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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Nov. 2015  
Instructional Coaching v. 2.0: Now with more teachers and the “Six Ts”
The Department of Education’s instructional reading coaching program for K-3 teachers, which began in 2014-15, continues and has expanded to include teachers who are new to a number of districts that participated last year.

Open for public comment: Proposed rule changes
The state Board of Education will consider proposed changes to administrative rules related to: CTE endorsements, end-of-course exams, summer credits and the public school accountability system at its Nov. 16 meeting. The proposed rule changes are available at https://rules.sd.gov or at www.doe.sd.gov/board. Links to make public comment are available at both sites.

Blue Ribbon Task Force makes final recommendations
The Blue Ribbon Task Force held its final meeting Oct. 29 and made its final recommendations. Meeting materials and audio are available on the task force website. The task force will submit a report of its recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 1.

Statewide survey released
Teachers should receive a link late in the week of Nov. 2, to complete a statewide survey gathering data about instructional practices and implementation of the Teacher Effectiveness model. Each district will receive its own report with district-level results. Please encourage your teachers to participate. Principals and district administrators will receive a separate survey.

Final NASAAC meeting scheduled in November
The Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council met in October in Flandreau. The group made some progress in coming up with three specific suggestions to bring forward. A report is due to the Governor in December. The group’s final meeting is Nov. 17-18 in Pierre. Find more information on the council’s webpage.

Principal Effectiveness webinars scheduled throughout 2015-16
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 are held at 4 p.m. CT. They 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.
American Education Week is Nov. 16-20
This special week is a celebration of public education. Thank you to South Dakota’s teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and school board members. All of you are crucial to the success of our state’s students!
CEEDAR Center grant helps build relationships between DOE and higher ed
With help from a CEEDAR Center grant, the South Dakota Department of Education is working with several universities in the state to improve educator preparation systems to advance the achievement of students with disabilities.
State director of special education elected to NASDSE Board
Linda Turner, director of the office of special education, has been elected to a three-year term on the NASDSE (National Association of State Directors of Special Education) Board. She was also elected as co-lead for the small state consortium. Congratulations, Linda!
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD-STARS training for STARS Account Managers
Nov. 4-Nov. 12, various locations statewide

SD-STARS training for Data STARS
Nov. 5-Nov. 13, various locations statewide

8th Grade Algebra Gap Analysis Training
Nov. 9, Sioux Falls
Nov. 10, Aberdeen
Nov. 19, Pierre
Nov. 20, Rapid City

Board of Education
Nov. 16, Sioux Falls

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

Facilitating Challenging and Complex Meetings
Nov. 18, Sioux Falls
Nov. 19, Rapid City

Sexual Violence Institute
Dec. 2-4, Sioux Falls

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