• The U.S. Department of Education announced its “ESEA Flexibility” package late last month. South Dakota plans to apply for a waiver. Learn More. »

• American Education Week is Nov. 13-19. Plan now to celebrate public education in your district.
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• South Dakota has become a “Governing State” in the SMARTER Balanced Consortium. The collection of about 30 states is developing next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core.
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• Teachers of the Year from across the state will be honored at a banquet during the Systems Change Conference. The 2012 SD Teacher of the Year will be announced that night.
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12th Annual Systems Change Conference
Oct. 19-21, Spearfish

This year’s Systems Change Conference will feature an in-depth pre-conference session about Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, which is the model South Dakota has chosen to adopt for the state’s teacher standards. The 2012 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during the conference.
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Common Core Literacy Lessons
– Collaborating and Creating

Oct. 25, 2011–April 24, 2012, Online via LiveMeeting

K-12 classroom teachers and school librarians are invited to partner to collaborate for deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and the South Dakota School Library Standards. Content delivered through monthly Webinars. Graduate credit and contact hours available.
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Common Core Professional Development Series
Nov. 1–Feb. 24, 2012, Various Locations
Registration closed

The Common Core workshop series and online learning will focus on designated Common Core standards. By participating in year one of this professional development opportunity, you will gain knowledge of the designated standards by unpacking the intent of the standard, building curriculum and instructional strategies to infuse 21st century skills, and linking standards to assessment. Graduate credit and contact hours available.



IEP Workshop
Nov. 10 in Mobridge
Nov. 21 in Aberdeen
Nov. 22 in Madison


The IEP Workshop will take you through all the essentials of an IEP. Presenters will cover all areas of special education, from referral to placement to IEP development. This interactive workshop will help you analyze data and write appropriate IEPs for students with varying disabilities.

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