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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Jan. 2018  
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Image of Carla Diede holding large $25,000 check with several previous South Dakota Milken Educator Award winners.

Harrisburg teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.” State Education Secretary Don Kirkegaard and Greg Gallagher, with the Milken Educator Awards, surprised Diede with the award during a school assembly earlier this month.
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logo for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Feb. 16
Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. CST. State and local, public and private nonprofit agencies, including public and non-public schools, are eligible to apply.
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Image of Gov. Dennis Daugaard speaking at podium. Legislative session opens Jan. 9
The 2018 Legislative Session begins Jan. 9, with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State address at 1 p.m. CST. Listen live at sd.net. House and Senate Education Committee meetings will also be streamed live throughout session via sd.net and on the SDNet app available for iOS and Android.
Image of students from Bennett County, Todd County and Wagner Community school districts with Sen. Mike Rounds.
JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students from Bennett County, Todd County and Wagner Community school districts recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the JAG National Leadership Conference. Here the students are pictured with Sen. Mike Rounds.
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Preparing for 2018 assessment
  • Assessment Coordinator Toolkit
  • Winter Assessment Workshops start this month
  • What are the testing windows?
  • Proactive admissions reminder: SBAC matters for high schoolers
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Image of CPR mannequin and AED devices that are used to teach CPR Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website
While CPR is not a graduation requirement, as of July 1, 2017, South Dakota Codified Law requires districts to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED. The South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction, which can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.
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Image of part of the South Dakota Department of Education logo. Department of Education social media update
We’ve updated the name of the SDMyLife Facebook page to South Dakota Department of Education. If you haven’t liked/followed the page already, please consider doing so. In addition to information related to SDMyLife and career and technical education, we will now also post information about work across the department.
Stock photo fo fruit and veggies. K-12 Food Waste Reduction Webinar scheduled for Feb. 1
K-12 school administrators and food service personnel are invited to attend a free one-hour webinar on food waste reduction in schools, hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1, 10-11 a.m. CST. 
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21st Century Community Learning Centers Logo. Submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding by Jan. 19
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The grant application will be online, and applicants must first submit a Notice of Intent to Apply to the South Dakota Department of Education by Jan. 19.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

ACCESS 2.0 Assessment Workshop
Jan. 16, Pierre
Jan. 17, Watertown
Jan. 18, Mitchell

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CST)
Jan. 16
Feb. 20
March 20
April 17
May 15

2017-2018 Program Improvement Meetings
Jan. 22, Rapid City
Jan. 23, Pierre
Jan. 24, Aberdeen
Jan. 29, Mitchell
Jan. 30, Sioux Falls
Jan. 31, Brookings

New Special Ed Directors Webinar
Jan. 23

SD-STARS Monthly Webinar
Jan. 24

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 26, Rapid City

SD State Library Resources for School Counselors
Jan. 30, online (10-11 a.m. CST)
Jan. 30, online (2-3 p.m. CST)

2018 Winter Assessment Workshops
Jan. 31, Huron
Feb. 7, Sioux Falls
Feb. 8, Sioux Falls
Feb. 14, Rapid City
Feb. 15, Rapid City

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

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