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Letter from the Secretary
SD Department of Education Sept. 2016  

Face-to-Face EL Program Boot Camp for Administrators & EL Coordinators
Sept. 8-9, Mitchell

South Dakota school districts are experiencing an increase in the number of linguistically diverse students. This change in demographics has created a need for additional support for English Learners (ELs) in schools. In South Dakota, EL teachers are frequently responsible for developing the EL program in their schools, often with very little training. There is also a need for mainstream teachers and administrators to increase their expertise in developing instruction and programming for ELs.

This two-day face-to-face workshop will cover 15 topics related to the education of ELs in the state. Educators (administrators and EL coordinators) will learn about the EL program and have opportunities to ask questions to help develop their local EL programs and knowledge base. Sample documents will be presented and participants will be encouraged to update their local documents and paperwork related to the EL program.

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Fall DOE/Infinite Campus User Group sessions
Sept. 13, Mitchell
Sept. 14, Watertown
Sept. 15, Pierre
Sept. 16, Rapid City

The Department of Education, in conjunction with Infinite Campus, is offering the annual Fall User Group training sessions. These sessions are opportunities for district staff to learn about updates to Infinite Campus, hear about new state reporting requirements and network with peers from across the state.

Never has the accuracy of your district’s data been more important. The data in the Infinite Campus system is used by the South Dakota Department of Education for many purposes including:
  • Calculating districts’ State Aid allotment
  • Calculating districts’ Special Education State Aid allotment
  • Calculating districts’ Title III funding
  • Creating pre-id labels and assigning students in the online assessment systems for districts
  • Populating other systems such as SDMyLife, eMetric, SD-STARS and Perkins
  • Computing attendance, graduation rates, completer rates, dropout identification, etc. for district and school Accountability Report Cards
  • Data requests from the executive and legislative branches of state government
  • General data requests
  • Federal reporting through EdFacts and the Consolidated State Performance Report
  • Complying with requirements for the Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation program
There is no cost to attend this training. Attendees should bring their laptops because they will be able to work in their live production site. Participants are on their own for lunch. To register, please complete the online registration form.

Dates and locations:
  • Sept. 13 - Mitchell - Mitchell Technical Institute (Amphitheater [Tech Center]) - 1800 E. Spruce St.
  • Sept. 14 - Watertown - Lake Area Technical Institute - 1201 Arrow Ave.
    **Must print off the parking pass for this location**
  • Sept. 15 - Pierre - Capitol Lake Visitor Center - 650 East Capitol Ave.
  • Sept. 16 - Rapid City - University Center (Lecture Hall 112) - 4300 Cheyenne Blvd.

Title Programs Wednesday Café
Sept. 14, 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
Sept. 20, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at 10 a.m. CDT, in the Library Commons on first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive, in Pierre. A proposed agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board/.

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

Each year, education professionals from across the state and around the country attend this summit to access high quality professional development, information on the latest trends and proven best practices in the field of Indian education. We seek to showcase successful projects, programs and initiatives for all ages, from preschool to postsecondary.

The summit will be organized into the following strands:
  • Attendance
  • Culture/Language
  • Recruiting/Retaining Qualified Teachers
  • Innovation
Note schedule/format change: This year’s sessions will be two hours long, with the first hour intended to be informational. The second hour will be designated for attendees to work together in small groups to develop action plans based on the information presented.

For more information and to register, visit the summit’s website.

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.

Title I Director’s Workshop
Oct. 5, Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Title I office is offering a workshop for Title I directors.

Learn about expectations for the 2016-17 school year during the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act, changes under ESSA, program-specific information for Title programs and the Grants Management System. Spend time collaborating with your colleagues, asking questions and giving input to the Title programs offered in our state.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

SBAC Interim Assessments
Oct. 7, Pierre

This workshop will provide details on how to set up the administration of interim assessment as well as how to use the Teacher Hand Scoring System. Participants will learn how to use the Interim Blueprints to decide which blocks can inform instruction as well as how to interpret the various reports available once interim assessments are scored.

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Systems Change
17th Annual Conference & Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 12-14, Chamberlain

This year’s Systems Change Conference 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. 13, the 2017 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 the Systems Change website.

Fall Assessment and Accountability Workshop
Oct. 17-21, various locations statewide

These workshops will focus on connecting student data, assessments, curriculum and instruction. The training has been designed to provide proactive tips to address frequently asked questions from last year’s assessment administration and includes information that may be valuable to a variety of education professionals, including assessment directors, Infinite Campus contacts, curriculum directors and administrators.

Teams of three to four people from a district are encouraged to attend, and there will be an opportunity for participants to develop a plan of shared responsibility for assessment administration.

Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

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