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A Welcome Back message from the Secretary
View video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi8jYTnN8Ck.
teacher TEACHER FEATURE: Is this the Twilight Zone?

When George Hawkins was waiting in the school office to interview for his job, a student walked up to him, shook his hand and asked what brought him to the school that day. The student had nothing to do with the interview process, just happened to be in the office.

Hawkins was so impressed by the student’s professional behavior, he jokes that he thought he had landed in the Twilight Zone. In fact, the old sci-fi show’s intro sums up the Sioux Falls school quite well:

    You unlock this door with the key of imagination
    Beyond it is another dimension
    A dimension of sound
    A dimension of sight
    A dimension of mind
    You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance
    Of things and ideas
    You’ve just crossed over into...

New Technology High.

New Tech follows a group project-based model, and over the course of their high school careers, Hawkins estimates students give hundreds of presentations of learning--to small groups, large groups, even community members. So it’s no surprise that student felt perfectly comfortable addressing a new adult in the building.

In Hawkins’ American Experience class, he and his co-teacher Jason Currie-Olson have set up a class “economy” to encourage students to use new technology. It can cost a group a lot of American Experience “dollars” to use PowerPoint, because students are so familiar with the program. Prezi would be cheaper, because students tend to be a little less familiar with it. And by introducing a brand-new technology to the class, a group can actually earn dollars for sharing the information.

The American Experience course incorporates U.S. history, American film history and American literature. Major class projects have included writing “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels based on westward expansion and developing a trip itinerary through the 1860s American South as a Civil War era travel agent. Students also research World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to debate whether war, with all of its destruction, can ever be beneficial.

It’s the story arcs that drew Hawkins to history. “I had some amazing teachers who spoke to the story, the idea that these are events that happened a long time ago, and they still impact you today,” he says. “I found it intriguing that there are these long story arcs that connect with one another. These are real stories, and there was a person behind them who you can point to and talk about. And their ideas then carry forward to today.”

Hawkins also teaches a government course in which students create candidates and develop campaign strategies. Another project puts students in the role of legislators and tasks them with writing a law. Local legislators have come into the classroom to help with this project by offering students insight into state government and suggestions for improving their laws.

This year, Hawkins was awarded the James Madison Fellowship, which recognizes promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government. The fellowship is helping him pursue his master’s degree. He’s already taken three classes and can’t wait to take what he’s learning into his classroom this fall.


New statewide teacher mentoring program gets underway


Senate Bill 133, part of the 2016 education package, created a program to provide for the mentoring of first-year teachers in South Dakota school districts. A statewide program has been developed, and funding is also available for districts that wish to handle mentoring locally.

The statewide program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer workshop following the first year of employment. This is an excellent opportunity for experienced South Dakota teachers (current and retired) to share their skills and help guide beginning teachers. In addition, through this program, South Dakota’s newest teachers will be supported and welcomed into the education community.

Requirements have also been established for districts that would like to receive funding to handle mentoring locally. Find more information, including applications for mentors and first-year teachers, at doe.sd.gov/mentoring.




Need a pre- and post-assessment for your SLO? Check these out!


SLO and Assessment work groups sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education met during spring and summer 2016 to develop standards-based assessments that can be used to pre- and post-assess students as part of the SLO process. These assessments and accompanying SLO Process Guides are available in a variety of content areas and grade levels. They can be found on the DOE website [http://www.doe.sd.gov/teachereffectiveness/Assessments.aspx].

To further support teachers in developing differentiated SLO goals, some of these assessments identify items that would be considered pre-requisite skills (red font color), grade level skills (black font color), and subsequent skills (blue font color). Teachers are encouraged to use the assessments as is or adapt them to best fit the needs of their students. The accompanying SLO Process Guides include standards and assessment information. Teachers would need to complete the Process Guide based on their own student information and data collection.

Pre-assessment data can help teachers understand the following, so they can write goals to challenge students who are at different skill levels:
  • Pre-requisite skills students mastered in a previous grade or course
  • Students’ current grade-level skills
  • Subsequent skills students may be able to attain at the end of the grade or course
NOTE: As always, SLOs and their corresponding assessments are to be approved by the evaluator.





National Board Certification Video

View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SLgb0e4vVI.

Why National Board Certification?



The 2016 education package reinstated stipends for South Dakota public school teachers and counselors who seek National Board Certification. Hear from Rapid City Area teachers Nicole Keegan and Katey Swank about how certification benefits teachers, students and schools.

More information at http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/nationalboard.aspx.



2016 Celebrating South Dakota Teachers magazine
2016 Celebrating South Dakota Teachers magazine available

The 2016 issue of Celebrating South Dakota Teachers is now available. This publication seeks to elevate and raise awareness about the importance of the teaching profession. It features many of our state’s award-winning teachers and is shared with teacher preparation candidates at our public universities, South Dakota public schools, legislators and other key stakeholders. To access the magazine, go to http://doe.sd.gov/documents/16-CSDTmg.pdf.


2016 SDMylife Magazine

SDMyLife updates: new magazine available; trainings scheduled

The 2016-17 edition of the SDMyLife magazine is now available. Visit sdmylife.com to access the electronic version of the magazine or complete the order form to request print copies for your students. Lesson plans and career planning activities for current and past editions of the SDMyLife magazine can be accessed by clicking Lessons & Resources on the Educators page at sdmylife.com.

SDMyLife now available to 6th graders
SDMyLife, South Dakota’s free online career and education planning tool, is now available to students in grades 6-12. Students will be able to log on using their @k12.sd.us email address and password or by using their SDMyLife username and password.

Webinars highlighting SDMyLife implementation for 6th graders, including suggested activities and accompanying lesson plans will be held Sept. 19 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (CDT) and from 4:30-5:15 p.m. (CDT).

Register for the webinars at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com]. For more information, contact Megan Tatum [Megan.Tatum@state.sd.us] or Janeen Outka [Janeen.outka@teachwell.org].

Fall 2016 onsite trainings
Fall 2016 SDMyLife trainings will be held in Mitchell and Rapid City. Register for the trainings at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com]. Graduate credit is pending. Participants will need to attend training and complete outside assignments to meet credit requirements.
  • Sept. 15, Rapid City
    • SDMyLife New Users: 9 a.m. – noon (MDT)
    • SDMyLife Portfolio Administrators/Advanced: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (MDT)
  • Sept. 20, Mitchell
    • SDMyLife New Users: 9 a.m. – noon (CDT)
    • SDMyLife Portfolio Administrators/Advanced: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Oct. 4, Mitchell
    • SDMyLife Portfolio Administrators/Advanced: 9 a.m. – noon (MDT)
    • SDMyLife New Users: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (MDT)



Suicide prevention training requirement begins July 2017

Senate Bill 129, passed by the 2016 Legislature, requires anyone applying for an initial or renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional to participate in suicide awareness and prevention training. The requirement begins July 1, 2017. The state Board of Education has now adopted training guidelines. Find more info at http://doe.sd.gov/suicideprevention/.


ESEA Video
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGqCEcRT9eM.
ESSA Implementation: Let’s talk

South Dakota work groups have been meeting throughout the summer to develop the state plan required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The South Dakota Department of Education has created a new listserv dedicated to issues around implementation of the ESSA in our state. Anyone interested in ESSA implementation efforts is invited to sign up for the listserv. To sign up, visit the listserv webpage [https://listserv.sd.gov/scripts/wa.exe?A0=SDESSAIMPLEMENTATION] and follow the link to “Subscribe or Unsubscribe.” Also, please share this information with any education-related groups you work with who may be interested.

Through the ESSA Implementation listserv, the department will provide updates on implementation in South Dakota. More importantly, the department is posing questions on critical implementation topics on which broad input is needed. Questions are posed via the listserv, and subscribers are asked to respond via an online survey tool, so the department can collect responses in one spot. Responses will be shared with the ESSA work groups, as well as department staff responsible for developing the state plan required under ESSA. The following questions have been asked thus far:
  • South Dakota has an opportunity to design an indicator around student success and school quality as part of its accountability system. What thing(s) should be measured that would provide meaningful results? Think about different indicators for elementary/middle vs. high school. Provide input [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T25JTG9] on this question.

  • The Accountability Work Group [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/essa-Accountability.aspx], which is helping to guide creation of South Dakota’s state plan required under the ESSA, is asking for input on two important topics. See below and follow the links to provide feedback.
    • ESSA allows states flexibility in determining which school to hold accountable in the event that a student in the four-year cohort drops out, and additionally, was enrolled less than 50% of their last enrolled school year at the last school they attended. Two options exist:
          A) Currently, we count students as
               a dropout at the last school
               they attended
      . We could continue to
               do this.
          B) We could look at the student’s four-year
               enrollment trends and determine
               at which school the student had spent
               the majority of his/her time
      , in order
               to assign the school of accountability.


    • Looking at the 2014-15 cohort, there were approximately 375 students who were enrolled less than 50% of their last school year. About two-thirds of these students would count at their last attended school regardless of whether Option A or Option B were employed. If Option B were selected, approximately 13% would be easily reassigned to another school, and about 1/5 of cases would require a deeper data analysis to determine which school would be accountable for their dropout.

      The recommendation of the Accountability Work Group is that the state use Option B.

      Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HGDY3KG to provide input on this question.

    • ESSA calls for states to develop an indicator around “school quality or student success.” At the high school level, South Dakota already has a college and career readiness indicator in its School Performance Index. The work group is considering revising that indicator, to include more options, and using it for the student success indicator at the high school level. The proposal the work group is considering is below. A student would need to demonstrate college readiness OR career readiness in order for a school to receive SPI points. Each indicator begins with a “gateway” that a student must meet and then allows for options to further demonstrate readiness.

      College Readiness
      Gateway: Cumulative GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0
      Benchmarks: One or more of the following:
      • English (18) and Mathematics (20) ACT sub-score
      • Level 3 or 4 scores on 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment
      • Elementary Algebra (76 or higher) and Sentence Skills (86 or higher) for Accuplacer
      • Advanced Placement Examination (3 or higher)
      • Advanced Placement Course (A, B or C)
      • High School General Education Dual Credit and Concurrent Credit Completion (C or higher on all coursework)
      • College Developmental/Remedial English and/or Math (A, B or C)

      Career Readiness
      Gateways:
      • 94% attendance in final school year (equates to two weeks’ vacation in the professional world)
        -or-
      • 94% attendance from the time first entered 9th grade until graduation
        -or-
      • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0

      Benchmarks: Choose Option 1, 2, 3 or 4:
          1. CTE Concentrator
          2. Two or more technical dual credit
              courses (A, B or C)
          3. National Career Readiness Certificate
              (Silver or above)
          4. Two or more of the below
              • Completion of a Capstone Course
                (A, B or C)
              • Completion of a CTE Foundational
                Course (A, B or C)
              • Completion of one technical dual credit
                course (A, B or C)

      Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H677GV8 to provide feedback on this proposal.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/.


IEP Process in Action
Aug. 22-Sept. 22, various locations statewide

This training is designed to provide an overview of criteria used in the special education process. Participants will be reviewing the special education process to think about how the whole team can be involved in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search by course title.


IEP Transition
Aug. 25, Rapid City
Aug. 30, Sioux Falls

This training will provide secondary education teachers an overview of how the transition process can guide Individual Education Plan (IEP) development to assist the student in achieving his or her postsecondary goals.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search by course title.


IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 7-Nov. 4, various locations statewide

This training is designed for teachers with three or fewer years of special education experience, who are in need of learning more details about the special education process from referral to implementation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). During this training, participants will review all of the forms as they follow the special education process from referral through consent, evaluation, eligibility, IEP development and parental prior written notice.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search by course title.


Board of Education
Sept. 20, Pierre

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet in Pierre at 10 a.m. CDT. A proposed agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal [http://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32].


Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

Each year, education professionals from across the state and around the country attend this summit to access high quality professional development and information on the latest trends and proven best practices in the field of Indian education. The summit seeks to showcase successful projects, programs and initiatives for all ages, from preschool to postsecondary.

The summit will be organized into the following strands:
  • Attendance
  • Culture/Language
  • Recruiting/Retaining Qualified Teachers
  • Innovation
Note schedule/format change: Several of this year’s sessions will be two hours long, with the first hour intended to be informational. The second hour will be designated for attendees to work together in small groups to develop action plans based on the information presented.

For more information and to register, visit the summit’s website [http://tie.events/ies/.


Systems Change
17th Annual Conference & Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 12-14, Chamberlain

This year’s Systems Change Conference [http://tie.events/systems-change-conference/] will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. This is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. On the evening of Oct. 13, the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet. Graduate credit and DOE contact hours are available.

For more information and to register, visit the Systems Change website [http://tie.events/systems-change-conference/].


K-2 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 17 & Dec. 5, Rapid City
Oct. 24 & Dec. 12, Watertown

These trainings will allow social studies teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding standards and social studies standards.

In this two-day training, participants will do the following:
  • Discover the organization, format and content of the OSEU standards
  • Examine the exemplar lessons developed by educators in South Dakota, using the Inquiry Design Model that has been utilized in previous South Dakota social studies standards trainings
  • Create inquiry-based lessons aligned to both the social studies standards and the OSEU standards
Lesson and classroom materials will be provided for free.

Graduate credit will be available at reduced cost, for those who attend both days and complete some follow-up work. Continuing education hours are also available for those who attend both days.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search keywords “social studies.”

Questions? Contact Sherry Dickerson [Sherry.Dickerson@state.sd.us] with the South Dakota Department of Education.


3-5 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 18 & Dec. 6, Rapid City
Oct. 25 & Dec. 13, Watertown

These trainings will allow social studies teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding standards and social studies standards.

In this two-day training, participants will do the following:
  • Discover the organization, format and content of the OSEU standards
  • Examine the exemplar lessons developed by educators in South Dakota, using the Inquiry Design Model that has been utilized in previous South Dakota social studies standards trainings
  • Create inquiry-based lessons aligned to both the social studies standards and the OSEU standards
Lesson and classroom materials will be provided for free.

Graduate credit will be available at reduced cost, for those who attend both days and complete some follow-up work. Continuing education hours are also available for those who attend both days.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search keywords “social studies.”

Questions? Contact Sherry Dickerson [Sherry.Dickerson@state.sd.us] with the South Dakota Department of Education.


6-8 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 19 & Dec. 7, Rapid City
Oct. 26 & Dec. 14, Watertown

These trainings will allow social studies teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding standards and social studies standards.

In this two-day training, participants will do the following:
  • Discover the organization, format and content of the OSEU standards
  • Examine the exemplar lessons developed by educators in South Dakota, using the Inquiry Design Model that has been utilized in previous South Dakota social studies standards trainings
  • Create inquiry-based lessons aligned to both the social studies standards and the OSEU standards
Lesson and classroom materials will be provided for free.

Graduate credit will be available at reduced cost, for those who attend both days and complete some follow-up work. Continuing education hours are also available for those who attend both days.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search keywords “social studies.”

Questions? Contact Sherry Dickerson [Sherry.Dickerson@state.sd.us] with the South Dakota Department of Education.


9-12 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 20 & Dec. 8, Rapid City
Oct. 27 & Dec. 15, Watertown

These trainings will allow social studies teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding standards and social studies standards.

In this two-day training, participants will do the following:
  • Discover the organization, format and content of the OSEU standards
  • Examine the exemplar lessons developed by educators in South Dakota, using the Inquiry Design Model that has been utilized in previous South Dakota social studies standards trainings
  • Create inquiry-based lessons aligned to both the social studies standards and the OSEU standards
Lesson and classroom materials will be provided for free.

Graduate credit will be available at reduced cost, for those who attend both days and complete some follow-up work. Continuing education hours are also available for those who attend both days.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp [https://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/]. Search keywords “social studies.”

Questions? Contact Sherry Dickerson [Sherry.Dickerson@state.sd.us] with the South Dakota Department of Education.

   
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