Thoughts on Common Core
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Jan Martin, with the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability, talks about this spring’s Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessment

Legislative session under way
Click here for more information on bills DOE is tracking.

ELL student population growing Second story in a series on English Language Learners (ELLs) in South Dakota. Click here for more information.

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Peers needed to review 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking proposals from qualified individuals to become peer reviewers for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grant applications. 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement students’ regular school instruction. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty areas and low-performing schools.

The peer review process is used to ensure qualified proposals are selected for funding. The deadline to apply to become a peer reviewer is Feb. 14. All selected reviewers will be required to attend an on-site training in Pierre on April 4.

Individuals of diverse expertise, geographic location, gender, racial and ethnic representation are encouraged to apply. Examples of potential applicants include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Experts in extended learning and out-of-school time practices
• Teachers, principals
• Youth development experts and practitioners
• Community and youth service providers
• Representatives of faith-based organizations
• Private-sector individuals involved in education
• Local and civic leaders
• Representatives from foundations and other charitable organizations
• College and university staff

Click here for 2014 Peer Reviewer Documents, including an application and scoring rubric.

For more information, contact Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238.