No requirement to report tech literacy in 2011-12
The South Dakota Department of Education recently learned that the U.S. Department of Education will not require states to report 8th grade technology literacy for the 2011-12 school year.

2012 Legislative Session begins this week
The South Dakota State Legislature will convene for the 2012 session beginning this week. The opening session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., when Governor Dennis Daugaard will give his State of the State address before both houses. CLICK HERE to listen in to his address.

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Upcoming Events

South Dakota Board of Education meeting
Jan. 27, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold a regularly-scheduled meeting on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. in the MacKay (State Library) Building. As the meeting date draws closer, a complete agenda will be posted online.

CTE 101
Feb. 4, Pierre

CTE 101 is a workshop that fulfills requirements to become a qualified CTE teacher in South Dakota, within individual career and technical education content areas. The workshop will explore Career and Technical Education initiatives as well as approved program requirements. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion, and seven CEUs are available. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central time. Everyone that plans on attending should bring a laptop computer.

Click here to register.

Framework for Teaching book studies
Feb. 5 – March 31, 2012, Online

Two online book studies, slated to begin next spring, will focus on two of Charlotte Danielson’s books. Last year, the state adopted Danielson’s Framework for Teaching as the state standards for teaching.

The Danielson book studies allow teachers and administrators to begin interacting with the Framework for Teaching. The first book study, Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, introduces educators to the framework. Participants will read and dialogue online about the framework’s four domains defining what teachers should know and be able to do in the exercise of their profession.

The second book study, Enhancing Professional Practice: Using the Framework for Teaching in Your School, provides sound advice, step-by-step procedures, and practical tools for using the framework. It is recommended specifically for administrators, while the first book study is geared toward teachers and anyone who wants to gain more of a basic understanding of the framework.

The book studies are sponsored by the Department of Education, in conjunction with TIE and East Dakota Educational Cooperative, however participants will be responsible for purchasing the book prior to the study. The spring book studies will run Feb. 5 – March 31, 2012.

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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.