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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Feb. 2018  
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Teacher of the Year Nominate your District Teacher of the Year by March 15
The South Dakota Department of Education has taken over facilitating the Regional Teacher of the Year program. The state is divided into five regions, and one winner will be chosen from each. Each South Dakota school district that wishes to participate needs to submit the name of its District Teacher of the Year to Sherry Dickerson by March 15.
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stock photo of elementary children sitting on desk in classroom U.S. Ed. seeks public comment; approves state ESSA plan
In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Secretary of Education seeks public comment about actions U.S. Ed. can take to improve how it considers the unique needs of rural schools and districts as it develops and implements its policies and programs. The deadline to submit public comment is Feb. 20. U.S. Ed. also recently approved South Dakota’s state plan for educating students under ESSA.
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Stock photo of fruit and veggies Summer Food Service sponsors, please register for training
DOE’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. Schools are among those organizations that can apply to be sponsors. Learn more about this opportunity and sign up for administrative training by Feb. 22.
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Submit Verification of Educational Structure forms by March 1
Time to report new schools, closed schools, name changes and grade span changes for the 2018-19 school year. On Feb. 1, superintendents and main Infinite Campus/student data contacts should have received an email on this topic, which included the educational structure form. It must be completed by all school districts by March 1, even if there are no changes that need to be made. Questions? Contact Jennifer Rattling Leaf, with the Department of Education.
Image Andrea Diehm from video Governor proclaims School Counseling Week Feb. 5-9
21st CTE Month Celebrate CTE Month:
What CTE Means to Me

February is CTE Month, a time to celebrate career and technical education, which seeks to equip students with academic, employability and technical skills. The Department of Education is encouraging educators and students to participate in the ‘What CTE Means to Me’ social media campaign (#SDCTE, #CTEMonth). DOE is also hosting special Wednesday webinars all month.
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pencils Help DOE recognize the emerging leaders in your district
The Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders, which consists of distinguished teachers and principals from across South Dakota. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs. Please make this year’s recommendations by March 15.
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pencils Nominate outstanding school resource officers by March 16
Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 School Officer of the Year Award.  The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers supports this annual award, which is now in its 10th year. Nominees should display professionalism, dedication and commitment to their respective school and/or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 16.
Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

2018 Winter Assessment Workshops
Feb. 14, Rapid City
Feb. 15, Rapid City

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CST)
Feb. 20
March 20
April 17
May 15

SD-STARS Monthly Webinar
Feb. 21

CTE Western Region Exchange
March 5, Rapid City

School Finance Accountability Board
March 12

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 13-14, Sioux Falls
   • Free Parents' Night Session March 13

Board of Education Standards
March 19, Pierre

Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters (hosted by the SD Office of Emergency Management)
March 20, Pierre

Work-Based Learning & Employer Partnerships
March 20, Rapid City
March 21, Mitchell
March 26, Watertown
March 27, Sioux Falls

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

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