July 22, 2016


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Leveraging Strategic Direction to Create Intentional Focus

Presenter: Douglas Superintendent Kevin Case

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

Over the past 12 months, Douglas School District had engaged all stakeholders to develop a strategic direction to help guide the district and create intentional focus for the next 24 – 36 months. The strategic direction is a result of incorporating stakeholder values and beliefs into the strategic direction process. Participants will gain an understanding of the processes we used along with examples of how it provides focus for our district.

Avoiding Headaches of Managing Scholarship Funds and School Foundations

Presenter: South Dakota Community Foundation Development Director Jeff Veltkamp & Community Development Coordinator Patrick Gallagher

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

The South Dakota Community Foundation manages hundreds of school foundation and scholarship funds for schools, organizations, and individual donors. For industry-low fees, SDCF relieves busy school staff of administrative headaches, such as receiving and receipting charitable donations, supporting the grantmaking and/or scholarship selection process and sending checks to recipients’ schools, managing investments, and IRS reporting. Learn from SDCF staff and fund holders how the partnership can work for your school.

Coffee Talk on Special Eduation

Presenter: McLaughlin School District Director of Special Services Rhonda Frederick, Ed. D. & Douglas School District Director of Special Services Monica Walktman, Ed. S.

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

Special education looks different across the state due to the varying size of schools, and professional responsibilities among staff and administrators. This table talk is for special education administrators and other administrators with special education duties and responsibilities. Some of the conversations will revolve around:
• What are the role and responsibilities of the special education director in your district?
• How has COVID impacted mental health concerns in your district?
• How are you dealing with teacher shortages in special education?
• What incentives do you offer for both teachers and paraprofessionals?
• What strategies are you trying when working with children with behavior challenges?
These are just some probing questions that will be a basis for the table talk.

Using Board Goals as a Springboard for Growth

Presenter: Huron School Board President Garret Bischoff, Superintendent Dr. Kraig Steinhoff, Director of Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment Linda Pietz, High School Principal Mike Radke, Middle School Principal Laura Willemssen, Elementary Principal Kari Hinker, Elementary Principal Heather Rozell & Elementary Principal Peggy Heinz

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

The Huron School Board and full Administrative Team participate in an annual improvement cycle as part of their strategic plan. In this session, you will learn about the goal setting process, communication of board goals, board administrator work session, monthly board presentations, and a goal review work session. This work leads to a strong bond from teachers to administrators to board members to the public, all focused on improving learning for students.

Are Public Preschools in the Near Future? What are the Benefits or Value of Providing Quality Early Childhood Education to our Public Schools?

Presenter: Northern State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gayle Bortnem & South Dakota Public Broadcasting Director of Education Dr. Marcy Drew

Thursday, 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in Room 3

This session will give information to explain why early childhood has become a growing national trend and implemented in over 43 states. Does your community have the resources and understanding for what it takes to provide these services? What are the implications for your school culture and values? Would this be a way to ensure that all students succeed?

Community Conversations that Work

Presenter: Sioux Falls Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem

Thursday, 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in Rooms 8-9-10

Take your community engagement strategy to the next level and learn about an effective model for productive conversations with any school community. We’ll also go the next step and see a sample methodology for using the information in an easy to use format that allows for visible actions and impact over time.

Strategic Plan Alignment within Finance & Growth Management

Presenter: Tea Area Business Manager Christine Esping, Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery & School Board Members

Thursday, 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in Rooms 13-14

This session will share how the Tea Area School District created a Strategic Plan, set Board goals measured through a scorecard, and operationalized the strategic plan. The Business Manager and Superintendent will share the team’s collaborative development of 5-Year General Fund and 5-Year Capital Outlay plans. The session will provide an outline and allow for questions and answers with district administration and board members.

Lessons from the Bottom of the Sea: Leadership Through the Lens of the Titanic Sinking

Presenter: ASBSD Executive Director Dr. Douglas R. Wermedal

Thursday, 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. in Rooms 8-9-10

It was on fire! Far below its opulent upper decks, Titanic was on fire. Captain Smith received word Sunday morning that the fire was finally extinguished, and he looked forward to a trouble-free trip the remainder of the way. We know how that worked out. The presenter a (very) amateur historian of the Titanic disaster will present some common-sense leadership lessons couched in the Titanic tragedy as a cautionary tale for K-12 leadership to avoid.

South Dakota School Administrator Stress

Presenter: Northern State University Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Nicole Schutter, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Dr. Christopher Puglisi & Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Monte Meyerink

Thursday, 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. in Rooms 13-14

With the growing emphasis of overall well-being of students, few studies have focused on those who are charged with the well-being of those students: school administrators. Throughout this session, we will explore factors relating to stress experienced by South Dakota school administrators. An overview of a recent research study within the state will be provided, and the research team will share plans for future research in this area.

Building Better: Tools for Supporting Paraprofessionals

Presenter: Black Hills Special Services Learning Specialist Kylie Steever

Friday, 9:00 to 9:50 a.m. in Room 3

Paraprofessionals are essential to our school systems, yet on-going training and support for them can be challenging. In this interactive workshop we will discuss how to provide support for paraprofessionals within 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, fostering collaboration between paraprofessionals and teachers, and providing adequate training for paraprofessionals.

How School Boards Can Support Dual-Role Superintendents

Presenter: University of South Dakota Director of District Level Internships Dr. Jerry Rasmussen & Centerville School District Superintendent & Elementary Principal Eric Knight

Friday, 9:00 to 9:50 a.m. in Rooms 8-9-10

This breakout session aims to inform school board members and other administrators of the responsibilities, expectations, and challenges dual-role school administrators have. In many districts one leader is fulfilling the superintendent role along with another administrator role (principal, athletic director, special education director, etc…). It is important for school boards to support and foster appropriate levels of expectations so dual-role administrators can succeed and have longevity. Dual-role administrators that are not supported are experiencing burnout and creating school leadership turnover.

The Power of “Stay Interviews” in the Custer School District – Why Do Teachers Stay and Leave CSD?

Presenter: Custer School District Superintendent Mark Naugle

Friday, 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. in Rooms 8-9-10

Many businesses have exit interviews. The Custer School District turned that idea around by conducting “Stay Interviews” with all teachers. Superintendent Naugle met with all teachers in the district to discuss what staff liked and didn’t like about teaching there, what areas they would like to grow, what would make them leave the district, and what they needed for administrative support and other questions. Naugle will review the results and how the district hopes to improve from the interviews.