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Secretary's Column:
By Dr. Melody Schopp
Department of Education

February is Career & Technical Education Month, and there are so many reasons to celebrate. Earlier this week, Gov. Daugaard announced the school districts that have received the Governor’s Grants for Career & Technical Education, made possible with over $8.5 million from the Future Fund.

These grants will help schools partner with each other, postsecondary institutions, and business and industry to improve CTE offerings. It will be exciting to watch these plans unfold. When students have access to career guidance and training through strong CTE programs, they connect their classroom work to the real world. The result is students who are better prepared for all of the opportunities awaiting them after high school.

The Governor has also proposed making dual credit courses more affordable for students and families. This would help more students enter college and technical institutes ahead of the game. Students who graduate high school with some postsecondary credits are more likely to complete degrees.

Here at the department, the new CTE regional outreach model is now in place. With this shift, districts have one point of contact who can assist with making connections among local business and industry partners, postsecondary instructors and state initiatives. Regional specialists can share best practices and coordinate efforts between district CTE programs and career development.

With these endeavors, I’m confident that career and technical education can be integrated into every student’s K-12 experience. Did you know? Among students who take two or more CTE classes in high school, the graduation rate is 97 percent. Thanks to all of you who have committed to CTE! CTE related programs are helping students across the state accomplish amazing things.



Hot Topics

Thoughts on Common Core

Read a column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard at: http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=15723



SD teachers discuss Common Core with legislators

Listen at: http://listen.sdpb.org/post/teachers-talk-common-core-pierre





Jan Martin, with the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability, talks about this spring’s Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessment. Watch video at: //www.youtube.com/embed/OxoQRjCMG-k?list=UUyELvhISGHZs5cb_MT2RFeQ



Legislative session under way

Here is a brief rundown of some of this session’s major education-related bills:

Common Core
--A resolution (http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2014/Bills/HCR1008P.pdf) urging the state Board of Education to end South Dakota’s involvement with Common Core standards by June 30, 2017, failed to make it out of the House. It received 31 votes in favor and 35 in opposition. A resolution does not carry the weight of law or administrative rule.

-- SB 129 (http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2014/Bills/SB129P.pdf) would require South Dakota to supplant the Common Core standards with other academic content standards aligned to college and career readiness. The bill calls for a review process to compare previous state standards in ELA and math with the Common Core standards (That work has already been done, and “crosswalks” can be found at http://www.doe.sd.gov/octe/commoncoreStandards.aspx, as well as a comparison to other states’ standards, and to seek input from South Dakota teachers and professors. Finally, the bill calls for a review of the costs associated with the Smarter Balanced assessment and prohibits the state from ceding “any measure of autonomy or control of academic content standards and assessments including cut scores.”

-- SB 155 (http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2014/Bills/SB155P.pdf) would require DOE to report to the Legislature’s education committees “prior to implementing a curriculum change.” The verbiage in the title of SB 155 indicates there is confusion about what standards are and what curriculum is. Regardless, the bill indicates that changes in “course curriculum or standards” would need to go before the education committees. The bill does not lay out the details of this process, other than to say that the need for a change must be explained in the report.

-- SB 64 (http://legis.sd.gov/docs/legsession/2014/Bills/SB64P.pdf) would require a waiting period prior to adopting any new uniform content standards drafted by a multistate consortium. It does not apply to standards adopted by the Board of Education prior to July 1, 2014. It also requires the Board of Education to conduct at least four public hearings on the proposed standards over a period of six months, prior to adoption.

Funding
--Funding bills include HB 1003 (sets a floor of a 2 percent increase in the Index Factor for calculation of state aid) and HB 1004 (sets the PSA for FY 15 at $4,805), which were both referred to Appropriations after discussion in House Education. DOE is supporting the Governor’s proposal for a 3 percent increase in the PSA for the coming year.

Miscellaneous
--Other bills of interest have to do with minor boundary changes, requiring the pledge of allegiance, making CPR a requirement for graduation, and a bill prohibiting school from starting before the last Monday in August.

There are numerous other education-related bills. You can access them via the Legislative Research Council’s website at http://legis.sd.gov/. The department is also providing frequent updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sddoe.



ELL student population growing

This story is the second in a series on English Language Learners (ELLs) in South Dakota. In the next installment, learn more about programming in the Huron and Sioux Falls School Districts.

South Dakota’s population of English Language Learners has grown from around 3,500 to approximately 5,000 students in the past five to seven years. That number could grow another 20 percent in the next five years, according to Shannon Malone, Title I Director for the South Dakota Department of Education.







To meet the needs of English Language Learners, schools must develop programming and train teaching staff. Recognizing the unique challenges of educating ELLs, the 2013 South Dakota Legislature passed legislation that provides additional funding for students who are considered limited English proficient. The funding amounts to 25 percent of the current per-student allocation.

This article provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions as districts work to meet the needs of ELL students.

Where does a school or district start when educating ELLs for the first time?
At the beginning of the school year, ELLs must be identified and screened, and their parents must be notified of available services within 30 days of enrollment. Once the school year is underway, the window for identification, screening and parental notification of eligibility is within two weeks of enrollment.

How do I know if a student needs ELL services?
A local school district is required to administer a home language survey to all students enrolling in the district as the first step in the screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. Many districts include this survey on their initial enrollment document. The survey consists of four questions:

1) What is the language most frequently spoken at home?

2) Which language did your child learn when he/she first began to talk?

3) What language does your child most frequently speak at home?

4) What language do you most frequently speak to your child?

If the response to any of these questions is a language other than English, school districts are required to give a language proficiency identifier test.

If the home language survey does not indicate that the student speaks another language, other indicators may still exist. For example, the student may have been receiving ESL services in another state or staff may have documented concerns based on classroom observations or performance. These indicators can also prompt administration of a language proficiency identifier test.

Parents can refuse ELL services if a student is identified as ELL.

What is a language proficiency identifier test?
Since 2009, South Dakota has been a member of the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Consortium. The WIDA-Access Placement Test (W-APT) is used to determine whether or not a student is Limited English Proficient (LEP).

To gain access to this assessment, a login/password is needed. This information is given to district testing coordinators. Contact the South Dakota Department of Education Office of Assessment and Accountability for more information.

It’s been determined that a student qualifies for ELL services. Now what?
Once a student has been identified as LEP, it is recommended that a district create a Language Acquisition Plan (LAP) for the student. It is important to involve people who will be working closely with the student, for example, the course content teacher, English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and/or Title III coordinator, parent or guardian, building administrator and, if appropriate, the student. Go to http://doe.sd.gov/oats/documents/LAPSample.doc for a sample LAP.

See Appendix D of The South Dakota Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Programs and Services for English Language Learners (http://doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/ELL_guide.pdf) for ELL program models from several rural districts with small numbers of ELL students.

Where can teachers obtain an ENL (English as a New Language) Endorsement?
In our state, South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota and Augustana College currently offer the coursework necessary for endorsement. More schools add coursework every year. Some courses, but not the full endorsement, are also available at Black Hills State University and Northern State University.

What other training is available for teachers who work with ELL students?
There is a wide variety of professional development available:

• Always check the department’s Calendar of Events for relevant training.

• WIDA provides the department with training days each year.

• South Dakota also partners with the North Central Comprehensive Center located at the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL).

• The department’s offices of Title III and Migrant Education offer training.

• The Dakota TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) holds an annual conference.

• Teachers may wish to seek out co-teaching professional development for guidance on working in cooperation with an ENL teacher.

• SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) training can be contracted through Pearson.

Our school district doesn’t have enough ELL students enrolled to qualify for our own Title III funding. Can we partner with other schools?
Yes. School districts receiving an allocation of less than $10,000 in Title III funding must enter into a consortium partnership with one or more local districts. Title III funds assigned to consortia must be combined or “pooled,” and all consortium partners must agree on one plan for utilizing the funds. To date, four consortia have been formed in South Dakota.

How does a school/district go about developing the most effective programming for ELL students?
A language instruction program should support language development in addition to content. ELLs need to learn English and meet high standards. When considering programs, educators should think about an instructional plan that helps ELLs attain English proficiency in addition to learning content. Districts and schools should consider ELL needs and available resources in selecting a program model.

For a chart of various program types, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/ellchart.pdf

In addition, for a chart of several co-teaching/coaching/collaboration strategies, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/coteaching.pdf.

For further information, consult The South Dakota Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Programs and Services for English Language Learners (http://doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/ELL_guide.pdf), a guidebook developed with the help of educators from across the state. This guide outlines school and district responsibilities, program development, goals of language instruction programs, and much more.

In the next installment of this series, read about ESL programming in action in the Huron and Sioux Falls School Districts, home to South Dakota’s two largest populations of English Language Learners.

For more information, contact Yutzil Rodriguez, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4698 or Yutzil.Rodriguez@state.sd.us.



CTE Month all about ‘superheroes’

This month, students and teachers across our state and country are taking time to recognize "CTE Superheroes" who exemplify the value of career and technical education.

Jean Clark from Bridgewater-Emery advocates career development to her fellow teachers. Dave Reuland from Mitchell teaches auto classes that can help his students obtain industry certifications. And Todd County School District’s CTE programs go above and beyond traditional curriculum to promote students’ overall wellbeing. Though they don’t wear capes or fly, these teachers and districts are true heroes.

Look for information about more South Dakota heroes throughout the month. Go to: http://doe.sd.gov/octe/ctemonth.aspx to learn more.



Governor's Grants for CTE awarded to districts

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced the recipients of the Governor’s Grants for Career & Technical Education. Twelve school districts will receive a combined total of over $8.5 million through these grants.

“CTE programs are crucial in preparing South Dakota students for all the opportunities awaiting them after graduation,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Programs are strongest when all the key players work together: secondary education, postsecondary education, and business and industry.”

The grants will assist school districts in developing CTE programs and strengthening programs that already exist. The funds will help middle schools and high schools to partner with each other, other school districts, postsecondary institutions and those in the industry.

The grants were made available through the South Dakota Future Fund, which was created by Gov. George S. Mickelson to invest in South Dakota’s workforce and build its economy. They are available on a one-time basis, so grant projects must be self-sustaining beyond this initial investment.

The following school districts have been awarded grants:

• Aberdeen School District – $2 million for the construction of a new regional CTE facility
• Burke School District – $604,010 to go toward mobile units, in cooperation with Andes Central School District, Colome School District, and South Central School District
• Madison Central School District – $376,808 for health science, transportation and manufacturing programs to serve area schools
• Meade School District – $89,967 to go toward welding and machining programs
• Mitchell School District – $1,240,228 for the renovation and expansion of the regional CTE center
• Northeast Technical High School – $150,000 to go toward middle school courses and dual credit ag courses
• Northwest Area Schools Multi District – $830,800 to go toward mobile units
• Rapid City Area School District – $2 million to enhance dual and concurrent enrollment options for regional high schools
• Sioux Falls School District – $768,454 to add two new classrooms at the CTE Academy
• Todd County School District – $103,560 to expand middle school and high school course offerings, in cooperation with White River School District
• Vermillion School District – $99,380 for a public-private partnership in construction trades
• Yankton – $280,325 for regional CTE offerings

In all, 26 applications were received, requesting a total of $20 million. “While we couldn’t accommodate every proposal, this is a good start,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I’m glad to be able to support some of the programs that are helping more young people learn, work and live in South Dakota.”



CTE program applications available now

Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved Career & Technical Education programs in the 2014-15 school year.

Establishing approved CTE programs offers students coursework that allows them to seek meaningful and robust Personal Learning Plans. In addition, students can use the courses to meet requirements for both graduation and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Approved CTE programs that seek to continually improve and support the aims of Career & Technical Education/Perkins are also eligible for the following:

• Perkins funds
• State and federal grants (when available)
• Student organization membership (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FEA, FFA, SkillsUSA)
• Technical support and professional development

Applications (https://apps.sd.gov/applications/DP42LaunchPad/Logon.aspx) for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 3. Contact your Regional CTE Specialist (http://doe.sd.gov/octe/documents/DCTEcontc.pdf) with any questions and to obtain application logon information. For more details, including directions for completing applications, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/PerkinsApp.pdf



Smarter Balanced assessment roadshow starts Feb. 24

Testing workshops for the Smarter Balanced assessment will take place at various locations across the state, Feb. 24-28 and March 4-6:

   • Feb. 24, Rapid City
   • Feb. 25, Pierre
   • Feb. 26, Aberdeen
   • Feb. 27, Sioux Falls
   • Feb. 28, Sioux Falls

   • March 4, Rapid City
   • March 5, Oacoma
   • March 6, Watertown

These workshops will provide district and school testing coordinators with the training and resources they need in order to administer the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014. Dakota STEP Science details and an update on all other upcoming assessments will also be provided. To register, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites

The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program. Community organizations, nonprofits, schools and local governments can apply to be sponsors if they operate in low-income areas, serve a group of mostly low-income children, or operate a summer camp with a high proportion of low-income participants.

The Summer Food Service Program provides food service to students when school is not in session. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at a participating site.



“Summertime should be fun, but when kids are out of class, they lose access to school meals. For many families struggling to make ends meet, that can mean stretching already tight food budgets even further,” said Sandra Kangas, director of South Dakota’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “The Summer Food Service Program can really help fill that need.”

Organizations interested in reviewing sponsor responsibilities can watch the Summer Food Service Program Overview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkLGT0fRr8w. To learn more about serving as a sponsor or site, call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413. For more information and to register for training, go to http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.aspx. The deadline to register for training is March 3.

In addition, sponsors are always looking for partners to help provide activities and educational programs to encourage continued student participation throughout the summer. For organizations interested in potentially collaborating with a sponsor in this way, a list of last year’s Summer Food Service Program sites is available at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SummerFed.xlsx.

The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the South Dakota Department of Education. This agency is an equal opportunity provider.





Search for SD Teacher of the Year starts at district level

Now is the time to start seeking nominations for District Teacher of the Year awards. Nomination forms should be made available to teachers, parents, students, school support professionals and the general public through multiple avenues and formats.

All district-level Teachers of the Year are encouraged to apply for their Regional Teacher of the Year honor. Ultimately, one of these six regional finalists will become South Dakota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. In order to be considered for the Regional Teacher of the Year award, a district’s honoree must have his or her application on file with the appropriate Education Service Agency by its designated deadline.

For more information about the SD Teacher of the Year selection process, including a list of frequently asked questions, nomination form, sample guidelines, and timeline for selection, visit the Teacher of the Year webpage at http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teacheroftheyear.aspx. For further assistance, contact Lanette Johnston, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-8415 or lanette.johnston@state.sd.us.



Nominate an educator for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. A candidate must currently be teaching biology and/or other life sciences and must have devoted a significant portion of his or her career to teaching life sciences. A minimum of three years teaching experience in public, private or parochial schools is mandatory before applying for the award. Candidates need not be members of NABT, and unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.

Sanford Health sponsors a $1,000 grant for the winning teacher to use for professional development and/or classroom materials. Winners are also invited to the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference in the fall and receive additional materials and prizes from national sponsors.

Nominations containing the following information should be submitted to Julie.olson@k12.sd.us:
• Name of nominee
• Email address of nominee
• Name of nominator
• Email address of nominator

Olson will forward the necessary application forms to the nominee.

The nomination deadline is March 31.



Nominations sought for School Officer of the Year

The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers is asking school administrators and counselors to nominate individuals for the School Officer of the Year Award. Nominations must be postmarked by March 7.

For more information and a nomination form, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/SOYAapp.doc



School Health Guidelines training coming up

The “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training is fast approaching. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre. Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, administrators, community members, policy makers, parents, and students are invited to attend.

The School Health Guidelines training is designed to help schools develop or enhance school wellness policies, create healthier school environments, and promote healthy eating and physical activity. Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. For school year 2013-14, districts are encouraged to continue reviewing and assessing their local wellness policies and implementing the new requirements, which include accountability for local school wellness policy implementation, assessment and public updates.

The School Health Guidelines (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide evidence-based guidance for schools on how to most effectively promote the health of children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years.

Sponsors include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota. For more information, contact Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-6808 or Karen.keyser@state.sd.us.

Meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay will be reimbursed for up to three people per school district or agency. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kings Inn. Call (605) 224-5951 by March 3.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/Good&Healthy.pdf.



Peers needed to review 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking proposals from qualified individuals to become peer reviewers for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grant applications. 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement students’ regular school instruction. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty areas and low-performing schools.

The peer review process is used to ensure qualified proposals are selected for funding. The deadline to apply to become a peer reviewer is Feb. 14. All selected reviewers will be required to attend an on-site training in Pierre on April 4.

Individuals of diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation are encouraged to apply. Examples of potential applicants include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices
• Teachers, principals
• Youth development experts and practitioners
• Community and youth service providers
• Representatives of faith-based organizations
• Private-sector individuals involved in education
• Local and civic leaders
• Representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations
• College and university staff

For 2014 Peer Reviewer Documents, including an application and scoring rubric, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent.aspx

For more information, contact Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238, or sue.burgard@state.sd.us.





Upcoming Events



CTE Program Improvement Follow-up:
• Business & Industry Partnerships
• Dual Credit & Industry Certifications
• Reading & Math Skills for the CTE Classroom
• Work Based Learning
• District Collaboration


Sessions offered Feb. 10-14, online

These two-hour webinars are follow-up to the CTE Program Improvement meetings held in November 2013. Participants from approved CTE programs will be reimbursed for substitute teachers. Following each webinar, two $1,500 Perkins reserve grants will be awarded to assist districts in implementing their program strategies. Participation in a webinar is required prior to applying for a grant.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



**Common Core
• 6-12 Math Module 5 & 6
• K-5 Module 5 & 6
• 6-12 ELA Module 5 & 6
• Literacy in History/Social Studies, Art, Music, World Language
• Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects


Various dates and locations statewide

**These are repeat sessions of training previously offered by the Department of Education.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



Building a Standards-Based Report Card 101
Feb. 13 and June 3, Rapid City
Feb. 20 and June 5, Sioux Falls
Feb. 26 and May 21, Mobridge
Feb. 27 and June 9, Mitchell
March 10 and June 3, Aberdeen
March 11 and June 3, Fort Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering an opportunity to learn the essential steps in building an effective standards-based report card. This training will get your school/district on the right track to implementing a standards-based report card. It will focus on purpose, help align standards to student learning, and assist in recording students’ progress and achievement based on standards. The intent is to offer one approach to developing a standards-based report card through thoughtfully planned efforts and practical ideas.

The training will be on the two separate dates listed for each location with time allotted in the interim to work on the report cards (homework for obtaining 1 graduate credit).

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



Smarter Balanced Pre-Test Workshop

Feb. 24, Rapid City
Feb. 25, Pierre
Feb. 26, Aberdeen
Feb. 27 and 28, Sioux Falls
March 4, Rapid City
March 5, Oacoma
March 6, Watertown

These workshops will provide district and school testing coordinators with the training and resources they need in order to administer the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014. Dakota STEP Science details and an update on all other upcoming assessments will be provided. To register, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



Common Core Literacy Standards for CTE Teachers
Feb. 26, Chamberlain

This session will provide Career & Technical Education teachers with strategies to implement Common Core literacy standards in the classroom, using cluster-specific assignments and activities. CTE teachers with all levels of experience with the Common Core standards are encouraged to participate. Participants will need to bring a laptop equipped with Internet Explorer. Continuing education hours will be available.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.





FERPA: Data Sharing
Feb. 26, online
Feb. 27, online

The South Dakota Department of Education and experts from the U.S. Department of Education will team up to offer a series of webinars on the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act. All webinars will be offered twice and recorded. Districts are encouraged to send questions ahead of time to STARSHelp@state.sd.us. This webinar will focus on FERPA rules related to data sharing.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.





Dakota STEP Assessment – Colony Schools
March 10, Huron

This workshop will address all aspects of the paper/pencil administration of the D-STEP in reading and math. Materials will be distributed at this workshop. A district representative from each of the districts using the paper/pencil alternative in 2014 must attend.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.





CTE Standards Implementation
March 12, Watertown

This CTE Standards Implementation training is designed for those who are new to teaching approved Career & Technical Education courses or those who are looking to revamp current courses.

Throughout training, participants will learn about the latest South Dakota labor market projections in their content area, evaluate current course offerings and align courses to appropriate CTE standards. By the end of training, participants will complete at least one course's curriculum plan and receive guidance on doing the same for other courses.

This training would also be useful for school administrators who want to learn more about the knowledge and skills students should master within the approved CTE program(s) at their school/district. Administrators and teachers could work together on program and curriculum planning throughout the day.

The training is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. local time. Please bring a laptop and any course materials you would like to reference (online content subscriptions, course syllabi, unit outlines, current curriculum map, lab/project outlines, texts or manuals, etc.).

Schools with approved CTE programs who send teachers to training will be reimbursed for substitutes and for mileage. Participants will receive continuing education hours. Career Cluster Specialists from the Department of Education will be on hand to guide participants through the standards implementation process and to answer questions.

For more information, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.



School Health Guidelines training
March 17, Pierre

The “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training is fast approaching. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre. Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, administrators, community members, policy makers, parents, and students are all encouraged to attend.

The School Health Guidelines training is designed to help schools develop or enhance school wellness policies, create healthier school environments and promote healthy eating and physical activity. Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. For school year 2013-14, districts are encouraged to continue reviewing and assessing their local wellness policies and implementing the new requirements which include accountability for local school wellness policy implementation, assessment, and public updates.

The School Health Guidelines (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide evidence-based guidance for schools on how to most effectively promote the health of children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years.

Sponsors include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota. For more information, contact Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-6808 or Karen.keyser@state.sd.us.

Meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay will be reimbursed for up to three people per school district or agency. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kings Inn. Call (605) 224-5951 by March 3.

Go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/Good&Healthy.pdf for more information and to register.



Special Education Conference
March 25-26, Pierre

The 2014 South Dakota Special Education Conference (formerly the CEC Conference) will feature state-of-the-art, innovative and creative best practices to promote college, career and life readiness for all students. Filmmaker Dan Habib will be the keynote speaker. Habib’s film credits include Who Cares About Kelsey? and Including Samuel.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Disabilities, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, and the South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs.

For more information, go to: https://www.usd.edu/medical-school/center-for-disabilities/upload/2014-Special-Education-Conference-Registration-Brochure.pdf.



2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
April 27-30, Prior Lake, MN

The 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention Strategies for Native and Tribal Communities is titled "Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students." Hear from nationally known keynote speakers as well as professional educators. Presentations will emphasize a variety of strategies for working with Native students who are at risk of dropping out before high school graduation. Conference strands include the following:

• Addressing the opportunity gap
• Instructional strategies to increase learning
• Emotional supports
• School climate: safety and student wellness
• Service-learning and restorative justice
• Digital communication and engagement
• Re-engagement and recovery strategies
• Culture and language

For more information, go to: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2014-national-forum-dropout-prevention-strategies-native-and-tribal-communities.



Statewide Education Conference
June 2-3, Pierre

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Statewide Education Conference to be held this June in Pierre. Featured speakers include Dr. Richard Cash and Lori Laughlin. For more information, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/feb/documents/StatewideEdConf.pdf.



These are only a few upcoming events. Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ for a complete listing.