- Life Skills Training
- RtI Conference: Success for All Students
- South Dakota Behavior Institute
- Summer Education Conference
- Training Opportunities for Homeless Liaisons and District Staff
- Recruitment of Committee of Practitioners Members
- COMING SOON: Monthly Title I Directors Call

Life Skills Training

Elementary Level-Grades 3-4-5 or 4-5-6
Middle School Level – Grades 6-7-8 or 7-8-9
June 1 & 2, 2011 – Country Inn & Suites-Watertown

LifeSkills Training is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program designed to: provide students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs; to help them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; to enable children to effectively cope with social anxiety; to increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance use.

The Elementary level is for implementation in grades 3-4-5 or 4-5-6 and it consists of 8 lessons for each of the three years. The Middle School level is for implementation in grades 6-7-8 or 7-8-9 and it consists of 15 lessons the first year, 10 lessons the second year and 5 lessons the third year. A High School Level manual is also available.

Click here to register on-line or return registration information by May 17, 2011 to: Shari Wirkus, NE Prevention Resource Center, Human Service Agency, PO Box 1030, Watertown SD 57201

Email: shariw@humanserviceagency.org Phone: (605) 884-3524 Fax: (605) 884-3522

RtI Conference: Success for All Students
June 15-17, Ramkota RiverCentre, Pierre

Get an in-depth look at Response to Intervention and best practices for implementation K-12. Speakers include Wayne Callender, Partners for Learning; Dr. David Hulac, University of South Dakota; and Shannon Harken, Heartland Area Education Agency.

Participants will leave the conference with a clear understanding of the RtI model, best practices for implementation, behavioral intervention strategies, and ideas for managing complex change and building consensus.

Watch for more information to come or contact the Department of Education’s Special Education Programs at (605) 773-3678.

South Dakota Behavior Institute
June 28-30, Mitchell

This workshop provides schools with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to build positive, proactive and successful learning environments for all. Participants will learn the mechanics of behavior, gather ideas for more effective classroom management, discover behavior interventions that can be implemented for students at all levels, and build a school environment that deals proactively and positively with behaviors.

This training opportunity requires a three-part commitment from participating schools:
1) Attend the three-day training as a team with mandatory members including building principal, general and special education teachers.
2) Participate in three webinars as a team (Sept. 20, Nov. 15, 3rd date TBA)
3) Set up a time for behavior trainers to come to your school and provide all school staff with basic training (approximately two to three hours)

Cost is $20 per person. Current Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support school members get in free. Graduate and continuing education contact hours available. The workshop is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Education.

For information, contact Rebecca Cain at the Department of Education, (605) 280-3568 or rebecca.cain@state.sd.us.

Summer Education Conference
July 20-22, Ramkota RiverCentre, Pierre

Make plans to attend the Fourth Annual Summer Education Conference at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre July 20-22. The two-and-a-half-day event features a Top 20 Training to help schools reach their full potential, as well as Shari Rusch Furnstahl, who will focus on reaching the hard-to-teach and creating a positive school culture. Michael Dorn will be returning. He will talk about how schools can reduce bullying and create an environment that's safe for all.

Registration fee is $80 and includes admission into all sessions, as well as breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and breakfast on Friday. Hosted by the South Dakota Department of Education.

Graduate credit is available. Be watching for information later this spring, or contact Becky Cain with questions.

Training Opportunities for Homeless Liaisons and District Staff

Each month, the DOE emails district liaisons for students experiencing homelessness a listing of the webinar training opportunities for the month. This training is provided by the National Center for Homeless Education, the technical assistance center funded by the US Department of Education. The trainings are provided at no cost to all districts and to anyone wishing more information. The webinars are from one to one and one half hours in length. Some training sessions are directed toward social workers or counselors.

Additionally, several trainings have been recorded and posted on the NCHE website along with self-paced trainings and power points. The self-paced trainings range from 10-25 minutes in length. Training topics posted on the NCHE website can be accessed at any time. A list of self-paced and recorded webinars is listed below. Click here to take advantage of these training opportunities.

Other Training Respures:
• The McKinney-Vento Assistance Act: An Overview
• Homeless with Homework: An Introduction to Homeless Education
• Providing Equal Access: Enrolling Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
• Homeless Education and Title I: Collaboration and Compliance
• Help When You Need It: Information for Parents on how Schools can Help during Homelessness
• Supporting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Accessing Higher Education
• Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
• McKinney-Vento 101: Knowing and Applying the Law
• Recruiting Your Team: Building Collaboration to Serve Homeless Students

If you need further information from the DOE, please contact Laura.Johnson-Frame@state.sd.us or 605-773-2491.

Recruitment of Committee of Practitioners Members

The committee needs to recruit more members to meet the requirements in the statutes. The committee has many positions filled and needs to fill others. The committee will need to recruit an additional parent, more than one school board member, and pupil service personnel. An article was placed in the September Title I Update seeking nominations to the committee. Members were asked to continue to recruit members and forward names to the DOE for follow-up.

COMING SOON: Monthly Title I Directors Call

Beginning the fall of 2011 the Department of Education will be sponsoring a monthly Title I call for Title I Directors in school districts. The purpose for the monthly phone calls will be technical assistance.
Spring 2011