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Nov. 2019  
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Dr. Jones SECRETARY’S COLUMN: Celebrating American Education Week
American Education Week is Nov. 18-22. Education is always evolving, but there is one essential constant: professionals who understand how vital they are to helping students succeed.

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Leader Feature LEADER FEATURE: Developing cultural responsiveness at Canyon Lake Elementary
“If we are really thinking about changing outcomes for students, then the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards need to be at the leading edge of our discussions about instruction, materials, and strategy,” says Canyon Lake Elementary (Rapid City) Principal David Swank.

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Assessment Book Dylan Wiliam to launch two-year formative assessment program in SD
Dylan Wiliam, author of “Embedding Formative Assessment,” will lead a one-day professional development event Dec. 13 in Oacoma. The event will launch a two-year professional development program on formative assessment. Schools are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this two-year program.
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school bus Apply by Dec. 13 for Clean Diesel grants
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for funding under the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program. The program provides rebates to assist in purchasing new buses to replace old, high-emitting diesel buses.

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South Dakota NAEP scores hold steady
South Dakota scores on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, are mostly steady and remain at or above national scores. Bright spots include state scores in eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading.
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Wendy Otheim Brookings special education director earns national recognition
Wendy Otheim (right), special education director for the Brookings School District, was honored at the national level recently as the 2019 CASE Outstanding Administrator of Special Education. The Council of Administrators of Special Education is an international professional association.
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DOE hosting webinar about National Board Certification
Encourage your teachers to listen in on a Nov. 18 webinar to learn more about National Board Certification. This one-hour webinar will explain the certification process, benefits of earning National Board Certification and the support available to candidates who pursue the certification.
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ESSA State Plan Revision Workgroup finishes its work
The ESSA State Plan Revision Workgroup has held its final meeting. The South Dakota Department of Education will now take the group’s recommendations under advisement. Once revisions are made, there will be a public comment window and time for the Governor to review before final revisions are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education via an amendment in 2020.
November location added! Trainings on unpacked standards documents
South Dakota adopted English language arts and math content standards in March 2018. The 2018-19 school year was considered a transition year, so that teachers could become familiar with the revisions made to state content standards. Full implementation of new state content standards is now underway. Students will be assessed on the new standards in spring 2020. Encourage your teachers to check out these upcoming trainings:
Model school district policy on suicide prevention available

The American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Psychologists, the Trevor Project, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have created a model district policy and best practices for school districts to consider when protecting the health and well-being of students through procedures for suicide prevention, intervention, and response.

State Library provides valuable resources for school libraries

The South Dakota State Library is a division of the Department of Education. The State Library offers a wide variety of resources to support your school library, administrators, teachers, and students, including school library standards, professional development, and electronic databases.

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Encourage teachers to apply for Outstanding Math Teacher Award by Dec. 1

The South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics is pleased to partner with Daktronics for the 11th annual Daktronics Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award. Encourage your math teachers to apply. The honoree receives a $1,000 cash award and is recognized at the SD STEM Ed Conference in Huron in February.

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Nominate outstanding biology teachers

Nominate a great science teacher in your district for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. Nominees will have until March 30 to complete their application for the award.

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Encourage students to be pages during 2020 legislative session

The South Dakota Legislature is accepting applications from high school students interested in serving as pages during the 2020 legislative session. Students must be juniors or seniors (seniors are given preference), must be sponsored by a legislator and be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher is encouraged).

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

SD Week of Work webinar
Nov. 7
Nov. 14
Nov. 21

Separating Difference from Disability
Nov. 13, Sioux Falls

New Special Education Directors Webinar Series
Nov. 14 – Child Count
Dec. 12 – Dispute Resolution
Jan. 9, 2020 – SPP/APR
Feb. 6, 2020 – Fiscal/Budget

Perkins V/CTE CLNA Kick-Off
Nov. 18, Aberdeen

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 18, Sioux Falls

PLD, Assessment and SD-STARS joint webinar
Nov. 19

ESL Teacher Summit
Nov. 19, Mitchell
Nov. 19, Aberdeen
Dec. 10, Rapid City

Parent/Family Engagement policies and Schoolwide Title plans workshop
Nov. 20, Pierre
Nov. 21, Mitchell

Preparing for ACCESS for ELLs webinar
Dec. 2, 8 a.m. CT
Dec. 2, 12 p.m. CT
Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m. CT

ACCESS for ELLs Paper Assessments webinar
Dec. 3, 8 a.m. CT
Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. CT

Equitable Grading of English learners
Dec. 5, Sioux Falls
Jan. 23, Huron

South Dakota LEADS Conference
Dec. 9, Sioux Falls

ACCESS for ELLs Online webinar
Dec. 9, 8 a.m. CT
Dec. 9, 12 p.m. CT
Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m. CT

ACCESS for ELLs: Materials
Dec. 10, 8 a.m. CT
Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m. CT

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