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Upcoming Events






Orientation to SLOs for Elementary Administrators
April 9, Rapid City

This one-day regional training on student learning objectives is intended for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, special education directors or anyone who will evaluate staff.

Training will cover the following topics:
• What are SLOs?
• The four steps of the SLO process
• Developing and recognizing high-quality SLOs
• Approving SLOs
• Engaging in ongoing communications about SLOs
• Understanding administrators’ roles in the summative process
• Understanding how SLOs support a culture of data driven instruction
• Selecting and developing appropriate assessments and/or instruments
• Discussing SLO timelines
• How coaching teachers through the SLO process impacts the Principal Effectiveness model

Click here for more information.





Orientation to SLOs for Secondary Administrators
April 9, Rapid City

This one-day regional training on student learning objectives is intended for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, special education directors or anyone who will evaluate staff.

Training will cover the following topics:
• What are SLOs?
• The four steps of the SLO process
• Developing and recognizing high-quality SLOs
• Approving SLOs
• Engaging in ongoing communications about SLOs
• Understanding administrators’ roles in the summative process
• Understanding how SLOs support a culture of data driven instruction
• Selecting and developing appropriate assessments and/or instruments
• Discussing SLO timelines
• How coaching teachers through the SLO process impacts the Principal Effectiveness model

Click here for more information.





Perkins Data Collection Training
April 23, Mitchell
April 24, Aberdeen
April 25, Rapid City
April 28, Pierre
April 28, Sioux Falls

Training sessions on the Perkins Data Collection system will provide career and technical education teachers and administrators in approved CTE programs (school year 2013-14) the following:

1. Instructions for entering Perkins Data via Mass Enrollment and Individual Enrollment (if your school enters data through the Upload process, contact Jake Cummings for training information at jake.cummings@state.sd.us).

2. Updates on modifications to the data system for 2013-14.

3. Tips to ensure data is entered comprehensively and accurately.

4. Ideas for getting the most out of your Perkins data.

Click here for more information.





South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference
April 24-26, Sioux Falls

This year’s conference will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. There will be several keynote speakers, including occupational therapist Dr. Marianne Gibbs and early childhood mental health specialist Rachel Sperry. Keith Pentz will talk about the body-brain-mind connection. Andrew J. Stremmel, Ph.D., will also speak. He leads South Dakota State University’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership.

Click here for more information, or call (605) 224-4161.





Building a Standards-Based Report Card 101
April 25 and May 21, Mobridge

The South Dakota Department of Education is offering an opportunity to learn the essential steps in building an effective standards-based report card. This training will get your school/district on the right track to implementing a standards-based report card. It will focus on purpose, help align standards to student learning, and assist in recording students’ progress and achievement based on standards. The intent is to offer one approach to developing a standards-based report card through thoughtfully planned efforts and practical ideas.

The training will be on the two separate dates listed with time allotted in the interim to work on the report cards (homework for obtaining 1 graduate credit).



2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
April 27-30, Prior Lake, MN

The 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention Strategies for Native and Tribal Communities is titled "Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students." Hear from nationally known keynote speakers as well as professional educators. Presentations will emphasize a variety of strategies for working with Native students who are at risk of dropping out before high school graduation. Conference strands include the following:

• Addressing the opportunity gap
• Instructional strategies to increase learning
• Emotional supports
• School climate: safety and student wellness
• Service-learning and restorative justice
• Digital communication and engagement
• Re-engagement and recovery strategies
• Culture and language

Click here for more information.



FERPA: Parent Policies and Annual Notification
May 7, online
May 9, online

The South Dakota Department of Education and experts from the U.S. Department of Education are teaming up to offer a series of webinars on the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act. All webinars are offered twice and recorded.

This webinar will focus on policies or practices districts may want to consider, related to parent notification and communication with parents about their students’ data. In particular, topics regarding annual notification, use of student photos or videos, and best practices for addressing parent concerns will be discussed.

Participants are encouraged to send questions ahead of time to STARSHelp@state.sd.us.

Click here for more information.



Board of Education meeting
May 19, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 8:00 9:00 a.m. (CDT). An agenda will be posted at doe.sd.gov/board at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.



Statewide Education Conference
June 2-3, Pierre

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Statewide Education Conference to be held this June in Pierre. Keynote speakers Dr. Richard Cash and Lori Laughlin will each lead day-long workshops. College credit will be available when required hours of attendance are met.

Cash is an internationally recognized expert on differentiation and learning. Teachers who attend his workshop will:

• Learn specific techniques for differentiation in the 21st century classroom
• Be able to design rigorous learning options for all students
• Be able to build a thinking classroom using 21st century tools
• Be able to support student readiness through purposeful differentiation
• Learn about differentiating by interests and learning type
• Understand how effective differentiation supports the teaching and learning process

Laughlin’s workshop is titled “The Essential Conversation – What Parents and Teachers can Learn from Each Other.” Research demonstrates the impact parents have on their children’s academic success, but teachers don’t always know how best to engage them. Laughlin’s workshop will focus on building effective partnerships between parents and teachers. Attendees will learn strategies for the following:

• Effective parent-teacher conferences
• Implementation of the Curriculum of the Home
• Linking to learning
• Communication and relationship building
• Family/community partnership

Registration opens April 1.

Contact Rebecca Cain or Dawn Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, for more information.



21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference
June 16-17, Pierre

The focus of this conference is supporting the efforts of those working with afterschool and summer programming, but the material presented is also valuable for anyone who works with young people.

Getting youth interested and involved in their communities has global implications, according to keynote speaker Steve Culbertson. Culbertson is the developer of Global Youth Service Day, which is now active in 100 countries.

T. Woody Sobey, education director at the Discovery Center of Idaho, will encourage conference participants to celebrate science through hands-on activities.

For more information, click here or call Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238.



Click here for a complete listing of events.