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Tiffany Sanderson SECRETARY’S COLUMN:
SD Week of Work open to middle and high school students

The South Dakota Week of Work will be a tremendous opportunity for middle and high school students to explore a wide variety of career options across South Dakota. So many business and industry professionals from across the state have stepped up for what promises to be an engaging week.

Civics and History Initiative pilot grant applications available

South Dakota public schools can now apply for a pilot grant program, which is part of the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative. A total of $200,000 in grant funding is available for schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education.

SD Week of Work: Check out on-demand videos from businesses

The South Dakota Week of Work is coming up April 19-23, and on-demand videos from businesses across the state are now posted on the 2021 Schedule page of the event website. Videos are organized by career cluster and spotlight many professions. Registration is open for live panel discussions. The week’s events are open to all middle and high school students.

State board adopts new content standards

At its March meeting, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in educational technology, physical education, and certain career and technical education areas (Foundational CTE; Architecture and Construction; Education and Training; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Security, and Corrections; STEM).

SD JAG Thinking of launching JAG-SD at your school?

JAG-SD is a program supervised by the South Dakota Department of Education and is proven to help students persist through graduation. Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young people of great promise. In its 40-year history, the JAG Advantage has proven to deliver results.

Now seeking public comment on revised accountability targets under Perkins V

Public comment is open until April 16, 5 p.m. CT, on proposed revised accountability targets under the state’s Perkins V plan. Revising targets now will allow schools to focus more on learner support rather than accountability levels as we close out this unprecedented school year. For more information, visit the department’s Perkins V webpage or contact Laura Scheibe.

Progress Report SD ACEs and Resiliency Program releases 2021 Progress Report

The South Dakota ACEs and Resiliency Program has released its three-year progress report. The program is a partnership of the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, and the South Dakota departments of Social Services, Health, and Education.

SPED federal grant application publicly available

Notice is hereby given that the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs is making available for public review, the Federal Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More information is available on the Department of Education’s Special Education webpage. Public comment is open until May 1.

REM grant news and reminders

As part of the Rethinking K-12 Education Models (REM) grant, all South Dakota school districts will receive a free membership to Quality Matters until December 2023. This membership gives districts access to all the services that Quality Matters provides. Also, registration remains open for earning a Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate and for an online course series.

Using dual credit courses to enhance CTE programs

A new resource, the CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses document, is intended to help educators and students as they consider using dual credit courses as career and technical education courses for career planning and to meet graduation requirements.

SD Fine Arts Standards to be reviewed and revised this summer

The South Dakota Fine Arts Standards will be reviewed and revised in summer 2021. In preparation, the Department of Education seeks feedback about the current standards via the SD Fine Arts Standards Revision Pre-Work Survey.

NSU offering Driver Education Endorsement courses this summer

Northern State University’s Driver Education Endorsement program will offer several courses online this summer. South Dakota teachers may qualify for a reduced tuition rate.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

EL Program Boot Camp
Self-paced, online

Family Engagement Toolkit Course
Self-paced, online

TIE Conference
April 18-19, online

SPED Spring Legal Update
April 20, online

2021 South Dakota History Conference
April 23-24, online

Team Process: IEP Development, Implementation, and Progress
April 27

Board of Education Standards
May 17

WIDA Kindergarten Screener Overview
May 24

SD Education Conference
May 24-28, online

School Counselors: Get Started with the ASCA National Model
June 2-3, online

School Leaders: Ensuring Equity for Multilingual Learners
June 7, 14, 21

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 8, 10, 17

Multi-tiered System of Supports Summer Education Conference
June 29-30

Save the Date: CTE Conference
July 25-27, Watertown

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