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April 2021  

TEACHER FEATURE: Mendenhall enjoys seeing the world through children’s eyes
To celebrate School Library Month, we reached out to Marilyn Mendenhall, the Brookings School District elementary librarian. She loves how being a school librarian lets her look at the world through the eyes of children.

Civics and History Initiative pilot grant applications available

South Dakota public schools can now apply for a pilot grant program, which is part of the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative. A total of $200,000 in grant funding is available for schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education.

Apply by May 1 for fine arts content standards revision workgroup

The South Dakota Department of Education seeks K-12 educators, administrators, postsecondary educators, informal educators, and community members to serve on a standards revision workgroup this summer in the content area of fine arts. All work will be virtual.

Apply by May 28 to participate in science assessment review work

Science and special education teachers are needed to help with the review of Performance Level Descriptors and Standard Setting for the South Dakota Science Assessment and South Dakota Science Assessment-Alt. Applications are due May 28. These reviews will only be held if enough assessments are completed to provide the data necessary to develop valid and reliable scores.

State board adopts new content standards
At its March meeting, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in educational technology, physical education, and certain career and technical education areas (Foundational CTE; Architecture and Construction; Education and Training; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Security, and Corrections; STEM).

SD ACEs and Resiliency Program releases 2021 Progress Report

The South Dakota ACEs and Resiliency Program has released its three-year progress report. The program is a partnership of the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, and the South Dakota departments of Social Services, Health, and Education.

SPED federal grant application publicly available

Notice is hereby given that the South Dakota Department of Education, Special Education Programs is making available for public review, the Federal Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More information is available on the Department of Education’s Special Education webpage. Public comment is open until May 1.

REM grant news and reminders

As part of the Rethinking K-12 Education Models (REM) grant, all South Dakota school districts will receive a free membership to Quality Matters until December 2023. This membership gives districts access to all the services that Quality Matters provides. Also, registration remains open for earning a Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate and for an online course series.

Using dual credit courses to enhance CTE programs

A new resource, the CTE Pathway Dual Credit Courses document, is intended to help educators and students as they consider using dual credit courses as career and technical education courses for career planning and to meet graduation requirements.

Provide feedback on current fine arts and CTE content standards

Several sets of state content standards are up for review and revision this summer. In preparation for this work, the Department of Education seeks feedback about the current standards via the following surveys:

NSU offering Driver Education Endorsement courses this summer

Northern State University’s Driver Education Endorsement program will offer several courses online this summer. South Dakota teachers may qualify for a reduced tuition rate.

Apply by May 3 to help Smarter Balanced with item development

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium seeks educators to participate in content development activities beginning in summer 2021. This process involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent consensus-driven process. Apply by May 3.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

EL Program Boot Camp
Self-paced, online

Social Studies Collaborative Chat, featuring national social studies expert Glenn Wiebe from ESSDACK
April 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

2021 South Dakota History Conference
April 23-24, online

ESL teacher webinars
April 26: Let’s Talk SEL

C3 Framework webinars for K-12 social studies teachers
Session 1: Using C3 Standards, Inquiry, and State Standards to Develop Curriculum
April 27 (elementary)
April 29 (middle/high school)

Session 2: Informed Action and End Products
May 4 (elementary)
May 6 (middle/high school)

Session 3: How to Create Compelling and Supporting Questions
May 11 (elementary)
May 13 (middle/high school)

Session 4: Applying and Assessing Disciplinary Concepts and Skills
May 18 (elementary)
May 20 (middle/high school)

Session 5: Finding Credible Sources and Integrating Them into Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
May 25 (elementary)
May 27 (middle/high school)

Board of Education Standards
May 17

SD Education Conference
May 24-28, online

The Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
June 8, 10, 17

Multi-tiered System of Supports Summer Education Conference
June 29-30

Foundational Mathematics for grades K-5
July 19-20, Fort Pierre

Best Practices in Teaching the SD Math Standards
July 21, Fort Pierre

CTE Conference
July 25-27, Watertown

Foundational Reading Sessions for grades 4-8
July 28-29, Fort Pierre

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