VIDEO: Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Education Secretary discuss education reform package on SDPB’s “Focus”.

Check out the Department of Education’s new YouTube Channel, and find several videos explaining the details of HB1234.

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Upcoming Events




Summer Education Conference
June 12-13, Pierre

The fifth annual Summer Education Conference will take place this summer at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. The two-day event will focus on poverty as it pertains to education, and social thinking and development of communication skills in a digital age. Hosted by the Department of Education’s Special Education Programs, this event is open to both general and special education professionals.

Thanks to the availability of grant funds, there will be no conference registration fee required this year. One college credit is available through the University of South Dakota for approximately $45. One CEU can be obtained in lieu of the college credit.

For more information, click here.



ELL/Migrant Education Conference
June 20-21, Chamberlain

Join Dr. Catherine Collier for a one-day workshop, with keynote presentations by Dr. Sara Waring and Jane Hill, as part of the Department of Education’s inaugural ELL/Migrant Education Conference. With the percent of migrant and English Language Learner students on the rise in South Dakota, come learn about the challenges that migrant and ELL students face and find out about the latest strategies to help them succeed.

Registration is free, with some meals provided. One transcripted credit is being offered at the participant’s expense.

Click here to register, or contact Shannon Malone for more information.



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 doe.sd.gov 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 www.systemschange.midwestmaple.org.