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Feb. 2022  
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Dr. Cari Kennedy GUEST COLUMN: Learn more about REM grant opportunities
This month’s guest column is from Dr. Cari Kennedy, with TIE, who is helping to administer South Dakota’s Rethink K-12 Education Models (REM) grant, Re-Imagining Remote Education. Learn why she’s so excited for the opportunities this grant offers educators and, in turn, students.

Review proposed changes to accountability for school year 2021-22

The Department of Education is seeking public comment on an addendum to its 2021-22 State Plan required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as revised by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Recognizing COVID-19’s continued impact on schools in school year 2021-22, and particularly the challenges around securing valid and reliable data, the department plans to submit changes to its State Plan relating to accountability and school improvement. If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the changes would impact accountability for the current school year (Report Card issued fall 2022).

Just in time for CTE Month! Perkins data now available in the South Dakota Report Card

Career and technical education data is now more accessible than ever. 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 (Perkins-ARC).

DANR accepting applications to increase access to local foods at schools

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is pleased to announce $80,000 in funding to help school districts use more local and fresh foods. The Farm to School Grant Program will offer grants up to $5,000 for each school district that applies. School districts must participate in the USDA National School Lunch Program to be eligible.


‘What are you waiting for?’ Learn about launching a JAG program

When asked what she would say to a school considering implementing the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, new JAG-SD specialist Nicole Fette, Roosevelt High School, had five words: “What are you waiting for?” We reached out to two schools that launched programs in fall 2021 to find out how their first year is going.

Apply by March 1 to participate in CTE standards revision workgroups
Career and technical education (CTE) teachers, administrators, school counselors, postsecondary partners, and business/industry professionals are invited to apply by March 1 to participate in the following content standards revision work groups this summer. Some work will also be required this spring. Questions? Email Amy Miller.
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Transportation
  • Capstone Courses
Make a difference in your community: Sponsor a Summer Food Service Program

The South Dakota Department of Education’s division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking local sponsors to assist with running a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. Schools are among those organizations that can apply to sponsor a program.
Become an SD-STARS Power User to create district-specific reports

STARS Analytics is a new reporting feature in SD-STARS available to SD-STARS Power Users. These individuals can use STARS Analytics data to create dossiers, or reports, which can then be published to users in a specific district via the new District Report menu in SD-STARS. SD-STARS is offering trainings this spring for those interested in becoming SD-STARS Power Users.

Submit presentation proposals by March 4 for SD MTSS Summer Education Conference

This year’s SD MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports) Conference will take place June 21-22, in Oacoma. Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit presentation proposals for breakout sessions on Day 1. One presenter for each selected breakout session will receive free conference admission. Submit proposals by March 4. Presenters will be notified by March 18. Questions? Email Brandi Gerry.

Nominate your District Teacher of the Year by March 1

Celebrate great teaching through the South Dakota Teacher of the Year (TOY) program! Each school district that wishes to participate should submit the name of its District TOY to the South Dakota Department of Education by March 1 for consideration as a Regional TOY. All submitted District TOY winners will be invited to submit a Region application.


Mentoring Summer Academy presentation proposals due March 18

The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2022 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 1,000 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentoring program will attend this event scheduled for June 1-2 in Sioux Falls.


State Historical Society looking for SD’s History Teacher of the Year

Nominations are being accepted until Feb. 21 for the 2022 South Dakota History Teacher of the Year, one of the Governor’s Awards for History, coordinated by the South Dakota State Historical Society. Nominees may be an elementary or secondary teacher of history or social studies in public or private schools in South Dakota.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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

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

Feb. 15, online

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

Attendance Trends and Student Performance
March 15, online

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

SD-STARS Power User Training
March 29-30, Sioux Falls
April 5-6, Pierre
April 12-13, Rapid City
May 5, virtual follow-up meeting (included when registering for any of the above locations)

TIE Conference
April 4-5, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
April 7, Mitchell

Active Shooter Workshop
April 12, Pierre

ExCITE! 2022 (formerly School Library Boot Camp)
July 2022, online

Top 20 Training
July 21-22, Oacoma

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