Spring 2015

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota 21st Century Community Learning Center Conference
June 1-2, 2015
Ramkota Conference Center
Pierre, SD.

South April 16-18, 2015
K Bar S Lodge
Keystone, SD

Boost Conference
April 28-May 1, 2015
Palm Springs, CA

21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Institute
July 27-29, 2015
Dallas TX

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
SoDakSACA Conference
October 8-10, 2015
Downtown Holiday Inn
Sioux Falls SD

Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many events are that open to everyone.

Mark's Money Tip:

The Department of Education, Office of Finance and Management is working with MTW Solutions Inc., to develop a new Grants Management System. The goal is to have the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant application on line by fiscal year 2017. All successful applicants will then have their budgets on line. This means that all claims and amendments will be done on line, thus eliminating all of the paper documents. We are very excited to be getting the new Grants Management System and incorporating the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant into the system.

Mark Gageby is a management analyst for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

From the Alliance for a Healthier Generation comes the Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework. This is a set of standards and best practices for developing Healthy Out-of-School Time Environments. By following the Alliance’s Framework, organizations are able to improve access to healthier foods and increase physical activity opportunities.

Give us your feedback

If you get a minute please email Jill Cotton any comments/suggestions you have about the newsletter. This will provide some direction on where to go for future issues.


Center Highlight:
Action Arts and Science Program, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

    Contributor: Amber Lounsbery, AASP Program Coordinator

Schools Served:
Kids Inc. Elementary Schools-Anne Sullivan, Cleveland, Garfield, Hawthorne, Hayward, Horace Mann, Laura B. Anderson, Longfellow, Lowell, Terry Redlin; Youth Enrichment Elementary Sites at 14th Street and Eastside Centers; YMCA ASP Middle Schools- Edison, George McGovern and Whittier; Other community Outreach Sites-Kid Stop and Kidz Count Afterschool Programs, Juvenile Detention Center, Bowden Youth Center, Multi-Cultural Center (MCC) Froggy Reads and Natives Count Programs, and Volunteers of America-Dakotas: Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment for Youth.

After-School Program
Grades K-12

Daily Attendance: 500 students per week average

Nano Science, Cosmic Painting and Floam all sound like things you’d get to do at the International Space Station if you had the chance to go. But surprisingly, they are all activities youth have been able to participate in thanks to the folks at the Action Arts and Science Program (AASP) with the help of the Washington Pavilion staff. They are nearing the end of their 3rd year and have had another successful year of outreach.

Free to students, the Washington Pavilion Action Arts & Science Program enhances the work of the local after school programs and supplements classroom learning by offering Title I students hands-on arts and science activities that promote confidence, encourage collaboration, and inspire creativity.

Each week an average of 500 students at 22 different sites throughout Sioux Falls, are led by Washington Pavilion teachers in engaging, hands-on art and science activities that go above and beyond what the sites are able to provide on a regular basis. With 16 experienced instructors on board, each lesson is taught with energy and a passion. Instructors serve to open the door of possibility to kids at the partner sites and serve as mentors. The lessons strive to encourage students to think beyond the average school day and express themselves in new and engaging areas.

Action Arts and Science Family Nights at the Washington Pavilion this year included opportunities for families to work with Oliver Herring, a world-renowned experiential artist, on an interactive art TASK party and explore the Rad Science interactive touring exhibit focused on skateboard physics. The 2014-15 AASP outreach will conclude the last week of school and start up again in September.


Save the date: 21st CCLC Summer Conference June 1-2

    This year the 21st CCLC Summer Conference is scheduled for June 1-2 in Pierre at the Ramkota. Our focus this year is going to be on the arts and creativity. We have several speakers coming in and we are excited for you to hear all of their presentations!

Reminder: Self Assessment Due

    The Self-Assessment document that was sent out two weeks ago is due on April 8th. Please let us know if you have any questions/concerns regarding the document.

Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

    Do you have a book club or are you looking to start one? Author, Kate Messner started this site because she found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and she realized that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. There is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books.

Wellness Tip

    GoNoodle is a site that offers free brain breaks for your students. They are short, fun exercises to get the wiggles out!

       Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education
       (605) 773-5238

       Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education
       (605) 773-4693