Proposals for South Dakota EPSCoR funds are now being accepted. Focus: Developing or enhancing opportunities in specific career clusters.
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South Dakota 2011 Teacher of the Year Susan Turnipseed attended National Teacher of the Year events in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Pictured above: Susan (left) with Dr. Jill Biden, an educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Click here to check out Susanís blog.

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Answers to your questions
about Common Core pd

South Dakota is challenged with implementing the Common Core standards in English language arts and math by school year 2014-15. Find answers to some of your questions regarding the Common Core professional development roll-out.
AYP determinations: Late July is target date
A TENTATIVE timeline for release of 2010-11 adequate yearly progress, or AYP, determinations has been set. Please review the dates and notify critical staff.

Changes to bus driver training on horizon
The requirements for bus driver training will be changing effective July 1, 2011. Get up to speed on whatís different.

Nominate Driver of the Year, recognize long-time drivers
The South Dakota School Transportation Association is seeking nominations for Bus Driver of the Year, and will recognize drivers with 25 years of service.

Interested in a capstone for your students?
The Capstone Experience is one of the menu options for South Dakotaís new high school graduation requirements. Weigh in on potential training dates.

Supplemental Educational Services: Comment on waiver applications
The state Department of Education is pursuing two waivers from the U.S. Department of Education related to Title I, Part A, Supplemental Educational Services. Comments are welcome.

Long-term sub report due May 15
State law requires the Department of Education to collect long-term substitute data from all accredited schools annually. The deadline to complete your districtís 2010-11 Long Term Substitute submission is May 15, 2011.