New Director of Assessment and Accountability on board
The Department of Education is excited to welcome its newest division director to the table. Abby Javurek-Humig took over the helm as Director of the Division of Assessment and Accountability last month. Javurek-Humig is a Pierre native, moving back to South Dakota from New Mexico, where she worked in postsecondary education.

Three South Dakota elementaries earn Blue Ribbon status
Congratulations to Groton Area Elementary, Parker Elementary and Wall Elementary! Those three schools recently earned Blue Ribbon status under a U.S. Department of Education program.
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Event explores Common Core from administratorsí perspective

A Common Core kickoff event for school administrators is being held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Cedar Shore Resort, Chamberlain, in conjunction with the annual Systems Change Conference, which is Oct. 10-12. The Common Core event is one of two In-depth Pre-Conference Workshops being offered. Click here for a description of the workshop and scroll down to Option #2.

The workshop features Brian Pete, who will help school leaders explore the thinking skills embedded in the Common Core standards and provide strategies to support teachers and students as they transition to the increased expectations of these new standards.

Shelbi Cole will also present, describing the process being used by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core.

Thanks to funds from the Bush Foundation, any school administrator currently employed in a public school district will receive $125 off on their conference registration fee (this applies to Individual and Team registrations). Click here to register for the event. MAPLE will track registration and deduct the $125 from any public school administratorís registration fee when they invoice the district.

Questions about registration can be directed to John Swanson or Brenda Luedtke at TIE, (605) 394-1876.