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SD Department of Education May 2016  

SLO Refresher Trainings for Teachers
May-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.

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 is posted on the Boards and Commissions portal.

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.

Social Studies Standards Implementation
July 19 June 15, Sioux Falls
July 20 June 16, Rapid City

A one-day training will be offered this summer for K-12 social studies teachers, focusing on implementation of the new social studies content standards.

Five hours toward a CEU will be available. Each training will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. local time.

How does this fit with the other social studies trainings offered in the 2015-16 school year?
It is not a prerequisite to have gone through the previous social studies trainings conducted throughout the 2015-16 school year. The summer 2016 one-day training is designed for all teachers and administrators at any level of preparedness for the new South Dakota social studies content standards. Participants from the fall 2015 and spring 2016 trainings will experience new learning and get useful tools and strategies to bring back to their classrooms and districts.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

Title Conference
Aug. 1-2, Oacoma

This conference is focused on current issues in education and is the primary conference for Title I schools. It emphasizes the critical nature of doing what is right and what is needed to help every child succeed.

Join other South Dakota educators for this important professional development opportunity. All South Dakota education professionals are invited to attend.

Find registration information and more on this shareable flyer.

CORE/Foundational Reading Skills
Aug. 21, Sept. 21-22 (3-day training), Pierre

The CORE/Foundational Reading skills training will focus on the five main literacy skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The training will include both a research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lesson models. The training skills and materials will be used for actual implementation into teaching practices during the school year.

Find more information at GoSignMeUp. Search by course title.

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

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