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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Feb. 2016  

District Leadership Retreat – Data Dig for Statewide Survey Data
Feb. 5, Watertown
Feb. 10, Platte
Feb. 11, Sioux Falls
Feb. 12, Pierre

Regional district leadership retreats will assist districts in analyzing data from this year's statewide survey, celebrate bright spots, identify additional support needed and plan for that support.

Districts are encouraged to bring their current professional development plan if they have one. It is recommended that a 4-5 member district leadership team consisting of teachers and administrators attend. Each team will need to have access to at least one computer at the training. Each team member will need to register.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Title Programs Wednesday Café
Feb. 10, online

Title Programs Wednesday Café webinars are intended for Title I schools. Topics for this month's conversation will include Federal Title programs and important updates regarding the newly adopted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Questions? Contact Dawn Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-2535.

GMS Regional Training – Planning Sections
Feb. 11-Feb. 19, various locations statewide

In this half-day training, participants will learn how to access and complete the district- and school-level planning pieces in the Grants Management System. Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered at each location. This training is for superintendents, federal program coordinators/directors, Title I directors, principals and anyone else who works with the Consolidated Application each year.

Participants must bring a laptop or tablet as the training will be hands-on.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Questions? Contact Betsy Chapman, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4712.

Principal Effectiveness webinars
Feb. 17         April 20
March 24       May 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 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.

"I've Got a Lot to Say" – An Instructional and Assessment Look at Communication
March 1, Sioux Falls
March 3, Rapid City

This half-day training has been developed by representatives from the South Dakota Department of Education, members of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication/Community of Practice (AAC/CoP) members and ACERI Partners. The training will focus primarily on the development and instruction of communication, with specific emphasis on students who are emerging symbolic and pre-symbolic language users.

Participants will explore the NCSC Communication Toolkit and spend time reflecting on the implications of the toolkit information upon their instructional practices.

A second component of the training will be using the NCSC Resources to increase standards-based instructional skills and practices.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title. Questions? Contact Ben Morrison, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-6119.

Board of Education
March 14, Rapid City

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet in the Dakota Hall Lecture Room at Western Dakota Technical Institute, 800 Mickelson Drive, Rapid City. The time of the meeting is yet to be determined. The third 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.

TIE Conference
April 10-12, Sioux Falls

Don’t miss the 30th Annual TIE Conference!

Over the past 29 years, TIE has evolved from being the forerunner in sharing technology innovation with educators to meeting the current needs of technology integration, curriculum mandates, improved student achievement and effective assessment and evaluation.

Find registration information and more at conference.tie.net.

Save the Date: 2016 Homeland Security Conference
May 3-5, Sioux Falls

This year's Homeland Security Conference will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. More details to come. Questions? Contact Rachel Tilley with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.


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