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SD Department of Education September 2014  

State content standards under review

Read proposed standards and submit public comment:
• Fine arts (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/index.aspx#Fine)
• K-12 technology (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/index.aspx#K)
• Physical education (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/index.aspx#Physical)
• Science (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/index.aspx#Science)

Reminder: Proposed standards in the content areas of science, fine arts and technology receive the first of four public hearings at the State Board of Education meeting (http://doe.sd.gov/board/documents/091514Notice-Standards.pdf) in Rapid City on Monday, Sept. 15.

Learn what’s new in proposed South Dakota K-12 science standards

Watch video at: http://youtu.be/3NPYUT0Mkpk

Read the new DOE Blog:
The South Dakota Department of Education has launched a blog. The latest entry, discussing dual credit, is by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Read blog at: http://sddoe.blogspot.com/

South Dakota ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s ACT scores continue to be above the national average, even while an estimated 78 percent of the 2014 graduating class participated in the exam.

Read more at: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2014/082014ACT.pdf

Fall Assessment Roadshow scheduled

These one-day workshops will provide all public school districts and participating non-public schools with the information needed to plan for administering all required assessments in the 2014-15 school year.

District level test coordinators, lead counselors, superintendents, assistant superintendents and/or technology coordinators are encouraged to attend these one-day workshops:

• Sept. 15 Rapid City Outdoor Campus 8:00 – 4:00
• Sept. 16 Pierre Kings Inn 8:00 – 4:00   CANCELED
• Sept. 17 Aberdeen Ramkota 8:00 – 4:00   CANCELED
• Sept. 18 Watertown Lake Area Tech 8:00 – 4:00
• Sept. 19 Sioux Falls Southeast Tech 8:00 – 4:00
• Oct. 1 Pierre Kings Inn 8:00 – 4:00
Individuals who previously registered for the Sept. 16 event in Pierre have automatically been rescheduled to the Oct. 1 date. If this does not work for you, please feel free to cancel your registration and register for another location. We apologize for the inconvenience.

All public school districts and participating non-public schools will get the information needed to plan for administering required assessments during the 2014-15 school year. Each presenter will provide participants with a detailed overview of necessary steps to prepare to administer assessments. For each assessment, participants will also receive a one-page document of high-level details and next steps for the specific assessment program, including appropriate links to the Department of Education website or other websites as needed.

Working Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome, introductions and overview
8:45 – 9:45 NCRC - career readiness for high schools
9:45 – 10:45 NAEP updates and coming attractions
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 South Dakota Assessment Portal and End of Course exams
11:30 – 12:25 Lunch on own
12:25 – 1:00 ACCESS (for English language learners)
1:00 - 1:30 NCSC (alternate assessment)
1:30 – 2:00 Science
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 4:00 Smarter Balanced Assessment System
    • Overview of the system
    • Digital Library
    • Interim assessments
    • Accommodations and supports
    • Getting ready to administer
        - Training expectations
        - Technology requirements and readiness
        - Timelines

To register, go to: https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/calendar/calendarindex

If you have an account, search for FALLASSESSMENT and register. If you don’t have an account, establish one, and then register.

PD schedule for administrators now available

The South Dakota Department of Education will sponsor a series of professional learning opportunities for administrators throughout the 2014-15 school year, focused on implementation of teacher and principal effectiveness systems. These trainings will also equip administrators to provide guidance and set timelines and structures for the SLO process.

Read more at: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/Sept/documents/2014-15PD.docx
New policy in place regarding fundraisers that involve food

With the new Smart Snacks (http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/smart-snacks-school) regulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, each state is required to set a policy related to fundraisers that involve food. South Dakota’s policy (http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SD_Policy.pdf) has been shared with your food service directors. In a nutshell, South Dakota will allow for each school-sponsored group to have one “exempt fundraiser” (selling foods that otherwise would not be allowed) per year during the school day. Non school-sponsored groups cannot have fundraisers involving unallowable foods during the school day.

Education Data Governance Group to meet in October

The South Dakota Education Data Governance Group began meeting regularly in April. Meetings are held bimonthly, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. CDT, at the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive, in Pierre. Meetings are held in-person and online.

The group consists of representatives from 12 school districts and each division within the South Dakota Department of Education. District representatives were recommended by ESAs (education service agencies). Group members help inform policies and decisions regarding data entry, use, analysis and security. Members will also aid in the further development of SD-STARS, South Dakota’s statewide longitudinal data system.

Go to: http://doe.sd.gov/ofm/edgg.aspx to read more about the group and to find meeting agendas. Agendas are posted approximately one week prior to meetings.

Name Organization
Jim Block Webster Area School District
Karen Byrd Kadoka School District
JoNell DeHaan Andes Central School District
Becky Guffin Aberdeen School District
Marge Hauser Brandon Valley School District
Cora Petersen Eagle Butte School District
Gay Pickner Huron School District
Joel Price Faulkton School District
Ryan Speed Shannon County School District
Daniel Swartos McCook School District
Troy Wiebe Pierre School District
Karen Wagner Belle Fourche School District
SD Dept. of Education
Shawn Behrends State Library
Daria Bossman State Library
Tami Darnall Finance and Management
Steve Fiechtner Delivery Unit
Ann Larsen Educational Services & Support
Carla Leingang Assessment and Accountability
Jan Martin Assessment and Accountability
Judy Merriman Finance and Management
Becky Nelson Learning and Instruction
Tiffany Sanderson Career & Technical Education
Mary Stadick Smith Office of the Secretary
Linda Turner Educational Services & Support

Updated data available in SDMyLife

Occupational projections and wage data available in SDMyLife now reflect the recently updated 2012-2022 South Dakota Employment Projections provided by the Department of Labor & Regulation. When students log into SDMyLife this fall, they will have the latest information regarding the demand for different careers in the state and potential earnings across experience levels.

If you would like an SDMyLife training account to see the system as students do, please contact Megan Lahr at Megan.Lahr@state.sd.us.

The South Dakota Labor Market Information Center resources can also be accessed at http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic/default.aspx.

  Letter from the Secretary

I hope the school year is off to a great start in your district. There are several things happening this month that I want to make sure stay on your radar.

Standards under review
On Sept. 15, the South Dakota Board of Education will hold the first of four public hearings on K-12 content standards in the areas of science, educational technology and fine arts. The final public hearing on proposed physical education standards will also be held at this meeting.

I encourage you to review the proposed standards in all of these content areas by visiting http://doe.sd.gov/board. You can still submit comment before this month’s meeting, and there will also be opportunity to do so before each subsequent hearing. Of course you can also comment in person at any of the hearings.

In the communications toolkit that was sent to superintendents and principals in August, you’ll find materials useful for communicating with your schools and communities about the proposed science standards.

Assessment roadshow
The fall assessment roadshow is scheduled for Sept. 15-19. As you know, there are many things going on in the area of assessment. These one-day workshops will give district level test coordinators, lead counselors, superintendents, assistant superintendents and technology coordinators an overview of all required assessments. Learn more at http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2014/sept/Page1.html.

Parent Advisory Council
I’m excited to report that on Sept. 26, we will be hosting the first meeting of the department’s Parent Advisory Council. This is an advisory group of parents from across South Dakota.

For quite some time, it has been a goal of the department to better engage parents in conversations about state-level education efforts. I think this advisory council is a strong step in that direction. I look forward to the group’s insight.

Professional Learning Community for Teachers
We also want to more directly engage teachers at the state level. In that spirit, we are reaching out to a group of South Dakota Teachers of the Year and Milken Award winners in order to convene an informal network of teachers for the 2014-15 school year. We have sent a letter to this group of teachers and their administrators. If a teacher in your district was invited to participate, please encourage him or her to do so.

We hope to hold monthly meetings, all via conference call, so that no time out of the classroom would be required.

I’m excited to work with these distinguished educators.
Upcoming Events

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ for a complete listing of events.

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.

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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.

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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.

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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.

Go to http://indianeducation.sd.gov/summit.aspx for more information and to register.

Title I – New Director Training
Oct. 6, Pierre

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

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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.

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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.

Go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/ to register. Search by course title.

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