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



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Upcoming Events






CTE 101 Qualification Training
Jan. 18, Pierre

CTE 101 training fulfills the requirement for secondary teachers to become SD Career & Technical Education (CTE) qualified teachers for approved CTE programs. The following teachers need to take this one-day training in order to be considered qualified:

1) Those new to teaching in approved CTE programs
2) Those in their early years of teaching (either from teacher preparation programs or via alternative certification)
3) Those who teach career or technical courses that are being added to approved CTE programs

The training will explore CTE initiatives, resources and program requirements. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and continuing education hours. Bring a laptop computer equipped with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Excel.

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Behavior Plan Writing Process Workshop
Jan. 21, Rapid City

This course walks participants through the process of writing positive, proactive and effective behavior plans. There is no magic wand or one plan that fits all, but there is a proven process a team can use to problem solve and come up with a plan for almost any behavior. Participants will become familiar with the entire process starting with data collection, using that data in the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), then taking the FBA and turning it into a Behavior Support Plan (BSP).

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Program Improvement Follow-up:
• Business & Industry Partnerships
• Dual Credit & Industry Certifications
• Reading & Math Skills for the CTE Classroom
• Work Based Learning
• District Collaboration


Sessions offered Feb. 10-14, online

These two-hour webinars are follow-up to the CTE Program Improvement meetings held in November 2013. Participants from approved CTE programs will be reimbursed for substitute teachers. Following each webinar, two $1,500 Perkins reserve grants will be awarded to assist districts in implementing their program strategies. Participation in a webinar is required prior to applying for a grant.

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Building a Standards-Based Report Card 101
Feb. 13 and June 3, Rapid City

This training will get your school/district on the right track to implementing a standards-based report card.

This training will focus on purpose, help align standards to student learning and assist in recording students’ progress and achievement based on standards. The intent is to offer one approach to developing a standards-based report card through thoughtfully planned efforts and practical ideas.

The training will be on two separate dates (Feb. 13 and June 3) with time allotted in the interim to work on the report cards (homework for obtaining 1 graduate credit).





School Health Guidelines training
March 17, Pierre

Schools interested in learning how to develop or enhance their School Wellness Policy are encouraged to attend the “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre.

The School Health Guidelines, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide evidence-based guidance for schools on how to most effectively promote the health of children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years.

Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, other school staff, community members, policy makers, parents, and students are all encouraged to attend this FREE training.

Sponsors include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota. For more information, call Karen Keyser at (605) 773-6808.

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These are only a few upcoming events. Click here for a complete listing.