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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education June 2016  

Board of Education
June 20, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. CDT in the Library Commons, first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. The board will address waivers related to HB 1214, the bill passed by the 2016 Legislature to regulate conflicts of interest for authority, board, or commission members. An agenda including additional items will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Providing Evidence-Based Feedback/Communication and Data Analysis for Administrators
June 20-24, various locations statewide

Participants will become familiar with research-based strategies for developing critical questions and providing evidence-based feedback for growth within a structured evaluation process. Using these strategies, participants will have an opportunity to collaboratively create critical questions and develop evidence-based feedback based on a variety of scenarios.

Part of the training will include reflecting upon leadership behaviors that are requisite to building trust and creating a culture in which leaders can successfully coach for growth.

Participants will also discuss methods to analyze the summative data of the Smarter Balanced Assessment to maximize the use of this data in the SLO process and other district decisions.

Register for these trainings at GoSignMeUp. Questions? Contact Matt Gill, with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Civil Rights Regulations in the Educational Setting
June 21, Rapid City
June 23, Watertown

The South Dakota Department of Education is making available a professional development opportunity that will allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge into civil rights federal regulations for the educational setting. The full-day sessions will feature specialists from the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Kansas City, Mo.

The department encourages K-12 staff as well as postsecondary personnel to attend. Please inform staff who serve in any of the following capacities about these trainings:
• Title IX Coordinator
• Section 504 Coordinator
• School Administrator
• School Counselor
• Career and Technical Education Teacher/Director
• School District Attorney

Space is limited. Eight contact hours towards a CEU credit are available for full-day attendance.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search ‘civil rights.’

Questions? Contact Carol Uecker, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-4771.

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

This year’s conference will focus on explicit instruction with keynote speaker Dr. Anita Archer. Read more about Dr. Archer and find registration information on this shareable flyer.

Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
July 5-Aug. 19, online (and one face-to-face workshop)

This fundamentals course provides educators with the skills they need to analyze and use data in order to answer important questions. Scheduled from July 5-Aug. 19, this course requires online work, and participants must attend in-person at one of the following locations, 9 a.m-5 p.m. local time:
• July 18, Rapid City
• July 20, Aberdeen
• July 21, Mitchell

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Top 20 Training
July 18-19, Rapid City
July 20-21, Sioux Falls

Top 20 Training is back in South Dakota, and it’s free. This is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity that will be a difference maker for educators and students. Top 20 Training is geared to help educators, no matter the grade level of their students. Concepts help teachers and students build better relationships and experiences in the classroom.

Find more information on this shareable flyer.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Principal Effectiveness Training: Transitioning from the Planning Year into the Implementation Year
July 25-28, various locations statewide

In this final regional training, principals and their evaluators will engage in a four-step process of reflection, sharing, collaboration and integration.

Goal Sharing and Reflection
Participants will be asked to bring School Growth Goals and Professional Practice Goals. Using a reflection guide, participants will share and reflect upon both Professional Practice and School Growth Goal development. Discussion will include how goals were established and how they are being assessed. The reflection process will conclude with a sharing of decisions made and action steps taken to achieve the goals. A focus of this discussion will be how principal growth goals are tied to the overall school goals (i.e. School Improvement Plans, Title Plans, Focus/Priority plans), etc.

Artifact Review and Reflection
Participants, both evaluators and evaluatees, will be asked to bring artifacts/evidence gathered over the course of the planning year. In small groups, using a series of reflection questions, participants will share artifacts/evidence and how they are tied to the Professional Practice Goals, School Growth Goals, Principal Effectiveness domains, the bigger-picture goals of the school (i.e. School Improvement Plans, Title Plans, Focus/Priority plans), etc.

Evaluation Cycle Review and Reflection
Using a series of reflection questions, participants will share how the evaluation cycle worked and ideas for the future.

Both groups will go through a process of integrating Professional Practice Goals, artifacts/evidence and student growth results (both SLO and SBAC) into a final Summative Evaluation. This discussion will include a review of how Summative Scores are calculated but participants will not actually assign scores during the process.

Register for these trainings at GoSignMeUp. Questions? Contact Matt Gill, with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Career and Technical Education Conference
July 31-Aug. 2, Sioux Falls

The Career and Technical Education Conference is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education, in cooperation with the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education. Each year, this conference brings together more than 300 teachers, administrators and school counselors to explore best practices that will help them prepare students to be college, career and life ready.

Sunday will include numerous hands-on, in-depth sessions. Monday will be filled with industry tours from all career areas. Tuesday will be dedicated to content-specific time for each division and breakout sessions running in tracks related to specific career clusters.

Find registration information and more on the Department of Education website.

Title Conference
Aug. 1-2, Oacoma

This conference is focused on current issues in education and is the primary conference for Title I schools. It emphasizes the critical nature of doing what is right and what is needed to help every child succeed.

Join other South Dakota educators for this important professional development opportunity. All South Dakota education professionals are invited to attend.

Find registration information and more on this shareable flyer.

Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Oct. 4-5, Bismarck, N.D.

The Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities will cover special education legal issues, including the latest information on due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR guidance letters and basic IDEA procedural requirements.

This conference is designed for general/special education staff, administrators, state/school district attorneys, state education agency staff, related services staff, parents and other stakeholders. Visit the registration site to learn more.

There will also be a Pre-Conference on Oct. 3, open to school district attorneys, special education directors, dispute resolution contractors and SEA staff.

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.


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