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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
March 2018  
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Workforce Education Grant applications due March 28
Workforce Education Grant applications are open. Access the application on the Workforce Education Grants webpage. Read guidelines carefully, as the maximum grant award and scoring rubric have changed. The grants are designed to provide school districts and private, nonprofit entities the opportunity to make transformative change in CTE programs. Applications are due March 28.

stock photo of pencils, books, laptop, apple, clock on desk in classroom. Final public hearing for standards
The fourth of four public hearings related to the adoption of content standards in certain subject areas will be held at the Board of Education Standards meeting March 19 in Pierre. Standards up for review are as follows: English language arts; math; health education; Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings & Standards; and several CTE areas. View the proposed standards and submit public comment.

stock photo of elementary children in a computer classroom. SBAC testing window open through May 4
The Smarter Balanced testing window is open through May 4 for all tested grade levels (grades 3-8 and 11). Find more information on the Department of Education's Office of Assessment website. Check announcements on the Smarter Balanced portal for updates or contact Jan Martin to receive email alerts.

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National Title I Distinguished Schools recognized at conference

South Dakota’s 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools were honored at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia last month. Learn more about them:
Frontline Education trainers coming to SD April 3
Frontline Education is the online platform that DOE provides free of charge to districts for use in teacher evaluation. Frontline trainers will be in South Dakota April 3 for a training. Learn more and register via GoSignMeUp. This easy-to-use, improved platform now has additional flexibility for districts. Haven’t used Frontline? Interested in learning more? Contact Matt Gill to set up a personal webinar.
Mentoring. Engage. Encourage. Empower. Applications available for statewide mentoring program
The statewide mentoring program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years. Applications for new mentors are due May 1, and applications for new teachers are due June 15. Late hires will also have an opportunity to participate.
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Next Generation SDMylife Coming Fall 2018 Sign up for SDMyLife: Next Generation trainings
Starting in fall 2018, SDMyLife will be supported by a new platform called Xello, which brings with it improved course planning, a personality assessment and interactive online lessons to assist students with meaningful career exploration. Learn more at one of the following trainings:

clipart of a certificate NCRC policy established
The Department of Education has worked with the Department of Labor and Regulation to establish policies and procedures concerning the promotion, administration and management of the National Career Readiness Certificate. The NCRC is a way for students to show prospective employers that they possess skills required in the workplace.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

Administrators: Frontline Education Regional Training
April 3, Tea

G364 Planning for Schools
(sponsored by SD Office of Emergency Management)

April 3-4, Pierre

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

History Conference
April 27-28, Rapid City

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

2018 MTSS Summer Education Conference
June 20-21, Oacoma

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

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