Breakout Sessions

Download the 2022 ASBSD-SASD Convention Schedule here.

Student Achievement

Behavioral Health Resources and Supports Available to Schools

Presenter: SD DSS Division of Behavioral Health Assistant Director Melanie Boetel

Thursday, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Room 2

Come learn about the wide array of behavioral health resources available in South Dakota that support the wellbeing of students. Resources include the promotion of mental health awareness to reduce stigma, to training opportunities for students, educators and families which provide tools for responding to individuals in need, to social-emotional learning resources to provide students with the skills needed to be successful, to individualized referrals and treatment services to address the most intensive needs.

Leading STEM Education in Your Schools and District

Presenter: BHSU and SURF Science Education Specialist Dr. Ashley Armstrong

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Room 3

At SURF, we believe students benefit most when learning and growth is implemented through a multi-pronged approach. We provide professional development which allows teachers access to the research-proven tools that will improve their classroom. We engage students through interactive virtual and in-person field trips and presentations. We support teachers in their classrooms with curriculum units that align with SD Science Standards and engage students in the science and engineering that is taking place at the Sanford lab.

Classroom Improvement Toolkit with Coach Support

Presenter: Tea Area Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery, Curriculum Director Elizabeth Herrboldt and Continuous School Improvement Coaches Ryan Decker, Kylie Coyle, Laura Berg, John Westhoff, Tracy Schmidt and Val Sheppard

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

This session will explore how Tea Area School District uses Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Coaches to support the hardwiring of PDSA cycles of improvement at both the building and classroom levels. Research supports the use of short cycles of improvement in testing change quickly to determine whether or not the change is effective. Tea Area’s coaching team has developed a strategic plan for implementation that supports leaders and staff through multiple stages of continued improvement.

The South Dakota School Safety Center: ONE Year Later!

Presenter: South Dakota School Safety Center Program Director Brett Garland and School Safety Specialist Sara Kettwig

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Rooms 8, 9 & 10

The South Dakota School Safety Center provides an update on the available resources designed to keep schools safe, including two new programs aimed at helping children in crisis, heal and thrive. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches school staff to identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, select interventions, and provide help. Handle With Care is a program that promotes school-community partnerships to help children exposed to trauma.

Learn, Dream and Grow with South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Preschool through K-12 Education

Presenter: SDPB Director of Education Dr. Marcy Drew and Education Specialists Steven Rokusek and Kevin Nelson

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Rooms 11 & 12 

In this session we will cover the educational resources parents and educators for learners from preschool to high school. We know that raising or educating a child can be one of life’s most challenging missions. SDPB’s Education Team is here to help make it a rewarding one. Education is in our DNA, and for over 100 years, we have been dedicated to helping all learn, dream, and to grow.

D&D In My Classrom!?

Presenter: Harrisburg Director of Instruction & Federal Programs Dr. Michael Amolins and Harrisburg North Middle School ELA Teacher Kade Wells

Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Room 3

This session will explore the vast learning possibilities for the game of Dungeons and Dragons as classroom instruction and provide feedback from teachers who have just learned how to play to exhibit a fresh perspective of what this game can do for children. State standards for ELA will be coordinated with the learning tasks of the game and a list of cross curricular activities made clear to prove beyond any doubt that a game such as D&D can be a powerful learning tool and is worth having in schools.

Governance & Policy

Continuous School Improvement: How Systems Work

Presenter: Tea Area Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery, Curriculum Director Elizabeth Herrboldt, School Board President Kristen Daggett and School Board Member Tara Johanneson

Thursday, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

This session will provide attendees with insight into tools and strategies that can be utilized when creating systems within an educational environment. An introduction to the 9 Principles of Excellence and hardwiring will serve as a foundation for leaders to connect specific behaviors and expectations to their own improvement work. Tea Area School District’s system provides staff members with the modeled support that is essential for long term fidelity and sustainability.

Hearing and Being Heard: Legal and Practical Strategies of Managing Public Comment

Presenter: ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler

Thursday, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

In our current times, school boards and administrators are tasked with the responsibility of actively demonstrating that they are listening and considering comments and concerns from the public of many different and polarized views. This session will focus on strategies to accommodate and manage public participation in school board meetings and identify recommendations for superintendents and school boards. 

Dealing with Controversy

Presenter: Wolsey-Wessington School Board Member Ted Haeder

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Room 3

Controversial issues eventually arise at all schools. Some issues are obviously controversial. Some controversies come about as a complete surprise. This session will include specific experiences dealing with controversial issues and best practices for addressing controversial topics.

Anatomy of a School Board Hearing

Presenter: School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman, Rodney Freeman, Jr. and Sam Kerr

Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

Dissect a School Board hearing along with three experienced school attorneys. The session will cover every component involved in School Board student and employee hearings: (1) request for and requirements for a hearing, (2) scheduling a hearing, (3) giving notice of the hearing, (4) designation of a hearing officer and role of hearing officer, (5) pre-hearing procedures, (6) evidentiary hearing, (7) Board deliberations and decision, (8) Board notice of decision, and (9) appeal of the Board decision.

Handling the Tough Decisions

Presenter: ASBSD President Lisa Snedeker, First Vice President Louann Krogman and Past President Eric Stroeder, Executive Director Wade Pogany, Board Development & Member Services Director Jim Holbeck, Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler

Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

At times School Boards and Superintendents are tasked with making difficult decisions.  This session will explore topics that are relevant and controversial in schools today.  How to handle what teachers want to post on their walls or say in their classrooms, how to address the public when controversial topics are in front of a board meeting, and what to do when constituents demand something from individual board members, are just a few of the tough topics this panel will address.

Un-walling Universal Toilet & Locker Rooms

Presenter: JLG Architects Learning Strategy Specialist Jim Holbeck and Principal Architect David A. Leapaldt

Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Rooms 11 & 12

Universal Toilet Rooms and Locker Rooms are emerging as a critical design conversation for schools looking to address safety, privacy, and the social-emotional concerns of all students. Jim Holbeck, JLG Architects’ Learning Strategy Specialist and former K12 educator, administrator, and superintendent, will present with JLG’s Dave Leapaldt to explain how Universal Toilet/Locker Rooms are making a big impact in controlling negative behavioral problems including bullying, gambling, fighting, predatory digital images, vaping, and graffiti.


Presenter: SDHSAA Executive Director Dr. Dan Swartos

Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

This session will provide an annual review of SDHSAA and offer a Question & Answer session about eligibility.

Finance & Legal

They Can’t Say That…Can They? The Intersection of Freedom of Speech and Personnel Issues

Presenter: KSB School Law Attorneys Karen Haase, Tyler Coverdale, Bobby Truhe, Sara Hento and Jordan Johnson

Thursday, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Rooms 8, 9 & 10

Whether it is rainbow flags on desks, Psalm calendars, or accusations of Critical Race Theory, First Amendment issues come in many shapes and sizes for school districts. This presentation will cover the extent to which schools can control various statements and actions by employees, and the factors that affect their authority to do so.

Cyber Liability Insurance 2.0 

Presenter: Gallagher Area Vice President Ryan Doyle

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Rooms 11 & 12

The cyber insurance market continues very volatile as ransomware continues to be a large area of loss for carriers. This presentation will cover current loss trends, changes in coverage, an overview of the cyber insurance market and control requirements for education.

Title IX Two Years Later: A Panel Discussion on Sexual Harassment Regulations and What Changes to Expect

Presenter: School Law Attorneys Sam Kerr, Rodney Freeman, Jr., Gerry Kaufman, Tyler Coverdale and Jessica Filler

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

Many school districts have been laboring through the legal requirements associated with the August 2020 Title IX regulations as sexual harassments complaints have risen across the state. So, what have we learned these past two years? This panel discussion, with experienced school law attorneys from across the state, will share their experiences in dealing with these difficult issues and will also discuss the current administration’s recently published proposed changes to these regulatory requirements.

Know (And Follow) the Open Meeting Laws

Presenter: School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman, Rodney Freeman, Jr. and Sam Kerr

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Rooms 13 & 14

Veteran and new School Board Members, and veteran and new administrators, need to know the Open Meeting Laws. Having a thorough knowledge and understanding of the open meetings laws is critical in order to comply with these legal requirements. Join three experienced school attorneys as they discuss the laws and their requirements and give real life examples of what to do and what not to do.

Rediscovering School District Risk Management: Post Pandemic Considerations for Safety Amidst Staffing Shortages and Supply Chain Issues 

Presenter: Gallagher Bassett Senior Loss Control Consultant – Risk Control Jonathan Wilson

Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Rooms 11 & 12

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all school districts made temporary changes to maintain the safety of their staff and students. Many of these changes, however, became permanent practices that are causing a ripple effect of safety concerns. Staffing shortages and supply chain issues have further complicated matters, but as we’ve seen throughout the last several years, many of our most significant claims are preventable. Throughout this presentation we will focus on loss trends and easily implementable practices to prevent major incidents.

Putting YOU First: The Relationship Between Burnout, Depression & Your Emotional Wellbeing 

Presenter: Well365 Mental Health Coach Anna Woodford and Gallagher Wellbeing Consulting Practice Senior Consultant Amanda Schuster

Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Rooms 11 & 12

In this fast-paced world with ongoing needs and expectations at every corner; we are seeing an increased demand to discuss our emotional well- being in the workplace. Statistics are soaring with the heightened reality that many of us are struggling with burn out, depression and stress. Join us in understanding the correlation between these struggles and how you can work against the odds to live and lead the best version of you!

By the Book: School Discipline and Special Education Students

Presenter: School Attorney Christian Shafer

Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

When addressing behavior for a special education student, it is important for building administrators and special educators to work collaboratively. Even more so than with other student discipline situations, it is important to do things by the book when imposing discipline against a student with special needs. From investigating alleged misconduct to manifestation determinations to enforcing discipline, this presentation will cover best practices and key insights for addressing student misconduct in the special education context.

Mental Health and School Attendance: Legal Obligations for Schools

Presenter: School Attorney Christian Shafer

Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

This session will explore the legal obligations that arise when a student’s mental health impacts school attendance. The presenter will discuss practical ways to address school districts’ obligations under applicable law, how to engage reluctant learners and their parents, and more.


Understandings that Prevent the Emotional Progression to Violence 

Presenter: Ruby Payne

Thursday, 10:30-11:20 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom

The FBI indicates that 93 percent of the time a mass shooter identifies a loss or perceived loss prior to the shooting. Ninety percent of mass school shooters commit the shooting in a school they have attended. This outlines the emotional process that may occur as a person moves to violence and how to prevent the process from proceeding.

Family Engagement Champions Panel

Presenter: Black Hills Special Services Coop. Family Engagement Specialists Celina Frear and Julie King

Thursday, 10:30-11:20 a.m. in Room 1

When schools engage parents and families, students do better at school. Come hear from a panel of diverse group of educators who are leaders of Family Engagement in their schools. Over the course of five months, panel members of school staff from across South Dakota convened to learn about the power of true school and family partnerships, reflected on current practices in their work environments, and experienced activities that facilitated school, family, and community engagement. Panel members will describe how they became Family Engagement Champions, while creating lasting and professional friendships with other cohort members.

How Data Can Inform and Supercharge Your Reading Instruction Strategies in the Early Grades

Presenter: NWEA Early Reading Specialist Heather Cella and Senior Account Managers Shelley Ghannam and Laura Krebs

Thursday, 10:30-11:20 a.m. in Room 3

You may already be familiar with NWEA’s K-12 MAP Growth assessment, but did you know we offer a Pre-K through 5th grade early literacy assessment called MAP Reading Fluency that works in tandem with MAP Growth and includes a dyslexia screener? Learn how NWEA’s solutions help you take giant steps forward in closing opportunity gaps for ALL students by providing the full picture of data necessary for instruction of early and fluent readers, including foundational skills and oral reading fluency with progress monitoring.

Creating a Professional Learning Community by Focusing on Collective Efficacy and School Culture

Presenter: Harrisburg Freedom Elementary Principal Dr. Tanja Pederson, Harrisburg Director of Educational Services Dr. Tanya Rasmussen and Harrisburg Liberty Elementary Principal Aaron Weaver

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in Rooms 8, 9 & 10

In this session we will focus on building collective efficacy with staff by focusing on a strong school culture. Collective Efficacy is the foundation for creating an effective PLC in our schools. We will share ideas related to building collective efficacy, by implementing activities that are based on building a shared vision, building collaboration and establishing trust. We will share resources we utilized to build a common foundation for PLC’s in the district.

Take Your Educators to the NEXT Level

Presenter: USD Graduate Enrollment Coordinator Wendy Thorson and Director of Graduate Admission Travis Vlasman

Thursday, 3-3:50 p.m. in Room 2

Superintendents and principals are retiring at record levels across the state, and you may have educators that know your school(s) well and can step into those administrative roles. This session will cover the various options for educators to move into an administrative role. Keeping these people in your district keeps their knowledge and provides continuity in your schools.

The Teachers You’ll Meet

Presenter: Watertown Middle School Principal Todd L. Brist

Thursday, 3-3:50 p.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

From Boomers and Gen Z to induction and career wind-down, our schools are full of a wide variety of educators. With an understanding of how generations in the workplace and the career cycle of teachers impact the perspective, attitude, and motivation of staff, school leaders can better differentiate and implement professional development, mentoring, and coaching for the adult learners in their schools. Come learn about the teacher’s you’ll meet so you can better lead them.

ThoughtExchange: Engage Stakeholders, Build Trust & Get Real Time Feedback

Presenter: Douglas Superintendent Kevin Case

Thursday, 4-4:50 p.m. in Room 2

During the 2021-22 school year, Douglas School District transitioned from traditional survey methods to utilizing ThoughtExchange as a tool to “crowdsource” information and engage the school community in conversations. ThoughExchange is a robust online tool that allows you to get unbiased insights from more people in less time.  You can solve complex problems efficiently, effectively, and confidently by giving all stakeholders the chance to voice their thoughts and solutions. TE utilizes Artificial intelligence and to theme conversations and provide real time feedback in minutes. Join us and participate in a live and engaging demonstration during this session.

Baby Steps: How to Take a Vacation from Your Problems

Presenter: Sioux Falls Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem

Thursday, 4-4:50 p.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

Using humor and clips from her favorite movie: What About Bob? Dr. Stavem will prepare you to handle whatever the upcoming year throws at you. Using intentional strategies, participants can take steps to reduce stress and anxiety that results when difficult situations cause both distraction and disruption. Take a break from your problems and enjoy some laughter with Dr. Stavem and Bob while building your resilience for the coming year.

The SD School Safety Center & Safe2Say SD: Keeping South Dakota Schools Safe with the Preeminent Anonymous Tip Reporting Platform for Schools

Presenter: South Dakota School Safety Center Program Director Brett Garland

Thursday, 4-4:50 p.m. in Rooms 8,9 & 10

The South Dakota School Safety Center is proud to provide the premier prevention-based reporting system to South Dakota schools. Safe2Say South Dakota was designed to help schools and communities identify youth who are struggling in order to prevent violence and tragedies from occurring. A key component to Safe2Say South Dakota is educating and engaging students on what to watch for and what to report, while equipping them with the resources to confidentially report concerns.

Turning Negative Heat Into Positive Energy

Presenter: John Draper

Friday, 10-10:50 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom

All across America public education is coming under fire—and school leaders are expected to lead the changes needed for the new realities of our nation. Unfortunately, often the only change that often occurs as a result of sorely needed reorganization is the election of some new school board members and the eventual firing of the superintendent. In many cases our own people undermine the change needed and contribute, sometimes unwittingly, to maintaining a status quo that is leading to our demise. This presentation lays out a roadmap for leading effective change based on solid research. Dr. Draper translates that research into common-sense actions that will help you lead change without losing your job!

Conquering CTE: Ideas for Overcoming the Challenges Unique to Career & Technical Education

Presenter: Sioux Falls Lincoln Applied Arts Teacher Christian Swenson

Friday, 10-10:50 a.m. in Room 2

CTE is a whole different ballgame! The challenges related to providing career and technical education to students are unparalleled. However, these particular demands can be met by equally unique solutions. Come hear a plethora of ideas about overcoming the obstacles which frequently hinder CTE programming.

Educate, Explore, Experience, Engage: The Four E’s to Transforming Community and School Relations

Presenter: Harrisburg Innovative Programs Director Travis Lape

Friday, 10-10:50 a.m. in Room 3

In this session we will look at the power in the 4 E’s and how they can be used as a framework for schools to bring business and industry in as a partner in preparing our learners for the future. This framework is used in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It takes a team to bring these to life, but they can provide some incredible experiences.

School Safety Roundtable

Presenter: Vermillion Superintendent Dr. Damon Alvey and South Dakota School Safety Center Program Director Brett Garland

Friday, 10-10:50 a.m. in Rooms 8,9 & 10

With threats in schools looming, what can school personnel do to reduce threats and distinguish between real threats and frustrated speech? This session will focus on a discussion of threat assessment models and their use in South Dakota schools, along with examples of ways schools can engage their students and staff. A round table format of best practices will be shared, and audience members participation will be encouraged so participants walk away with ready to use tools to deal with potential threats.

Black Hills Online Learning Community: Offering Online Courses to South Dakota School Districts

Presenter: Black Hills Online Learning Community Program Coordinator Connie Godfrey

Friday, 11-11:50 a.m. in Room 2

Looking for ways to expand your course offerings? Black Hills Online Learning Community (BHOLC) can help! As an approved provider through South Dakota Virtual School, we offer quality, standards-aligned courses in all content areas.

Poverty Escape Room

Presenter: Black Hills Special Services Coop. Statewide Family Engagement Center Project Director Morgan VonHaden

Friday, 11-11:50 a.m. in Room 3

We all know you can’t truly “escape” poverty, but could you survive a day in the life of someone in the crisis of poverty? Participants experience one day of the life of an individual who lives in poverty. Experience firsthand the barriers those living in poverty are asked to navigate each day and will then be asked to discuss the simulation experience with other participants. The hope is to bring awareness of how poverty impacts students we work with on a daily basis and to begin conversations around the support we, as educators, might need as we continue our journey in providing after school experiences.

Know Your Why

Presenter: Florence Superintendent Mitch Reed

Friday, 11-11:50 a.m. in Rooms 8,9 & 10

Often times, we lose our way, our passion, our why. Rather than dwell on the problems that lie ahead, focus on why we started in the first place. In education, this concern is all too common. We have been posed with huge issues in the last three years and focus and mindset are crucial to prevail.


Let’s Play Ball!

Presenter: Mammoth Sports Construction Director of Business Development Derik Budig

Thursday, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Rooms 11 & 12

Mammoth Sports Construction will be facilitating a breakout session where a panel of South Dakota School Administrators will be discussing the importance of investing into facilities.  Come with questions for the guests and let Mammoth Sports Construction encourage you to go after your dream!

My School District Wants to Build a New School, but We Don’t Know Where to Begin? We’ve Designed this Session for You.

Presenters: CO-OP Principal Architect Tom Hurlbert and Senior School Planning Consultant Tom Oster

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Room 1

Many school districts face building and facility needs. This session will take you through the process of building a new school from A to Z. It starts with a “Needs Assessment”, “Facilities Review”, “Analyzing Financial Capabilities”, “Building Community Support”, “School Design”, “Construction Delivery Method”, and finally, moving into your new school.

Cultivating a Culture of Growth and Engagement: Moving Beyond Accountability to Continuous Improvement 

Presenters: Retired Superintendent & Professional Evaluator Dr. Dan Leikvold & Cognia Regional Director Shannon Vogler

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Room 2

Enhancing student engagement and supporting educators are key investments to ensure student and teacher success. Primarily known for their legacy identifying quality institutions through accreditation, Cognia has grown to be the largest continuous improvement organization in the world. Within their comprehensive digital platform member institutions have access to a robust package of improvement and professional growth tools and a process of improvement grounded in best practice. This presentation will discuss the current trends in teacher retention; the redirection of a learner-focused classroom to enhance engagement; and highlight a new learning platform designed to support teacher growth.

Achieving Construction Success in a Volatile Market

Presenter: McGough Sioux Falls General Manager Clark Hagen and Project Executive Andrea Smith and McGough North Dakota & Midwest Region Director of Preconstruction Services Oliver Finneman

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Room 1

The presentation covers strategies for construction success in today’s environment of supply chain disruptions, price escalations and robust construction market. Topics – and examples – will include alternative delivery methods; early onboarding; evaluating design alternatives; multiple GMP (guaranteed maximin price) and bid packages; and other mitigation opportunities.

Building Healthier Schools 

Presenter: Greenheck & Climate Systems Representatives Jeremy Goodroad, EIT, LEED AP BD+C

Thursday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Room 5

This will be a Round Table discussion to listen and express your concerns on ventilation within your school. Experts within the HVAC industry will be present to listen and answer your questions on: “How to Build a Healthier School.”

How to Navigate Cooperative Purchasing

Presenter: Cooperative Purchasing Connection Program Representative Julia Dangerfield and Procurement Solutions Coordinator Lisa Truax

Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Room 1

Using cooperative purchasing contracts can bring great value and efficiencies to your district. Come discuss how to leverage cooperative purchasing to access contracts from local and national vendors and shop vendor goods and services online. Learn the benefits of purchasing through a cooperative – our commitment to compliance and eliminating the need to go to bid, how to choose a cooperative contract that aligns with your districts mission & values, and more!

Synthetic Turf A-Z 

Presenter: Mid-America Sports Construction Representative Christian Cox

Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Room 5

Anything and Everything Synesthetic Turf and Field Construction.

Data Driven Instructions Using Data from ACT Assessments 

Presenter: ACT, Inc. Senior Account Executive for SD Sherry Reed

Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Room 1

This session will share strategies for using ACT data to drive instruction in classrooms, schools, and school systems.  Once made practical, the data is valued. Highlights include using the data to determine needs for supplemental curriculum and intervention support.  We will also discuss using that data to evaluate the local curriculum and application to school improvement goals.  Join us and watch your results improve!

Designing Out Crime

Presenter: EAPC Architect Engineers K-12 Design Architect Sean Sugden

Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Room 5

Learn how to reduce opportunities for crime in our schools. The concept of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) is a proactive approach where the focus of reducing crime shifts from the criminal elements to that of the environment which the potential victim lives and works. Sean will discuss how to anticipate or recognize vulnerabilities and crime risks and provide valuable input into how an environment should be designed and operated.