2011 Teacher of the Year:
Spotlight on outstanding teachers

South Dakota’s 2011 Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 14 at the Systems Change Conference. Find out more about this great recognition program – prizes include a car, technology package and cash – and this year’s candidates.

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Upcoming Events

READING Up workshops slated

Fifty READING Up workshops will be held at locations across South Dakota this fall. READING Up offers targeted professional development to improve student performance on specific English language arts content standards. It will follow the Standards in Practice method, which can be used to review, revise and align lessons and student assignments to grade-specific standards at the appropriate Bloom’s Taxonomy level.

Learn more and access the READING Up schedule.
READING Up is an initiative of the South Dakota Department of Education.

Watch for IEP Workshops

The department’s Special Education Programs is conducting several IEP Workshops this fall. Workshops will cover information regarding: child find and pre-referral strategies; determining suspected areas of disabilities; prior notice/consent and procedural safeguards; evaluation procedures and reporting; developing and implementing an IEP.

Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
First Lutheran Church, Brookings
Session ID: 46165

Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Huron Middle School, Huron
Session ID: 46437

Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
School District Administrative Office, Yankton
Session ID: 46439

Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central Time)
Milbank High School
Session ID: 46070

Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Western Dakota Technical Institute (main entrance), Rapid City
Session ID: 46441

Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Governors Inn, Pierre
Session ID: 46443

To register for an event, go to http://www.escweb.net/sd_esa/ and enter the appropriate Session ID.

Get re-energized at Systems Change

“Passion and Persistence in Education” is the theme of this year’s Systems Change Conference, slated for Oct. 13-15 in Chamberlain. The event will be held at Cedar Shore Resort.

The 2011 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Thursday evening banquet. The National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling of Iowa, will address the audience that night as well.

To review an agenda and to register, click here.

Conference promotes parental involvement

The 3rd Annual Parent Conference, “Learning Starts at Home,” will be held Oct. 15-16 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. Anne Henderson, author of “Beyond the Bake Sale,” is the featured speaker.

The event is free.

To view the complete agenda and to register, visit SDPIRC’s website.

SoDakSACA Conference at Deadwood

What do Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane and South Dakota afterschool professionals and school leaders have in common? They'll all be in Deadwood Oct. 15-16 for the South Dakota School Age Care Alliance's (SoDakSACA) annual state conference! This year's event will be held at The Lodge, the newest conference hotel and casino in the Hills area. The conference will include great keynotes and entertainment, including Randy Parrish, Linda Henley Smith and Gordy Pratt. Dr. Paul Young, president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (and past president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals) will be delivering the Saturday luncheon keynote and some breakout sessions. Book your rooms now by calling The Lodge at (877) DWD-LODG and be sure to mention the SoDakSACA conference to get the conference rate.

New this year! Plan to stay over on Saturday night so you don't miss the first-ever "Lights On Afterschool" event at Mt. Rushmore co-sponsored by SoDakSACA and SD Afterschool Partnership. Buses will be transporting conference attendees to Mount Rushmore and back to the hotel Saturday night after the conference, courtesy of SoDakSACA.

Click here for more information.