Administrators - what you need to know about SD STARS implementation

Common Core info available
The Department of Education has created a fact sheet to help the general public in understanding the Common Core. More materials are being created and will be disseminated to schools in the coming months, however administrators can access this material as a resource when visiting with parents and other community members.


Lake Area Tech again an Aspen finalist
For the second year in a row, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown has been recognized as one of the top four two-year colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute.
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South Dakota Virtual School registration now open
Registration for the 2013-14 School Year is now open on the South Dakota Virtual School. A number of new courses have been added this past year, including several dual credit options. Many of the courses give students additional advanced CTE options, which can be particularly beneficial to smaller districts.

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Upcoming Events




TIE Conference
April 21-23, Rapid City

This year’s annual TIE Conference will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Three nationally-known keynote speakers will address participants, beginning with the TIE organization's director, Dr. Julie Mathiesen on Sunday. Dr. Mathiesen is a longtime South Dakota educator who earned her PhD in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University. She advises schools across the United States about implementing Mass Customized Learning strategies.

Other keynote speakers will be Adam Bellow, a New York educator selected as 2011 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the International Society for Technology in Education, and Richard Byrne. Byrne, from Maine, is well known for his blog, Free Technology for Teachers, reaching more than 53,000 subscribers daily.

Find more information at www.conference.tie.net.



CTE 101 Training
May 31, Rapid City

CTE 101 training fulfills the requirement for secondary teachers to become South Dakota Career & Technical Education Qualified teachers for approved CTE programs.

Those teachers who are 1) new to teaching in approved CTE programs, 2) in their early years of teaching (either from teacher preparation programs or via alternative certification) or 3) who teach career or technical courses that are being added to approved CTE programs need to take this one-day qualification training.

The training will explore CTE initiatives, resources and program requirements. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion, CTE qualification certificate and are eligible for continuing education hours.

Participants should bring a laptop computer equipped with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Excel.

Click here to register.



2013 Middle/High School (6-12) Science Academies
June 12 – July 11, Various locations statewide

South Dakota teachers will model three-dimensional instruction (Three Dimensions: Scientific and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts from the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS) through activities and provide video evidence of this instruction occurring in South Dakota classrooms. The video footage is based on model lessons that have been aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and South Dakota Science Standards.

Teachers will leave with three-dimensional lessons that can be immediately implemented and will gain an understanding of the vision for science education in South Dakota. Teachers also will leave the training with knowledge of the three-dimensional lesson-building process, which they can use to advance their curriculum.

This is a two-day regional training for middle school and high school science teachers. There are 10 locations with two trainings occurring per location. At each location, one training will be for middle school and one training will be for high school. Up to 60 teachers will be accommodated at each location, with 30 at each training. Stipends of $125/day, available through the Investing in Teachers effort, will be paid to each attending science teacher, for no more than two days of training. Therefore, teachers should only sign up for one training. A minimum of 20 teachers will be required to host a training.

Graduate credit will be available. More information will be sent out, post-registration, including what to bring, graduate credit information, specific location details, etc.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Note: Registration closes April 26.

A complete calendar of Science Academy training dates is listed below:
June 12-13 – Aberdeen
June 12-13 – Rapid City
June 12-13 – Sioux Falls
June 19-20 – Mitchell
June 19-20 – Mobridge
June 19-20 – Pierre
June 26-27 – Watertown
June 26-27 – Yankton
July 10-11 – Rapid City
July 10-11 – Sioux Falls

For more details, visit the Department of Education website or contact Sam Shaw.



Harvest of the Month training
July 9-10 in Sioux Falls OR July 23-24 in Rapid City

Learn how to organize a Harvest of the Month Team for your school or community. Attendees will prepare recipes, create lessons and evaluation, discuss food-to-table demonstrations, and learn about growing and transplanting.

Participating teams are also eligible to apply for a $500 Team Nutrition mini-grant for implementation of a Harvest of the Month project. CEUs are available. Click here for details on how to register, or contact Mary Kirk for more information.