Nov. 11-17 is American Education Week
American Education Week is coming up this month. This special week recognizes the contributions of the various people who make up the public education system, from teachers to food service workers and counselors to bus drivers, and everyone in between. Thanks for all you do to make sure our state’s children are receiving the best education!

New DOE directors in place
Colleen O’Neil recently began as director of the department’s Division of Curriculum and Career and Technical Education, and Ann Larsen took over as the new director of the Division of Educational Services and Support. A recent transplant from Greeley, Colo., Colleen is a lifelong educator, having served in numerous positions, including teacher, chief learning officer, assistant principal and chief human resource officer. Ann has been with the department for more than 10 years, most recently serving as special education director.

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Accountability sessions wrap up; webinar archived online

The Department of Education and School Administrators recently partnered to provide school leaders with more details about South Dakota’s new accountability model.

In addition, the approximately 90-minute presentation was made available online via LiveMeeting. The presentation includes an overview of the School Performance Index as well as calculations of key indicators used to identify Exemplary, Priority and Focus schools.

Presenters finished by discussing what this will look like in the transition phases and how it will move forward in coming years.

In case you’d like to refer back to anything from the presentation, or were not able to attend any of the event sessions, you can check out an archived version of the LiveMeeting presentation on the SPI webpage. Follow the link titled “Accountability Webinar 10/31/2012” in the right-hand column.