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Mentor and first-year teacher applications due Sept. 23
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2017 SD Teacher of the Year nomineesView larger photo at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/Sept/2016TOYS.aspx TEACHER FEATURE: 2017 SD Teacher of the Year nominees

The 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be named Oct. 13 in Chamberlain at the Systems Change Conference. Meet the nominees in the videos below. Kudos to these exemplary teachers!

Watch video interview with Tina England
Tina England – Stanley County School District
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXgM5LuD_50.
Watch video interview with Cindy Gerlach
Cindy Gerlach – Mitchell School District
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojP69r1A4hg.


Watch video interview with Beth Kaltsulas
Beth Kaltsulas – Yankton School District
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9N4cSv_31s.



Watch video interview with Velda Schneider
Velda Schneider – Chester Area School District
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEafzTtJ964.



Watch video interview with Aimee Wagner
Aimee Wagner – Leola School District
View video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsdFqFGdPXU.


Teacher feedback wanted on revised math, ELA, health standards

Work groups reviewed and revised the state’s math, English language arts and health education standards throughout summer 2016. All K-12 educators are encouraged to provide feedback on these proposed changes by May 15, 2017.

Math and English language arts
The South Dakota Department of Education recently emailed districts a standards review toolkit [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/Sept/documents/Standards.docx] outlining options for presenting proposed math and ELA standards and guiding discussion among staff. The toolkit is designed to meet a variety of district needs: from a 15-minute presentation for all staff, up to two-three hours for in-depth discussions within grade levels and departments.

“There were educated, informed (sometimes lively) debates over the addition, amendment or deletion of nearly every word or phrase in almost every ELA Standard Strand K-12,” said Redfield Elementary Principal and ELA work group member Samantha Walder.

Nicol Reiner, the South Dakota Department of Education’s new math specialist, also appreciated the review process: “Being involved in the math standards revision was such a valuable experience. The conversations with colleagues about the standards and their implications for learning and instruction were so deep and insightful. Each time we met, I walked away with a more refined understanding of not only the mathematics being learned at each grade level, but how it is best learned, how it fits in with the other concepts in other grades, and why the grouping, progression and alignment of concepts is so important.”

“We really hope all South Dakota educators will dig into these proposed changes,” said Teresa Berndt, reading specialist for the Department of Education. “If you’re a 3rd grade teacher, I hope you’ll look at your own grade-level standards, but also up and down: Do the 2nd grade standards appropriately build to yours, and do your standards build to 4th grade?”

It is also important to remember that ELA standards cover reading and writing standards for literacy in science, history/social studies and technical subjects. “This means everyone has insight to offer,” says Berndt. “For instance, if you teach high school chemistry, I hope you’ll take a look at the literacy standards for science.”

Health education

Ten committee members representing school districts, community agencies and the general public examined the current South Dakota Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators for Pre-K through grade 12. Committee members reviewed the current SDHES, which are modeled after the National Health Education Standards. The large group discussion resulted in the decision to keep the SDHES as currently written, the rationale being that the SDHES provide greater use of nationally developed health education resources, and the SDHES will remain relevant over time.

However, revisions were made to the performance indicators for each of the four grade spans (Pre-K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12). Committee members worked in small groups to conduct a thorough review and revision of the indicators. The majority of revisions occurred relative to the level of cognitive complexity of the performance indicators. The goal of the revisions is to provide a greater sense of clarity as to what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade span.

The proposed SDHES and performance indicators are available on the South Dakota Department of Education content standards webpage [http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/health-review.aspx]. Educators can provide feedback on the proposed standards and performance indicators by completing this survey [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L56BLXL].

Revision and adoption timelines
Standards work groups will reconvene in summer 2017 to consider all feedback from the field and make any necessary changes. All three sets of standards will then receive four public hearings at state Board of Education meetings during the 2017-18 school year.

After board approval, 2018-19 will be capacity-building years for revised ELA and health education standards, with educators expected to teach to the new standards in school year 2019-20. Students will be assessed on the new ELA standards for the first time in spring 2020. Students are assessed on health education through local assessments only.

Capacity-building for revised math standards will be 2018-20, after board approval. Educators will be expected to teach to the new standards in school year 2020-21, and students will be assessed on the new standards for the first time in spring 2021.

Find detailed information on the revision process for these three sets of standards on the Department of Education website:

  • Math [http://www.doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/math-review.aspx]
  • English language arts [http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/ELA-review.aspx]
  • Health education [http://doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/health-review.aspx]





Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards Report Cover

Bringing Native American culture into your classroom



The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards [http://doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/documents/OSEU-Draf.pdf] are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee SHAW-koh-we] means “Seven Council Fires” and refers collectively to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.

In summer 2016, a team of individuals, including Native American elders, reviewed and proposed revisions to the OSEU. This team also developed social studies lessons aligned to the OSEU. These lessons can be accessed on the WoLakota Project website [http://www.wolakotaproject.org/lessons-sd-social-studies-standards].

Upcoming trainings will also help teachers weave the OSEU together with social studies standards to create relevant lessons for all students. These trainings will allow teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised OSEU and newly adopted social studies standards. Graduate credit will be available. Trainings will be offered in Watertown [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/Sept/images/WTtrainings.jpg] and Rapid City [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/Sept/images/RCtrainings.jpg].




2016 SD Indian Education Summit
Register for the 2016 Indian Education Summit

Each year, education professionals from across the state and around the country attend this summit to access high quality professional development, information on the latest trends and proven best practices in the field of Indian education. We seek 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/].




Presidential Award

Four SD educators earn Presidential Award

Four South Dakota educators were among those honored in Washington, D.C., recently as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

Read more at http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/documents/2016/0908-PAEM.pdf.

Systems Change Conference Leaf Systems Change Conference coming up Oct. 12-14

The Systems Change Conference [http://tie.events/systems-change-conference/] is one of the region’s premier professional development events for educators. It promotes ideas, strategies and resources to help schools make positive changes to increase student achievement. On the evening of Oct. 13, the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a special recognition banquet.



State Library e-resources graphic
State Library e-resources offer more than ever

The South Dakota State Library announces access to a suite of Ebsco databases at no charge to all South Dakota schools. This includes general and scholarly e-resources, such as Academic Search Premier, and subject-specific e-resources including health and business. Ebsco’s new Explora is designed for K-12 student and educator research.

In addition, ProQuest has added “US Major Dailies” to its “Current news” section, providing access to the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post from 1980-present. ProQuest also contains ProQuest Discovery and Research Library databases, which offer full-text coverage of general, scholarly and trade publications. Within ProQuest, users can search one, two or all three of these databases simultaneously.

In other news, World Book has added the Activity Corner, which offers thousands of activities for all ages with instructions, photographs, illustrations and more. Each activity also includes a list of materials for easy reference. Activities can be printed, e-mailed or saved in their entirety to users’ computers.

The new “puzzle map” [http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/puzzle/puzzlemap.pdf] features the full list of databases, and here is a handy chart [http://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/news/16/Sept/documents/eresource.docx] summarizing recent database updates.

Questions? Call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665.



Interested in reviving the SD Council for the Social Studies?
TIE is conducting a survey to gauge interest in re-establishing the South Dakota Council for the Social Studies. The group has been inactive for several years. Provide your input by completing this survey [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VHX7V38] by Oct. 1.



Book Cover Read for the Record Oct. 27

School libraries have a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year’s selection is “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.” A limited number of free books are still available for order from the State Library.

A limited number of libraries that register on the Jumpstart website [https://www.jstart.org/campaigns/register-read] by Sept. 27 will be provided with a free copy of the book from the South Dakota State Library. (several copies also available in Spanish)

Prove registration by sending a screenshot of your registration confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to Jasmine Rockwell [jasmine.rockwell@state.sd.us] with the State Library. Please indicate if you would prefer a copy of the book in Spanish or English when sending your registration confirmation.

  • Coordinate with the libraries in your community, daycares and other local youth programs to maximize your reach. This may mean holding several programs in multiple places, but this special day is worth it!
  • Send photos of your event to the South Dakota State Library for possible inclusion in a future publication.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Rockwell [jasmine.rockwell@state.sd.us] with the State Library.


Dyslexia stakeholders group meets over summer
The dyslexia stakeholders group was assembled to help guide the state on how to better assist schools in identifying and serving students with dyslexia. For more information on the group, including meeting minutes, please visit the Department of Education website [http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/Dyslexia.aspx].

Upcoming Events

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


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/].




SDMyLife: Portfolio Administrators/Advanced
Oct. 4, Mitchell

This training is targeted at participants who want to maximize the potential of SDMyLife with their students through setting user preferences, creating teacher/advisor accounts, setting up student groups or advisories, uploading courses for personal learning plans and accessing data reports that can be used to drive decision making to increase student achievement.

No special training required. People new to SDMylife are welcome. Hands-on assistance will be provided. Participants must bring their own computer or device with wireless internet accessibility. CEU hours are available. One graduate credit available upon completion of additional assignments to implement SDMyLife with students in grades 6-12.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Janeen Outka at janeen.outka@teachwell.org.

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




SDMyLife New Users
Oct. 4, Mitchell

During this hands-on training session, participants will experience the student side of SDMyLife, including career interest and learning styles inventories, personal learning plans, career searches, secondary and postsecondary planning tools and much more. Additional resources, lesson plans, the SDMyLife magazine and implementation ideas will be shared.

Participants must bring their own computer or device with wireless internet accessibility. CEU hours are available. One graduate credit available upon completion of additional assignments to implement SDMyLife with students in grades 6-12.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Janeen Outka at janeen.outka@teachwell.org.

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


Lesson Planning for English Learners & Extension Webinars
Oct. 11-12, Sioux Falls

This two-day learning opportunity will enhance participants' lesson planning processes. Specifically, participants will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use within settings that integrate content and academic language learning. Throughout this process, participants will explore elements of the WIDA Standards Framework in depth as they design instruction that promotes students' content learning and language development.

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




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/].




IEP Back to Basics
Oct. 14-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.




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.


ONLINE EL Program Boot Camp
Oct. 20, 2016 - Jan. 26, 2017, online

School districts within the state of South Dakota are experiencing an increase in the number of linguistically diverse students. This change in demographics has created a need for additional support for English Learners (ELs) in schools. In South Dakota, EL teachers are frequently responsible for developing the EL program in their schools, often with very little training. There is also a need for mainstream teachers and administrators to increase their expertise in developing instruction and programming for ELs.

This webinar workshop will cover 15 topics related to the education of ELs in the state. Educators (teachers, administrators and other school personnel) will learn about the EL program and have opportunities to ask questions each session to develop their local EL programs and knowledge base. Sample documents will be presented and participants will be encouraged to update their local documents and paperwork related to the EL program.

Each session will be about one hour long and will be held online. Participants who cannot attend the live session will have an opportunity to view the recorded webinar online and will take a quiz regarding the topics covered in the webinar. Instructors will stay online for 15 minutes to answer questions after each session.

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


   
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