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SD Department of Education August 2014  
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

IEP Process in Action
Aug. 14-Oct. 16, various dates and locations statewide

This training is designed to provide an overview of criteria used in the special education process. Participants will review and identify errors and omissions in the compliance requirements from referral to placement. Registration is limited to 50 participants. If more than 50 people have registered, you will receive an email indicating that you are on the waiting list.

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IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 11, Aberdeen
Sept. 22, Rapid City
Sept. 29, Sioux Falls

This training is designed for special education teachers and will cover the details of special education referral to placement. During this training, participants will review all forms as they follow the special education process from referral through consent, evaluation, eligibility, IEP development and parental prior written notice. Registration is limited to 50 participants. If more than 50 people have registered, you will receive an email indicating that you are on the waiting list.

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Board of Education meeting
Sept. 15, Rapid City

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. MDT/10:00 a.m. CDT. Public hearings will be held, related to content standards adoption. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.



Introduction to WIDA
Sept. 23, Rapid City
Sept. 25, Pierre
Sept. 30, Huron
Oct. 2, Sioux Falls

WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners.

This workshop will focus on differentiating with the English Language Development Standards. There will be an overview of the standards, and time to practice and apply the concepts of differentiation during the workshop.

In addition, participants will learn about online resources available for W-APT (WIDA-Access Placement Test) administration, ACCESS administration, ACCESS score reports and the ELD Standards.

The W-APT is used to determine whether a student is Limited English Proficient (LEP). ACCESS stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State. It’s an annual assessment used to monitor English language learners’ language development.

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Title I – New Director Training
Oct. 6, Pierre

This training is intended for Title I Directors/coordinators who have three or fewer years’ experience. The exact time of the class has not been determined.

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15th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

This year’s Systems Change Conference will be held at the Ramkota in Pierre. This is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. On the evening of Oct. 16, the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available. For more information, or to register, go to systemschange.midwestmaple.org.



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