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Feb. 2022  

Celebrating CTE Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month. To celebrate, we checked in with several CTE teachers to learn more about why CTE matters to them. Thank you, CTE teachers, for all you do to prepare South Dakota students for life after high school!

Thank you, CTE teachers!

We're celebrating Career and Technical Education Month! Thank you, CTE teachers, for all you do to prepare students for high-demand careers. Hear from Laura Scheibe, our director of college, career, and student success on the DOE Blog.

Brookings and Rapid City teachers receive Presidential Award

Congratulations to Darcy Vincent and Merideth Wald on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)! The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer teaching.

Workforce Education Grant applications due March 31
Workforce Education Grant applications are due March 31. These grants provide school districts and private, nonprofit entities that provide specialized training in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. For more information visit the department's Workforce Education Grants webpage or email Jamie Boettcher.

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. If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the changes would impact accountability for the current school year (Report Card issued fall 2022).

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

Swank offers access to movies and documentaries for instructional support

Recognizing high demand for a video streaming option for educators, the South Dakota Department of Education has entered into a three-year statewide agreement with Swank Motion Pictures. Through Swank's K-12 Streaming platform, South Dakota educators and their students will have easy online access to films commonly used in K-12 subject areas including science, social studies, and English language arts.

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.

State Historical Society holding preservation essay contest for fourth-grade students

The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society is holding an essay contest for fourth-grade students. Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays during Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, which is celebrated in May. Submission deadline: March 18.

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.

Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

EL Teacher Monthly Check-in Meetings
School year 2021-22

Bright Spot Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative
Feb. 24, online

Engage Every Family: 5 Simple Principles
Feb. 28-April 8, online

Struggling Reader Series – What Does Good Instruction Look Like for Students with Dyslexia?
March 7, online

Using a Trauma Lens to Support Your Students
March 8, Pierre
March 22, Sioux Falls
May 3, Rapid City

English Learner Supports for State Academic Assessments: What is Allowable?
March 10, online

Attendance Trends and Student Performance
March 15, online

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

South Dakota State Library Copyright Matters webinar
March 16, 11 a.m. CT

Driver Education Instructor Training Conference
March 25-26, Pierre

TIE Conference
April 4-5, Sioux Falls

Board of Education Standards
April 7, Mitchell

Struggling Reader Series – Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners
April 11, online

Title Programs Bimonthly Zoominars
April 19, June 21

South Dakota History Conference: Fighting the Good War
April 22-23, Pierre

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

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