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Upcoming Events

2011 Career Development:
Making Connections Conferences

• March 8 in Brookings
• March 10 in Rapid City

The 2011 Career Development: Making Connections Conference offers teachers, school counselors and administrators insight and strategies for implementing career development programs in their classrooms and schools for the 2011-12 school year.

Held on the campuses of SDSU in Brookings and SDSM&T in Rapid City, this one-day conference focuses on the process of career development and creating meaningful and organized experiences for students as they make academic and career plans.

The conference is free to all South Dakota educators and school staff, including those from public, private and BIE schools. Click here to register online or contact Tiffany Sanderson at the Department of Education for more information.

Implementing capstone courses: Senior Experience and Entrepreneurship Experience

• March 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Belle Fourche High School
(ID# 47677)
• March 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hot Springs High School
(ID# 47678)

This workshop will focus on Senior Experience and Entrepreneurship Experience Capstone courses. Participants will gain an understanding of how capstone courses support a plan of study and meet the state’s graduation requirements. The workshop is designed to assist school districts in determining the best fit for their students.

Participants will learn the components and implementation process for a Senior & Entrepreneurship Experience program. Topics include: student mentors, faculty advisors, project topic selection, program guidelines, research paper or business plan, portfolio, product and presentation requirements. Participants are asked to bring their laptops; the workshop includes time for planning.

To register, click here and then enter the appropriate session ID number (noted above).

Contact Hours will be provided at both workshops. The ideal situation is to have a team from a school district attend the workshop.

Questions? Contact Debra Wenzel, M.Ed., Department of Education, at (605) 773-4463.

Board of Education Meeting
March 21-22

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet March 21-22 in Pierre. An agenda will be available soon. Watch for more information to come.

Summer Education Conference
July 20-22
Ramkota RiverCentre, Pierre

Make plans to attend the Fourth Annual Summer Education Conference at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre July 20-22. The two-and-a-half-day event features a Top 20 Training to help schools reach their full potential, as well as Amanda Keating, Psy.D., of the Center for Disabilities, and Shari Rusch Furnstahl. Keating will present on students with autism, while Rusch Furnstahl will focus on reaching the hard-to-teach and creating a positive school culture.

Registration fee is $80 and includes admission into all sessions, as well as breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and breakfast on Friday.

Graduate credit is available. Be watching for information later this spring, or contact Becky Cain with questions.