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Upcoming Events






**Common Core
• 6-12 Math 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.

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Common Core State Standards Implementation for Colony Teachers (math)

March 10, Huron
March 11, Huron

During this one-day workshop, multi-grade level teachers will begin to look at common concepts within domains and develop lesson plans around these concepts. Teachers will begin to understand the learning progressions of the Common Core math standards (where domains start and stop), have conversations about realignment of textbooks to teach common concepts at the same time throughout the year and how to move from large group to small group instruction.

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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.

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2014 Summer Food Service Program webinar series
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a series of webinars on the Summer Food Service Program:

• March 11: Be a summer meals champion

• March 13: Can elected officials help feed hungry kids this summer?

• March 20: Food that’s in when school is out – The Summer Food Service Program and afterschool meals

• March 25: Utilizing grants & unique partnerships to serve more summer meals

• March 27: How can you solve your summer meals transportation problems?

• April 3: Finding ways to keep schools involved in summer meals

• April 9: Make your summer meals site the talk of the town

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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. to 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.

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Title I Technical Assistance
March 17, Pierre

Receive technical assistance on required ESEA documents and get updates on the ESEA waiver, ELL students, and family and community engagement.

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Catch the Wave conference
March 17, Brookings
March 19, Mitchell
March 31, Rapid City

Catch the Wave is a one-day conference designed specifically for high school students who have a disability and are considering postsecondary education (either college or technical institute). Students will learn about preparing for college life, securing appropriate accommodations, and developing self-advocacy and communication skills. Highlights of the conference will be panel discussions with individuals who have a disability and have experienced a postsecondary setting, as well as disability coordinators discussing entrance and eligibility requirements.

High school students, parents, special education teachers and school counselors are all encouraged to attend. The cost is $5 per person. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. To register, contact your regional transition liaison.

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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, 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.

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.

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Orientation to SLOs for Elementary Administrators
March 18, Fort Pierre
April 1, Sioux Falls
April 2, Aberdeen
April 9, Rapid City

This one-day regional training on student learning objectives is intended for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, special education directors or anyone who will evaluate staff.

Training will cover the following topics:
• What are SLOs?
• The four steps of the SLO process
• Developing and recognizing high-quality SLOs
• Approving SLOs
• Engaging in ongoing communications about SLOs
• Understanding administrators’ roles in the summative process
• Understanding how SLOs support a culture of data driven instruction
• Selecting and developing appropriate assessments and/or instruments
• Discussing SLO timelines
• How coaching teachers through the SLO process impacts the Principal Effectiveness model

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Orientation to SLOs for Secondary Administrators
March 18, Fort Pierre
April 1, Sioux Falls
April 2, Aberdeen
April 9, Rapid City

This one-day regional training on student learning objectives is intended for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, special education directors or anyone who will evaluate staff.

Training will cover the following topics:
• What are SLOs?
• The four steps of the SLO process
• Developing and recognizing high-quality SLOs
• Approving SLOs
• Engaging in ongoing communications about SLOs
• Understanding administrators’ roles in the summative process
• Understanding how SLOs support a culture of data driven instruction
• Selecting and developing appropriate assessments and/or instruments
• Discussing SLO timelines
• How coaching teachers through the SLO process impacts the Principal Effectiveness model

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School Library Survey
March 18, online

Get an overview of the 2013-14 School Library Survey. See the new survey platform, a few new questions and remind yourself to complete the survey on time. This information will be helpful for beginners as well as those who have completed the survey in previous years. Only one survey per district is required and it is open from April 1 to May 13.

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Board of Education meeting
March 24, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at Southeast Technical Institute at 8:00 a.m. (CST), room MC101, the Mickelson Center, 2320 N. Career Ave. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.



FERPA: District Policies and Staff Access
March 24, online
March 31, 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 policies districts may want to consider as they relate to student data. In particular, staff and teacher access will be discussed.

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Building a Standards-Based Report Card 101
March 25 and June 4, Watertown

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 with time allotted in the interim to work on the report cards (homework for obtaining one graduate credit).



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.

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Dan Habib Parent Session
March 25, Pierre

This parent session is in conjunction with the Special Education Conference. It is open to the public and free of cost. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Habib’s films have been screened at universities, national conferences, and independent theatres, and have been used as a catalyst for inclusive education across the country and internationally. Including Samuel was broadcast nationwide on public television stations in fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Good Morning America. The DVD is available in 17 languages.

Habib has also created eleven short documentaries that illustrate a wide range of educational issues and evidence-based practices, including augmentative and alternative communication, positive behavioral interventions and supports, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, universal design for learning, cultural responsiveness and more.

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Part C to Part B Transition workshop
April 1, Rapid City
April 3, Sioux Falls

Participants in this workshop will:

• Learn about the roles and perspectives of all who are involved in the transition of children from Part C to Part B federal regulations

• Understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 early childhood transition requirements

• Gain information on effective communication, collaboration and coordination practices

• Have the opportunity to reflect upon and assess program practices

• Have the opportunity to determine program practices that will positively impact the transition experience for children, families and the staff working on their behalf

• Gain information on early childhood transition strategies and resources

• Gain understanding of the Part C federal regulation updates

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TIE Conference
April 13-15, Sioux Falls

The theme of this year’s TIE Conference is ‘connect.’ Keynote speaker Catlin Tucker will discuss blended learning and the challenges many teachers face in trying to teach 21st century students without easy access to 21st century tools. Keynote speaker Kathy Schrock will talk about presenting content through digital storytelling and the research behind this pedagogical shift.

The conference will feature breakout sessions and half-day in-depth workshops. Graduate credit and contact hours are available. Click here for more information and to register.



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

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Statewide Education Conference
June 2-3, Pierre

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Statewide Education Conference to be held this June in Pierre. Keynote speakers Dr. Richard Cash and Lori Laughlin will each lead day-long workshops. College credit will be available when required hours of attendance are met.

Cash is an internationally recognized expert on differentiation and learning. Teachers who attend his workshop will:
• Learn specific techniques for differentiation in the 21st century classroom
• Be able to design rigorous learning options for all students
• Be able to build a thinking classroom using 21st century tools
• Be able to support student readiness through purposeful differentiation
• Learn about differentiating by interests and learning type
• Understand how effective differentiation supports the teaching and learning process

Laughlin’s workshop is titled “The Essential Conversation – What Parents and Teachers can Learn from Each Other.” Research demonstrates the impact parents have on their children’s academic success, but teachers don’t always know how best to engage them. Laughlin’s workshop will focus on building effective partnerships between parents and teachers. Attendees will learn strategies for the following:

• Effective parent-teacher conferences
• Implementation of the Curriculum of the Home
• Linking to learning
• Communication and relationship building
• Family/community partnership

Registration opens April 1.

Contact Rebecca Cain or Dawn Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, for more information.



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