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SD Department of Education November 2014  

TIE learning specialist Jennifer Nehl discusses instructional coaching in reading
“5 in 45” key to instructional coaching in reading
The South Dakota Department of Education is offering targeted professional development and instructional coaching in foundational math and reading skills for 21 districts this school year. This month, we are focusing on the reading program. Reading support is offered to teachers of grades K-3.
Board of Education to hold hearing on proposed rule related to principal effectiveness
The Board of Education will consider a proposed administrative rule that establishes performance standards for principals, as well as requirements for evaluation. Click here to read the proposed rule. To find out how to submit public comment, click here. The hearing on this proposed rule does not change the fact that the department has decided to delay the timeline for implementation of principal effectiveness. Click here to access updated timelines and more information related to educator effectiveness.

Dual credit enrollment for spring 2015 open now
Registration for spring 2015 dual credit courses at technical institutes is open now. Registration for spring dual credit courses at Board of Regents schools begins Nov. 17. Click here for more information.

American Education Week is Nov. 16-22: Raise Your Hand for Student Success
Thank you to everyone who plays a vital role in the success of South Dakota students: teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and school board members. You are all helping prepare our state's students for college, career and life. Enjoy the week and let’s celebrate public education!


Students navigate frontier between high school and postsecondary with dual credit
This fall, students and educators are navigating an exciting frontier between high school and postsecondary with reduced cost dual credit courses. Across the state, approximately 1,100 high school juniors and seniors are taking college-level courses at the rate of $40/credit hour.
Kayaking, disc golf and clean houses help Georgia Morse win award
Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre is the first school in South Dakota to earn the bronze-level Healthy School Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Wellness is part of the school culture. PE classes emphasize lifelong wellness with activities like kayaking and disc golf. Staff members can earn prizes for maintaining wellness calendars, which are logs of their daily physical activities.
Principal runs marathon at school
On Oct. 10 in Aberdeen, May Overby Elementary principal Mike Neubert ran 26.5 miles around the playground as part of the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff.

DOE Blog: Common Core enhances ‘Camp Math a lot’
Read about how Tammy Jo Schlechter is helping her students develop deep understanding in math at sddoe.blogspot.com. Schlechter is a middle school math teacher in the Custer School District. She was a candidate for 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

DOE employee Ann Larsen honored as Friend of SDASP
Ann Larsen, director of educational services and support for the Department of Education, has won the first-ever Friend of SDASP Award. SDASP stands for South Dakota Association of School Psychologists. Ann was recognized for her advocacy for South Dakota children, as well as her acknowledgement of the important role that school psychologists play in the education of children. Congratulations, Ann!
Upcoming Events

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Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

Steps to Success: Creating a Healthier Environment for Students to Learn and Staff to Work
Nov. 17, Pierre

Career and Technical Education Program Improvement meetings
Dec. 1-5, various locations statewide

Regional Meetings 2014: Career Exploration
Dec. 2-5, various locations statewide

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