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Regional SLO trainings for administrators to be offered in March and April

The South Dakota Department of Education will be offering administrators regional one-day trainings on student learning objectives (SLOs) in spring 2014. Separate sessions will be held for elementary and secondary administrators. These trainings are intended for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, SPED directors, and anyone else who will be evaluating teaching staff. Administrators will learn about the SLO process, how SLOs support a culture of data-driven instruction, and much more.

Teacher Effectiveness for the Elementary Administrator and Teacher Effectiveness for the Secondary Administrator are scheduled as follows:

• March 18 in Pierre
• April 1 in Sioux Falls
• April 2 in Aberdeen
• April 9 in Rapid City
• A session in late May will also be scheduled

Registration information will be available soon on the department’s Calendar of Events.

Contact Carla Leingang at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4638, with any questions.