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Faulkton dual credit students
Letter from the Secretary

As I’m sure you well know, one of the biggest challenges in communicating about education is bridging the gap for adults who may not have visited a K-12 classroom in many years. Today’s classrooms are drastically different from the ones we sat in as students. And for many of us, they are also much different from the classrooms in which we started our teaching careers.

That’s why what happened during the first week of this year’s legislative session was so powerful. Teachers and administrators from across the state came to Pierre and had the opportunity to address members of the Senate and House Education committees.

I’ll describe a portion of the Senate Education Committee meeting as an example. Three teachers gave sample math lessons: Jennifer Larson, a 1st grade teacher from Sanborn Central; Ann Noyes, a 5th grade teacher in Pierre; and Lori Wagner, a high school math teacher from Webster. To solve the problems, committee members got hands-on with everything from 1st grade-appropriate manipulatives to graphing calculators. Three ELA teachers also delivered sample lessons.

These were compelling presentations, and feedback from legislators has been overwhelmingly positive. They not only got to hear about what’s happening in our state’s classrooms, they got to experience some of it for themselves.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting records many legislative meetings. If you’d like to hear the ones I’ve been discussing, go to: http://sdpb.sd.gov/statehouse/archives/2015/sed.aspx?committeecode=sed for the Jan. 15 Senate Education Committee meeting, or http://sdpb.sd.gov/statehouse/archives/2015/hed.aspx?committeecode=hed for the Jan. 16 House Education Committee meeting.

The department also held a special event in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 15, where lawmakers could try out the Smarter Balanced assessment and talk one-on-one with teachers about a variety of topics. Several Faulkton students were even on hand to discuss their experiences with reduced-cost dual credit courses. In addition, Gov. Daugaard recognized the South Dakota Teacher of the Year candidates and the Milken Educator Award winner. For pictures, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/15/jan/Page1.html. It was great to start session with this celebration of education.

And this month, let’s continue the celebration! Happy CTE Month!
 
 
 
 

A message for students from
the Governor: Consider a CTE course. View video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aov-Kru2FjE
February is CTE Month

• CTE Month focuses on CTE Innovators (doe.sd.gov/octe/ctemonth.aspx)


• CTE program applications for SY 2015-16 due March 2

Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved Career and Technical Education programs in the 2015-16 school year.

Establishing approved CTE programs offers students coursework that allows them to seek meaningful and robust Personal Learning Plans. In addition, students can use the courses to meet requirements for both graduation and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Approved CTE programs that seek to continually improve and support the aims of Career and Technical Education/Perkins are also eligible for the following:

• Perkins funds
• State and federal grants (when available)
• Student organization membership (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA)
• Technical support and professional development

Applications (https://apps.sd.gov/DP42LaunchPad/Logon.aspx) for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 2. Contact your Regional CTE Specialist with any questions and to obtain application logon information. Go to: http://doe.sd.gov/octe/perkins.aspx for more details, including directions for completing applications.
 
 
 
 
HOT TOPICS
Governor joins with legislative leaders to create task force to study education funding
Gov. Daugaard is joining with legislative leaders to create a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students. The task force will reevaluate the current funding formula. It will collect and analyze data, engage with stakeholders and seek public input. The task force will make recommendations to the 2016 State Legislature for reform. Read more at http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=17247.


Board of Education holds first reading of proposed accountability rule changes
The Board of Education held a special meeting Jan. 29 to address several items, including the first reading of proposed updates to accountability rules (ARSD 24:55). These proposed changes stem from the changes made to South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, approved by the U.S. Department of Education last summer.

One of the proposed accountability system changes has to do with how attendance is calculated at the elementary and middle school levels. In years past, it was calculated on a straight average daily attendance rate of all students. Moving forward, it would be calculated on the percentage of students who have met the state’s target attendance rate of at least 94 percent.

Other significant changes include removing the key indicators of School Climate and Effective Teachers and Principals from the School Performance Index (SPI) calculations; updating some of the supports to focus and priority schools; and updating terminology throughout. Go to: http://doe.sd.gov/board/packets/documents/012915/Item5Doc1.pdf to read all proposed changes.

The board also approved an increase in facility fee rates at the technical institutes for FY16 and FY17 to support investment in training facilities and classrooms on the technical institute campuses.



Consortium-wide SBAC field test results available
Jan Martin, assessment director for the South Dakota Department of Education, gives an overview of consortium-wide Smarter Balanced field test results. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_BwUomx_HI to view video.


Activity picks up at the Capitol
As the 2015 legislative session shifts into full gear, a number of education-related bills have been posted, including HB 1092 (http://www.legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1092&Session=2015), which would establish a rural school teacher recruitment assistance program. HB 1093 (http://www.legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1093&Session=2015) seeks to give parents the ability to opt students out of the statewide assessment. SB 164 (http://www.legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=164&Session=2015) would require that students take a civics test in order to graduate. Track these and other bills at legis.sd.gov.
 
 
 
 
Webinars replace spring assessment roadshow
Instead of a statewide roadshow covering all tests in daylong workshops, the South Dakota Department of Education is hosting a series of webinars for Smarter Balanced, Dakota STEP Science and NCSC assessments. District testing coordinators are strongly encouraged to attend the webinars. Registration is required and space is limited. All webinars will also be recorded and made available on each test’s respective portal.

Smarter Balanced webinars (all times Central)
Technology Preparation for Online Testing
This webinar has already occurred and will be available on the South Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal (http://sd.portal.airast.org/) by mid-February.

Interim Teacher Hand Scoring System Training
This webinar has already occurred and will be available on the South Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal (http://sd.portal.airast.org/) by mid-February.

TIDE and TDS System Training: Feb. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Online Reporting System Training: Feb. 19, 3-4 p.m.

If more than one person from a district is attending, districts are encouraged to consider having staff gather to participate in the webinar as a group, and cancel other registrations on GoSignMeUp. This will free up space for attendees from other districts.

Dakota STEP Science and Dakota STEP Science ALT webinars (all times Central)
This 90-minute webinar will be repeated several times. The final webinar will be a chance to ask questions and get ready for the actual administration. Note: After registering in GoSignMeUp, paste the link from the confirmation email into your browser and complete the registration process with GoToMeeting.

• March 2, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
• March 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.
• March 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.
• March 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. (afternoon session to focus on ALT assessment)
• March 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

A district's staff may also attend a Dakota STEP Science webinar as a group.

To register for Smarter Balanced or Dakota STEP Science webinars, go to https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse.

NCSC training modules
Dates when NCSC training modules will become available have not yet been confirmed. They should be announced no later than three weeks prior to the opening of the NCSC testing window, which is March 30.

For more information, contact Jan Martin, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-3246 or Jan.Martin@state.sd.us.
 
 
 
 
 
Feds release guidance on education of English language learners
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice recently issued joint guidance to assist state education agencies, school districts and all public schools in meeting their legal obligations to ensure English language learners can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs and services. For your convenience, here are links to these documents:
    • Dear Colleague letter (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/Colleague.pdf)
    • English Language Learner Toolkit (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/EngLearners.pdf)
    • Fact sheet for parents (http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/ParentsELL.pdf)
 
 
 
 
Summer Food Service success story: Hill City School District
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program. Community organizations, nonprofits, schools, tribal and local governments can apply to be sponsors if they operate in low-income areas, serve a group of mostly low-income children or operate a summer camp with a high proportion of low-income participants. For more information about how to implement the program in your district, go to http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2015/0129SumFP.pdf.

The Hill City School District became a Summer Food Service site for the first time in summer 2014. Food service director Janelle Peterson had experienced success with the program in Rapid City and was excited to try it in Hill City. The district started by surveying parents and community groups to determine interest.

The district initially hoped to serve about 60 children a day. That goal was quickly exceeded. Already in the first week, daily attendance averaged 100 children. “It was incredible to stop by our lunchroom throughout the summer months and see it filled with 80 to 100+ children enjoying nutritious lunches prepared by our wonderful food service professionals,” said Hill City superintendent Mike Hanson.

Parks and recreation departments, city and county health departments, libraries and neighborhood service agencies can participate as sites or sponsors. “We had wonderful partnerships with the Hill City Boys and Girls Club and local daycare providers who helped get our families excited about participating in this program,” Hanson said.

Plans are under way to continue the program this summer. “We have already heard from community members, the Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills, parents and the staff here at the Hill City School District asking about the program,” said food service employee Roxann DuBois. “We are starting the conversation early to be prepared. To know you can feed 100 children [a day] is awesome.”

Contact Julie McCord, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-3110 or Julie.McCord@state.sd.us with any questions.
 
 
 
 
Search is on for District Teachers of the Year
Spring will soon be here and with it comes the selection of District Teacher of the Year recipients. It’s now time to start seeking nominations for this honor. Districts can determine their own methods for selecting winners, but nomination forms should be made available to teachers, parents, students, school support professionals and the general public through multiple avenues and formats.

All district-level Teachers of the Year are encouraged to apply for their Regional Teacher of the Year honor. Ultimately, one of these six regional finalists will become South Dakota’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. In order to be considered for the Regional Teacher of the Year award, a district’s honoree must have his or her application on file with the appropriate Education Service Agency by its designated deadline.

For more information about the SD Teacher of the Year selection process, including a list of frequently asked questions, nomination form, sample guidelines and timeline for selection, visit the Teacher of the Year webpage (http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teacheroftheyear.aspx). For further assistance, contact Kathy Riedy, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-8415 or Kathy.Riedy@state.sd.us.
 
 
 
 
JAG Student Leadership Conference held in Rapid City
JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students recently gathered in Rapid City for a leadership conference. Breakout session topics included leadership, youth engagement, team building and communication skills. Students also participated in a contest to design a new logo for JAG-South Dakota.




  

  

 
 
 
 
Nominate a school resource officer who’s making a difference
The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers is asking school administrators and counselors to nominate individuals for the School Officer of the Year Award. Nominations must be postmarked by March 13. For more information and a nomination form, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/SOOY.doc.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

For a complete listing of events, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.

Board of Education meeting
March 16, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. CDT at Southeast Technical Institute in room 101, the Mickelson Center, 2320 N. Career Ave., in Sioux Falls. Public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the areas of science, social studies, fine arts and K-12 educational technology. The board will also hold a public hearing on proposed accountability rule changes. 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
March 23, Pierre

Interested in creating a healthier school environment? Developing or enhancing your School Wellness Policy?

Register now (https://apps.sd.gov/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx) to attend training on promoting healthy eating (focusing on Smart Snacks in Schools(http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks)), 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 alliance’s national nutrition and physical activity advisors.

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

For more information, go to: http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2015/feb/documents/StepsToSuccess.pdf.

Contact Karen Keyser (Karen.keyser@state.sd.us), South Dakota Department of Education, or Kari Senger (kari.senger@healthiergeneration.org), Alliance for a Healthier Generation, with questions.


Civil Rights Regulations: Target - Education Settings
June 9, Rapid City
June 10, Aberdeen
June 11, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Department of Education is working with the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development on civil rights federal regulations for the educational setting. These will be full-day sessions featuring specialists from the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Kansas City, Mo. The OCR ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through enforcement of civil rights laws.

Maria North and Karl Menninger will lead the trainings. They are Supervisory Attorneys for the OCR. Each oversees a team of investigators and attorneys who provide technical assistance and investigate civil rights issues in education.

K-12 staff and postsecondary personnel are encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive six hours of CEUs for full-day attendance. Please advise staff who serve in any of the following capacities about these trainings:

• School administrator
• School counselor
• Career and technical education teacher/director
• School district attorney
• Title IX coordinator
• Section 504 coordinator

Federal law requires that each school district have at least one person designated and trained as the District Title IX Coordinator and a person designated as the Section 504 Coordinator. (§ 34 C.F.R. Sec. 106.8 and Sec. 104.7)

Contact Carol Uecker at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4771 or Carol.Uecker@state.sd.us, with any questions.

To register, go to: http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title.
 
   
 
 

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