TITLE PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Purpose of ED Data Express

http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/index.cfm

ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department's Budget Service office.




Teacher Loan Forgiveness in Schools Serving Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. (http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans)

Institutions that serve students who are neglected or delinquent are institutions qualifying under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, review the NDTAC Tip Sheet published in December 2013.




Regional Data Retreats

State sponsored Regional Data Retreats for Focus and Priority schools will be held in May, June, and July of 2014 in Sioux Falls and Pierre. The exact dates and locations will be posted on the SD DOE calendar of events: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/calendar/calendarindex. These two day retreats will be offered to Focus and Priority schools. These retreats offer schools a dedicated time to look at the four lenses of data: Student Achievement, Professional Practices, Programs & Structures, and Family & Community, and to determine a course of action that will lead to increasing student achievement and academic growth. Focus and Priority schools that DID NOT attend an off-site, two day data retreat last year must register and attend one of the sessions that will be offered. As part of the updated Flexibility waiver, all schools designated as Focus or Priority must attend an off-site data retreat conducted by a certified facilitator at least once during the school’s designation period. During the other years, schools must have data retreats led by state certified data retreat facilitators. For more information, please contact Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or email betsy.chapman@state.sd.us.




Title I 1003(a) Supplemental Awards

SD DOE awarded forty three (43) Title I Focus and Priority schools a 1003a School Improvement grant to use for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. This was a competitive grant schools could apply for. A committee of SD DOE personnel reviewed the applications. The 1003a Supplemental Award funds will be spent on activities/interventions that align to the Seven Turnaround Principles.




ELs (English Learner) in South Dakota

Who are they?

• ELs come from nearly every continent, and represent dozens if not hundreds of countries, including the United States.

• They speak hundreds of languages, dialects and tongues.

• Are likely to be native born rather than to be immigrants or refugees.

• They come from every socioeconomic class within American Society.

• They may or may not have been receiving a formal education in their home country.

• ELs may know some English, or may not.

• ELs enroll throughout the school year and may begin at any proficiency level.

• ELs are not “less smart” than English-speaking students.

• ELs may qualify for multiple services offered by a school district.

Top 5 languages in South Dakota

Currently there are 84 languages reported by school districts in South Dakota.

The top 5 languages:
• Spanish
• German
• Karen Languages
• Siouan Languages
• Nepali


There are roughly 5,000 ELs in the state of South Dakota and the prediction is there will be a 20% increase in the next five years.




RESOURCES:

Schools in Motion

In Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS), we are in our second year of implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Dr. Rick DuFour defines a professional learning community (PLC) as “a group of people working interdependently toward the same goal.” Dr. DuFour states that interdependence is an essential element because it:

• Provides equal access (equity, or universal access) to quality teaching by strengthening each teacher’s practice through collaboration, coaching, and shared planning.

• Ends teacher isolation (thus reducing burnout).

• Helps teachers work smarter by sharing the tasks of analyzing data, creating common assessment tools, and devising other strategies for both students who struggle and those who need more challenge.

• Enables teachers on grade-level (interdisciplinary) teams to devise lessons that teach reading and writing across the curriculum.

• Provides teacher professional growth and job satisfaction through intellectual renewal, new learning, and cultivating leadership. PLC work has encouraged and allowed us to work together as a team to improve student achievement.

In our PLC work, our team (two 4th grade classroom teachers, a student intern, a special education teacher, a special education paraprofessional, and an intervention strategist) has focused on assessing the students’ knowledge about multiplication combinations and how to increase that knowledge. We have created multiplication combination assessments, given those assessments to students, evaluated the assessments, discussed the results and were able to look at the needs of each individual student in 4th grade. These created assessments are called common formative assessments (CFA) because we designed them as a team and those same assessments are given to all fourth graders in our school. After knowing exactly where each child is working, we determined next steps and how we could follow through with the next steps. One avenue that we chose to meet the needs of each student according to our assessment results was to use a one-half hour block of time outside of our inquiry based math instruction block to provide instruction, games, and activities that are directly working on the math skill that is weak. Students are consistently working independently, in pairs, small groups, or with a teacher. They may work in a few of the different groupings throughout the half-hour. After ten working sessions, we re-assess to see the students’ progress and to develop our next steps for instruction.

Through this PLC process, we have seen most of our fourth grade students master multiplication combinations. This concept is a very large and important part of being a successful fourth grade math student. I feel fortunate that RCAS has given us (educators) the opportunity to work through the PLC process. It is having a positive impact on our student achievement.

Alayna Siemonsma, NBCT, SD ‘12 MEA
Alayna.Siemonsma@k12.sd.us




Raising Levels of Student Writing

As we continue to study, learn, and implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), one thing has become very clear to educators, students’ levels of writing need to be raised if they are going to be ready for college level writing in time. According to the CCSS, “To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.” With this in mind, the Rapid City Area School District has asked its educators to focus on curriculum that will help students meet these standards. At South Park Elementary School, we felt that it would also be important to educate our students’ parents on the more rigorous writing standards.

This January we planned a Math & Literacy Night with the literacy focus on exactly that. We wanted our students’ parent to be aware of the more rigorous writing standards. Students and parents were invited into the school to participate in a Writing Scavenger Hunt. Parents were asked to work with their students to read over proficient grade level writing samples, while hunting for specific items from a checklist. The checklist came from our adopted writing curriculum and was developed based on the new CCSS. Our students are familiar with the checklists, as they have been asked to use them all year during writing time. Students received a ticket for each item they found on the checklist. Later in the evening, the tickets could be entered into drawings for many prizes such as book series, tablets, art sets, bikes, games, and even a flat screen television.

The event was a success! We had over 200 people in attendance. Parents appreciated the opportunity to learn about the new CCSS in writing and also liked seeing examples of proficient writing for their child’s grade level. Students enjoyed the chance to showcase their knowledge and ability as writers, and of course…the prizes! We will continue to look for ways to educate our students’ parents on the new CCSS in the future.

Acacia Trevillyan – Rapid City
Acacia.Trevillyan@k12.sd.us




NDTAC Tip Sheet


Download at doe.sd.gov/oess/newsletter/2014/winter/documents/NDTAC1213.pdf




UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.




Data Retreat Facilitator Training
    May 21 & 22 – Pierre, SD

This training is for ESA staff or educational consultants who are interested in being data retreat facilitators for Title I schools. There will be a registration fee. More information will be available soon. Please contact Betsy Chapman for more information.




Regional Data Retreat
    - May 29-30 – Pierre SD

Two day data retreat for Focus and Priority schools. Space is limited. Please contact Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or your Title Representative for more information.




2014 Statewide Education Conference
    June 2-3, 2014

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Richard Cash – Differentiation of Instruction
Lori Laughlin – Family & Community Engagement




Regional Data Retreat
    June 11-12 – Pierre SD

Two day data retreat for Focus and Priority schools. Space is limited. Please contact Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or your Title Representative for more information.




Regional Data Retreat
    June 18-19 – Sioux Falls, SD

Two day data retreat for Focus and Priority schools. Space is limited. Please contact Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or your Title Representative for more information.




Regional Data Retreat
    July 30-31 – Sioux Falls, SD

Two day data retreat for Focus and Priority schools. Space is limited. Please contact Betsy Chapman at (605) 773-4712 or your Title Representative for more information.