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Upcoming Events

Harvest of the Month training
June 5-6 in Sioux Falls, June 12-13 in Rapid City OR Aug. 7-8 in Pierre

Learn how to organize a Harvest of the Month Team for your school or community. Attendees will prepare recipes, create lessons and evaluation, discuss food-to-table demonstrations, and learn about growing and transplanting.

The cost is free for up to two people per school or community agency, with a $500 Team Nutrition mini-grant available for implementation of a Harvest of the Month project. College credit and CEUs pending. Click here for details on how to register, or contact Mary Kirk for more information.

LifeSkills Training
June 6-7 in Watertown OR Aug. 15-16 in Spearfish

LifeSkills training will be conducted in Watertown on May 30-31, and on Aug. 15-16 in Spearfish. LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs.

Click on the training locations listed above for specific details. To register for either of the trainings, click here.

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 Educationís 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 Educationís 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 participantís expense.

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

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 Teacherís 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.