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For Immediate Release: March 2, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick-Smith - (605)773-7228

Trainings to Address Reauthorized IDEA



Discover the impact of the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) on South Dakota schools, students and families. The Department of Education’s Special Education Programs will host training sessions at locations across the state. All trainings will be held from noon to 4 p.m. A list of dates and locations follows:

  • March 16, Pierre, Ramkota RiverCentre
  • March 23, Sioux Falls, Holiday Inn City Center
  • April 5, Watertown, Watertown Event Center
  • April 12, Aberdeen, Best Western Ramkota
  • April 26, Rapid City, Hampton Inn IDEA has several main themes.
These include:
  • Protecting the civil rights of students with disabilities to a free, appropriate public education;
  • Making IDEA work for students, parents, teachers, school administrators and school districts;
  • Providing quality services and instruction at all stages, from early childhood through high school graduation;
  • Improving discipline and ensuring safety;
  • Integrating of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;


To register for one of the training sessions, visit the South Dakota Professional Development website. Click on the date of the session you wish to attend.

South Dakota Professional Development