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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
April 2018  
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  Make Plans for celebrating your teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018.  
stock photo of books, bencils, apple on desktop in classroom. Encourage teachers to participate in math and ELA standards unpacking
Math and English language arts teachers, special education teachers, administrators, curriculum directors and postsecondary representatives are invited to apply for standards unpacking work groups to be held the following dates in Pierre. Notifications to work group members will be made by May 1.

Apply Now Apply by April 30 for SD Team Leadership Institute and Colloquia
Leading Innovation and Change through Systems Thinking and Equity is a pilot by the South Dakota Department of Education to create and support a network of South Dakota schools that will develop locally inspired innovation to address needs of a diverse population of students and educators. Apply by April 30.
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Image of the SD Capitol Building. Final legislative summary: Veto of SB 94 upheld
Here is the final summary of education-related bills passed during the 2018 legislative session. The list of bills is not all inclusive. To access all the bills from the 2018 session, visit the Legislative Research Council’s website. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of SB 94 was upheld on March 26, the final day of the session, also known as “Veto Day.”

stock photo of red string tied around finger Time to check status of waivers from administrative rule
Your school district may have a waiver from administrative rule that expires June 30. The list of current waivers is available on DOE’s Administrative Rule Waivers webpage. Districts with End of Course or Credit by Exam waivers set to expire will need to file an End of Waiver Term Report, and if desired, make application for a new waiver.
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Distribute Parent Involvement Surveys by April 30
School districts must distribute Parent Involvement Surveys to parents of children with disabilities by April 30. The South Dakota Department of Education sent the surveys to districts in the fall. If needed, additional copies are available by contacting April Hodges at 605-773-3219.
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Stock photo of small graduation cap on top of cash. Summer and fall dual credit registration open
Registration for summer and fall dual credit courses is open. Only students who were juniors in the 2017-18 school year and will be seniors in the 2018-19 school year, are eligible to apply for admission to summer dual credit courses. The cost for summer dual credit courses is $48.33 per credit.
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Making Connections at your school library. April is School Library Month. Complete School Library Survey by May 15

The South Dakota State Library has opened the annual school library survey to collect data for the 2017-18 school year. Each district is asked to submit one survey per district rather than one survey per library. The survey is available online through May 15.

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Effective Core EL Program
April 9, Aberdeen
April 10, Mitchell

SD Early Childhood Education Conference
April 12-14, Spearfish

TIE Conference
April 15-17, Sioux Falls

DOE Information-Sharing: What you need to know about federal & state law changes
April 16, Aberdeen
April 18, Mitchell
April 19, Rapid City

SD-STARS Monthly Webinar
April 25 30

History Conference
April 27-28, Rapid City

Board of Education Standards
May 8, Vermillion

SDMyLife: Next Generation
May 30, Rapid City
May 31, Mitchell
June 1, Sioux Falls

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 11, Aberdeen
June 13, Rapid City
June 18, Yankton

2018 MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 20-21, Oacoma

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
June 25-Aug. 12, online

School Library Boot Camp
July 23-26, Pierre

Save the Date! Indian Education Summit
Sept. 23-25, Pierre

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