Plan for Leadership Academies announced
The Investing in Teachers, or IiT, initiative includes professional development opportunities for superintendents and principals. The PD is designed to build the foundational knowledge necessary to lead systemic change specific to implementing the Common Core and the standards for teaching.

Look for DOE at Joint Convention next month
The ASBSD/SASD Convention is Aug. 9-10 in Sioux Falls. Department of Education staff will present sessions on the new accountability system, next-generation assessments, and the longitudinal data system. Feedback gathered during sessions on teacher and principal evaluation will be shared with work groups meeting throughout the summer and fall.

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Principal Standards & Evaluation Work Group meets

The Principal Standards and Evaluation Work Group met for the first time June 19-20 in Pierre. The group is charged with developing standards and a statewide evaluation system for principals. Dr. Rick Melmer and Dr. Fred Aderhold of the University of South Dakota are facilitating the work.

Click here to follow the work of the group. Meeting agendas and notes will be posted on the right side of the page under documents as they become available.

The Teacher Evaluation Work Group also met for the first time last month. Click here to follow the work of that group.

Pictured in the foreground during last month’s meeting of the Principal Standards & Evaluation Work Group are (from left) Deb Johnson, Chamberlain; Mark Rockafellow, West Central; Melinda Jensen, Brookings; Shelly Munson, Tea.