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Upcoming Events

CTE Standards Alignment Workshop

What does moving to a standards-driven curriculum really mean for career and technical education instructors? Join in on a Standards Alignment Workshop, June 8, to evaluate your current offerings (program of study) and align your courses to the state’s CTE core standards.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have at least one course outline prepared for the 2010-11 school year with guidelines in structuring other courses. To qualify as an approved CTE program in South Dakota, local courses must align with state CTE core standards. Participants must bring course syllabi and/or unit outlines to the workshop.

The workshop runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. To register, visit and type in Session ID 44303.

Healthier School Environment Training

Registration is now open for staff interested in improving the nutritional environment at their school or agency. Creating a Healthier School Environment is a one-week class offered at the South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute, June 20-25, in Sioux Falls. The Institute is held at Augustana College.

The class will cover funding and grant writing for nutrition-related projects, teamwork skills for school wellness committees, creative marketing ideas and nutrition resources.

Teachers may apply for 30 education contact hours after completion of the class. The class has a size limit and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Early Bird registration fee is $195 per person if registration form and payment are received by April 30. The regular registration fee is $235 per person. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 28.

For more information, visit or contact Janelle Peterson at (605) 773-2977.

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. Click here for more information.

K-3 Reading Summer School Academy

This event will take place July 12-16 at Jefferson Elementary in Pierre. Participants will be involved in a variety of activities focused around observing reading instruction from real teachers with real students during a summer school format.

Topics include: increasing active participation through management and engagement, explicit and direct instruction, Big 5, data and differentiation to target needs.

For more information or to register, visit and type in Session ID 44290. Undergraduate or graduate credit available.

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 or purchased for $15 for consortium members at

To register for either workshop, go to and enter the Session ID number noted above.

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