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Rebecca Cain GUEST COLUMN: Have you considered MTSS?
Applications are open for schools interested in implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). New Year’s resolutions are tempting but hear from Rebecca Cain about why she recommends instead choosing the slow and steady approach to long-term improvement. Rebecca is the department’s administrator of student wellness and supports.

Governor proposes 6 percent for K-12

Gov. Noem delivered the annual budget address in December and proposed a 6 percent increase for K-12 schools, to be invested in teachers and other district staff. You can access the slide deck and associated documents via the Bureau of Finance and Management’s website. The 2022 legislative session begins Jan. 11. You can follow the action at https://sdlegislature.gov/.

Apply for Homeland Security grant funding by Feb. 18

Applications for Homeland Security grant funding are being accepted until Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. CT. The South Dakota Office of Homeland Security provides grant funding through an application and award process to a variety of organizations, including public and non-public schools.


Encourage teachers to participate in SD Regional Math Circles in January

SD Regional Math Circles provide K-12 educators opportunities to engage in rich math tasks and grade-specific tasks, develop their conceptual understanding of math, and discuss equitable learning opportunities. This event is offered in five locations around the state, with travel expenses and district cost for substitutes reimbursed by the Department of Education. One graduate credit is available for participants who attend three Math Circles throughout the year. Learn more with this video of teachers who attended the first SD Regional Math Circles in October. Teachers can register at GoSignMeUp.

Up to $250,000 in grant funding available for qualified afterschool programs
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty and low-performing schools by providing academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement regular school instruction.
2021 OSEU Needs Assessment survey results available

The 2021 Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) Needs Assessment survey was designed and administered to support the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations Office of Indian Education and DOE to identify the current level of implementation of the OSEUs and the critical needs of educators implementing the OSEUs across South Dakota. Results will help the state provide focused support to improve statewide implementation.
New mental health and suicide prevention resources for students and parents
  • With help from partners, the South Dakota Department of Health has developed the SD Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resources rack card. Schools can order free copies (click on the Mental Health tab) to share with students, parents, and other community members.
  • The University of South Dakota’s Center for Disabilities and the Department of Health have developed a four-part suicide prevention video series for parents. Tova Hartle, elementary school counselor in the West Central School District, contributed to this series.
Nominations for School Resource Officer of the Year due March 11

The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers is seeking nominations for the 2022 School Officer of the Year Achievement Award. The officer chosen for this award should display professionalism, dedication, and commitment to their respective school or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 11. Nominees will be announced at the association’s annual business meeting.

Common Course Code changes approved for 2022-23 school year

The South Dakota Department of Education reviews and updates the Common Course Codes on an annual basis. Changes to the Common Course Numbering System have been approved for the 2022-23 school year. The new codes will be added to the PRF system when the PRF system reopens for the 2022-23 school year.

Annual reminder: CPR and AED training resources on DOE website

CPR is not a graduation requirement; however, all districts need to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). The South Dakota Department of Education must annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction, which can be found on the department’s CPR Resources for Schools webpage.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

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
Jan. 21, online
Feb. 1, Aberdeen
Feb. 2, Sioux Falls
Feb. 3, Sioux Falls

SD Regional Math Circles
Jan. 21, Eagle Butte
Jan. 21, Sioux Falls
Jan. 22, Aberdeen
Jan. 22, Oacoma
Jan. 22, Rapid City

School Counselor Collaboration meetings
Jan. 25, 2-3 p.m. CT
Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m. CT
March 2, 2-3 p.m. CT
April 1, 10-11 a.m. CT

Board of Education Standards
Jan. 31, Pierre

201 Ways to Involve Parents book study
Feb. 1-March 18, online

Social and Emotional Learning
Environments book study

Feb. 1-March 18, online

The Use of Data for Student Success
(for school counselors)

Feb. 7-8, Rapid City

How to Submit a Report Idea
or Enhancement to SD-STARS

Feb. 15, online

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

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

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