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Upcoming Events

Construction Camps coming soon

Students with an interest in the Architecture and Construction career cluster should consider attending one of three Construction Career Camps in April. Enrollment is limited to the first 100 students in grades 10-12.

Schools are encouraged to identify students with a career interest in the following pathways: 1) Design, Pre-Construction 2) Construction 3) Maintenance/Operations.

April 14, Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls.
Contact: Anna Fischer at (605) 367-5467 or

April 21, Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell
Contact: Scott Fossum at (605) 995-3072 or

April 28, Expo Building, Fort Pierre
Contact: Brad Scott at (605) 773-4740 or

Registration materials will be available soon.

The events are sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education, Associated General Contractors – Highway, Heavy Utilities and Building Chapters, and the South Dakota Home Builders Association.

Training for early childhood:
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

The department’s Special Education Programs will host two separate Early Childhood Literacy LETRS training. The free training will be led by Lucy Hart Paulson, a speech-language pathologist with a research focus on early literacy.

Early Childhood LETRS is appropriate for early childhood educators working with preschool and kindergarten children as well as early elementary children experiencing difficulty with the literacy process. It is also appropriate for early care and education providers who are interested in enhancing their own interactions with the children in their care.

The program provides descriptions of the development of language and literacy in ways that create a deeper understanding of these important processes, while offering practical strategies for building these skills in young children.

Dates and locations are as follows:

April 29-30 – Ramada Inn & Suites, 1300 W. Russell St., Sioux Falls (Session ID: 42359)

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Ramkota, 2111 N. LaCrosse, Rapid City (Session ID: 42363)

Space is limited. To register, visit the escWorks Web site at

Questions? Contact or call (605) 295-2949.

Math, science, English teachers:
Get paid for summer learning

Learning Power Summer Institutes for math, science and English teachers will be offered twice this summer at Black Hills State University: July 19-22 and 26-29.

Participants will discover strategies to enhance their instructional practice. They also will receive a $400 stipend and earn one graduate credit. On-campus lodging and meals are provided as well.

The four-day institute immerses secondary (grades 6-12) math, science and English teachers into rich, hands-on curriculum strategies for impacting student learning. Participants receive teacher guides packed with lessons and strategies to enhance classroom instruction. Produced by Laying the Foundation, the materials are designed to strengthen instruction for all levels of secondary learners.

South Dakota’s Learning Power program is funded by a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative. The aim of this professional development activity is to raise the bar for instruction and learning, so more students are prepared for higher-level learning and Advanced Placement courses. The summer institute focuses on pre-AP and enhancing the capacity of teachers to provide a challenging curriculum for all students.

An application form is available at Applications are due April 30. Applicants will receive e-mail notification of acceptance by May 7.

Slots for the summer institute are limited. Preference will be given to early applicants and to applications reflecting team involvement.

For more information, contact MaryLou McGirr, project coordinator, at (605) 394-1876 or