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Dr. Jones SECRETARY’S COLUMN: Celebrate the South Dakota Week of Work
Governor Kristi Noem recently announced the South Dakota Week of Work, to be held April 20-24, 2020. The Department of Education is proud to partner on this initiative. The week is intended to provide 10th grade students opportunities to explore potential careers in South Dakota and to give employers the chance to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.

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Principals    Principals
Knudson                            Morford

LEADER FEATURE: Administrators implementing updated graduation requirements
In July 2018, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted updated graduation requirements. One school year later, we’re checking in with Tea Area High School Principal Collin Knudson and Spearfish High School Principal Steve Morford to see how things are going at their schools.
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2018-19 Report Card released: English-learners, postsecondary readiness are bright spots
The public version of the 2018-19 Report Card is now live. Two bright spots in this year’s data: the number of English learners considered on track to English language mastery grew from 33 percent to 45 percent, and the number of students considered ready for postsecondary based on their course-taking patterns in high school jumped from 64 to 68 percent.
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SD Week of Work SD Week of Work to engage students in career exploration
Governor Kristi Noem has announced details of the first-ever South Dakota Week of Work, April 20-24, 2020. The purpose is to connect 10th grade students with area businesses to: 1) provide students with opportunities to explore potential jobs here in South Dakota, and 2) provide employers with opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.

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Perkins V planning: Draft framework available
DOE’s Perkins draft framework is now online, along with an infographic highlighting the framework’s five tenets. We continue to gather feedback and will begin writing the state’s plan later this fall. Send input via your regional specialist or doecte@state.sd.us. This work is to plan for South Dakota’s implementation of the federal career and technical education law, Perkins V. Find more information on our Perkins V webpage.

SPED Interim Legislative Committee met Aug. 27
The Special Education Interim Legislative Committee met Aug. 27. Minutes and audio from the committee’s meetings can be accessed on the committee’s webpage. The committee was established by SB 3 during the 2019 session. The committee’s purpose is to study the cost and coordination of special education services in the state.
ESSA State Plan Revision Workgroup to meet Sept. 27
The ESSA State Plan Revision Workgroup met Sept. 3. This group has been meeting with the intention of submitting a revised State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education by early 2020. A list of group members, along with notes from the group’s previous meetings are posted on the department’s ESSA Implementation webpage. The group’s next meeting will be Sept. 27.
Still needed: Special education teachers to help with review of SD Science Alt Assessment
Please encourage your special education teachers to apply by Sept. 27, to help with content and bias review for the South Dakota Science Alternate Assessment. Educators will work with content specialists from AIR to review assessment items to ensure accuracy, grade-level appropriateness, alignment to South Dakota’s science standards, and potential bias and sensitivity concerns.

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Complete annual CPR survey by Oct. 2
Please have one person from your district complete the annual CPR survey by Oct. 2. Per SDCL 13-3-91, all districts are required to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED. State law also requires districts to report in what grades and in what courses these skills are being taught. DOE compiles this data into an annual report to the Legislature. Questions? Contact Teresa Berndt, 605-295-0335.
Submit new course code requests by Oct. 1
Districts may submit a request for a new course code to the Department of Education if a local course does not align to any of the state course descriptions. The request must include the following information: course title, course description, subject/content category, and standards addressed in the course. Approved course codes will be available for use for the following school year. Send new course requests to Jennifer Fowler at DOE, 605-280-0990.
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Send staff to Community Response to Child Abuse Conference for free

DOE is able to cover registration fees for a limited number of educators from all South Dakota public school districts to attend the 19th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference, Oct. 3-4, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Districts may send staff based on their district enrollment numbers.

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Complete data submission for PRF by Oct.15

The Personnel Record Form, or PRF, is open. Districts are required to provide a variety of staffing information via this online tool. Accuracy of the data is very important. Information in the PRF is used for state, district, and school report cards, data requests, federal reporting, and teacher compensation reports for public schools. The deadline to submit PRF data is Oct. 15.

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CTE: See it in action!

DOE’s Division of Career and Technical Education invites administrators, school board members, and community partners to participate in a series of See it in Action! days throughout the 2019-20 school year. These events will provide participants with a first-hand look at what schools across the state are doing to provide top-notch career education for their students.

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Free mental health training resources available to schools

The Department of Education wants schools to be aware of two mental health trainings available to schools at no cost.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid training: The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Social Services-Division of Behavioral Health, through the Project AWARE grant, is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training at no cost to schools.

  • NAMI Ending the Silence program: NAMI-SD (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a partner in South Dakota’s Project AWARE, and offers this program to schools, at no cost. The program is appropriate for middle and high school students.

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Special pre-conference event for administrators at Systems Change

This year’s Systems Change Conference will be held Oct. 9-11 at Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. A full-day workshop on Oct. 9, will feature Jenni Donohoo and Tommy Thompson presenting theories and practices related to Collaborative Leadership. Co-sponsored by DOE/SASD’s South Dakota Principal Leadership Development Program, this workshop is designed for principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, and teacher leaders.

Emergency Guidelines for Schools-2019 document available

Emergency Guidelines for Schools-2019 is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for managing a variety of medical emergencies involving children, distributed by South Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children. It is meant to serve as a basic guide for staff with little to no medical/nursing training.

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Title Director’s Workshop
Sept. 26, Pierre

The Ripple Effect: Impact of Trauma/ACEs on School Climate & Culture & What We Can Do About It
Sept. 27, Rapid City
Oct. 7, Chamberlain
Oct. 17, Isabel
Oct. 18, Aberdeen
Oct. 22, Sioux Falls

Strengthening relationships with all families with an emphasis on EL/Migrant families
Sept. 30, Chamberlain
Oct. 2, Huron

Northern Plains Law Conference
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Bismarck, ND

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners: Webinar Series
Oct. 1, Oct. 29, Dec. 3, Jan. 21

Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Oct. 3-4, Sioux Falls
Note: Public school district personnel are eligible for complimentary registration and travel reimbursement based on student enrollment numbers in each district.

SD Week of Work & Work-Based Learning Workshop
Oct. 9, Rapid City
Oct. 9, Sioux Falls

6 Principles for Paraeducators Seminar (webinar)
Oct. 9
Note: The South Dakota Department of Education Title III office will reimburse the $50 registration fee for 30 paraeducators who work with English learners to participate in this webinar hosted by TESOL International.

Systems Change
Annual conference, featuring Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 9-11, Oacoma

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

E-Rate Training
Oct. 14, Rapid City
Oct. 15, Pierre
Oct. 16, Aberdeen
Oct. 17, Sioux Falls

Aligning Instructional Practices to ELA and Math Standards Using the Unpacked Documents
For administrators/curriculum directors
Oct. 23, Fort Pierre

SD-STARS Training for STARS Account Managers
Oct. 29, Rapid City
Nov. 5, Aberdeen
Nov. 7, Sioux Falls

SD-STARS Training for District Users
Oct. 29, Rapid City
Nov. 5, Aberdeen
Nov. 7, Sioux Falls

See It In Action! Day: Internships
Oct. 30, Yankton

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

Board of Education Standards
Nov. 18, Sioux Falls

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