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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Dec. 2015  

Principal Effectiveness webinars
Dec. 10     March 24
Jan. 20     April 20
Feb. 17     May 18

The Department of Education is hosting a Principal Effectiveness webinar series throughout the 2015-16 school year. Principals and superintendents are invited to participate. Webinars will also be recorded and posted on the department’s website. Register at GoSignMeUp. Here is a calendar of session dates, descriptions and log-in information.

Positive Behavior Strategies
Dec. 11, Chamberlain

This training will:
1. Help participants understand the functions of student behaviors
2. Give participants ideas of positive supports to utilize when working with students who are struggling with appropriate behaviors
3. Give participants a process to follow when looking at all student behavior

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Contact Becky Cain, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 280-3568 with questions.

Board of Education
Jan. 7, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet in Pierre. The time and location of the meeting are yet to be determined. The second of four public hearings will be held on proposed career and technical education standards in several career clusters. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

ACCESS 2.0 Assessment Workshops
Jan. 19, Rapid City
Jan. 20, Oacoma
Jan. 21, Watertown
Jan. 22, Sioux Falls

This workshop will provide specific information on the administration of ACCESS 2.0 and the traditional paper versions of the assessment. Test coordinators and test administrators involved with ACCESS are the intended audience for the workshop. Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Contact Jan Martin, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-3246 with questions.

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.


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