Mary Stadick Smith, SD Department of Education's Operations and Information Director, speaks about the department's plan for assessment for the 2013-14 school year.



Districts will have flexibility to use alternate teacher evaluation systems

The South Dakota Board of Education has passed rules that would provide school districts flexibility to use their own teacher evaluation systems, as long as those systems align with the South Dakota standards for teaching, are research based, and include a valid measure of student growth.
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Upcoming Events






Capstones and Service Learning Trainings
Oct. 11-Nov. 14 – Various locations statewide

Capstone experiences allow students the opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning from their high school coursework into a meaningful and relevant career-related experience. These experiences include Entrepreneurship Experience, Senior Experience, Service Learning and Youth Internship. Learn about opportunities that await your school, strategies for implementation, and resources to get started.

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14th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 16-18, Chamberlain

This year’s Systems Change Conference will be held at Cedar Shore Resort, located on the Missouri River near Chamberlain and Oacoma. Long regarded as one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators, this event also features the announcement of the South Dakota Teacher of the Year, during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available. For more information, or to register, go to systemschange.midwestmaple.org.







*Common Core: 6-12 Math Module 5 & 6
Oct. 22, Chamberlain
Oct. 28, Sioux Falls
Nov. 4, Rapid City
Nov. 15, 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: 6-12 ELA Module 5 & 6
Oct. 29, Chamberlain
Oct. 31, Sioux Falls
Nov. 14, Rapid City

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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Secondary: Common Core for School Principals
Oct. 30, Sioux Falls
Nov. 13, Rapid City

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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Elementary: Common Core for Principals
Oct. 30, Sioux Falls
Nov. 13, Rapid City

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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*Common Core: K-5 Module 5 & 6
Nov. 4, Chamberlain
Nov. 5, Aberdeen
Nov. 12, Sioux Falls

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-12 Module 2 & 3
Nov. 5, Rapid City

Module Two: Common Core 101 will be a one-day workshop.

The workshop will focus on reviewing and understanding Common Core KUD concepts and Webb Leveling. Participants will engage in a process to analyze lessons to ensure alignment to the disaggregated Common Core State Standards (KUD) and meet the cognitive demand of the Common Core (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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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. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.





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.