Winter 2017

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

National Opportunities:

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 21-24, 2018
Orlando, Florida

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 18-21, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Boost Conference
May 1-4, 2018
Palm Springs, CA

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:

Grants Management Office recommends that you submit reimbursement requests on a monthly basis for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, or at the minimum at least quarterly.

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

Resource Corner:

STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. The activities begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge, then a hands on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments to answer any questions the kids discover. Finally, a connection to a different scenario for the concept is provided to help cement and evaluate the learning.

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Center Highlight:
South Dakota Discovery Center

    Contributor: Sue Douglas

Schools Served: Statewide, K-12 Services are available to everyone.

We wanted to highlight the South Dakota Discovery Center and make sure everyone is aware of the services they have to offer. Remember we contract with them to offer services specifically to 21st CCLC programs. The SD Discovery Center and the 21st Century CCLC are continuing a great relationship and want to make you aware of what resources are available. Services Include:

-Free memberships to the SD Discovery Center. Benefits include unlimited visitation to SDDC for 1 year.

-Free rental of GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science), family science festival kits and Farmers Grow My Plate teaching kits.

-$100 paid towards one at-your-site hands-on science program. Includes planetarium shows, Solid, Liquid and Gases, environmental science, science of flight and other topics.

- SDDC offers professional development, on-site for your entire staff, on-line certifications or 2 hour “STEM Quick Stops” via video conferencing. Topics include GEMS kit training, environmental science, Harvest of the Month, space science and more. Often grant funds are available to reduce PD costs.

Check the website for more information, to reserve kits and to schedule field trips. Contact with any questions.


2018 Grant Competition

    We are hopeful Congress will fully fund the 21st CCLC program again so we are moving forward with our grant competition. All application materials will be online the first week of January on the 21st CCLC website. Any organization that wishes to apply must first submit a Notice of Intent to apply. These are due January 19, 2018. After we receive all the Notices of Intent, each contact person will be added to the GMS System and will be given instructions on how to complete the application. There will also be two informational webinars.

Afterschool Day at the Capitol 2018

    Each year during legislative session, OST programs converge on Pierre to participate in the annual SoDakSACA-sponsored “Afterschool Day at the Capitol”. Programs have booths highlighting what ‘after school programs’ are all about, and feature what their programs provide the children in their own communities. Many amazing and productive conversations with legislators and other officials in state government take place on this day! Click here for more information and to sign up to display your program. This year’s date is February 7, 2018. Hope to see some of you there!

Wellness Tip


Physical Activity ideas:
Shape America has classroom-ready & teacher-friendly resources you can use right now to help your students on the path to health and physical literacy. There are lots of great activities and ideas to get kids moving on this site.


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

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