Breakout Sessions

Student Achievement

Best Practices for Online Learning: Engage, Educate and Organize

Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialist Julie Erickson

Online learning happens both in the classroom and at home. Do your learners know how to watch a video to learn from it?  Do they know how to take effective notes? What are the best practices for helping learners in an online environment? This session will look at the tools, strategies and processes to help educators engage, educate and organize their learners for the most impact. 

Supporting Your Students Through and after Covid-19

Thursday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): S.D. Statewide Family Engagement Center Family Learning Specialists Dana Livermont & Elisabetta Giomo-James

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and families to rapidly rethink how we educate our students. When we return to school, there will be new challenges. Not only will educators face the academic challenge of overcoming “COVID Slide,” they will also have the social and emotional needs of students to consider.  The SD Statewide Family Engagement Center will share practical ways that schools can support their students with the effects of COVID-19.

Brain Science + COVID-19 = Optimal Learning

Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialist Sally Crowser

Does education equate to learning at your schoolThis session combines cognitive brain research with learning during COVID-19 to help us develop an Optimal Learning Environment for South Dakota Kids—in the classroom and at home!  Leaders of our South Dakota schools need to be visionary as COVID-19 has forced us to re-think education and make it equate to learning for our students! This session includes voices from the students.

The Statewide Family Engagement Center’s College and Career Readiness Resource Guide: Offer Your Feedback on this K-12 Transition Tool

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): BHSSC SFEC College & Career Readiness Learning Specialist Kelsey Smith

The Statewide Family Engagement Center unites students, families, schools, and communities together by focusing on learner needs from “cradle to career.” SFEC strives to ensure that all learners—especially English Language Learners (ELL), economically disadvantaged learners and minority students—have the supports they need to achieve academic, career, and life goals. This session will feature a preview of the SFEC Family Engagement College and Career Readiness Resource Guide.

Building a Blended Learning Environment to Increase Learner Agency

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialist Dr. Cari Kennedy

Transform your school/district and empower students by integrating blended learning, station rotation, and menus to create a customized learning environment. Participants will walk away from this session understanding the how to begin to adopt an LMS to construct an environment that incorporates student choice, learner agency, and computer applications to increase student learning. 

Building Learner Empowerment with Choice Boards

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialist Julie Erickson

This session will guide you through how choice boards support and empower learners during instruction along with helping your teachers provide a more flexible learning environment. We will look at options for implementing choice in the classroom, how adding the choice builds learner empowerment and more! 

Governance & Policy

Lack of Segregation of Duties

Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): Beresford Business Manager Jared Olson & Casey Peterson Ltd Audit Manager/CPA Niki Mohr

This session will raise board members awareness regarding regular review of district financials in an effort to deter and detect fraud.  Most South Dakota school business offices lack the number of employees to segregate duties.  This session will provide examples of how additional school board member oversight can strengthen internal controls without additional staffing.  Goal would be to empower school board members, business managers and other administrators to embrace open government and transparency regarding all financial matters.

What I Wish My President Had Told Me about being a School Board Member

Thursday, August at 11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell & Board Member Keith Bundy

This session will be a dialog between a veteran school board member Tom and his rookie counterpart Keith about what is involved being a school board member in South Dakota.  What aspects of being a school board member were surprising to the rookie? What sort of preparation would benefit rookie board members? Items covered will be responsibilities, training opportunities, challenges and rewards.

T-shirts, Tinker and Trump: Student Freedom of Expression in an Election Year

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): Attorney Tyler Coverdale

Can a student wear a “dump Trump” t-shirt to social studies? Park a pickup at school with a confederate flag in the back? The 2020 election will be a fertile source of student free speech issues. This session will include a review of both the landmark Tinker case and recent student free expression cases. This fast-paced and practical session will also address First Amendment issues raised by social media and remote learning necessitated by COVID-19.


Finance & Legal

But the IDEA wasn’t designed for this! Special Education Services in Light of COVID-19!

Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): KSB School Law Attorneys Tyler Coverdale & Bobby Truhe

The COVID-19 pandemic raised innumerable questions about special education. How to serve medically fragile students who must continue to self-isolate? Will more students need mental health or other supports when school reopens? Who decides how much compensatory education schools must provide after the COVID-19 closures? This session will answer these questions and more, by relying on cases and complaints which are being litigated and reviewing guidance from both the state and federal departments of education.

Cyber Attack Simulation: Our Data is Held Hostage – Now What?

Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): ASBSD Chief Financial Officer Holly Nagel & Gallagher Representative Paul Davis

In the event of a ransomware attack, your school district comes to a standstill and making informed decisions quickly can help you avoid financial loss, reputational harm and legal liability. Take part in an interactive presentation presented by a Gallagher cyber expert. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote electronically at key decision points of the crisis response and best practices to mitigate both reputational and financial harm will be discussed.

The Open Meetings Laws and Requirements – What Every School Board Member, Superintendent and Business Manager Need to Know

Thursday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman

Whether someone is a rookie school board member, superintendent or business manager, or a veteran board member, superintendent or business manager, learning and keeping up on the laws and requirements applicable to open meetings and executive sessions is critically important.  Failure to follow the open meetings laws can have dire consequences.

School District COVID-19 Liability Issues

Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman, School Attorney Rodney Freeman, Jr. & School Attorney Sam Kerr

Concerns and questions exist related to actual, perceived and potential liability by school districts, school boards, school board members, and school employees  when students and staff are back in school district attendance centers.  This session will address those common concerns and questions in order that school board members and administrators may know and understand the “Standard of Care” required in the school environment when it comes to COVID-19.

The School District, School Administrator, School Resource Office, Law-Enforcement – and the Law

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman

When it comes to questioning students and conducting student related searches, different laws and rules apply to School Resource Officers/Law Enforcement Officers than those which apply to school administrators. Learn those differences and avoid common mistakes which can result in legal procedural problems for both the school system and the juvenile justice system.



Planning for a Post-Pandemic Educational Future

Thursday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s): TIE Director Dr. Julie Mathiesen

Many things have changed and in many cases we won’t go back to normal routines and patterns. In the immediate future schools need to be prepared to fluidly transition between face-to-face learning, online learning and a blend of the two. Let’s discuss what school leaders need know to realize the vision of education in a post-pandemic world? How can we leverage this unfortunate event to improve the learning experience moving forward? 

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! How to Cope and Succeed with Anxiety/Depression/ACES

Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): Harrisburg School Counselor Renee Anderson

Anxiety is recognized as a “signal of danger” and a cause of “defense behaviors”. This presentation looks at anxiety, depression, and trauma. We will look at the signs and symptoms of anxiety, whether or not it could be related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and ways to help our staff/students succeed amidst these symptoms.

Making data work for your building

Thursday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialists Ryan Young & Daniel Henry

How well did remote learning function for your buildings last spring? How do you know? Join us as we take a closer look at remote learning data. Let’s chat about the implications for future remote support and discuss the implications for improving all forms of teaching and learning. 

The Little Things that Make the Biggest Difference

Thursday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m. 

Presenter(s): Florence Superintendent Mitch Reed

My presentation will be based on my book “Cardboard Confessionals”. We discover the five most influential people in our lives and how they came to be. We discuss the little things in life and how taking advantage of those can make all the difference. The first step to helping those around us is to appreciate their strength and understand what they are going through. By doing this, we can empower them to support and care for those in their lives.

Social Engineering and Disinformation Campaigns: How Cybercriminals Prey on K-12 Schools

Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): DSU Instructor of Information Services Rob Honomichl

The education industry is the third most attacked industry by cybercriminals. The amount of data and information K-12 schools house is very valuable. The act of social engineering, business email attacks, and disinformation campaigns have negatively affected the reputation and financial status of K-12 schools. This session we will explore the weapons of influence and tactics used in these attacks as well as measures your staff can take to protect their personal and professional information.

Explore Suicide Prevention Resources

Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): SD DOE School Counseling & Career Development Specialist Andrea Diehm, DOH Injury Prevention Epidemiologist Amanda Nelson & DSS Prevention Program Manager Jana Sprenger

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in South Dakota, and the second lead cause of death among youth age 15-34.  Learn strategies schools can employ and resources available at no cost, to keep youth safe and create a school community that is prepared to assist someone at risk for suicide.

Paraprofessionals: Supporting our Supporters

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): BHSSC Special Education Learning Specialists Kylie Steever & Amy Beasley

This presentation will help administrators support their paraprofessionals in their daily duties as well as provide resources that can be implemented both in and out of the classroom. Topics that will be discussed include: Roles and Responsibilities, Accommodations and Modifications, & Empowering Students to be Independent. This presentation will be a great opportunity for leaders to talk about how to best come together to ensure student success!


Tech Tools for School Administrators

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): Watertown Middle School Principal Todd Brist

There’s got to be an easier way! Time is one of the most precious resources an administrator has, so it’s important for school administrators to be organized and efficient. GSuite and Office Products are a great place to start but there is so much more! There are tools for organization, collaboration, communication, coaching, and so much more! Bring your device and your ideas and let’s explore how technology can improve your life as an administrator.

What Schools Can Do to Prevent and Respond to Youth Suicide

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): S.D. Statewide Family Engagement Center Family Learning Specialist Dana Livermont & Rapid City School District Prevention Specialist Sarah Zimmerman & Public Information Manager Katy Urban

A death of a student by suicide is something that few schools feel prepared to handle. What steps can your school take to strengthen its prevention efforts and feel prepared to support your students and staff in the event of a suicide? Learn about how Rapid City Are Schools utilized the research of two of the nation’s top suicide experts to make systemic changes to their suicide prevention efforts.

Being Human

Pre-recorded session

Presenter(s): TIE Learning Specialists Dr. Scott Simpson & Sharla Steever

Being Human is an interactive presentation involving storytelling and song that addresses the culture and climate of our schools—for students and educators. Combining personal stories, songs, research and resources, Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever offer potential solutions for:

  • Valuing and leveraging the uniqueness of students and educators for learning 
  • Making schools places that promote healthy relationship building 
  • Becoming intentional about elements that support Relational Learning 
  • Insuring Self-Care needs are addressed—for students and teachers