Reduced federal grant allocations partially restored
Districts that were notified back in October of a reduction to their school year 2011-12 ESEA Title I Part A, ESEA Title II Part A and IDEA Part B Section 611 grant allocations can expect to see some of the cut funds returned to their allocation. >>> LEARN MORE.

More information on Personal Finance Standards released
Personal Finance Standards were adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education in July 2011.


February is National Career and Technical Education Month
It's Career and Technical Education Month across the country, and to help celebrate, Governor Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Career and Technical Student Organization Day in South Dakota.


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Upcoming Events

Dropout Prevention webinar
Feb. 7, Online

Make plans to join the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs, for a webinar on dropout prevention with Deb Dillon, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. CST. Ms. Dillon, principal of Woodrow Wilson High School and Director of Alternative Programs in Fargo Public Schools, will present on “Fargo’s Systematic Approach to Dropout Prevention.”

Deb was recently honored by the National Dropout Prevention Network with a Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention at the 2011 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference. She credits the Fargo Public Schools for their exceptional support of nontraditional students and their willingness to honestly tackle the issue of dropout prevention.

To join the meeting log on to:
Meeting ID: Sped
Entry Code: (none required)

Telephone conferencing:
To connect to the audio portion of the conference, call
Toll-free: +1 (866) 410-8397, Participant code: 6057738195
If you have questions or need assistance, contact Melissa Flor.

Life Skills Training
Feb. 29 – March 1, Chamberlain

Life Skills Training is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program designed to provide students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs; to help them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; to enable children to effectively cope with social anxiety; and to increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance use.

Click here to download flyer.

Raising the Standards
March 12 - 13, Rapid City

Coordinated School Health will be hosting this training titled, “Raising the Standards: A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education.” The training is designed to provide teachers with specific competencies and skills to transform traditional health education lessons into engaging 21st century, skills-based lessons, and to use assessment as motivation for learning as well as assessment of learning.

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend. To register, click here.

Early Childhood Education Conference
April 12-14, Spearfish

The theme for this year’s conference is “Planting the Seeds of Change.” There are tried and true best practices available to parents and early childhood education professionals alike, but there are always new and improved methods we may utilize to develop our future leaders.

Click here for more information or to register.

26th Annual TIE Conference
April 15-17, Sioux Falls

The annual TIE Conference has gained a reputation for having the best classroom teachers, network administrators and education administrators share their strategies, methods and best practices. This year’s event will feature dozens of four-hour, in-depth workshops, nearly 100 breakout sessions, three world-class keynote speakers, an expanded exhibit hall, prizes and much more.

Watch for more information as the conference date approaches.