New Title I Directors/Coordinators Training
    Sept. 26, 2013 - Pierre, SD
    8:30–11:30 a.m. (CST) or 1–4 p.m. (CST)
    MacKay Conference Room 5
Training will be for Title directors with 3 years of experience or less.
CE Contact Hours : 3
To register, please click here.

WIDA Training: Lesson Planning with ELLs in Mind – ELD Standards in Action
    Sept. 24-25, 2013, Sioux Falls (Ramkota Best Western)
Registration: 8-8:30 a.m., Training: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Breakfast/Lunch not provided)
This WIDA two-day workshop is designed as an intermediate level training for school teams (1-administrator, 1-ESL teacher and 2-3 classroom teachers). Registration is limited to the first 60 applicants, so please submit your school team’s registration as soon as possible!

All participants are expected to bring:
1) WIDA 2012 ELD Standards books – purchase or download/print
2) ELP levels for a grade level group of students they will be working within 2013-14
3) an assignment/task/assessment they have recently used or will be administering

If you have already registered or would like to register, email Shannon Malone to confirm your spot in this training.

- Schoolwide Conference
    - Oct. 22, 2013 – Americ Inn Ft. Pierre
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 contact Dawn Smith at SD DOE to inform Title Programs of your interest in schoolwide programing. The building principal, or designee, must email Dawn Smith to register for the schoolwide conference.

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 Ft. Pierre October 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each school planning to develop a schoolwide program must bring a team, 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.

National Title I Conference
    Feb. 2-5, 2014 - San Diego, CA
The event is a professional development opportunity for those working with Title I programs across the country.

The National Title I Conference brings together curriculum directors, principals, superintendents, classroom teachers, teacher educators, education companies and federal programs coordinators.

2013 Closer Connections Conference: Journey to New Heights
    Oct. 7-8, 2013 - Sioux Falls
The 2013 Closer Connections Conference is a two-day conference organized by Lutheran Social Services-Refugee& Immigration Center and Dakota TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language). This conference will equip teachers, administrators, social workers, volunteers and others interested in learning more about: Refugees and Immigrants, Non-Native English Speaking Students, Cultural Diversity, and Refugee Mental Health.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls on October 7-8, 2013. For more information, please contact: Lutheran Social Services of Sioux Falls. (605) 731-2000.

Fall 2013