Administrators - what you need to know about SD STARS implementation

Common Core info available
The Department of Education has created a fact sheet to help the general public in understanding the Common Core. More materials are being created and will be disseminated to schools in the coming months, however administrators can access this material as a resource when visiting with parents and other community members.

Lake Area Tech again an Aspen finalist
For the second year in a row, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been recognized as one of the top four two-year colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute.

South Dakota Virtual School registration now open
Registration for the 2013-14 School Year is now open on the South Dakota Virtual School. A number of new courses have been added this past year, including several dual credit options. Many of the courses give students additional advanced CTE options, which can be particularly beneficial to smaller districts.

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Seeking presenters for 10th annual Indian Education Summit

Although the 10th annual Indian Education Summit may seem like a long way off, plans are already taking shape. Conference planners are interested in hearing from local schools or educational organizations that have unique, successful programs that bolster success for Native American students.

If you have a story to share in this area, here is your chance to do so on a statewide platform. Summit organizers are looking for presenters for the upcoming event, which will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at Cedar Shores in Oacoma. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please return the Request for Presenters form to Marta Neuman by May 31.

If you know of other education professionals who might make good presenters for this event, please feel free to forward the form onto them. More information about the Indian Education Summit can be found at