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Dr. Jones SECRETARY’S COLUMN: Championing excellence in South Dakota’s K-12 education system
The South Dakota Department of Education has released its strategic plan, which will guide the department’s activities through 2024. The plan consists of four strategic directions: championing excellence, maximizing and building relationships, achieving effectiveness, and cultivating our professional culture.

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Leader Feature LEADER FEATURE: ‘Our children are sacred, our family is our priority, our elders are precious’
Juliana White Bull-Taken Alive became the director of South Dakota’s Office of Indian Education in May 2019. We recently talked with her about her vision for the office and how her extensive experience in education is informing her work at the state level.

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ESSA State Plan Revisions: Now taking public comment
South Dakota is proposing changes to its ESSA State Plan, which is required under the Every Student Succeeds Act. If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the changes would be reflected in the SY 2019-20 Report Card. View proposed revisions and find information about submitting public comment at https://doe.sd.gov/essa/. Deadline to submit public comment: Jan. 24, 5 p.m. CT.

Perkins V Accountability Indicators: Now taking public comment
South Dakota is developing a state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), the federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education. Proposed Accountability Indicators are now open for public comment. View the proposed indicators on the department’s Perkins V webpage. Look for the Accountability Indicators for Public Comment link.
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Civics Education Civics education plan created; webinars for K-12 social studies educators scheduled
The department’s three-year plan for the enhancement of civics education in South Dakota is now available on our Civics Education webpage. A group of stakeholders helped to develop this plan, which outlines strategies, goals, and action steps. The department will be hosting webinars Jan. 17 and Jan. 23 to gain firsthand feedback from social studies educators.
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SD Capitol Building Legislative session opens Jan. 14
The 2020 Legislative Session begins Jan. 14, with Gov. Kristi Noem’s State of the State address at 1 p.m. CT. 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.

SD Dept. of Public Safety Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Feb. 14
Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. CT. State and local, public and private nonprofit agencies, including public and non-public schools, are eligible to apply.
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South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Five South Dakota teachers and three school counselors earned national certifications in 2019. Teachers achieve National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of their pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The National Certified School Counselor certification recognizes counselors who demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in school counseling.
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Mentoring Summer Academy presentation proposals due Feb. 28
The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2020 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 850 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentoring program will attend this event scheduled for June 3-4 in Sioux Falls.
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Students South Dakota Math Standards aligned to Integrated Mathematics courses
The South Dakota Math Standards are now aligned to high school Integrated Mathematics courses. A team of South Dakota teachers collaborated to align state math standards to Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3. Find the Integrated Mathematics Standards Alignment Supplement on DOE’s Mathematics Content Standards webpage, under the South Dakota Mathematics Standards heading.
Cyber Security Nominations due Jan. 31 for inaugural Cybersecurity Education Award

Beginning this spring, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators – one elementary and one secondary – who instill in their students skills, knowledge, and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Award nominations are due Jan. 31. Learn more in this Homeroom blog entry from the U.S. Department of Education.

CPR and AED Training Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website

CPR is not a graduation requirement; however, all districts need to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). 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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Selective service requirements for 18-year-olds

The U.S. Selective Service System and U.S. Department of Education request the assistance of school leaders in reminding students of the registration requirements under the Military Selective Service Act. Males are required to register beginning 30 days prior to their 18th birthday and extending 30 days after. Late registration is accepted up to the 26th birthday. Registration can be completed online at www.sss.gov or by completing a hard-copy form available at any U.S. Post Office.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

CTE Improve20
Jan. 21, Aberdeen
Jan. 22, Mitchell
Jan. 23, Oacoma
Jan. 27, Rapid City
Jan. 28, Sioux Falls

SD-STARs & EL joint webinar
Jan. 22
Jan. 29

ACCESS/ALT ACCESS Accommodations webinar
Jan. 23, 12 p.m. CT
Jan. 23, 2:30 p.m. CT

Equitable Grading of English learners
Jan. 23, Huron

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 27, Pierre

2020 Winter State Assessment Workshop
Jan. 28, Pierre
Feb. 4, Sioux Falls
Feb. 5, Sioux Falls
Feb. 6, Watertown
Feb. 13, Rapid City
Feb. 25, Skype virtual meeting

National ESEA Conference
Feb. 4-7, Atlanta, Ga.

School Counselor Best Practices Share Session
Feb. 5, Rapid City

New Special Education Directors Webinar Series
Feb. 6 – Fiscal/Budget

SD STEM Ed Conference
Feb. 6-8, Huron

Promoting Teacher Success – Webinar
Feb. 11, 9-10 a.m. CT
Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m. CT

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 17-18, Sioux Falls

South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference
April 23-25, Sioux Falls

SD Education Conference
May 27-28, Oacoma

Save the Date: Top 20 Training
July 28-30, Chamberlain

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