July 22, 2016


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Expanding Cyber Education & Career Pathways

Presenter: Dakota State University Dean of the Governors Cyber Academy Fenecia Homan

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

The Governors Cyber Academy at Dakota State University is launching in Fall 2023. Come learn about how the Cyber Academy will expand awareness of and access to cyber education and career pathways for students throughout the state. We will highlight key components and share how your district can get involved.

Developing Teacher Leaders

Presenter: Watertown Middle School Principal Todd L. Brist, Ed.D. & Watertown Intermediate School Principal Jennifer Bollinger, Ed.D.

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

Teachers play a vital role in the success of our schools and their leadership can be harnessed to create positive change. Through interactive discussions and practical examples, attendees will learn about the various forms of teacher leadership and the skills and qualities that make an effective teacher leader. We will also explore strategies for cultivating an environment for teacher leadership in schools, including identifying and developing teacher leaders, and providing ongoing support and recognition.

Too Many Emails!: Using AI to Increase Administrative Efficiency

Presenter: TIE Learning Specialists Andrew Ley & Brady Licht

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

This presentation explores the problem of work overload and how AI can increase your administrative efficiency. Attendees will learn about and interact with various AI tools and techniques such as ChatGPT, Power Automate, and others. These tools can be used to save time with emails, grant writing, progress reports, and slide decks for presentations. We will conclude with a preview of upcoming AI tools and integrations for Outlook, Teams, and Bing.

Ten Free (OK, Cheap) Ideas to Make Your School Safer

Presenter: West Central High School Principal Andrew Barron & Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Neville Smith

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

In this session, a principal and an SRO explain some of the low-cost ways they have improved safety in their district. The ideas are practical, easy-to-implement, and cheap. From doors to donuts, these ideas are all about building and maintaining safety that everyone can buy into.

Regulating Classroom Emotions: Using Calm Kits

Presenter: Black Hills Special Services SD SFEC Learning Specialist Julie King

Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in  Room 2

Calm Kits give children breaks as needed to relieve anxiety, stress, anger and other unwanted emotions. They help children process senses and their emotions in real time; while providing the foundational blocks for regulating emotions they will use throughout their life. In this session, see examples of what can be in a Calk Kit and how to navigate using them in your classroom as a tool to support students in learning and regulation.


Resources to Support the Well-Being of School Aged Youth

Presenter: SD DSS Division of Behavioral Health Director Melanie Boetel

Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. in  Rooms 6-7

Did you know that there is an entire array of resources available through state agencies to support schools and educators to address the well-being of students? This session will be a panel discussing these resources including the promotion of mental health awareness to reduce stigma and provide tools for staff and students to identify and refer youth in need; training opportunities for students, educators and families; school safety tools; and treatment services.

ChatGPT: The Demise of Academic Integrity or the Next Steppingstone to Improving Critical Thinking?

Presenter: Meade 46-1 School Board Member Justin Jutting

Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in  Room 2

AI Chatbots have become all the rage as of lately. What impacts will they have on your district in regards to students, staff, and administrations? This informative and interactive session will discuss some of the pros and cons to AI Chatbots and some of the common platforms that are currently being utilized.

Kids These Days: A Game Plan for Reconnecting With Those We Teach, Lead, and Love

Presenter: Madison Central Middle School Principal Dr. Cotton Koch

Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in  Rooms 6-7

The session will be an introduction to the book titled Kids These Days by Dr. Judy Carrington. If you are a person who believes you have never met a “bad kid” or you believe that kids don’t seek attention, they seek connections, then this session might be worth your time. We will learn that students need to dysregulate (lid flipping) in order to learn how to regulate. We will learn a little about the brain and how trauma and grief create barriers in learning. If all goes well, you leave with a book study idea and then the conference was a success!

The South Dakota School Safety Center: Resources and Training Opportunities to Keep Your School Safe

Presenter: SD DPS Office of Homeland Security School Safety Director Brett Garland & School Safety Specialist Sara Kettwig

Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in  Rooms 6-7

The South Dakota School Safety Center provides an update on the abundant resources and opportunities designed to keep schools safe, including evidence-based resources in behavioral threat assessment, school infrastructure security, and programs aimed at helping children in crisis, heal and thrive. The School Safety Center’s fastest growing program, Handle With Care, furthers the School Safety Center’s holistic approach in keeping schools safe, while promoting school-community partnerships to help children exposed to trauma.

Mental Health Breakout Session

Presenter: ASBSD CFO & Protective Trust Director Holly Nagel & Well365 Representatives

Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in  Rooms 13-14

Focusing on mental health of staff and/or students. Potentially how to recognize mental health issues.

Navigating Crucial Accountability

Presenter: TIE Learning Specialist Nicole Uhre-Balk

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in  Room 3

In this workshop, participants will use highlights from the book “Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations…” by David Maxfield, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan, Kerry Patterson, and Joseph Grenny to gain strategies for holding themselves and others accountable. Through case studies and practical tools, participants will learn how to diagnose and resolve accountability problems constructively. Participants will leave with insights to improve accountability and foster a culture of trust and mutual respect in their schools.

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

Presenter: SD DPS Office of Homeland Security School Safety Director Brett Garland & School Safety Liaison Hannah Jensen

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in  Rooms 6-7

The South Dakota School Safety Center provides the premier prevention-based reporting system to South Dakota schools. Safe2Say South Dakota helps keep schools safe by educating and engaging students on what to watch for and what to report, while equipping them with the resources to confidentially report concerns. Introduced last fall, learn how Safe2Say South Dakota has already had a major impact on saving lives and keeping schools safe.

Alphabet Soup for Administrators & Educators

Presenter: Tea Area School Board Member & CSTA-South Dakota & SDAMLE University Representative Tara Johanneson, Georgia Morse Middle School Principal & SDAMLE President Dr. Kyley Cumbow & Watertown Middle School Principal & SDAMLE Board Member & Past President Dr. Todd Brist

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in  Rooms 8-9-10

CSTA-SD, SDAMLE, SDSTA, SDSTE, SHAPE, SDCTE, SDCTM, etc… It might look like alphabet soup, but not everything is as it seems. All these acronyms represent a non-profit organization led by educational leaders and industry professionals who provide networking, resources and professional development at little or no cost to SD educators. This session’s goal is to raise administrator’s awareness of these programs and help them connect their staff with these enriching and robust educational support systems.

Social Media for Schools

Presenter: Sioux Falls School District Community Relations Coordinator DeeAnn Konrad

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in  Rooms 13-14

Parents and community members are talking about your schools on social media. Should you join the conversation? Of course! Learn how to proactively tell your school’s story, how to manage negative comments, and “win” at the keyboard! If you’re not telling your school’s story – someone else will and it might not be the message you are hoping to convey!