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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Nov. 2017  
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American Education Week November 13-17, 2017
SFAB to consider waiver applications Nov. 16-17
The School Finance Accountability Board will meet Nov. 16-17 to consider waiver applications related to teacher compensation accountabilities. Districts that missed one or both accountabilities received a letter from the department with information regarding the process for seeking a waiver from financial penalties. Questions? Contact Kathryn Blumhardt at 605-773-3349.

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stock photo of school bus Apply by Dec. 15 for Clean Diesel Grant Program funding

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for funding under the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program. The program provides rebates to assist schools in purchasing new public school buses to replace old, high-emitting diesel school buses. The primary goal of the program is to reduce students’ exposure to pollution.

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SD EPSCoR logo Apply by Nov. 21 for SD EPSCoR STEM grants
SD EPSCoR – Education/Workforce Development is looking for innovators in the area of career and technical education who would like to create or improve a program allowing students to explore STEM-related disciplines. Approximately $170,000 will be granted by the end of 2017. Grant awards cap at $30,000 each. Applications are due Nov. 21. See the Request for Proposal and Application.
stock photo of chalkboard with Now and Later written on it. Check mark by Now Encourage your teachers to join DOE’s National Board Certification cohort
Now is a great time for teachers to consider National Board Certification. DOE will be facilitating a cohort for teachers who sign up to begin the process in January 2018. South Dakota NBC educators receive $2,000 per year for five years, with $1,000 paid by the Department of Education and $1,000 paid by the educator’s school district, and they can apply to have their NBC fees reimbursed.

It is optional for districts to reimburse nationally-certified school counselors.

Story updated 11/22/17

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Cover page from the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines updated
The South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines have been updated, and among those making use of them are School Administrators of South Dakota, through their new Preschool Levels of Excellence program, which launched this school year.
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image of Julie Nelson, head cook for the Wilmot School District Wilmot head cook featured in national report
Julie Nelson, head cook for the Wilmot School District, is quoted in a national report from the Pew Charitable Trust and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the unique challenges facing rural school meal programs. “Peer and Community Networks Drive Success in Rural School Meal Programs” is available on the Pew Charitable Trusts website.
image of School Representatives from the 21st Century School Library Award.
21st Century School Libraries honored at Systems Change Conference
Kudos to the nine school libraries that received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017! Representatives of the selected libraries were honored at the annual Systems Change Conference on Oct. 20 in Rapid City. A video on the State Library's 21st Century School Library Awards webpage features pictures and other information about the award-winning libraries.
Image of the Cover Page from the 2017 School Library Data Digest. 2017 School Library Data Digest available
The 2017 School Library Data Digest is now available, with information about services, electronic resources, digital access, circulation, programming and more at school libraries across South Dakota. The School Library Data Digest is a compilation of data gathered via the annual school library survey distributed by the State Library to school districts every spring.
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Title Programs Wednesday Café
Nov. 8, webinar

New Special Ed Directors Webinar Series
Nov. 14
Dec. 12
Jan. 23, 2018

SD-STARS Monthly Webinar
Nov. 15

School Finance Accountability Board
Nov. 16-17, Pierre

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 20, Sioux Falls

Formative Language Assessment
Dec. 5-6, Sioux Falls
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