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SD Department of Education May 2015  

Good & Healthy South Dakota Schools webinar series
Available online until June 10

The School Health Program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health announces this free webinar series. The target audiences for these recorded webinars are those responsible for physical education curriculum and instruction in South Dakota schools.

Each of the three webinars is approximately 50-60 minutes in length and is available through June 10, 2015. The webinars must be viewed in their entirety and in the recommended sequence. Click here for a description of each of the webinars.

Participants who complete the webinar series and submit the participant feedback form and the necessary reimbursement forms will be eligible for a $75 rebate. The link to the webinars will be emailed to participants at the email address provided in the online registration. Hard copies of the featured resources, the participant feedback form and the reimbursement forms will be mailed to participants.

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Karen Keyser at Karen.keyser@state.sd.us or (605) 220-6453.

Board of Education meeting
May 18, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. CDT at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Public hearings will be held related to content standards adoption in the areas of science, social studies, fine arts and K-12 educational technology. A proposed agenda is available at http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Template.aspx?id=32.

South Dakota State Historical Society 2015 History Conference
Prairie to Pines: People and Their Environment in South Dakota

May 29-30, Pierre

The environment is more than a backdrop. Our interactions with plants, animals, soil, water and air have helped shape our state's history. At this year’s conference, speakers will be providing insights into the impact our forefathers had on transforming the land and communities--from the farms and industry East River, to the ranches, mines and timber operations West River. This is a unique opportunity for historians, teachers, students and the general public to learn more about the unique environment of our state in a historical context.

Teachers can receive continuing education contact hours for attending. The cost for registration and continuing education contact hours is $145, with a reduced cost of $135 for members of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Click here for more information and to register.

Questions? Contact Jeff Mammenga, South Dakota State Historical Society, at (605) 773-6000.

State Library E-Resources Challenge Lite
June 1-Aug. 3, online

The South Dakota State Library is offering the E-Resources Challenge Lite beginning June 1. Earn free continuing education contact hours as you learn about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources.

The challenge is a self-paced learning opportunity that guides participants in exploring content and features in the library’s statewide subscription electronic resources provided free to all schools. Learn new ways to integrate technology into lessons and how these resources can be used in conjunction with the Common Core State Standards.

Choose from these course options: Basic, Advanced and Common Core Connections.

The lite version does not require creating a blog. Participants will post discoveries in an online form. All lessons will be available June 1, allowing you to work at your own pace. Lessons must be completed by Aug. 3 to earn continuing education units.

Click here for more information and to register. Participants will receive an e-mail when the lessons are posted.

Contact Julie Erickson or Jane Healy, State Library Electronic Services Coordinators, with questions.

Transition Institute
June 1-2, Pierre

Transition Institute provides information on evidence-based strategies to prepare students with disabilities to meet their postsecondary goals. The summer institute will focus on identifying factors and predictors that prepare youth in transition for employment. Information provided in this training will be relevant to new and experienced high school teachers. Graduate credit will be available.

Click here to register.

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 1-July 15, online

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators, a new online course available this summer, will build upon skills taught in the prerequisite course, Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators. Participants will apply fundamental skills to an individual project using data.

Course requirements include readings, participation in online discussions and completion of a data project, with the goal of using data to answer important questions to drive positive change in a district, school or classroom.

The course is scheduled for June 1-July 15, with the data project due July 15. Participation is free. Two credits are available through the University of South Dakota for $40/credit.

Register at https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com. Search by course title. For those wishing to receive credit, there will be an additional link on this website where participants can register with USD.

2015 Summer Education Conference: Multi-Tiered System of Supports
June 3-4, Pierre

This conference is open to all schools, with a reduced registration rate available for educators from MTSS schools. Graduate credit is available.

The first day of the conference will focus on teaching students to think critically about text. School-wide Positive Behavior Supports will be the main topic of day two. Keynote speakers will be Jill Jackson and Dr. George Sugai.

Click here for more information and to register.

Click here for a complete listing of events.

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