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Fine Arts Standards Implementation
April 21-May 1, online and various locations statewide

This is an awareness training on the newly adopted South Dakota Fine Arts Standards. This training encompasses the layout of the standards and planning and assessment incorporating the new standards with a particular focus on the four artistic processes: creating, performing, responding and connecting.

Participants are asked to bring a unit or lesson plan from the arts content they teach for work on implementing the new standards and applying the four processes. Participants are also required to bring a paper copy of the new standards. Teachers can print the whole document or only the pages that pertain to courses they teach. The standards are available on the Department of Education website.

During the online course, participants will be asked to work with a unit or lesson plan from the fine arts content area they teach to implement the new standards and apply the four processes.

Here is a video invitation to the course.

Six hours toward a Continuing Education Unit are available. Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

SLO Refresher Trainings for Teachers
April-June, various locations statewide

SLO Refresher Trainings are for all teachers, whether or not they’ve attended an SLO training in the past. Learn about updates and SLO best practices from trainers who have worked with SLOs for several years and have assisted hundreds of teachers across South Dakota in developing, revising and editing SLOs in all content areas and grade levels.

Participants will discover the power of analyzing baseline data and how this frequently missed step can drive creation of a truly meaningful SLO. Trainers will share strategies and promising practices for SLO goal setting, which can be one of the most challenging parts of the SLO. Participants are encouraged to bring a current SLO or other materials and assessments to get a jump start on developing a great SLO for 2016-17.

Learn more with this shareable flyer. Teachers who attended the first training share their feedback in this video.

SD State Historical Society History Conference
Everyone Eats: South Dakota's Food Heritage

April 29-30, Pierre

Historical Photo

Sitting down to a family dinner, slicing into fruit kuchen or grilling fresh-caught walleye by the river – everyone eats! Come and learn about South Dakota’s food traditions and practices at “Everyone Eats: South Dakota’s Food Heritage.”

Teachers can obtain 13 contact hours from the South Dakota Department of Education for attending. For more information, call the historical society at (605) 773-3458, or visit the conference website. Join the historical society and get $10 off conference registration.

Board of Education
May 16, Aberdeen

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. CDT in the Northern State University Student Center, 1200 South Jay St., in Aberdeen. The final of four public hearings will be held on proposed career and technical education standards in several career clusters. An agenda will be posted on the Boards and Commissions portal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Advanced Data Use Skills for Educators
May 30-July 13, online

Since summer 2013, the Department of Education has offered courses to train educators on how to use data. These courses provided training on fundamental skills.

Building upon skills taught in the prerequisite “Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators,” this online course applies the fundamental skills to an individual project that uses data. Participants will complete required readings, participate in online discussions and complete a data project with the goal of using data to answer important questions to drive positive change in their district, school or classroom.

Find registration information and more at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

MVPA Maximized! (for physical education/physical activity educators)
June 1, Pierre
June 2, Oacoma

The School Health program in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health will host professional development for physical education/physical activity educators at two locations this summer. The MVPA Maximized! workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT.

MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) is an essential component of a quality physical education program. The MVPA Maximized! workshop will show K-12 physical education/physical activity educators how to increase MVPA during physical education classes and in other environments.

Registration deadline: May 25.

Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for meals, mileage and lodging. Find registration information and more on this shareable flyer.

Questions? Contact Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education, at karen.keyser@state.sd.us or (605) 220-6453.

2016 Summer Education Conference
June 28-29, Chamberlain

This year’s conference will focus on explicit instruction with keynote speaker Dr. Anita Archer. Read more about Dr. Archer and find registration information on this shareable flyer.

Fundamentals of Using Data for Educators
July 5-Aug. 19, online (and one face-to-face workshop)

This fundamentals course provides educators with the skills they need to analyze and use data in order to answer important questions. Scheduled from July 5-Aug. 19, this course requires online work, and participants must attend in-person at one of the following locations, 9 a.m-5 p.m., local time:
  • July 18, Rapid City
  • July 20, Aberdeen
  • July 21, Mitchell

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Top 20 Training
July 18-19, Rapid City
July 20-21, Sioux Falls

Top 20 Training is back in South Dakota, and it’s free. This is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity that will be a difference maker for educators and students. Top 20 Training is geared to help educators, no matter the grade level of their students. Concepts help teachers and students build better relationships and experiences in the classroom.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Boot Camp 2016: Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library
July 18-21, Pierre

What is a primary source? Where can I find primary sources to use with my students? How do I integrate primary sources into my lessons?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the State Library in Pierre from July 18-21, during Boot Camp 2016. Students will explore Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library with an emphasis on integrating research and social studies standards. Class time will include activities at the Cultural Heritage Center Museum and Archives, a tour of the Oahe Dam and a visit with a Lewis and Clark expert.

All educators, certified and paraprofessional, are welcome! Find registration information and more on the State Library website.

Registration closes June 1.

Questions? Contact Joan Upell or Kathleen Slocum with the State Library.

The GO TO Strategies Workshop
July 25, Sioux Falls
July 26, Oacoma

This full-day workshop will introduce newly-developed strategies and resources that enable teachers to plan scaffolded, yet rigorous and relevant content lessons for English language learners. It is imperative that teachers create lessons that enable ELLs to master academic language and content simultaneously. The strategies presented in this workshop have been chosen to reflect research-based principles of instruction for ELLs with an emphasis on the inclusion of oral academic language instruction. The goal is to increase the comprehensibility of academic language and to promote student interaction while using language.

Participants will be able to:
• Associate strategies with research-based principles of instruction.
• Become familiar with the components of the GO TO Strategies and how to use the resources.
• Participate in strategy demonstrations during the workshop and plan classroom applications.
• Draft and share action plans that use specific strategies to develop the domains of language.
• Begin to use a planning framework that scaffolds content lessons by integrating strategies.
• Leave with abundant resources for scaffolding instruction for ELLs, including the complete GO TO Strategy materials (101 pages) and handouts of workshop activities.

Spread the word with this shareable flyer. Register at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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