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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education May 2016  
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

Title Programs Wednesday Café
May 11, online

Title Programs Wednesday Café webinars are intended for Title I schools. Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Questions? Contact Dawn Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-2535.


Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. CDT in the Northern State University Student Center, 1200 South Jay St., in Aberdeen. The final of four public hearings will be held on proposed career and technical education standards in several career clusters.

The board will also hold a public hearing on a proposed rule change related to school accountability. The proposed change calls for holding school classifications currently in place in South Dakota steady for another year (throughout the 2016-17 school year). Visit the board's webpage to learn more; look under the “Rules” subhead.

An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.




Principal Effectiveness webinar
May 18

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 also recorded and posted on the department’s website. Register at GoSignMeUp. Here is a calendar of session dates, descriptions and log-in information.




Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
May 30-July 13, online

Since summer 2013, the Department of Education has offered courses to train educators on how to use data. These courses provided training on fundamental skills.

Building upon skills taught in the prerequisite “Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators,” this online course applies the fundamental skills to an individual project that uses data. Participants will complete required readings, participate in online discussions and complete a data project with the goal of using data to answer important questions to drive positive change in their district, school or classroom.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.




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. Contact Matt Gill with questions.




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.




Boot Camp 2016: Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library
July 18-21, Pierre

What is a primary source? Where can I find primary sources to use with my students? How do I integrate primary sources into my lessons?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the State Library in Pierre from July 18-21, during Boot Camp 2016. Students will explore Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library with an emphasis on integrating research and social studies standards. Class time will include activities at the Cultural Heritage Center Museum and Archives, a tour of the Oahe Dam and a visit with a Lewis and Clark expert.

All educators, certified and paraprofessional, are welcome! Find registration information and more on the State Library website.

Registration closes June 1.

Questions? Contact Joan Upell or Kathleen Slocum with the State Library.




The GO TO Strategies Workshop
July 25, Sioux Falls
July 26, Oacoma

This full-day workshop will introduce newly-developed strategies and resources that enable teachers to plan scaffolded, yet rigorous and relevant content lessons for English language learners. It is imperative that teachers create lessons that enable ELLs to master academic language and content simultaneously. The strategies presented in this workshop have been chosen to reflect research-based principles of instruction for ELLs with an emphasis on the inclusion of oral academic language instruction. The goal is to increase the comprehensibility of academic language and to promote student interaction while using language.

Participants will be able to:

• Associate strategies with research-based principles of instruction.

• Become familiar with the components of the GO TO Strategies and how to use the resources.

• Participate in strategy demonstrations during the workshop and plan classroom applications.

• Draft and share action plans that use specific strategies to develop the domains of language.

• Begin to use a planning framework that scaffolds content lessons by integrating strategies.

• Leave with abundant resources for scaffolding instruction for ELLs, including the complete GO TO Strategy materials (101 pages) and handouts of workshop activities.

Spread the word with 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.

Integration
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. Contact Matt Gill with questions.


A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

 
     
 

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