Summer 2017

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota Education Conference Annual Kickoff
July 11-12
Pierre, SD

South Dakota Indian Education Summit
Sept., 24-26
Pierre, SD

Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many opportunities that are open to everyone.

Mark's Money Tip:

Once all of the FY 2017 21st Century Community Learning Center closeout reports are completed, carryover amounts will be loaded into the Grants Management System (GMS). A notification with instructions will be sent out notifying you that your carryover funds are uploaded into the GMS. You will be required to do an amendment request and provide justification for your carryover funds. Your carryover request must be approved by your Program Representative and the Finance Office.

Mark Gageby is a management analyst for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

The Exploratorium: Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. The mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. The vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. Click here for some great activities.

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Center Highlight:
Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls

    Contributor: Christy Nicolaisen

Schools Served: Hawthorne, Jane Addams, Cleveland and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools as well as Whittier and McGovern Middle Schools.

After-School Program: 3:00-5:00, transportation is provided to and from the center. 5 out of the 6 programs are for elementary school students. Ethnic Youth Day is for ELL middle school students

Daily Attendance: M – TH 60 kids and Fridays – 90. Ethnic Youth Day – over 100.

Summer Program: 9:00-3:00 Monday-Thursday, 60 kids. Transportation is provided to and from the center.

The Multi-Cultural Center program (MCC) is based solely on academics. The board and staff feel that academics, along with race education, is the best way to help the students they serve become successful citizens. The classes are fun but academics that are tied to standards are the priority. All of the programs are at capacity and some have a waiting list. The programs the center offers are: Froggy Reads, which is a literacy program for ELL students; Natives Counts, which is math recovery program; Native Youth Club, which teaches traditional Native values; Self-Defense/Judo; as well as Summer Camps.

Christy says her favorite part of each day is getting to talk to the students while they are having a healthy snack. This allows her to get to know the students, what they like, don’t like, and how school is going, etc. A popular conversation right now is “Who is the best superhero?” Some students who start the program are shy and can’t speak English, but by the end are be able to read a poster and speak out in front of a crowd of other students and smile about it. Christy is very proud of the teachers and staff for helping the students achieve their goals.

Another big focus of the Multi-Cultural Center is talking about race relations and how to honor and respect each other. They talk about how teachers and adults respect them and they need to respect adults in return.

Based on feedback from teachers and parents the MCC has made several changes to their programs the last year. They changed the programming so students could come all five afternoons. The programs used to have two groups of students. One group attended on Mondays and Wednesday, and the other group attended on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The parents, schools, and the MCC staff believe that this was a great move. Since they provide transportation, it helps parents and gives the MCC the ability to work with students more closely and help them improve academically. There are two classes showing 100% improvement in skills that were taught!

They also do home visits at least 3 times a year. They want to make sure the parents are involved in their child’s education. Many of the parents also use the other services such as Job Skills, Career Closet for clothing, English classes, Interpreting Services or any of our other 19 programs and services.


2017 South Dakota Education Conference Annual Kickoff, "Educating the Well-Rounded Child"

    The 21st CCLC office is teaming up with our Title I department to bring you a joint conference this summer, July 11-12 at the Ramkota in Pierre. Registration and other information is available on the conference website, click here for more information.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as "Great Outdoors Month"

    The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) provides opportunities to connect with nature through events, hikes, trails and educational programs in their continued effort to protect, enhance and care for South Dakota’s state parks. Throughout the month of June, GFP will host day camps, archery lessons, disc-golf demonstrations, kids’ fishing derbies, educational nature programs and environmental events. Look for a program near you! Click on the Children in Nature link for some ideas.

Wellness Tip
Don’t forget about Summer Sun Safety


Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented.


From the Afterschool Alliance


Check out these engaging and low-cost STEM activities and curriculum that have been developed for and tested in the afterschool setting.


       Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-5238

       Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-4693