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Upcoming Events

SPED conference touches on topics for all teachers

With mental health, bullying and dyslexia as major topics of discussion, the first half of this year’s Special Education Programs and Transition Services Liaison Project summer conference will be beneficial for all educators. The conference is slated for June 21-25 at the Ramkota in Pierre.

The second half of the conference is geared more toward high school special education teachers and parents of high school students receiving special education services.

Teachers can attend one or both events. Participants can receive graduate credit for attending.

Registration deadline is June 11.

Click here to register.

Building Collaboration:
Using ACCESS® reports and ELP standards to modify ELL

This one-day training is designed to offer support for those who work with students who are English Language Learners or those who administer the ACCESS free ELL assessment.

The training is designed for school teams (eg., 1 ESL + 2-3 content teachers) as preparation for the 2010-11 academic year.

Presenters will cover specific ELL identification and exit criteria for South Dakota. Teams should bring their ACCESS 2010 Teacher Reports, the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and Resource Guide.

Sessions will be held as follows:
July 20, Pierre, Ramkota (ID #45121)
July 22, Sioux Falls, Ramada (ID #45123)

Both sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The WIDA 2007 Resource Guide and ELP standards can be downloaded FREE at http://www.wida.us/standards/elp.aspx or purchased for $15 for consortium members at http://www.wida.us/store/orderbooks.aspx.

To register for either workshop, go to http://www.escweb.net/sd_esa/ and enter the Session ID number noted above.

Questions regarding either of these workshops? Contact Gay Pickner, Department of Education, (605) 773-3247.

Get the latest on afterschool programming

The 21st Century Community Learning Center conference targets individuals working with young people in programming that takes place outside of regular school hours. The event is scheduled for July 22-23 in Pierre.

The focus of the conference is to provide interesting and meaningful ways to teach a variety of subjects. Classroom teachers would also benefit from these sessions, as the presentation opportunities are focused on finding the best ways to encourage learning and in making the learning experience as interesting as possible.

This year’s conference features The Private Eye project, which is a hands-on learning process that rivets the eye and rockets the mind. Using everyday objects, the PI’s easy questioning strategy and a jeweler’s loupe, participants will learn to accelerate concentration, critical thinking and creativity — for all ages and ability levels.

Other highlights include Supper and Science at the South Dakota Discovery Center on Thursday evening. The finale will be a presentation by the South Dakota Arts Council entitled “Arts Afterschool - Powerful and Cool.”

The conference is free to those working with 21st CCLC grants. Other participants will pay $50 to cover the cost of meals and materials. There is an opportunity to earn 9.5 continuing education contact hours as well as training hours for licensing.

More information, including a detailed schedule and registration form, can be found at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/21cent/2010conference.asp.

Registration is due by June 25. Limited to 100 participants.

Conference to address all things CTE

Brought to you by the Department of Education and the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education, the 2010 Career and Technical Education Conference is geared toward teachers, administrators and counselors. This year’s event is slated for Aug. 1-4 at the Ramkota in Pierre.

The conference will provide innovative, hands-on activities related to SDMyLife.com, High School 2025, Career Clusters, Programs of Study, Personal Learning Plans and Career Guidance. Participants will explore ideas to assist them in preparing students for postsecondary education.

For more information, visit http://doe.sd.gov/octe/training/PathwaysToSuccess/index.asp.

Top 20 Training: Making a positive difference

If you were given the free opportunity to gain life-changing skills that will make a positive difference in your students’ lives, would you take it? The chance is yours Aug. 2-3, when the Department of Education brings Top 20 Training to Sioux Falls.

Since 2000, Top 20 Training has been empowering youth and adults to make a positive difference in the quality of their lives, relationships and experiences. From Top 20 training and books, educators have discovered immediately applicable tools for developing the potential of their students and enhancing the culture of their classrooms and schools.

Other benefits to educators include:
• More effective and rewarding work experiences with students, colleagues and parents
• Problem solving skills when conflict arises
• Awareness of how to remove some of the roadblocks to student success in school
• Adaptable curriculum for classes, counseling sessions and advisory periods
• Effective ways of reducing negativity in the school culture

For more information about Top 20 Training, go to www.top20training.com. To register for the Sioux Falls training, visit http://www.escweb.net/sd_esa/

Continuing education contact hours are available.

Contact Becky Cain, Department of Education, at (605) 280-3568.