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Upcoming Events

Standards Based IEP and IEPq
July 16, Mission
July 17, Rapid City
July 22, Platte
July 23, Wagner
July 30, Madison

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts it is more important than ever to ensure all students have access to grade level content. The IEPq tool facilitates communication between general education and special education teachers so that students’ specific needs in various standards and skill areas can be more effectively met. Through this collaboration, educators can write goals using the "Goal Assistant" in IEPq to better target students’ needs and help them make progress in the general curriculum. The training will introduce participants to the standards-based IEP process and provide access to the online IEPq tool to assist in goal development.

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State Board of Education meeting
July 21, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. CDT, in the Library Commons, first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. The meeting will include a public hearing to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed rules in chapter 24:05:24.01 (eligibility criteria – autism spectrum disorder) and section 24:55:01:01(37) (“students with disabilities” accountability definition). The third of four public hearings on proposed physical education standards will also be held. A complete agenda will be posted at least 24 hours in advance at

Top 20 Training
July 21-22, Rapid City
July 23-24, Sioux Falls

Rest assured that when you attend a Top 20 Training seminar, you won’t find yourself staring at the ceiling or watching the clock. The presentation team is a high-energy group dedicated to helping schools reach their full potential.

Top 10 seminar benefits:
1) Eliminating negative mental habits (apathy, boredom, procrastination)
2) Learning to live above the line
3) Learning from mistakes
4) Developing star qualities
5) Discovering hidden relevancy
6) Breaking out of the comfort zone
7) Resolving conflicts effectively
8) Mastering the art of bettering yourself
9) Identifying and overcoming self-destructive beliefs
10) Taking responsibility for and discovering your true self

Click here to learn more about Top 20 Training.

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CTE Standards Implementation
July 27, Mitchell

This CTE Standards Implementation training is designed for those who are new to teaching approved Career & Technical Education courses or those who are looking to revamp current courses.

Throughout training, participants will learn about the latest South Dakota labor market projections in their content area, evaluate current course offerings and align courses to appropriate CTE standards. By the end of training, participants will complete at least one course's curriculum plan and receive guidance on doing the same for other courses.

This training would also be useful for school administrators who want to learn more about the knowledge and skills students should master within the approved CTE program(s) at their school/district. Administrators and teachers could work together on program and curriculum planning throughout the day.

The training is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. local time. Please bring a laptop and any course materials you would like to reference (online content subscriptions, course syllabi, unit outlines, current curriculum map, lab/project outlines, texts or manuals, etc.).

Participants will receive continuing education hours. Career Cluster Specialists from the Department of Education will be on hand to guide participants through the standards implementation process and to answer questions.

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SDACTE Summer Conference
July 28-29, Mitchell

The South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education Summer Conference will be held at Mitchell Technical Institute and will include numerous professional development opportunities, including keynote speakers, tours, in-depth sessions and breakouts.

Registration is by mail only. Click here for more information. Look under the “Conference” heading.

Developing Universally Designed Lessons
Aug. 11, Rapid City
Aug. 13, Sioux Falls

This workshop will focus on developing universally designed lessons focusing on the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) curriculum and instruction materials.

Districts are encouraged to send an education team. Teams may be composed of the special education teacher, general education teacher, paraprofessionals, and/or related service providers. Teams will bring a student scenario and lesson plan and leave with lessons, materials and strategies adapted to meet the needs of their students that can be used on the first day of school.

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IEP Process in Action
Aug. 14-Oct. 10, 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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