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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
May 2018  
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  Make Plans for celebrating your teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018.  
image from video of Governor Daugaard speaking about raise in SD teacher's pay South Dakota no longer last in average teacher pay
For the first time since 1985, South Dakota’s average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. The news comes from the National Education Association’s 2018 Rankings and Estimates report. According to the report, South Dakota’s average teacher salaries increased from $42,025 in 2015-16 to $46,979 in 2016-17 – an increase of $4,954 or 11.8 percent.
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art work of painted graduates cap. Learn about proposal to revise state graduation requirements
Recently, education stakeholders from across South Dakota have come together to discuss whether state graduation requirements continue to meet the needs of our youth, our employers and our communities. Through these conversations, a proposal to revise graduation requirements was developed.
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Don't Miss the DEADLINE

Update Personnel Record Form by June 8

The Personnel Record Form is open. The deadline to make any changes to this school year’s database is June 8. It is important to log into the system via http://doe.sd.gov/prf. Click on “PRF Log-in Screen,” then select DE69PERS to enter SY 2018 staffing data. This is different from prior years and is needed to ensure that records are connected to the new online certification system and database.

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Submit data by June 8
Data for the 2017-18 school year, including all student data submitted via Infinite Campus and Perkins systems, personnel data submitted via the Personnel Record Form system and all school safety data submitted via the Safe, Drug and Gun Free Schools system, is due June 8. Accountability/SPI calculations will be based on the information districts enter (or fail to enter) into DOE’s data systems by June 8. The “Year-End Signoff Document” will be due back to the Department of Education by June 15.
Stock photo of classroom with pencils, books, tablet, apple and clock on top of desk BOES to hold public hearing on rule changes
At its May 8 meeting, the Board of Education Standards will hear proposed changes to rules: 1) governing the timeline for accreditation reviews and 2) related to the state accountability system. Find more information about proposed rule changes and make public comment at rules.sd.gov by following the “Department of Education” link.
School Lunch Hero Day May 4, 2018. School Lunch Hero Day May 4
A big thank you to all of South Dakota’s school nutrition employees. Between preparing healthy food, adhering to high nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, you have a lot on your plates! You help keep South Dakota students fueled for learning.
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Stock photo of nurse preparing vaccination next to a student. Reminder: 6th grade vaccination requirements

The Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal ACYW) vaccines are required for entry into the 6th grade. Just prior to the end of the school year can be a good time to remind parents of students who will be 6th graders in the fall of this requirement. Schools may find this flyer from the Department of Health useful in communicating this requirement with parents.

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South Dakota Indian Education Summit DOE seeks proposals for 2018 Indian Education Summit

The South Dakota Indian Education Summit targets educators of all content areas and grade levels, as well as administrators and school board members. The goal of the summit is to provide training on best practices in the field of Indian education. Have an idea for a presentation to share with your colleagues? Submit a proposal today! The 2018 summit is scheduled for Sept. 23-25 in Pierre.

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New Native American Student Support listserv available

A new listserv has been created for the purpose of providing collaboration and support to educators who primarily work with Native American students. The listserv aims to provide an online venue for educators to collaborate with each other, as well as share enrichment opportunities (scholarships, camps, professional development, etc.). Subscribe via the K12 Data Center.

Resources Needs puzzle Juvenile Justice resources available

There are a number of resources available to school personnel, students and families through the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative, including collections of contact information for substance use disorder services and community mental health centers and a document to assist in the process for new diversion options.

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Understanding ACEs Understanding ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) training now available

Through a special collaboration, Children's Home Society of South Dakota and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at the University of South Dakota have been able to bring ACEs training to South Dakota professionals and to develop ACE Master Trainers in our state. Learn more about ACEs and how to schedule a free training in your community.

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD Comprehensive Needs Assessment Framework and Process
May 2, online

Board of Education Standards
May 8, Vermillion

DOE Information-Sharing: What you need to know about federal & state law changes
May 9, Mitchell

IEP Q Training
May 10, Mitchell

Effective Core EL Program
May 10, Mitchell
May 11, Aberdeen

SD English Learner Chats (3:45-4:30 p.m. CDT)
May 15

2018-19 Consolidated Application Workshop
May 22, Pierre

How to Coach Teachers to Teach Almost Anything
May 29-31, Pierre

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

Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents – Partnering with Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders and Local School Systems
June 19, Pierre
June 21, Sioux Falls

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

CTE Conference
July 29-31, Rapid City

Top 20 Training
July 30-31, Rapid City
Aug. 1-2, Sioux Falls

Behavior De-escalation Training
July 30, Sioux Falls
Aug. 3, Rapid City
Aug. 10, Aberdeen
Aug. 14, Fort Pierre

Keeping Students in School: Training for District Employees Working with Students without Permanent Homes
Aug. 1, Pierre

Title III/Migrant Consortia Kickoff
Aug. 1, Pierre

SD Department of Education Annual Conference
“Well-Rounded Education = Success”
Aug. 1-2, Pierre

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

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