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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Nov. 2015  
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering this one-day training on the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System (SD-STARS) to STARS Account Managers. The course will update participants on changes in the SD-STARS system and train them on understanding and using data for educational decisions. Participation is free. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time and will allow time for lunch.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Contact Jameson Berreth at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4463, with questions.




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

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering this one-day training on the South Dakota Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System (SD-STARS)to Data STARS. The course will update participants on changes in the SD-STARS system and train them on understanding and using data for educational decisions. Participation is free. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time and will allow time for lunch.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Contact Jameson Berreth at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4463, with questions.




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

Teachers of 8th grade algebra students will be provided with the tools and analytical skills needed to effectively investigate curriculum and instructional practices as they align to the algebra content standards.

Day One: (November) Teachers will learn a process to analyze the content they teach in order to identify curriculum gaps and overlaps and to determine how their assessments support the standards and their curriculum.

Day Two: (March) Teachers will return to use tools and highly effective resources to fill the gaps and to develop assessments that align with the "EOC Blueprint."

Required Materials: A computer and Algebra I curriculum. Teachers will be using Excel, so an iPad may not be the best option.

Register at GoSignMeUp.




Board of Education
Nov. 16, Sioux Falls

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at Southeast Technical Institute, Mickelson Center Room 101, 2320 N. Career Ave., in Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. CST. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.




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

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.




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

Meetings, meetings and more meetings. Parents and professionals navigating the complex world of special education are asked to participate in what seems to be an unlimited number of meetings. At times, these gatherings produce increased learning and understanding, helping participants to better address the special needs of children and families. At other times, participants leave frustrated as expectations for the time spent are not met. In many cases these meetings are emotionally charged as people come together to engage such topics as safety, fairness, trust, strained relationships and the complex needs of children.

Experience indicates that the work of groups is enhanced with the assistance of a facilitator. The role of the facilitator is to serve the group and support them in their ability to meet objectives. This seminar supports the development of facilitation skills that are applicable in a range of contexts.

Training Objectives

• Understand the role of the facilitator
• Know the essential elements of participative meetings
• Learn a structured process for preparing yourself and others to engage in challenging conversations
• Learn to manage the emotional, substantive and procedural dimensions of the work

For more information and to sign up, visit the event’s registration page.




Sexual Violence Institute
Dec. 2-4, Sioux Falls

The Sexual Violence Institute is put on by the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. The event will cover the issue of sexual violence across the lifespan addressing prevention and intervention.

Intended Audience: law enforcement, social workers, nurses, medical personnel, domestic violence advocates, sexual assault advocates, counselors, school personnel, prosecutors, parole officers, judicial system, students, public.

Registration deadline: Nov. 25

Find more information on the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault website.


A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

 
     
 

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