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Nov. 2017  

Image of Mercia Schroeder. TEACHER FEATURE: Bringing cultures together in a small South Dakota town

I have no idea what I want to do with my life, but boy, I want to speak this language. That’s what Plankinton teacher Mercia Schroeder remembers thinking as a 5th grade student in Brazil, when a teacher stood in front of her class with a guitar and sang a short song in English.
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Stock photo of ear buds. Webinar coming up on DOE’s National Board Certification cohort
Thinking about pursuing National Board Certification, but not sure what to expect? The Department of Education is hosting a webinar Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. CST for those interested in learning more about the process and the cohort that will start in 2018. Current National Board Certified teachers will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m. CST: Call 1-866-410-8397 (conference code: 6057736260)

Feedback wanted on World Language Standards
A work group reviewed South Dakota’s World Language Standards this past summer and is seeking input from educators before moving forward with public hearings. The proposed World Language Standards are available for viewing and educator feedback throughout the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. The deadline for educator feedback is May 15, 2018.

The Digital Library. Smarter Balanced Logo. DOE seeking presenter proposals for Mentoring Summer Academy

The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2018 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 600 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentor program will attend this event scheduled for June 4-5 in Sioux Falls.
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Stock photo of hands holding up colorful letters that spell ENGLISH SD English Learner Chats to begin in December

Beginning Dec. 19, the Department of Education will host monthly webinar sharing sessions for educators who work with English learners. Hear new ideas from colleagues, share ideas and ask questions. Find details, including several planned topics of discussion, on this flyer.

image of South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines cover. South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines updated

The South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines have been updated, and among those making use of them are School Administrators of South Dakota, through their new Preschool Levels of Excellence program, which launched this school year.
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image of cover of Oceti Sakowin Essential for Understandings and Standards. November Highlights: Ideas for using the OSEU in your classroom

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. A work group has been developing OSEU-aligned sample social studies lessons for teachers of all grade levels. Each month we are highlighting samples, developed using the Inquiry Design Model Blueprint™:

Screen shot of The Digital Library. November Spotlight: Playlist for HS Statistics and Probability

On the Department of Education’s Digital Library webpage, this month’s resource spotlight is a look at the SBAC Connections Playlist for Statistics and Probability. Playlists are designed to help educators make sense of SBAC Interim Assessment results. The Digital Library is an online repository of formative assessment resources available at no cost to all South Dakota public school teachers.
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Image of the cover of the Data Digest. 2017 School Library Data Digest available

The 2017 School Library Data Digest is now available, with information about services, electronic resources, digital access, circulation, programming and more at school libraries across South Dakota. The School Library Data Digest is a compilation of data gathered via the annual school library survey distributed by the State Library to school districts every spring.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Formative Language Assessment
Dec. 5-6, Sioux Falls

CTE 101 Online
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (4-5 p.m. CST)
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (5-6 p.m. CST)

Effective Core EL Program
Jan. 4, Pierre
Jan. 5, Sioux Falls

ACCESS 2.0 Assessment Workshop
Jan. 16, Pierre
Jan. 17, Watertown
Jan. 18, Mitchell

2017-2018 Program Improvement Meetings
Jan. 22, Rapid City
Jan. 23, Pierre
Jan. 24, Aberdeen
Jan. 29, Mitchell
Jan. 30, Sioux Falls
Jan. 31, Brookings

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