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SD Department of Education
Feb. 2017  
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The 2017 Legislative Session is underway, and the pace is gradually picking up. Compared to previous years, the number of education-related bills is fairly small. The status of bills is continually in flux, but as I write this, here are a few bills of interest:

HB 1021 [http://www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=1021] simplifies the payment process for certain students at certain residential treatment centers. If it passes, the state would pay 100 percent of the tuition directly to the treatment center. The tuition rate for these students would also increase. SB 33 [http://www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=sb%2033 and SB 35 [http://www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=sb%2035] are state aid bills related to the Governor’s budget proposal.

HB 1022 [http://www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=1022] and SB 30 [http://www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=30] are what we call ‘clean-up’ bills. These are generally non-controversial bills that seek to update or remove outdated language in state statutes. HB 1022 removes education service agency language from the books, since the ESAs are no longer funded and haven’t been funded since 2011. SB 30 updates language regarding high school equivalency testing by removing references to the GED.

SB 65 [http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2017&Bill=SB%2065] is the result of Amendment R, which South Dakota voters approved in November. It would establish the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, giving the state’s four technical institutes a voice at the state level, similar to the Board of Regents.

The work of updating South Dakota’s educator certification system continues to move ahead. At its Jan. 19 meeting, the state Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on the proposed rule changes.

These proposals have been more than two years in the making, during which department staff worked with stakeholders at all levels of our state education system: K-12 and postsecondary. The last time a certification system overhaul of this magnitude occurred was in the mid-90’s.

If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to review the proposed changes. There is a summary document available on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/certification-rules.aspx]. The rules are posted for public comment at rules.sd.gov. To access them, click into the Department of Education link.

The second public hearing on the proposed rules will be held at the state Board of Education’s March 20 meeting in Aberdeen.

As always, thank you for everything you do on behalf of South Dakota students.

Video from KSFY news story. Second public hearing on proposed certification rule changes to be held March 20
The state Board of Education will hold the second public hearing on proposed certification rule changes at its March 20 meeting in Aberdeen. Proposed rules are posted for public comment at rules.sd.gov. Find more information on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/certification-rules.aspx].
  • KSFY News [http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Certification-changes-could-help-recruit-more-teachers-412012785.html] features proposed certification changes

FAQ document identifies new LEA requirements under ESSA
DOE recently hosted ESSA sessions for school administrators in order to share up-to-date information about LEA requirements, changes to the state’s grants management system, and to solicit feedback on key topics addressed by ESSA work groups. An FAQ document [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/documents/0117-FAQsESSA.pdf] for school districts about new requirements under ESSA is now available.

stock photos of pencils Add your best and brightest to DOE’s Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool by March 1

Let us know: Who’s that early-career teacher in your district who really goes above and beyond? The Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders to be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs.

Candidates should be relatively early in their teaching careers, with a minimum of five years of experience in education. Candidates must be building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally, a principal or specialist is considered. Previous recognition is not required.

To recommend someone for our Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool, complete a Talent Pool Recommendation Form [http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/distinguishededucators.aspx] and return it to Kathy Riedy, Department of Education, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501, no later than March 1.

In addition to filling out the form, we ask that you include a one-page narrative and a resume if possible. Please keep your recommendation confidential and do not share it with the individual.

For more information, contact Kathy Riedy [Kathy.Riedy@state.sd.us], Department of Education, at (605) 773-8415.


School Finance Accountability Board to hold public hearing on proposed rules
At its March 16 meeting in Pierre, the School Finance Accountability Board will hold a public hearing on proposed rules for teacher compensation waivers. Find more information on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/accountabilityboard/]. Proposed rules are posted for public comment at rules.sd.gov. Click on the “Department of Education” link.

Submit Verification of Educational Structure forms by March 1

It’s time to report new schools, closed schools, name changes and grade span changes for the 2017-18 school year.

On Feb. 1, superintendents, educational structure/directory contacts and main Infinite Campus/student data contacts should have received an email regarding verification of educational structure. This email included the educational structure form, which must be completed by all school districts, even if there are no changes that need to be made.

The deadline to submit the form is March 1. No changes will be accepted after the March 1 deadline. Questions? Contact Jennifer Rattling Leaf [jennifer.rattlingleaf@state.sd.us], with the Department of Education.

SD teachers needed for Smarter Balanced development activities

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting teachers to participate in the following activities, to be scheduled over coming months. Please encourage teachers to apply. Up to 78 teachers from South Dakota can be selected. Meeting locations and times will be determined once participants are selected from across the consortium.

  • Annotating Student Work (ELA): fully virtual, March
  • Mathematics Item Review and Item Authoring: in-person, April 17–20
  • Mathematics Item Review: in-person, July 24-28
  • ELA Item Review and Item Authoring: in-person, 5 days in June
  • ELA Item Review: in-person, October
  • Range Finding: in-person, September
  • Data Review: 4-5 day in-person meeting, followed by remote completion of the remaining assignment, if necessary, during December
  • Item Mapping and Digital Library Connections Playlists: 3-5 day in-person meeting in August

Educators must be working in the public school system and certified in English language arts, math or special education. There are also a small number of openings for teachers certified in social science.

The application deadline is Feb. 17. Educators selected to participate will be notified beginning in early March.

Airfare, hotel and meal expenses will be covered and reimbursed. Substitute pay would also be available for activities scheduled during the school year.

Find more information, including an FAQ document and the application, on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/Assessment/SmarterBalanced.aspx].

CTE Logo. CTE. Learning that works for South Dakota. Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month
  • CTE program applications for SY 2017-18 due March 1

    Applications are available now for districts interested in adding or expanding approved career and technical education programs in the 2017-18 school year.

    Establishing approved CTE programs offers students coursework that allows them to seek meaningful and robust personal learning plans. In addition, students can use the courses to meet requirements for both graduation and the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Approved CTE programs that seek to continually improve and support the aims of Career and Technical Education/Perkins are also eligible for the following:

    • Perkins funds
    • State and federal grants (when available)
    • Student organization membership (DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA)
    • Technical support and professional development

    Applications [https://apps.sd.gov/DP42LaunchPad/Logon.aspx] for approved CTE programs must be submitted to the Department of Education by March 1. Contact your regional CTE specialist with any questions and to obtain application logon information. More details, including directions for completing applications are available on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/data/index.aspx.

  • Apply by March 13 for Workforce Education Grants

    The Department of Education is now accepting applications for the second round of 2017 Workforce Education Grants. This is school districts’ chance to make transformative changes in career and technical education programs.

    Educators, here are some things to ask yourselves, if your school district is considering applying:

    • What have you always wanted to make happen in your career and technical education programs?
    • What kind of career guidance programs have you hoped to create?
    • In what ways could your current programs be revised to align with today’s high-tech, knowledge-based industries?
    • What partnerships have you wanted to establish or grow, but haven’t had the resources to dedicate to the effort?
    • What kinds of work-based learning experiences have you hoped to incorporate in your students’ education?
    • In what ways have you wanted to customize students’ educational experiences?
    • What would it take to blur the lines between academic learning and career preparation?

    Resources for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants are available on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/WEG.aspx].

    Applications are due March 13. Awards will be announced by April 14, and projects can start in May.

    An “office hours” conference call with Department of Education Career and Technical Education staff will be held on the date and time listed below. Educators are welcome to connect at any time during the call to ask questions about the grants and discuss project ideas.

    • Friday, Feb. 10, 12:30 – 2 p.m. CST
      • Connect via Skype [https://meet.lync.com/stateofsouthdakota/tiffany.sanderson/88GCSC02] or call 1-866-410-8397 (conference code: 7708795296)

Apply by Feb. 24 for shared services grants
The shared services grant program was established as part of the 2016 education package. These grants provide incentives for districts to work together to find ways to address rural or sparsity needs, increase opportunities or services for students or increase efficiencies. The deadline to apply for this round of grants is Feb. 24. Find details on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/sharedservices.aspx].
View video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9OX5HMtmy8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9OX5HMtmy8 Governor proclaims School Counseling Week Feb. 6-10
  • School counseling program model updated, webinar scheduled

    The South Dakota Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model was recently updated and is available on the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/counselors.aspx].

    The model seeks to help school districts do the following:

    • Develop a vision of what students should know and be able to do as a result of participating in a standards-based counseling program.
    • Use results of data and program analysis to develop and implement activities, strategies and services.
    • Demonstrate the impact of school counseling programs on student achievement and success.

    Elizabeth Rus, school counselor at Fred Assam Elementary School in the Brandon Valley School District, helped with the program model updates. Fred Assam Elementary is the first school in South Dakota to achieve a Recognized ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model Program.

    “When counselors use the South Dakota Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model, they increase their ability to reach all students in their schools by utilizing data to drive their program and measure its effectiveness,” says Rus. “The model is preventative in nature, targeting more students before problems arise, and is a shift from a service provided, to a program that serves all students. School counselors can share program results with parents, staff and community members to inform them about what counselors are doing and what they are able to do to help all students be successful.”

    The Department of Education will offer a webinar on South Dakota’s updated Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model on Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. CST. Registration [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=6099] is still open. The webinar will also be archived on the department’s website [http://doe.sd.gov/octe/counselors.aspx].

  • Nominate an outstanding school counselor by March 3

    The South Dakota School Counseling Association award committee is accepting award nominations for school counselors until March 3.

    Do you work with an outstanding school counselor? Would you like to recognize and nominate him or her for a South Dakota School Counselor Association Award? Nominators do not have to be SDSCA members.

    Three of the four awards are specifically geared towards professional school counselors. All three recipients will receive a free SDSCA membership for 2017-18:

    • Orv Schmieding Award
    • Outstanding Professional School Counselor Award
    • Rising Star Award
    The fourth award, the Special Contributions Award, is given to an individual or a group/organization who makes a positive contribution to the school counseling profession but isn't eligible for any of the three school counselor awards. Nominations are good for two years, as long as the individual or group is still eligible for the award.

    Award nominations are due to Alyssa Krogstrand no later than March 3. Find more information about the individual awards on the SDSCA website [http://sdsca.weebly.com/awards.html].

    Please send the completed nomination form and two letters of recommendation to: Alyssa.Krogstrand@k12.sd.us (or Alyssa Krogstrand, T.F Riggs High School, 1010 E. Broadway, Pierre, SD, 57501) or download and complete the application on Google docs [https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz5h6qPHayl6STlyMDlIbVFINkk].

  • Executive Proclamation
stock photo of fruit and veggies Help students by starting local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Read more at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2017/0131-CANS.pdf.
South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers logo Nominate an outstanding school resource officer by March 10
The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers (SDASRO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 School Officer of the Year Award. Nominees should display professionalism, dedication and commitment to their respective school and/or district. Nominations [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2017/Feb/documents/SDASRO.doc] must be postmarked by March 10.
stock photo of biology teacher Nominate an outstanding biology teacher by March 31

Do you know an outstanding biology teacher? Nominate him/her for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12.

A candidate must currently be teaching biology and/or other life sciences and must have devoted a significant portion of his or her career to teaching life sciences. A minimum of three years teaching experience in public, private or parochial schools is mandatory before applying for the award. Candidates need not be members of NABT, and unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.

Sanford Health sponsors a $1,000 grant for the winning teacher to use for professional development and/or classroom materials. Winners are also invited to the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference in the fall and receive additional materials and prizes from national sponsors.

Nominations containing the following information should be submitted to Julie Olson [julie.olson@k12.sd.us], director of the South Dakota OBTA award:

  • Name of nominee
  • Email address of nominee
  • Name of nominator
  • Email address of nominator
Olson will forward the necessary application forms to the nominee.

The nomination deadline is March 31.

Upcoming Events

Except where otherwise noted, details on the following events are available at GoSignMeUp [http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/].

Title Programs Wednesday Café
Feb. 8, online

SD-STARS Webinar for STARS Account Managers
Feb. 9
March 9
April 13
May 11

SD Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model Overview
Feb. 10, online

Administrative Support Series
Feb. 13, online
March 7, online
April 5, online
**Note: Each session of the Administrative Support Series listed is unique; not a repeat of a previous session

New & Recent Sped Director Webinar Series
Feb. 22
March 28
April 25
**Note: Each session of the New & Recent Sped Director Webinar Series listed is unique; not a repeat of a previous session

SD-STARS Webinar for Data STARS
Feb. 23
March 23
April 27
May 25

SD Invest Year 5
March 1, Mitchell
March 2, Sioux Falls

School Finance Accountability Board
March 16, Pierre [http://doe.sd.gov/accountabilityboard/]

Board of Education
March 20, Aberdeen [http://doe.sd.gov/board/]

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 21-22, Deadwood [http://www.usd.edu/medicine/center-for-disabilities/sd-special-education-conference]

Multi-hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
April 6-7, Rapid City (location change: Pierre) [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/g364-multi-hazard-emergency-planning-for-schools-rapid-city-tickets-31123117081]

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