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Tiffany Sanderson SECRETARY’S COLUMN:
Three schools add JAG-SD programs

Lyman, Oelrichs, and Sioux Falls have joined the #JAGFam! Jobs for America’s Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) is a powerful program that supports students in persisting to graduation. This program has a proven track record of improving graduation rates, academic performance, attendance, job placement, and pursuit of further education and training.

Board of Education Standards to hold public hearing on proposed content standards Sept. 20

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards will hold the first of four public hearings on proposed content standards in the following subject areas at its Sept. 20 meeting in Aberdeen.

  • Career and technical education (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications; Finance; Health Science; Human Services; Manufacturing)
  • Fine arts
  • Social studies
Proposed standards are now posted for public comment. Find more information on our Content Standards: Under Review webpage.

JAG-SD expands to three more schools in 2021-22

The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that Lyman High School, Oelrichs High School, and Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls) have launched Jobs for America’s Graduates-South Dakota (JAG-SD) programs this school year, bringing the total number of schools to nine.

Civics and History Initiative pilot grants awarded; second round of applications open

The first round of recipients of Civics and History Initiative pilot grants have been announced. Funded projects highlight the sacrifices of WWII veterans, implement the We the People program, and expand the study of Native American culture using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. For ideas on how to get involved, visit the South Dakota Suicide Prevention website.

OSEU survey now open: Encourage teachers to participate

We invite all South Dakota K-12 educators to complete the state’s first-ever survey aimed at measuring educators’ perceptions of Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards (OSEUs) implementation. Survey data will inform targeted professional development, support, and guidance aimed at increasing statewide capacity to implement the OSEUs.

Best Practices Webinar Series scheduled throughout September

Throughout the month of September, DOE will host a Best Practices Webinar Series that may help to spur ideas as schools consider how best to support students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. Sessions will be recorded and links will be shared. Topics range from competency-based instruction to options for providing tele-mental health services at school.

Submit new course code requests by Oct. 1

Districts may submit a request for a new course code to the Department of Education if a local course does not align to any of the state course descriptions. The request must include the following information: course title, course description, subject/content category, and standards addressed in the course. Approved course codes will be available for use for the following school year.

DOE offering monthly check-ins for district Title III/EL coordinators

On the first Thursday of the month throughout the 2021-22 school year, the Department of Education will be offering monthly check-ins for district Title III/EL coordinators. The department will share updates, answer questions, and facilitate networking among EL leaders across the state. Register today!

Reminder of school immunization requirements

The South Dakota Department of Health has asked the Department of Education to remind school leaders of the immunization requirements for school entry outlined in SDCL 13-28-7.1. More information on this topic is available on DOH’s website. Questions can be directed to Carol Chalcraft at DOH.

Check out introductory webinars on SD Framework for Teaching and SLOs

New to the South Dakota Framework for Teaching (Danielson) and the Student Learning Objective (SLO) process? Don’t miss introductory webinars Sept. 16 and 20. Administrators, consider inviting 1-3 teacher leaders to attend with you. Register here. If dates and times don’t work with your schedule, recordings will be made available. Questions? Email Gwen Taylor or call 605-295-2280.

Study shows positive impacts of participation in career and technical education

A recent report from the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central shows students who were career and technical education (CTE) concentrators were more likely than non-CTE concentrators to graduate from high school on time, enroll in postsecondary education, and attain a postsecondary award or degree within two years.

Plan to crunch into local produce during Farm to School Month in October

In celebration of Farm to School Month, South Dakota State University Extension and the Department of Education’s Division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services are partnering to encourage schools to participate in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off Oct. 4-8.

DOE Contact Sheet for School Counselors updated

The DOE Contact Sheet for School Counselors has been updated for the fall semester of school year 2021-22. This contact list includes relevant points of contact at the South Dakota Department of Education and other state agencies, categorized by topic. The sheet is also posted on the department’s School Counseling webpage.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Office of Assessment Fall Webinar Series
Sept. 7: Interim Assessments and Formative Assessments
Sept. 13: Using Interims with your Students
Sept. 20: SmART Writing Systems/Content Explorer
Sept. 27: Reporting System

Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework
Sept. 8 and 15, online, 3-4:30 p.m. CT
Nov. 8 and 15, online, 3-4:30 p.m. CT

Fall DOE/Infinite Campus User Groups
Sept. 14, Sioux Falls
Sept. 15, Watertown
Sept. 16, Pierre
Sept. 17, Rapid City

IEP Advance – Do you have the evidence?
Sept. 23, Sioux Falls

IEP Transition
Sept. 15, Rapid City
Sept. 16, Mobridge
Sept. 23, online

Northern Plains Law Conference on Serving Students with Disabilities
Sept. 16-17

Board of Education Standards
Sept. 20, Aberdeen

IEP Basic – HERO in IEP Process
Sept. 20, Rapid City
Sept. 24, Sioux Falls
Sept. 28, online

IEP Early Childhood Workshop – Building the Bridge
Sept. 21, Rapid City

Community Response to Child Abuse Conference
Sept. 29-30

Struggling Reader Series (online)
Oct. 4: Why Phonemic Proficiency is Necessary for All Readers
Nov. 1: Teaching Spelling Using a Structured Literacy Approach
Dec. 13: Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems
Jan. 10, 2022: Assessment and Intervention in Light of Reading Difficulties
Feb. 7, 2022: Understanding Dyslexia
March 7, 2022: What Does Good Instruction Look Like for Students with Dyslexia
April 11, 2022: Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners

The Use of Data for Student Success (for school counselors and administrators)
Oct. 7-8, Sioux Falls
Feb. 7-8, 2022, Rapid City

Dyslexia Assessment in SD
Oct. 8, Chamberlain
Oct. 29, Rapid City
Nov. 5, Sioux Falls

Teach South Dakota Conference
Featuring Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 12-13, Mitchell

Nurturing Speaking Growth for English learners
Oct. 20 and 27, online

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