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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Upcoming Events

South Dakota Board of Education
July 16, Pierre

The Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting July 16 at the Governors Inn in Pierre. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Click here to view the agenda.

CTE Conference
July 29 – Aug. 1, Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Education and SDACTE co-sponsor the annual SDACTE Conference. SDACTE handles all of the registration information. The conference is held in Pierre each summer, typically in late July or early August. This year, it runs from July 29 until Aug. 1.

If you’re a middle or high school teacher, school counselor or administrator, come find out what’s new in career and technical education. Click here to find more information and details on how to register.

Using Literature to Teach Health
Aug. 13-14, Spearfish

Planning for instruction that will advance the health literacy of students is just a page turn away. Elementary, middle and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school district as well as librarians, nurses, counselors and curriculum directors are encouraged to attend this two-day training on the campus of Black Hills State University.

Participants will receive the Using Literature to Teach Health Teacher’s Guide as well as $250 toward the purchase of books that include a health content area or health skills. In addition, Coordinated School Health will cover travel expenses (meals, mileage, lodging and any substitute teacher fees) for all participants.

For more information and to register, click here.

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