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May 2021  
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Tiffany Sanderson SECRETARY’S COLUMN:
Thank you and enjoy the summer!

Nothing about this past year was easy, but through it all, South Dakota educators kept what is best for students at the forefront of their thinking. Secretary Sanderson shares a message of thanks for all the hard work.

Seeking public input on use of ARP/ESSER funding

Under the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), which became law in March 2021, South Dakota public schools are set to receive nearly $380 million in ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. In thinking about how to best serve students and responsibly spend these dollars, DOE is asking interested parties to provide input via a short survey.

Closing out the year: Data deadlines and Report Card timeline

With the end of this school year quickly approaching, it’s time to share deadlines for closing out your school year 2020-21 data and publishing of the 2020-21 Report Card.

Congratulations to Regional Teachers of the Year

Districts were invited to submit the names of their Teachers of the Year to the South Dakota Department of Education. Those teachers could then apply for Regional Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named State Teacher of the Year in the fall. Congratulations to the Regional Teachers of the Year!


Hanson High School hosts career panels during SD Week of Work

During the South Dakota Week of Work, Hanson High School hosted 40 guest speakers for an afternoon of career panel discussions. Professionals from the area represented all 16 career clusters across seven groups. A total of 94 students participated.

2021 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced

Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $690,245, have been awarded to four South Dakota public school districts. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools.

Updating the Personnel Record Form

The Personnel Record Form is open. The deadline to make any changes to this school year’s database is June 11. It is important to log into the system via http://doe.sd.gov/prf/. Click on "PRF Log-in Screen" under the "Log-in and Contact Information" heading, then select DE69PERS to enter SY 2021 staffing data.

K-12 Data Center offering educators free online training

With support from the South Dakota Department of Education, the K-12 Data Center is offering free online training for South Dakota educators that covers cyber security, Microsoft 365, and Google tools. Continuing education credit is available. Registration deadline: May 24.

Encourage math and science teachers to apply for SDMath/SDSci Leadership by May 21

Applications are open until May 21 for the 2021-22 SDMath/SDSci Leadership program. This program selects, challenges, develops, and educates South Dakota K-12 mathematics and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education.

Still time to sign up teachers for mentoring program

The Statewide Mentoring Program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer academy following the first and second year of employment. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are open.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

CTE Conference
July 25-27, Watertown

Save the Date: Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Sept. 29-30

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