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SD Department of Education November 2014  

Board of Education meeting
Nov. 17, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. (CST) in the Library Commons, first floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive. The first of four public hearings will be held, related to content standards adoption in the area of social studies. The second of four public hearings will be held on proposed content standards in the areas of science, fine arts and K-12 educational technology. The board will also consider a proposed administrative rule that establishes performance standards for principals, as well as requirements for evaluation. In addition, the board will get an update on the statewide assessment and the achievement level setting process.

An agenda is available at doe.sd.gov/board.

Secondary/Post-Secondary Collaborations
Nov. 25-Dec. 5, various locations statewide

The Literacy Collaborative event is funded by a Bush Grant. Funding is available to reimburse participants for mileage and districts for substitute expenses.

The Board of Regents and the South Dakota Department of Education have partnered to provide educators from the secondary and post-secondary levels the opportunity to participate in collaborative discussions surrounding college and career readiness for all students.

Participants will receive information on the Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors and how the descriptors impact college readiness. Discussions will also center around the South Dakota College and Career Ready Definition and the skills students need to successfully transition from secondary to post-secondary classrooms and to become career and life ready.

In addition, the one-day collaboration will provide a mini-workshop setting with participants focusing on literacy in the disciplines.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Career and Technical Education Program Improvement meetings
Dec. 1-5, various locations statewide

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Division of Career and Technical Education will be hosting a series of program improvement meetings for district CTE teams. Districts with approved CTE programs are required to attend one program improvement meeting in order to meet federal Perkins requirements for program improvement. The program improvement meeting takes the place of the Progress Report and PIP form school districts have submitted to the office in the past. A team of individuals, including CTE teachers, the Perkins coordinator, a school administrator and the school counselor, should plan to attend. At least two members from each district CTE team must be in attendance in order to meet the requirement.

During the meeting, district teams will review historical CTE performance in order to inform future priorities and set goals. The goals developed at the meeting will be submitted to the Career and Technical Education Office.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Regional Meetings 2014: Career Exploration
Dec. 2-5, various locations statewide

The South Dakota Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education is partnering with the State Library to host School Library Regional Meetings during the first week of December. From those "What do you want to be when you grow up?" conversations with preschool and elementary students to high school Capstone experiences, career exploration is important to guide students of all ages as they prepare for college, career, and life.

During this year's regional meetings, you will learn how school libraries can provide a wealth of resources to help students along the way. The regional meetings, hosted at South Dakota's four technical institutes, will serve as a platform to plan for career exploration for all grades. Each meeting will include training on SDMyLife by Regional Career Development Specialists and a showcase of free online resources provided by the State Library for all grades as they learn about careers, develop skills, and practice for exams. Participants will also receive a tour of the technical institute.

All librarians are encouraged to bring a teacher along to this year's regional meetings to open doors to classroom collaboration. Join us for this opportunity to engage in conversations and learn ways to incorporate these resources into library lessons and partnerships with classroom teachers.

Click here to register. Search by course title.

Click here for a complete listing of events.

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