Preparing for Teacher Effectiveness Pilot
Hear an update on the Commission for Teaching & Learning, the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Pilots, and the new Teachscape tool being made available to all public districts.




Common Core in the Classroom

The Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management recently released “Seeing the Future: How the Common Core Will Affect Mathematics and English Language Arts in Grades 3-12 Across America”. This publication explores the various changes that will take place in classrooms under the Common Core.
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State Board of Education to meet, public hearings scheduled

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet July 17-18 in Pierre. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. (Central) on Thursday.
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South Dakota applying for waivers

South Dakota has been one of several states working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to press for some flexibility related to statewide assessment. The state plans to apply for waivers related to double testing and attaching personnel decisions to student growth.



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2013 State Homeland Security Program grant funding available

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for Homeland Security funding. Public and private non-profit agencies, including school districts, are eligible to apply. Funding will be awarded for one-time projects to enhance the security of critical assets, strengthen the efforts of first responders, and support the state’s defense against disasters and man-made threats. Awards are competitive and will be made by regional review committees. Funding will be available by January 2014 and projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

Please refer to the following documents to apply for this funding: application guidelines, application form, county emergency manager contact list, and regional coordinator contact sheet.

Local Homeland Security and Emergency Management services are coordinated through the county emergency manager. Each county in South Dakota has an emergency manager who is responsible for response to man-made and natural disasters. Your county emergency manager assists with emergency planning, training, and coordinating the responses with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical services. They also serve as a liaison between local, state, and federal agencies for response resources.

Applications must be received by your county emergency manager by Aug. 23, 2013.

Applications will be reviewed and awarded by regional review committees, which are facilitated by Department of Public Safety Regional Coordinators. If you have questions about the regional application process for this funding, please contact your county emergency manager or your local Department of Public Safety Regional Coordinator.