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SD Department of Education Aug. 2016  

A Welcome Back message from the Secretary

teacher TEACHER FEATURE: Is this the Twilight Zone?

When George Hawkins was waiting in the school office to interview for his job, a student walked up to him, shook his hand and asked what brought him to the school that day. Hawkins was so impressed by the student’s professional behavior, he jokes that he thought he had landed in the Twilight Zone.
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New statewide teacher mentoring program gets underway

Senate Bill 133, part of the 2016 education package, created a program to provide for the mentoring of first-year teachers in South Dakota school districts. A statewide program has been developed, and funding is also available for districts that wish to handle mentoring locally.

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Need a pre- and post-assessment for your SLO? Check these out!

SLO and Assessment work groups sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education met during spring and summer 2016 to develop standards-based assessments that can be used to pre- and post-assess students as part of the SLO process. These assessments and accompanying SLO Process Guides are available in a variety of content areas and grade levels. They can be found on the DOE website.

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National Board Certification Video

Why National Board Certification?

The 2016 education package reinstated stipends for South Dakota public school teachers and counselors who seek National Board Certification. Hear from Rapid City Area teachers Nicole Keegan and Katey Swank about how certification benefits teachers, students and schools.
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2016 Celebrating South Dakota Teachers magazine
2016 Celebrating South Dakota Teachers magazine available

The 2016 issue of Celebrating South Dakota Teachers is now available. This publication seeks to elevate and raise awareness about the importance of the teaching profession. It features many of our state’s award-winning teachers and is shared with teacher preparation candidates at our public universities, South Dakota public schools, legislators and other key stakeholders. Click here to access the magazine.

2016 SDMylife Magazine

SDMyLife updates: new magazine available; trainings scheduled

The new issue of SDMyLife is now available for educators to order, and a variety of SDMyLife trainings are scheduled this fall, including webinars focused on SDMyLife implementation for 6th grade students.
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Suicide prevention training requirement begins July 2017

Senate Bill 129, passed by the 2016 Legislature, requires anyone applying for an initial or renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional to participate in suicide awareness and prevention training. The requirement begins July 1, 2017. The state Board of Education has now adopted training guidelines. Find more info on the DOE website.

ESEA Video
ESSA Implementation: Let’s talk

South Dakota work groups have been meeting throughout the summer to develop the state plan required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. A new listserv dedicated to issues around implementation of the ESSA in our state has been created. Through this listserv, DOE is posing questions on topics on which broad input is needed.
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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

IEP Process in Action
Aug. 22-Sept. 22, various locations statewide

IEP Transition
Aug. 25, Rapid City
Aug. 30, Sioux Falls

IEP Back to Basics
Sept. 7-Nov. 4, various locations statewide

Board of Education
Sept. 20, Pierre

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27, Pierre

Systems Change
17th Annual Conference & Teacher of the Year Banquet
Oct. 12-14, Chamberlain

K-2 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 17 & Dec. 5, Rapid City
Oct. 24 & Dec. 12, Watertown

3-5 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 18 & Dec. 6, Rapid City
Oct. 25 & Dec. 13, Watertown

6-8 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 19 & Dec. 7, Rapid City
Oct. 26 & Dec. 14, Watertown

9-12 Social studies & OSEU: Standards & Lessons Rollouts
Oct. 20 & Dec. 8, Rapid City
Oct. 27 & Dec. 15, Watertown

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