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SD Department of Education September 2014  

IEP Process in Action
Sept. 10-Oct. 16, 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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Board of Education meeting
Sept. 15, Rapid City

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. MDT/10:00 a.m. CDT. Public hearings will be held, related to content standards adoption. An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Introduction to WIDA
Sept. 23, Rapid City
Sept. 25, Pierre
Sept. 30, Huron
Oct. 2, Sioux Falls

WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners.

This workshop will focus on differentiating with the English Language Development Standards. There will be an overview of the standards, and time to practice and apply the concepts of differentiation during the workshop.

In addition, participants will learn about online resources available for W-APT (WIDA-Access Placement Test) administration, ACCESS administration, ACCESS score reports and the ELD Standards.

The W-APT is used to determine whether a student is Limited English Proficient (LEP). ACCESS stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State. It’s an annual assessment used to monitor English language learners’ language development.

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Indian Education Summit
Sept. 28-30, Pierre

The 11th annual South Dakota Indian Education Summit provides a unique opportunity for tribal, BIE and public schools. It is a premier venue for learning about successful models and best practices, which address the needs and challenges of American Indian students.

This year’s theme is, “From Every Beginning, a Bright Future.” The summit includes two keynote speakers, a featured speaker, a school board panel, more than 60 specialized sessions, cultural activities and student-led discussions. Topics cover preschool through higher education and highlight ways to raise academic achievement and graduation rates.

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Title I – New Director Training
Oct. 6, Pierre

This training is intended for Title I Directors/coordinators who have three or fewer years’ experience.

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Integrating Universal Design for Learning and Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Special Education Classrooms (Pre-Conference Workshop)
Oct. 8, Sioux Falls

This is a pre-conference event, leading up to the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2014 Convention. This workshop will explore concepts for Universal Design for Learning and implementation of UDL with Augmentative and Alternative Communication in special education classrooms. Participants will learn about current research and how to adapt materials for classroom implementation through hands-on activities. Speakers include Dr. Laura Ball, Rhys Potts and Anna Strickland.

Registration is $50 for the full-day workshop.

Register at http://sdslha.org or call (605) 274-2423.

15th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 15-17, Pierre

This year’s Systems Change Conference will be held at the Ramkota in Pierre. This is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. On the evening of Oct. 16, the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available. For more information, or to register, go to systemschange.midwestmaple.org.

SD Invest Secondary School Counselor Training
Oct. 21, Mitchell
Oct. 22, Rapid City
Oct. 29, Watertown
Oct. 30, Sioux Falls

Educators are tasked with ensuring all students are college, career and life ready. As such, there is a need for middle and high school counselors to have a clear understanding of South Dakota's current workforce priorities, labor market needs, postsecondary options and available resources to help adequately prepare students for life after high school.

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Developing Universally Designed Lessons
Oct. 22, Rapid City
Oct. 24, 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.

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