• Schopp named secretary of education
• Board approves standards for teaching
• What 2011 education bills mean for your district
• Deliver technology assessment before May 13

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16, 2011

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Common Core Update: PD series starts fall 2011
The department will launch a three-year professional development series designed to train teachers on the new Common Core standards next fall. South Dakota is gearing up for full implementation and testing on the Common Core standards in 2014-15.
Students getting more writing practice
Use of the online literacy program WriteToLearn jumped from 126,000 essay submissions this fall to 259,000 during the winter testing window.

Changes to Advanced Placement program for 2011-12
Due to budget cuts, there will be changes to some of the departmentís Advanced Placement programs for school year 2011-12.

PBIS targets behavior to enhance learning
Looking to improve learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior? Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support is a compilation of practices, interventions and strategies that have been proven to be effective. Apply now to be a pilot site.

School library survey due by May 18
Each district should complete the online School Library Survey by May 18. The South Dakota State Library compiles and shares results.

Nominate teachers for Dakota STEP work groups
Teachers are needed for the Dakota STEP Reading, Mathematics and Science Data Review and Bias and Content Work Groups. Consider nominating one or more of your teachers for this important work.

School bus association conducting national survey
School districts that provide transportation are invited to be part of a national stop arm violation count survey. South Dakota has chosen April 12 as the day to complete the survey in our state.

2011