Education Reform Advisory Council convenes
Members of the South Dakota Education Reform Advisory Council met for two days in Pierre last month. Click here for a short video summary by Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

New teacher training model being developed
A new model for teacher training at South Dakota’s public universities would involve a full year of residency in a school setting. The model recently was recommended to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Click here for more information.

2012-13 federal funds intact
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a letter clarifying the impact of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration of funds for key federal education programs. Click here to learn more.

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Upcoming Events

Standards-based IEP Trainings
Aug. 13 in Eureka OR Aug. 14 in Eagle Butte

This training will introduce participants to the process of writing standards-based IEPs and provide access to an online tool to assist in goal development. Participants should bring a laptop to use during the training. Click here for more information or contact Linda Turner.

South Dakota Board of Education meeting
Aug. 23, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. (Central Time) to address proposed changes to administrative rules covering South Dakota’s accountability system for public schools.

The public hearing will be held at the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive in Pierre.

Click here to access the Board of Education webpage and follow the appropriate links in the right-hand column.

9th Annual Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Chamberlain

This year’s Indian Education Summit will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort, located right on the Missouri River near Chamberlain and Oacoma. This event is quickly becoming a staple to bring partners from across South Dakota together to learn and to share ideas and insights to address the educational needs of American Indian students. Many sessions will be geared for K-12; many others will emphasize preschool and higher education strands. Watch for more information.

13th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 10-12, Chamberlain

This year’s Systems Change Conference will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort, located on the Missouri River near Chamberlain and Oacoma. Long regarded as one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators, this event also features the announcement of the South Dakota Teacher of the Year, during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available. For more information, or to register, watch