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SD Department of Education May 2015  
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

Good & Healthy South Dakota Schools webinar series
Available online until June 10

The School Health Program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health announces this free webinar series. The target audiences for these recorded webinars are those responsible for physical education curriculum and instruction in South Dakota schools.

Each of the three webinars is approximately 50-60 minutes in length and is available through June 10, 2015. The webinars must be viewed in their entirety and in the recommended sequence. Click here for a description of each of the webinars.

Participants who complete the webinar series and submit the participant feedback form and the necessary reimbursement forms will be eligible for a $75 rebate. The link to the webinars will be emailed to participants at the email address provided in the online registration. Hard copies of the featured resources, the participant feedback form and the reimbursement forms will be mailed to participants.

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Karen Keyser at Karen.keyser@state.sd.us or (605) 220-6453.




English Language Learners-School Districts’ Responsibilities for ELL Programs
May 12, online

This webinar will be held 10-11:30 a.m. CDT, and again 2-3:30 p.m. CDT. It is designed for superintendents, principals and federal program directors.

Click here to register. Search by course title. Contact Yutzil Becker at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4698, with questions.




Board of Education meeting
May 18, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at Northern State University, Student Center, Centennial Room, 1200 S. Jay St., in Aberdeen. The time of the meeting is yet to be determined. Public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the areas of science, social studies, fine arts and K-12 educational technology. An agenda will be posted at http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Template.aspx?id=32 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.




Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 1-July 15, online

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators, a new online course available this summer, will build upon skills taught in the prerequisite course, Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators. Participants will apply fundamental skills to an individual project using data.

Course requirements include readings, participation in online discussions and completion of a data project, with the goal of using data to answer important questions to drive positive change in a district, school or classroom.

The course is scheduled for June 1-July 15, with the data project due July 15. Participation is free. Two credits are available through the University of South Dakota for $40/credit.

Register at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com. Search by course title. For those wishing to receive credit, there will be an additional link on this website where participants can register with USD.




2015 Summer Education Conference: Multi-Tiered System of Supports
June 3-4, Pierre

This conference is open to all schools, with a reduced registration rate available for educators from MTSS schools. Graduate credit is available.

The first day of the conference will focus on teaching students to think critically about text. School-wide Positive Behavior Supports will be the main topic of day two. Keynote speakers will be Jill Jackson and Dr. George Sugai.

Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Contact Becky Cain, South Dakota Department of Education, at rebecca.cain@state.sd.us or (605) 280-3568.




Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
June 3-4, Madison

This course is offered by the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management and is designed to help participants recognize the need to plan for all types of disaster. Since planning is a process, planning is included in every unit and activity. Participants completing the course will be able to explain the importance of a school safety program to others and to lead individuals in their schools and community through the process of developing an effective multi-hazard program.

This course will:

• Describe emergency management operations,
   roles and duties

• Explain how to assess potential hazards that
   schools may face

• Explain how to develop and test an Emergency
   Operations Plan that addresses all potential
   hazards.

Click here to register.




Civil Rights Regulations: Target - Education Settings
June 9, Rapid City
June 10, Mitchell
June 11, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Department of Education is working with the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development on civil rights federal regulations for the educational setting. These will be full-day sessions featuring specialists from the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Kansas City, Mo. The OCR ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through enforcement of civil rights laws.

Maria North and Karl Menninger will lead the trainings. They are Supervisory Attorneys for the OCR. Each oversees a team of investigators and attorneys who provide technical assistance and investigate civil rights issues in education.

K-12 staff and postsecondary personnel are encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive six hours of CEUs for full-day attendance. Please advise staff who serve in any of the following capacities about these trainings:

• School administrator
• School counselor
• Career and technical education teacher/director
• School district attorney
• Title IX coordinator
• Section 504 coordinator

Federal law requires that each school district have at least one person designated and trained as the District Title IX Coordinator and a person designated as the Section 504 Coordinator. (§ 34 C.F.R. Sec. 106.8 and Sec. 104.7)

Contact Carol Uecker at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4771, with any questions.

Click here to register. Search by course title.




Principal Effectiveness In-Depth Implementation Guidance
June 15, Spearfish
June 16, Pierre
June 17, Watertown
June 18, Sioux Falls
June 19, Mitchell

Trainings on the Principal Effectiveness model will be held across the state the week of June 15. The purpose is to assist superintendents and principals in selecting domains and components, as well as evidence and artifacts, that support Principal Effectiveness. Districts are encouraged to sign up and attend as teams.

Additionally, the training will include time to complete the required Principal Effectiveness Gap Analysis and Planning Guide (see related story), which is due June 30, 2015. The Principal Effectiveness trainings in November 2014 provided an overview of the model; this summer’s trainings will provide in-depth implementation guidance.

Click here to register. Search by course title. Contact Matt Gill at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-8193, with questions.




Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Sept. 22-23, Rapid City

This is a new conference that will cover special education legal issues, including the latest information from due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR (Office of Special Education Programs/Office of Civil Rights) guidance letters, and basic IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) procedural requirements. It is designed for general/special education staff, administrators, state/school district attorneys, state education department staff, related services staff, parents, and other stakeholders.

For more information and to register, click here.


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