Join us throughout the month of September as we share information and resources that may assist you in supporting your students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs – especially as they relate to ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding.

All the webinars in this “Best Practices” series will be held 4-5 p.m. Central/3-4 p.m. Mountain on the dates listed below. Webinars will be recorded and made available to school leaders.


September 2: Providing Telemental Health Services at School

Learn about how you can partner with your regional Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) to provide telemental health services within the school setting for students needing services. This session will explore the opportunity announced to school leaders in August – made possible by funding through the Department of Social Services. Educators can also learn more about the CMHC system and how to collaborate, even outside of the telemental health initiative. Presenters will include representatives from the Department of Social Services, Community Mental Health Centers, and a participating school.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799

September 7: Helping Students Overcome Barriers: Is JAG-SD a Fit for Your School?

Some barriers to success are observable; others are hidden. Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG-SD) is a proven dropout prevention model that connects students facing challenges to success, empowers them to graduate from high school, and move confidently toward realization of their dreams. Hear from JAG-SD’s State Director Beth Schneider and Renee Van Der Werff, JAG Specialist in Wagner Community Schools, about how the program has helped South Dakota students and what the future holds for schools looking to participate.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799

September 9: Understanding the BARR Model for Meeting Student Needs

Hear from Angela Jerabek, Executive Director of the BARR Center, and her team about how the BARR model supports a data-driven prevention and education model for addressing the “whole student.” BARR schools report the model’s systems truly “supported relationship-building and engagement, ensuring that educators (K-12) knew where their students were and that they were safe, healthy and had the resources they needed socially and emotionally, before addressing and overcoming academic barriers.” Find out if this is a tool that you may want to add to your toolkit in meeting the needs of your students.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799

September 14: Implementing Competency-Based Instruction – Experiences from South Dakota

Across the country, there is a growing movement to transition away from seat-time and pacing guides towards a flexible structure that allows students to progress in their learning after they have demonstrated mastery. This movement is known as competency-based education (CBE). The South Dakota Department of Education was awarded a $7 million grant, which focuses on reimagining educational models and includes professional learning in competency-based education. Drawing from the experiences of this grant, this webinar will focus on the why of competency-based education and how administrators and curriculum directors can support and implement these strategies within their school systems. Presenter is Dr. Cari Kennedy with TIE.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799

September 16: Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

Welcoming students and families to the new school year is a key to success. The first weeks of “back to school” are an important time to strengthen and forge relationships, rebuild routines and rituals, or make new ones – all in an effort to create community at school. This webinar will address bridges between home and school that support attendance. The presenter is Dawn Smith with the Department of Education’s Division of Learning and Instruction.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799

September 21: Engaging Your Families and Communities

Build your school’s capacity to communicate and work with families. Families share that being welcomed at school and being treated with respect by school staff is the number-one key to their connection with a school. This webinar will provide ideas on how to engage with every family. Presenters include: Dawn Smith, Rachel Temple, and Jenifer Palmer, all with the Department of Education’s Division of Learning and Instruction.


Meeting ID: 989 1741 6209, Passcode: 181625
By phone: 1-312-626-6799