March 2014



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Getting up to speed on Student Learning Objectives

The schedule of this summer’s SLO trainings for teachers is now available. As South Dakota moves towards evaluation systems that take into account both professional practices and student growth, this training is critical.

“As a state, we are trying to balance having a meaningful evaluation system – one that promotes continuous professional growth – and meeting our federal requirements. And sometimes that feels like a tightrope,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “These trainings will help all of us gain a better understanding of what SLOs are and how they can be used to enhance instruction and learning.”

For each training location (eg., Mobridge, Watertown), participants will be divided according to grade level and content area. For example, all 4th grade teachers will meet in one location, while all 6-12 social studies teachers will meet in another location. This has been done to encourage optimal collaboration and learning. Teachers will learn the basics of setting appropriate SLOs and how to identify appropriate measures to assess progress. There will also be time to practice writing quality SLOs with peers.

Registration is now available via the department’s online registration system. (NOTE: Site is best viewed in a browser other than Internet Explorer.)

The deadline to register is April 18.


• Once a preferred date/location has been identified, teachers should be sure to register for the specific session that best describes their position (eg., 4th grade, Elementary MS/HS Music, MS/HS Science, etc.) Click here to access a list of specific sessions.

• Public school teachers who attend the state-sponsored trainings will receive a $125/day stipend.

• CEUs will be available.