- ELL DATA RETREAT - Aug. 10, 2011 - Sioux Falls
- Title Conference Calls - Beginning in September
- Common Core State Standards Initiative training
- WIDA Professional Development - Sept. 13 - Ft Pierre
- Parent Involvement Conference - Sept. 10-Oct. 1 - Sioux Falls
- Schoolwide Conference - Oct. 13, 2011 - Chamberlain
- Systems Change Conference - Oct. 19-21, 2011 - Spearfish
- National Title I Conference - January 21-24, 2012 - Seattle, WA
- South Dakota Math & Science Conference - Feb. 2-4, 2012

Aug. 10, 2011 - Ramada Inn, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Department of Education is providing South Dakota educators an opportunity to attend an ELL Data Retreat that will be led by Jane Hill.

Jane Hill is employed by McREL and has many years of ELL experience. The data retreat allows school districts the opportunity to review their ELL student’s ACCESS test scores and give some ideas of what types of material/instructional strategies could be used to help the ELL students in your districts succeed. School Districts are asked to send a team of educators to the data retreat.

To register, contact Shannon Malone at (605) 773-4698.

Title Conference Calls

The State Title I Director will be conducting monthly conference calls for District Title I Directors/Coordinators. The phone calls will highlight current topics of interest or concerns that have been expressed by the state school districts. Each month, beginning in September, the second Tuesday at 2:00 will be the regularly scheduled time.

Common Core State Standards Initiative training

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. It was launched by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

The Common Core Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers.

Registration will stay open until Sept. 2, 2011. Once the registration window is closed in the fall, the state will review the numbers of participants to ensure every district that would like to participate can. Currently there are many seats that are open, but if registrations are above 150 per grade span per location, the state may need to make adjustments. If interested in the Common Core State Standards Initiative training, click here to register.

In late August you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your attendance and receive additional information about the workshop series.

Dates for 2011-12 Testing
WriteToLearn Sept. 1 - Apr. 30
DSTEP Fall Online Workshop Sept. 6-9
DSTEP-Alt Roadshow Jan. 9-12
DSTEP Roadshow Feb. 27 - Mar. 1
DSTEP-Alt testing window Feb. 6 - Mar. 16
DSTEP window April 2-20
ACCESS Feb. 6 - Mar. 9
8th grade technology test Apr. 23 - May 18

WIDA Professional Development

The South Dakota Department of Education will be providing two different workshops for districts who administer the ACCESS to their English language learner students. Information concerning these two workshops is below along with registration information.

September WIDA Professional Development
The S.D. DOE will provide educators from across the state a workshop about Differentiation: Instruction & Assessment for ELLs. This workshop is geared more towards teachers who are new to the ELL world.

The objectives for this workshop are:
• What is Differentiation? • How and where do we begin?
• Tips for Managing Differentiated Lessons
• Practice: Matching ELP Levels to Content
• Groups Share Plans for Differentiation

Ft Pierre; Sept 13; AmericInn
Brookings; Sept 14; SDSU Campus (Hobo Day Gallery)

Click here to register

October WIDA Professional Development
The S.D. DOE will provide educators from across the state a workshop about Writing for ELLs – Using the WIDA Framework.

Some of the objectives of this workshop are:
• Baker’s Dozen for supporting ELL writing
• Deconstructing the WIDA writing rubric
• Text structures & discourse patterns
• Collaborative Writing Assessment Protocol
• Issues in teaching writing

Sioux Falls; Oct 5th; Ramada (off Russell Street)
Ft Pierre; Oct 6th; AmericInn
Click here to register

Parent Involvement Conference
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, Sioux Falls

Click here to download flyer

Schoolwide Conference
Oct. 13, 2011 - Chamberlain

The South Dakota Department of Education will be hosting a Schoolwide Conference for eligible Targeted Assistance Title I schools planning to operate a schoolwide program. This conference is mandatory if a targeted assistance school will be planning and operating a new schoolwide program next year.

Three required steps to develop a schoolwide program

The first step is to participate in the schoolwide webinar that will explain the schoolwide process. Webinar-September 21 at 3:00 pm CST

The building principal, or designee, must participate in the webinar. Following the webinar he or she will share with school staff, parents, and community what is involved in developing a schoolwide program.

The second step is for the school to commit to spending the school year developing a plan. The schoolwide planning team will lead the school in the planning process.

The third step is to bring a team to the schoolwide conference. Title I staff are offering the schoolwide conference at the Americ Inn in Chamberlain October 13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Each school planning to develop a schoolwide program must bring a team of at least four persons, consisting of an administrator, teachers(s) Title I staff, parent(s), and/ or community or board members.

Certain requirements must be met for a school to be eligible to operate a schoolwide program. A Title I school may operate a schoolwide program only if a minimum of 40 percent of the students in the school, or residing in the attendance area served by the school, are from low-income families. Schoolwide program planning begins with the formation of a planning team, which explores the benefits of establishing a schoolwide program, identifies strategies and goals, and presents a proposal to teachers, administrators, and others in the school community.

The schoolwide conference will be a working day for schoolwide teams to work with school support team and department staff to begin the process of developing their schoolwide plan.

The schoolwide guidance is available at:

Any questions contact Dawn Smith at (605) 773-2535.

Systems Change Conference
Oct. 19-21, 2011 - Spearfish

The 12th Annual Systems Change Conference will be held on October 19-21, 2011 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

Click here for more information.

National Title I Conference
Jan. 21-24, 2012 Seattle, WA

An annual project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Conference is the premiere event for individuals working within the Title I program.

With hundreds of nationally recognized speakers and thousands of colleagues with whom to compare notes, this is the ideal place to further your knowledge about Title I programs, policies, and great ideas.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose from more than 150 sessions featuring major names in education, newcomers who are rising stars in their field, key staff from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as other experts in a wide array of subject areas. Specific sessions and speakers will be identified in the "Schedule" section above as they are confirmed.

Full Conference Registration: $525 no price increase over last year One Day Registration: $299 no price increase over last year For more information:

South Dakota Math & Science Conference
Feb. 2-4, 2012

Go to the SDCTM website for more information.

Summer 2011