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Reduced-cost dual credit program expanded
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, select dual credit courses will be available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit. This program has been expanded to include 11th and 12th grade students enrolled in any of South Dakota’s non-public, tribal and BIE schools.
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Upcoming Events

Board of Education meeting
May 19, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at Northern State University at 9:00 a.m. (CDT), Centennial Room, the Student Center, 1200 S. Jay St. An agenda will be posted at at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Dual Credit Sharing Session
May 29, online
June 2, online

This session is intended for secondary school counselors, and will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for implementing dual credit programs in their district, based on the new reduced tuition program available during the 2014-15 school year.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Statewide Education Conference
June 2-3, Pierre

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Statewide Education Conference to be held this June in Pierre. Keynote speakers Dr. Richard Cash and Lori Laughlin will each lead day-long workshops. Cash is an internationally recognized expert on differentiation and learning. Laughlin’s workshop is titled “The Essential Conversation – What Parents and Teachers can Learn from Each Other.”

College credit will be available when required hours of attendance are met.

Click here for more information and to register.

SDMyLife Advanced Users Boot Camp
June 6, Rapid City
June 9, Sioux Falls

SDMyLife Advanced Users Boot Camp will move participants to the next level of SDMyLife implementation. This training will refocus current implementation strategies and prepare participants to share SDMyLife information with colleagues at their home district.

Participants will:
• update school administrator accounts
• use data to drive decision making
• create implementation plans
• integrate other school programs
• create and review resources

By attending this training, participants will be ready to utilize SDMyLife to its full potential.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Seamless Transition Workshop
June 12, Sioux Falls

Dr. Paul Wehman will be the presenter. He is the director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the new Autism Center for Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has written extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates to young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 114 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books.

The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the key predictors of employment as students move from school to work. The workshop will also provide a brief overview of the different models of employment intervention that can be used as a seamless transition to employment. The predictors will be drawn from research from the NLTS2 database. The models include internships, customized employment, supported employment, college and business partnerships, including a presentation of the Supported Employment Fidelity Scale.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Using Data to Guide School Improvement
June 16, Rapid City
June 17, Mitchell
June 20, Brookings

Understanding and using data will assist school administrators and counselors in making decisions to foster powerful improvements in student outcomes. This workshop will provide school administrators and counselors with the skills they need to analyze and use data in order to answer important questions to drive positive change. Prior to face-to-face instruction, participants will need to complete some online pre-work.

Participants will learn about the following topics:

• Creating a data plan
• Understanding types of data
• Understanding the process for collecting data
• Interpreting data
• Creating action plans
• Implementation strategies
• Monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of plans
• Examining and sustaining progress

This course is for administrators and counselors from South Dakota schools. Focus and Priority schools are especially encouraged to attend.

The course is free. One graduate credit is available through the University of South Dakota at a reduced cost of $40. Those seeking graduate credit will complete an independent project.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

To receive the graduate credit, you will also need to register with USD at .

21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference
June 16-17, Pierre

The focus of this conference is supporting the efforts of those working with afterschool and summer programming, but the material presented is also valuable for anyone who works with young people.

Getting youth interested and involved in their communities has global implications, according to keynote speaker Steve Culbertson. Culbertson is the developer of Global Youth Service Day, which is now active in 100 countries.

T. Woody Sobey, education director at the Discovery Center of Idaho, will encourage conference participants to celebrate science through hands-on activities.

For more information, click here or call Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238.

Lakota Arts + Identities Workshop
June 17-19, Brookings

This workshop is hosted by the South Dakota Art Museum on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Click here for more information.

SDMyLife New Users
June 18, Rapid City

SDMyLife is a free online program assisting students in grades 7-12 with navigating the career development process. South Dakota students use SDMyLife to research, select and plan their careers. On SDMyLife, students take interest and ability assessments, research postsecondary education and training options, study with free ACT Method Test Prep and learn about scholarship opportunities. As they progress through high school, students build a Personal Learning Plan, create a resume and communicate with business and industry professionals!

Are you or some of your staff new to SDMyLife? This hands-on training is targeted to individuals who have little or no experience using SDMyLife. Join us for the New Users training to take a journey through the student and educator accounts. Learn about the basic features of SDMyLife that will assist you in preparing students to be college and career ready.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

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.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

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.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

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 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, para professionals, 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.

Click here for a complete listing of events.