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SD Department of Education Sept. 2015  
 
 
Letter from the Secretary

I attended part of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council meeting Aug. 26-27 in Mission. This council is studying factors affecting achievement among our state’s Native students and identifying ways to improve achievement. This is difficult, but exciting, work.

Over the summer, the council heard from students and leaders involved with the WoLakota Project, the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program and the GEAR UP program. One meeting featured a panel discussion with students offering perspectives from public and Bureau of Indian Education schools. The council is also studying non-traditional schools, like the Native American Community Academy in New Mexico. A small group of council members will be visiting the school later this month.

At the August meeting, council members heard a presentation from Montana educators about that state’s Indian Education for All initiative.

The group meets two more times before its final report and recommendations are due to the Governor. I look forward to seeing the solutions they recommend and am hopeful that they bring forward ideas that will result in positive outcomes for Native students across the state.


 
State Report Card goes live on DOE website Sept. 22
School-, district- and state-level Report Card results are being finalized. The timeline for release of this information is as follows:
   • Sept. 18 – DOE releases final Report Card data
      to districts
   • Sept. 18-21 – Districts share local results with
      key stakeholders, including Boards of Education
   • Sept. 21 – DOE briefs South Dakota Board of
      Education on state-level results
   • Sept. 22 – 2014-15 Report Card goes live
      on DOE website

View video at https://youtu.be/fLXWn3UqyBM?list=PLkUH7Q9xWfE8kcpzhSg9dH0bOs708Aw1h.

 
 
HOT TOPICS
How SD’s new social studies standards address early U.S. history
The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted new social studies content standards (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SocialStd.pdf), and there has been some confusion about how the standards address U.S. history, particularly at the high school level.

It is important to note that in both the previous standards (www.doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/Full_Social%20Studies.pdf) and the new standards (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SocialStd.pdf), early U.S. history is covered in 8th grade. The state’s previous standards did not include the time period of 1776-1876 in U.S. history at the high school level at all.

During the final meetings of the workgroup who revised the state’s social studies standards, it became apparent that the group was divided about whether history standards at the high school level should be made comprehensive—covering all of U.S. history, or if they should continue to cover only modern U.S. history (1877-present), as occurred with the previous standards. Because the workgroup was nearly evenly divided on the issue, members surveyed South Dakota’s U.S history teachers. These teachers were nearly evenly divided on the matter as well. A survey of school district superintendents also found an almost even split of opinions.

Thus, a compromise was reached. The new standards were written to include optional standards at the high school level that address early U.S. history. This allows school districts to decide at the local level whether they will offer a comprehensive or modern U.S. history course. What this ultimately means, is that the new standards contain more early U.S. history than did the previous set of standards.

Contact Sam Shaw at (605) 773-5229 or sam.shaw@state.sd.us with questions.


South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver approved for one year
South Dakota’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver has been approved for the 2015-16 school year. The state was put on “high risk” status because the U.S. Department of Education wants South Dakota to directly tie state test scores to teacher evaluation in a manner other than we are doing. We are not willing to change course on a teacher/principal effectiveness system that we believe meets the requirements of the waiver. The department is requesting reconsideration of the high risk status.


Sign up today!
Early bird and group rates for Indian Education Summit end Sept. 15

The Indian Education Summit will be held Nov. 1-3 in Pierre. This year’s schedule features a pre-conference session on the WoLakota Project. Keynote speakers will be Donald Montileaux and Joseph Marshall III. Visit the summit’s webpage (http://indianeducation.sd.gov/summit.aspx) for more information and to register.

 
 
 
 
New workshop!
Building Your School District’s Core ESL Program

Schools are invited to bring a team to one of three workshops being held across the state at which they will get to work with a consultant who can help them build a Core ESL Program.

View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4-7jp__0g&list=PLkUH7Q9xWfE8kcpzhSg9dH0bOs708Aw1h&index=24
 
 
 
 
 
Workgroup recommends model science course pathways
A workgroup of South Dakota science teachers, higher education representatives, administrators and instructional leaders has developed recommended model course pathways for middle and high school students (http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SciPathwy.pdf), aligned with South Dakota’s new content standards in science.

View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY0x3f-wIC8.
 
 
 
 
South Dakota’s ACT score steady, above the nation
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score is above the national average. The statewide composite score for the graduating class of 2015 – which includes scores for English, math, reading and science – was 21.9, versus the national average which was 21.0.

Read the press release at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2015/0826-ACTsd.pdf.
 
 
 
 
NASAAC meets in Mission
The Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council met in Mission Aug. 26-27. The group will meet two more times this fall before issuing a report to the Governor by Dec. 1. Find more information on the Office of Indian Education’s website at http://indianeducation.sd.gov/NASAAC.aspx.
 
 
 
 
Blue Ribbon Task Force hears about teacher supply and demand, innovation in schools
The Blue Ribbon Task Force met Aug. 19 and heard about teacher supply and demand at the national, regional and local levels. Several presenters reported on innovation in South Dakota schools. Meeting materials and audio (http://blueribbon.sd.gov/materials.aspx) are available on the task force website. The group’s next meeting is Sept. 9.
 
 
 
 
Brandon Valley food service director nominated for national board position
Gay Anderson, food service director for the Brandon Valley School District, is one of two candidates for Vice President of the School Nutrition Association’s Board of Directors. Anderson recently completed a two-year term as the board’s Education Committee Chair. Read this press release (https://schoolnutrition.org/News/SNAVPCandidatesAnnounced/) for more information. Congratulations, Gay!
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

SD Graduation Requirements FAQs
Sept. 2, online

This course will highlight some of the most commonly asked questions about South Dakota graduation requirements.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com. Search by course title. Contact Andrea Diehm at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4150 or Andrea.Diehm@state.sd.us, with questions.




IEP Process in Action
Sept. 2-Oct. 2, various locations statewide

This training is designed to provide an overview of criteria used in the special education process. Participants will review the special education process to think about how the whole team can be involved in the IEP process. Participants should bring a hard copy or a downloaded copy of the current IEP Technical Assistance Guide. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Arlene Maxfield at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3678 or Arlene.Maxfield@state.sd.us, with questions.




IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 11, Sioux Falls
Sept. 24, Rapid City

This training is designed for teachers with less than three years of special education experience wanting to learn more about special education referral to placement. During this training, participants will review all of the forms as they follow the special education process from referral through consent, evaluation, eligibility, IEP development and parental prior written notice. Participants should bring a hard copy or a downloaded copy of the current IEP Technical Assistance Guide. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Arlene Maxfield at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3678 or Arlene.Maxfield@state.sd.us, with questions.




Data Reporting – New Employee
Sept. 17 (10 a.m. CDT) & Sept. 18 (1:30 p.m. CDT), online

This 90-minute training is for district staff who have not previously been responsible for entering staffing information into the Personnel Record Form (PRF). This training will provide participants with an overview of the database and an understanding of the federal and state reporting requirements.

Participants will have the opportunity to view the correct method for entering data and receive tips on how to make this process go smoothly.

Participants are welcome to join one or both sessions. Both sessions will be recorded with the link available on the department website for those unable to attend at the scheduled times.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Jantina Nelson-Stastny at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 668-2904 or Jantina.Nelson-Stastny@state.sd.us, with questions.




Data Reporting – Refresher Training
Sept. 17 (1:30 p.m. CDT) & Sept. 18 (9 a.m. CDT), online

This 60-minute training is developed for those who have previously used the Personnel Record Form (PRF) database and will provide participants with an overview of the data collection and information about common data encoding errors. Participants will also receive a preview of enhancements and changes to the database including:

1. Deploying a new report software
2. Determination of how to code special education and related services
3. Determination of how to code Title and intervention services
4. Coding of preschool teachers

Participants are welcome to join one or both sessions. Both sessions will be recorded with the link available on the department website for those unable to attend at the scheduled times.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com. Search by course title. Contact Jantina Nelson-Stastny at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 668-2904 or Jantina.Nelson-Stastny@state.sd.us, with questions.




Board of Education
Sept. 21, Watertown

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at Lake Area Technical Institute, 1201 Arrow Ave. NE, in Watertown, at 10 a.m. CDT. An agenda will be posted at http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Template.aspx?id=32 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.




Building Your School District’s Core ESL Program
Sept. 21, Rapid City
Sept. 22, Pierre
Sept. 23, Sioux Falls

Schools are invited to bring a team to one of three workshops being held across the state. Teams will get to work with a consultant who can help them build their Core ESL Program.

Register at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Yutzil Becker at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4698 or yutzil.becker@state.sd.us, with questions.




Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Sept. 22-23, Rapid City

This is a new conference that will cover special education legal issues, including the latest information from due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR (Office of Special Education Programs/Office of Civil Rights) guidance letters, and basic IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) procedural requirements. It is designed for general/special education staff, administrators, state/school district attorneys, state education department staff, related services staff, parents and other stakeholders.

For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/4rq15w.




2015-2016 School Turnaround Kick Off
Oct. 5-6, Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Education is hosting a fall kick-off event for 2015-16 Focus and Priority schools at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre.

Sam Redding, from the Academic Development Institute, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Redding provides expertise in the areas of:

• School management
• Social and emotional learning
• Family-school relationships
• School improvement
• Factors that affect student learning

The Department of Education will sponsor all Focus and Priority schools to send a School Leadership Team to the kick-off to begin planning for the 2015-16 school year. For more information and to sign up, visit the event's registration page at http://fps.tie.net/.

Contact Jordan Dueis, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4716 or jordan.dueis@state.sd.us with questions.




16th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 14-16, Chamberlain

This year’s Systems Change Conference (http://www.systemschange.midwestmaple.org/default.htm) will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. This is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. On the evening of Oct. 15, the 2016 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 and to register, visit http://www.systemschange.midwestmaple.org/default.htm.




SD-STARS training for STARS Account Managers
Oct. 19-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 http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Jameson Berreth at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4463 or jameson.berreth@state.sd.us, with questions.




SD-STARS Training for Data STARS
Oct. 20-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 http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/. Search by course title. Contact Jameson Berreth at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-4463 or jameson.berreth@state.sd.us, with questions.


2015 Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, Pierre

Go to http://indianeducation.sd.gov/summit.aspx for details.


A complete listing of events is available at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com.

 
   
 

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