types of assessment
• Create targets or objectives for academic language measurement and development
• Develop a variety of performance tasks and identify appropriate assessment tools
• Discuss the importance and use of feedback

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These are only a few upcoming events. Click here for a complete listing.

*This is a repeat session of training previously offered by the Department of Education.