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Tiffany Sanderson SECRETARY’S COLUMN: Wishing you a great 2021
Tiffany Sanderson stepped into the role of Secretary of Education on Dec. 9. Having previously led the department’s Division of Career and Technical Education, she’s no stranger to the K-12 world, and she is eager to work with educators in this new capacity.

Governor Noem extends COVID-19 emergency declaration

Governor Noem has signed an executive order to continue to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 2020-34 extends the COVID-19 emergency declaration until June 30, unless sooner terminated or extended. This order also extends several education-related suspensions.

SD Week of Work Save the date: South Dakota Week of Work

The South Dakota Week of Work will be held April 19-23, 2021. All activities will be offered virtually. More details to come. This special week will introduce 10th and 11th graders to career opportunities in their communities and across the state. It’s a week of exploration and celebration, with the aim of guiding students, engaging local businesses, and introducing employers to their future workforce.

Submit public comment on proposed Administrative Rule changes

The Board of Education Standards will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to Administrative Rules 24:43 (Accreditation) and 24:53 (Educator Prep Programs) at its Jan. 19 meeting. The deadline for submitting public comment is Jan. 13. To submit public comment on the proposed changes, visit rules.sd.gov and follow the “Department of Education” link.

Perkins Reserve grant applications due Feb. 1
The Perkins secondary reserve grants are now open. Applications may be submitted by public school districts with approved career and technical education programs (or those wishing to add approved CTE programs in the 2021-22 school year). The maximum amount per individual award will be $30,000.
Brookings High School holds Career-Palooza
Brookings High School partnered with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation for Career-Palooza on Dec. 16. The school’s Career Pathways Team surveyed students to assess high-interest areas and then worked with BEDC to book approximately 130 guest speakers in all 16 career and technical education career clusters. Read more in this Brookings Register article.
Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Feb. 19
Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. CT. The South Dakota Office of Homeland Security provides grant funding through an application and award process to a variety of organizations, including public and non-public schools.
Complete survey about social studies content standards by Feb. 5

The South Dakota Department of Education is conducting a survey to gather feedback about the state’s current social studies standards, which will be revised during the summer of 2021. The brief survey consists of short-answer questions about the current social studies standards and potential changes to be made.
SD JAG JAG Model features 10 common elements

This article is part of a series about South Dakota’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program. The program was placed in statute by the 2020 Legislature. The legislature also created a special donations fund for the program, and the South Dakota Department of Education is seeking to expand the number of JAG programs across the state.

Now taking public comment: Title IV, Part A Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grant waiver

The South Dakota Department of Education is requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, for the 2020-21 school year, pursuant to section 8401(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Public comment is being taken through Jan. 19, 5 p.m. CT. Details: Title IVA: Student Support and Academic Enrichment webpage.
21CCLC Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding

Schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants should submit their Notices of Intent to Apply by Jan. 15, 2021. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000 per year (length of a grant: five years).

English WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition available

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Kindergarten – Grade 12, is now available, providing a clear and coherent structure to guide the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment of content-driven language learning. South Dakota adopted the WIDA ELD standards in 2008. Visit the WIDA ELD webpage for more information.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Family Engagement Toolkit Course
Self-paced, online

EL Program Boot Camp self-paced course with live session opportunities
Jan. 4- May 10

SD Advisory Panel on Children with Disabilities
Jan. 6

ACCESS for ELs: Paper Assessments
Jan. 8, 10-11 a.m. CT
Jan. 8, 2-3 p.m. CT

ACCESS for ELs: Online
Jan. 11, 10-11 a.m. CT
Jan. 11, 2-3 p.m. CT

ACCESS for ELs: Materials
Jan. 13, 10-11 a.m. CT
Jan. 13, 2-3 p.m. CT

Training on new Admin menu for STARS Account Managers (SAMs)
Jan. 14

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 19

SD-STARS and EL joint webinar
Jan. 28

2021 National ESEA Conference
Feb. 8-11, online

SD-STARS training – Finding Trends & Making Observations
Feb. 23

Save the Date: South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 16-17

Save the Date: SD Education Conference
May 26-27 24-28, online

Save the Date: Multi-tiered System of Supports Summer Education Conference
June 29-30

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