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South Dakota no longer receives funds to support Coordinated School Health.
Administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the School Health Profiles is conducted by the South Dakota Department of Health in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Education.

Professional Development Opportunities


Effective health education programs have a vital role to play in enhancing student’s health and thus in raising academic achievement.

Coordinated School Health (CSH) in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health has experience and leadership in providing teachers with the hands-on preparation and experience needed in order to align curriculum with education standards and to assess student’s knowledge and skills related to classroom instruction.

Through the use of the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) teaching materials, tools, and expertise and with the National Health Education Standards as the framework, Coordinated School Health has developed the following trainings.

These trainings have been designed and developed to include state specific resources. The principles that these trainings employ can be applied to the full range of academic subjects and therefore meet the needs of school staff across the state of South Dakota.

Raising the Standards: A Skills-based Approach to Health Education
The Raising the Standards: A Skills-based Approach to Health Education training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to transform traditional Health Education lessons into engaging, 21st Century skills-based lessons. The training includes an in-depth review of the South Dakota Health Education Standards and how to use assessment as motivation for learning as well as assessment of learning. The overall vision of the training is to improve student’s health literacy through effective design and delivery of health education content and skills.

Using Literature to Teach Health:
The Using Literature to Teach Health training is designed to help teachers make the connections between the health knowledge and skills their students should achieve in order to become health literate and the books they integrate into their daily lessons on reading and writing. Children and young adult literature will be used as the vehicle to deliver health lessons.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT):
The purpose of the PECAT is to help schools conduct a clear , concise analysis of a written physical education curriculum. The results of the analysis can help users to enhance, develop or select appropriate and effective physical education curriculum and to create a curriculum improvement plan.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT):
The HECAT training provides an overview of the structured process used to improve health education curriculum selection and curriculum development. The HECAT includes all the needed guidance and appraisal tools for carrying out a thorough assessment of a health education curriculum.

LifeSkills Training:
LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective drug and alcohol prevention program. The goal of the teacher training is to provide participants with an understanding of how and why the LifeSkills Training program works, a look at the curriculum, and modeling of key teaching skills.

Tell It To Me Straight:
Tell It To Me Straight are community dinners designed to assist and prepare parents to discuss sexuality and family values with their own teens. An adult facilitator and a group of South Dakota youth lead the dinner events. The youth provide unique perspectives about the realities of life as teenagers in South Dakota and offer advice about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of talking about sexuality with teens.

HIV/AIDS Training:
We must recognize how truly mobile the world's population is and the implications for HIV and AIDS in our communities. Education is the key to preventing HIV/AIDS. This workshop focuses on basic HIV/AIDS information and/or teaching strategies. It is appropriate for teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators, parents, and support staff in grades K-12. It is offered as a 4-hour or 6-hour training.


Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, 605-773-6808