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

Rewind to when you were in middle and high school, thinking about what you wanted to be when you grew up. Was it a tough decision? Were you one of the lucky few who had a clear direction early in life? Or did you just kind of figure it out as you went? Did a mentor or professional you admired shape your decision?

The South Dakota Week of Work is April 19-23. I can’t wait. Our students will hear from and engage with professionals across South Dakota who work in dozens of career fields—a workforce smorgasbord that will open their eyes to great jobs, unique career paths, and opportunities they haven’t yet realized are in their backyard.

Tuesday, April 20, through Thursday, April 22, students can participate virtually in live panel discussions with South Dakota business and industry professionals. Students can choose from a variety of panels each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT. Almost 100 panelists from 27 communities will represent career fields in agriculture, business, public service, private sector service, science and healthcare, and manufacturing and construction, for a total of 36 panel discussions.

The week’s events are open to all middle and high school students. Registration information, resources, and a schedule can be found on the 2021 Schedule page [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/schedule.aspx] of the South Dakota Week of Work website [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/].

I’m excited for our young people to learn directly from people in fields that interest them. These are professionals who have worked in South Dakota and contributed to the successes of our communities. It’s going to be a lively and engaging week. It wouldn’t be possible without our great partners at the Department of Labor and Regulation, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Retailers Association, and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

At the end of the week, a live wrap-up session will help students take the next steps in their career paths with information about soft skills, job shadow experiences, and internships. Panel discussions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

Businesses have also submitted videos spotlighting careers within their organizations. These videos are already available on the 2021 Schedule page [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/schedule.aspx] of the South Dakota Week of Work website [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/].

We look forward to seeing your Week of Work celebrations and students’ engagement. As you share photos and success stories, tag #SDWeekofWork on social media.

Thank you for all you do for South Dakota students!



 
 
 
HOT TOPICS
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.

"Our young people will soon be the voters and leaders in our cities, counties, schools, country, and state," said Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson. "Quality education in our history and how our government works is essential so they can become engaged citizens and leaders. These grants provide South Dakota schools significant opportunity to strengthen their social studies instruction and the real-world experiences they can offer students."

Grant applications should align with one or more of the priorities of the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative, which are to help students understand our country, state, and story; equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to engage as informed citizens; and prepare them to participate in civil discourse on important issues.

The South Dakota Civics and History Initiative is made possible through $900,000 in one-time state funding to support and equip K-12 educators, provide resources for voluntary use in local schools, and provide real-life experiences for students.

Grant applications are due May 3. Grantees will be notified in early June.

Find more information on the Civics and History Initiative webpage [https://doe.sd.gov/civics/].


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 [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/schedule.aspx] of the event website. Videos are organized by career cluster and spotlight South Dakota professionals talking about a wide variety of professions.

Tuesday, April 20, through Thursday, April 22, students can participate virtually in live panel discussions with South Dakota business and industry professionals. Students can choose from a variety of panels each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT. Almost 100 panelists from 27 communities will represent career fields in agriculture, business, public service, private sector service, science and healthcare, and manufacturing and construction, for a total of 36 panel discussions.

Panel discussions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

The week’s events are open to all middle and high school students. Registration information, career exploration resources, and a schedule can be found on the 2021 Schedule page [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/schedule.aspx] of the South Dakota Week of Work website [https://weekofwork.sd.gov/].

At the end of the week, a live wrap-up session with information about soft skills, job shadow experiences, and internships will help students take the next steps in their career paths.

Everyone who participates in the week’s activities is encouraged to share photos and success stories using #SDWeekofWork on social media.

The South Dakota Week of Work is sponsored by the South Dakota departments of Labor and Regulation and Education in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Retailers Association, and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


State board adopts new content standards

At its March meeting, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in the following subject areas: 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; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Following standards adoption by the board, school districts have a transition year to make sure that local curriculum and instructional materials align to these state-set expectations for student learning. Schools are expected to teach to the newly approved standards in the 2022-23 school year. The board also approved a change to the Standards Revision and Adoption Timeline: health education standards will be reviewed and have four public hearings in SY 2023-24 and again in SY 2029-30.



 
 
 
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) [https://jag.org/] is a state-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young people of great promise. In its 40-year history, the JAG Advantage [https://jag.org/about/#JAGAdvantage] has proven to deliver results.

The JAG-SD model is implemented during the school year as an elective class. School personnel identify students with at least five of the more than 50 barriers to success, who will benefit from the competency-based employability skills curriculum. A certified teacher from the district, called a JAG Specialist, receives specialized training to implement the model. In addition, the Specialist maintains contact with students for 12 months following their graduation from high school in order to assist with positive post-graduation outcomes.

In order to implement the JAG-SD model, there is a commitment needed from schools/districts:

  • Salary and benefits for JAG Specialist
  • Release time for JAG Specialist to attend bi-monthly team meetings
  • Board resolution adopting program
  • Funds allocated for transportation to business field trips, college visits, two in-state conferences, JAG Specialist training, and the national Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about starting a Jobs for America's Graduates program at your school, please visit our JAG-SD webpage [https://doe.sd.gov/JAG-sd/].

 
 
 
 
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 [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/PerkinsV.aspx] or contact Laura Scheibe [laura.scheibe@state.sd.us].

 
 
 
 
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.

Read more at https://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/educationonline/2021/04/documents/ACES-progres.pdf.

 
 
 
 
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 [https://doe.sd.gov/sped/]. Public comment is open until May 1.

 
 
 
 
REM grant news and reminders

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Rethinking K-12 Education Models Grant supports the state’s efforts to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This three-year grant project aims to provide a comprehensive road map to successful learning so that students can learn at school, at home, or with blended learning approaches. It will also seek to empower parents and families in navigating these options.

Free Quality Matters membership for all South Dakota school districts
As part of the grant, all school districts in South Dakota will receive a free membership to Quality Matters until December 2023 [https://doe.sd.gov/grants/documents/QMK12Membership.pdf]. This membership gives districts access to all the services that Quality Matters provides. If your district is interested in taking advantage of the benefits and services of Quality Matters, please contact Stephanie Hansen [stephaniea.hansen@state.sd.us] at 605-295-2507 to sign up and provide your designated point of contact. Each district will be invited to a webinar that will explain the services available later this spring.

Register for Teaching Online Certificate
One teacher (with administrator approval and letter of reference) from each attendance center in every South Dakota K-12 school district/system (public, non-public, tribal/BIE) may apply for the opportunity to take coursework to earn the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate. Cohorts are scheduled throughout 2021. See schedule below to find a spring or summer cohort that will work for you. More cohorts will be scheduled later. Apply [https://doe.sd.gov/grants/documents/TeachingOnlineCertificate.pdf]

  • April 26-July 14
  • May 12-July 26
  • May 26-Aug. 11
  • June 9-Aug. 25
Register for online course series
Throughout the next three years, 1,600 South Dakota educators will have the opportunity to earn nine graduate credits by completing a series of online courses to increase their capacity in competency based, knowledge-rich, and whole child approaches to instruction to support a continuum of learning. Continuing education credits will be available. All costs for courses, texts, and credits are covered by the grant. Apply [https://doe.sd.gov/grants/documents/ProfessionalLearning.pdf]

For questions on any REM grant opportunities, email Stephanie Hansen [stephaniea.hansen@state.sd.us] or call 605-295-2507.

 
 
 
 
Using dual credit courses to enhance CTE programs

A new resource, the CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses document [https://sdmylife.com/images/Approved-CTE-Dual-Credit.pdf], 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.

State-sponsored dual credit courses can be used to enhance approved high school CTE programs, and this new resource lists eligible state-sponsored dual credit courses, categorized by career cluster. CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses [https://sdmylife.com/images/Approved-CTE-Dual-Credit.pdf] is posted on the SDMyLife Dual Credit page [https://sdmylife.com/prepping-for-college/dual-credit] under “Resources.”

Applying CTE dual credit courses to meet graduation requirements
For schools to apply any of these listed state-sponsored dual credit courses to meet graduation requirements as approved CTE, the following criteria must be met:

  • The school already has an approved CTE program (can be any of the 16 career clusters).
  • The dual credit course is offered within an approved CTE program. Your CTE regional specialist [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/cteregions.aspx] can assist you on the CTE program approval process.
  • The dual credit course is taken through a state-sponsored dual credit program.
This updated policy is listed on page 12 (Q16) of the High School Graduation Requirements Handbook [https://doe.sd.gov/gradrequirements/documents/Handbook.pdf].

Questions? Please contact the following, depending on topic:

  • Approved CTE: Your CTE regional specialist [https://doe.sd.gov/cte/cteregions.aspx]
  • Dual Credit
    • Postsecondary institution points of contact are listed on the SDMyLife Dual Credit page [https://sdmylife.com/prepping-for-college/dual-credit]
    • DOE point of contact: Amber Rost [amber.rost@state.sd.us], 605-220-6612
  • Graduation Requirements: Andrea Diehm [andrea.diehm@state.sd.us], 605-220-3813

 
 
 
 
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 [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAajDH5GMmpodnmhaVrxgAPIu75eARFaQ4Zy_KPOX9c15hnA/viewform?usp=sf_link].

You can review the current standards on the department’s Content Standards webpage [https://doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/].

Please share this survey with a variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents, administrators, business/industry, higher education, school board members, and those in related organizations/agencies.

The application for participating in the standards revision workgroup will be available later in April.

 
 
 
 
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.

Driver & Traffic Safety Ed (DRED-460-NT1 or DRED-560-NT1)
June 1-July 2
Three credits

Methods/Teaching Driver’s Ed (DRED-480-NT1 or DRED-580-NT1)
June 1-July 2
Three credits

IS: Curriculum & Instruction (DRED-491-NT1 or DRED-591-NT1)
June 1-July 2
Two or three credits

Questions? Visit NSU’s Continuing Education webpage [https://www.northern.edu/nsu-online/continuinged], email online@northern.edu or call the Office of Online and Continuing Education at 605-626-2568.

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

Except where otherwise noted, details on the following events are available at GoSignMeUp [http://southdakota.gosignmeup.com/].

EL Program Boot Camp
Self-paced, online

Family Engagement Toolkit Course
Self-paced, online
[https://sdsfec.org/workshop/toolkit-course-2020-21/]

TIE Conference
April 18-19, online
[https://www.eventsquid.com/event.cfm?id=12321]

SPED Spring Legal Update
April 20, online

2021 South Dakota History Conference
April 23-24, online
[https://www.sdhsf.org/historyconferenceregistration.html]

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

Board of Education Standards
May 17
[https://boardsandcommissions.sd.gov/Meetings.aspx?BoardID=32]

WIDA Kindergarten Screener Overview
May 24

SD Education Conference
May 24-28, online
[https://doe.sd.gov/title/conference/2021/index.html]

School Counselors: Get Started with the ASCA National Model
June 2-3, online
[https://state-sd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcOiorjIqGdLsAy7NdzGxlCi1SqD0M-vz]

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
[https://doe.sd.gov/pressroom/zebra/21/03/documents/MTSS-21.pdf]

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

 
   
 
   

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