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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education June 2016  
Letter from the Secretary

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education released draft rules related to the new Every Student Succeeds Act. We are combing through these rules carefully and plan to make public comment back to U.S. Ed. We will push for as much state and local decision making as possible. I encourage those of you who are interested to review the rules as well and offer public comment directly to U.S. Ed.

Statewide work groups are developing the State Plan required under the ESSA. Our state’s accountability system is already strong because of the work done over the past several years to obtain our No Child Left Behind waivers. This process is a great opportunity to examine what’s working well and see where flexibilities within the ESSA might allow us to fine tune some aspects to make them a better fit for South Dakota.

Several other work groups are also busy this summer. The teacher mentoring work group has begun to meet. Senate Bill 133, part of the education package passed by this year’s legislature, includes the development of a statewide mentoring program. This is an energized group who understands well the importance of supporting early-career teachers in order to increase retention.

Another group that came about as a result of this year’s legislative session is the dyslexia work group, scheduled to begin meeting June 14. We want to make sure our state’s current and future teachers feel equipped to help identify and effectively serve students with dyslexia. This group will look at strategies for ensuring our educators feel prepared in this area. Group members will update South Dakota’s Dyslexia Handbook as well.

A new round of standards work is beginning too. Hard to believe it’s already been six years since South Dakota adopted new standards in English language arts and math, but it is time to start reviewing and revising them. The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are part of the review cycle for the first time. Health education standards are also up for review. And with new standards in six CTE career clusters adopted in May, it’s time to start reviewing more career clusters.

You can follow all of these groups’ progress on the Department of Education website.

SD DPS Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Aug. 1
Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Aug. 1.

State and local, public and private nonprofit agencies, including public and non-public schools, are eligible to apply.

Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission area such as prevention or protection against terrorism threats. In particular, schools may be interested in access control projects such as keyless entry, video entry and Fire Marshal-compliant door locks. Surveillance camera systems are not allowable at this time; grants will focus on basic security measures, such as access control, and funding is limited.

Awards are competitive, and local awards will be based on recommendations of regional review committees. Find more information on the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website [http://dps.sd.gov/homeland_security/homeland_security_grants.aspx]:
  • Grant requirements: Administrative Manual - Terms and Conditions May 2016 [http://dps.sd.gov/homeland_security/documents/AdministrativeManual-TermsandConditions-May2016_000.pdf]
  • PowerPoint instructions [http://dps.sd.gov/homeland_security/documents/EDGARVisualInstructionsfor2016HomelandSecurityApplications.pdf] for applying
  • Link to the application system: Electronic Database for Grant Application & Reporting (EDGAR) [https://sddps.intelligrants.com/]
Funding will be available by January 2017. Applicants can call the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security at (605) 773-3450 for technical assistance.

U.S. Ed releases draft rules related to ESSA
The U.S. Department of Education has released draft rules [http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/nprmaccountabilitystateplans52016.pdf] related to the new Every Student Succeeds Act. The South Dakota Department of Education is examining them and will make public comment back to U.S. Ed. Others are also encouraged to review the rules and offer public comment directly to U.S. Ed.

Statewide work groups are also digging into the Every Student Succeeds Act this summer to develop South Dakota’s State Plan. While not a part of the ESSA, educator effectiveness is being reviewed at this time as well. Find agendas, meeting notes and more on the groups’ webpages:

• Accountability [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-Accountability.aspx]
• School Improvement [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-SI.aspx]
• English Language Learner [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-ELL.aspx]
• Educator Effectiveness [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-educator.aspx]

Mentoring Work Group Teacher mentoring work group begins discussions
Senate Bill 133 [http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2016&Bill=SB%20133], part of the 2016 education package, includes development of a statewide mentoring program for teachers. The work group leading this work held its first meeting May 11, in Pierre. Follow this group’s work on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/mentoring.aspx].
SD Sci logo Teachers needed to help develop new science assessment
The South Dakota Department of Education is developing a statewide assessment aligned to the new science standards. Teachers are needed for the Science Achievement Level Descriptors work group, which will begin meeting in August. Please share this information with any of your teachers who would be a good fit for this work.

This work group will develop achievement level descriptors that provide grade and grade-span descriptions of student knowledge, skills and abilities for the science standards. The ALDs will provide the details needed to set cut scores when the new science assessment is implemented in 2017-18. There will be four groups of teachers working in grade-span groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 with four to five participants in each group.

The work group will meet in Pierre Aug. 2-3, with an additional work session to be determined in September or early October. Participants will receive a stipend and all travel expenses for the meetings.

Application link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ScienceALD

CTE Logo Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its May meeting. New standards include Architecture & Construction; Education & Training; Foundational Career & Technical Education; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Security & Corrections; and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM).

Read more at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2016/0516-BOEpr1.pdf.
SD Administrative Rules Proposed rule changes up for public hearing June 20

The South Dakota Board of Education is meeting June 20 in Pierre. Several proposed rule changes will be up for public hearing. The proposed rules are presented in one package here [http://doe.sd.gov/board/documents/062016phd.pdf]. A summary is below. To submit public comment, visit rules.sd.gov and click on “Department of Education.”
  • Deadline to submit Ed Structure data – This proposed rule would set the deadline for districts to report their educational structure data to the Department of Education by March 1 for the next school year (eg., by March 1, 2017, for 2017-18 school year). This deadline is not currently specified in administrative rule, and the proposed date is several weeks earlier than current practice. (See page 22 of the rules package.)

  • New shared services program – These proposed rules outline guidelines and criteria for the new shared services grants approved and funded by the 2016 Legislature. (See pages 23-26 of the rules package.)

  • Technical institutes – The rules package includes a number of items related to the four technical institutes, including setting the per-student allocation for FY 17 and providing guidance for the use of money provided pursuant to HB 1182 and increasing instructor salaries at the technical institutes. (See pages 1-21 of the rules package.)

School counselor certification law going into effect
This is a reminder that SDCL 13-10-17 [http://legis.sd.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-10-17] goes into effect July 1. The law requires that anyone employed as a school counselor must be certified as a school counselor. Anyone who is not a certified school counselor cannot hold the title of ‘School Counselor’. An alternative title may be used, such as ‘Student Advisor.’ Questions can be directed to Andrea Diehm [andrea.diehm@state.sd.us].
SD Indian Education Logo Submit IES presentation proposals by June 10
The 2016 Indian Education Summit will be organized into four strands: attendance, culture/language, recruiting/retaining qualified teachers and innovation. Presentation proposals will be accepted until June 10. Find more information on the summit webpage [http://indianeducation.sd.gov/summit.aspx].
Books and Globe 21st Century School Library Award winners announced
Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries based on performance in three areas: place, programming and professional. Congratulations to these school libraries!

Read more at http://www.doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2016/0524-Libr.pdf.
Upcoming Events

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

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 [http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2016&Bill=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 [http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32] 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

View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ZLrKLMEUU

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 [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse]. Questions? Contact Matt Gill [Matthew.Gill@state.sd.us], 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 [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. 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 [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2016/March/documents/MTSS-Conf.pdf].

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 [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. 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 [http://doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/Top20Training.pdf].

Register at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search by course title.

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

View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ZLrKLMEUU

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 [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/course/browse]. Questions? Contact Matt Gill [matthew.gill@state.sd.us], 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 [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/training.aspx].

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 [http://www.doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/16-TitleI.pdf].

New format in 2016! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

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 [http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-northern-plains-law-conference-on-students-with-disabilities/event-summary-654f2276ec9946c88f3fda629258467b.aspx] to learn more.

There will also be a Pre-Conference [http://www.cvent.com/d/3fqs9m] on Oct. 3, open to school district attorneys, special education directors, dispute resolution contractors and SEA staff.


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