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Tiffany Sanderson SECRETARY’S COLUMN:
Preparing for the holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating and gathering with loved ones. We have many things for which to be grateful. However, for some, mental health struggles make for a less than cheerful season. We want you to be aware of resources to help those in your schools carrying a heavy burden.

Governor delivers budget address

Gov. Kristi Noem delivers her budget address to state lawmakers on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. CT/noon MT. The event will be livestreamed at sd.net. The Governor’s Budget Report for Fiscal Year 2023 will be available on the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management website. The 2022 Legislature will convene Jan. 11.

New Perkins Annual Report Card coming in January

In January, career and technical education data will become more accessible than ever before. Perkins V has placed an emphasis on highlighting CTE success and opportunities for continued growth while making data-driven decisions. In an effort to improve access to CTE data, the Department of Education has invested significant time and resources into a new Perkins Annual Report Card.

Rule change for long-term substitute passes final hurdle

An administrative rule change related to the definition of a long-term substitute received the green light from the Legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee in November. The change to ARSD 24:28:01:01 extends the length of time a long-term sub can serve (from six weeks to 45 cumulative days) and provides additional flexibility for certain situations, including FMLA situations. See the change outlined on page 5.

FREE: Preventing school violence, promoting school safety

The South Dakota School Safety Center, within the Department of Public Safety, is offering free access to a training program for school behavioral threat assessment – in partnership with Navigate 360 and Dr. Dewey Cornell. Visit this webpage to learn more or contact Brett Garland, director of the School Safety Center, at 605-381-1814.

Scheibe receives 2021 JAG National Educational Leadership Award

Laura Scheibe, the Department of Education’s Director of College, Career, and Student Success, is the recipient of the 2021 JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) National Educational Leadership Award. She was recognized for the honor during the Dec. 2 JAG National Board of Directors meeting. Congratulations, Laura!

Apply for 2022-23 MTSS cohort by Feb. 18; webinars planned in December

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that helps educators provide academic and behavioral supports for all students. Applications for districts to participate in the next round of MTSS implementation for the 2022-23 school year will be due Feb. 18. The Department of Education will hold informational webinars Dec. 13 and 15.

Perkins Reserve Grant applications due Feb. 1

The 2022 Perkins Reserve grants are now open. Grants will support three high-need areas: special populations, industrial alignment, and/or innovative delivery. The maximum amount per individual award will be $50,000. Public school districts with approved career and technical education programs (or those wishing to add approved CTE programs in the 2022-23 school year) may apply.

Free PREPaRE School Safety and Crisis Preparedness trainings available

The Department of Social Services and the University of South Dakota have received a federal grant to provide crisis prevention and response training at no cost to any school in South Dakota. The training uses the national PREPaRE Workshop curriculum. There are two separate workshops through PREPaRE, but an individual is not required to attend both.

New resources available for SDMyLife powered by Xello

Resources have been added to SDMyLife’s Educators section to make it easier to use SDMyLife. The How-To Resources page features flyers and short video tutorials. Also check out SDMyLife’s Trainings page to view recordings of this fall’s 30-minute, feature-specific webinars. Questions? Please contact Megan Tatum or Janeen Outka.

K-12 Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) webinar
scheduled for Dec. 22

The USD Child & Adult Advocacy Studies (CAASt) certificate program and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) are offering a free webinar Dec. 22 to support the work of school staff seeking to create trauma-informed school settings. The webinar uses CAASt competencies to provide school personnel with applicable knowledge for working in multidisciplinary teams within the school.

SD Children’s Book Award Committee seeking
school administrator member

The South Dakota Children's Book Award Committee is currently seeking two members. The positions are for an SDEA member and a school administrator. The Children’s Book Award Committee chooses the books for the Prairie Pasque, Prairie Bloom, and Prairie Bud awards.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

Title Programs Bimonthly Zoominars
Dec. 7, Feb. 22, April 19, June 21

Special Education - SD Discipline in Detail
Dec. 9, online

School Counselor Collaboration meeting
Dec. 9, 2-3 p.m. CT

CTE Improve22
Jan. 6, 9 a.m. CT, online
Jan. 6, noon CT, online
Jan. 10, 9 a.m. CT, online
Jan. 10, noon CT, online
Jan. 12, Fort Pierre
Jan. 13, Mitchell

Engage Every Family 5 Simple Principles
Jan. 6-Feb. 18

Dyslexia Assessment in SD (online)
Jan. 7

New Special Education Director webinar series
Jan. 11 – State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report
Feb. 8 – Fiscal/Budget

Introductions to SD-STARS reporting and DIGs
Jan. 18, online

2022 Winter Assessment Workshops
Jan. 20, Rapid City
Jan. 21, Pierre
Feb. 1, Aberdeen
Feb. 2, Sioux Falls
Feb. 3, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 31, Pierre

South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 15-16, Sioux Falls

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