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SD Department of Education November 2014  

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. (CST) in the Library Commons, first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. The first of four public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the area of social studies. The second of four public hearings will be held on proposed content standards in the areas of science, fine arts and K-12 educational technology.

The board will also 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.

An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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

Interested in creating a healthier school environment? Developing and/or enhancing your school wellness policy?

Register now to attend training on promoting healthy eating (focusing on Smart Snacks in Schools), increasing physical activity in the classroom, and the importance of health promotion for staff.

The training, sponsored by the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health in collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, will feature the AHG’s national nutrition and physical activity advisors.

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Red Rossa, 808 West Sioux Avenue, in Pierre. Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay. A block of rooms has been reserved at state rates at the Ramkota Hotel, (605) 224-6877 and the Governor's Inn, (605) 224-4200.

Click here for more information or contact Karen Keyser or Kari Senger.

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

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Division of Career and Technical Education will be hosting a series of program improvement meetings for district CTE teams. Districts with approved CTE programs are required to attend one program improvement meeting in order to meet federal Perkins requirements for program improvement. The program improvement meeting takes the place of the Progress Report and PIP form school districts have submitted to the office in the past. A team of individuals, including CTE teachers, the Perkins coordinator, a school administrator and the school counselor, should plan to attend. At least two members from each district CTE team must be in attendance in order to meet the requirement.

During the meeting, district teams will review historical CTE performance in order to inform future priorities and set goals. The goals developed at the meeting will be submitted to the Career and Technical Education Office.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

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

The South Dakota Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education is partnering with the State Library to host School Library Regional Meetings during the first week of December. From those "What do you want to be when you grow up?" conversations with preschool and elementary students to high school Capstone experiences, career exploration is important to guide students of all ages as they prepare for college, career, and life.

During this year's regional meetings, you will learn how school libraries can provide a wealth of resources to help students along the way. The regional meetings, hosted at South Dakota's four technical institutes, will serve as a platform to plan for career exploration for all grades. Each meeting will include training on SDMyLife by Regional Career Development Specialists and a showcase of free online resources provided by the State Library for all grades as they learn about careers, develop skills, and practice for exams. Participants will also receive a tour of the technical institute.

All librarians are encouraged to bring a teacher along to this year's regional meetings to open doors to classroom collaboration. Join us for this opportunity to engage in conversations and learn ways to incorporate these resources into library lessons and partnerships with classroom teachers.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Click here for a complete listing of events.


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