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South Dakota

Contact and lead agency

Barb Unruh, SD Department of Labor, AEL Program

700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-773-5821
Fax: 605-773-6184
Email: Barb.Unruh@state.sd.us

Professional development system

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has oversight and coordination of the professional development system for South Dakota Adult Education and Literacy (AEL).

The leadership activities are guided by the professional development priorities in the Workforce Investment Act. The State Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Administrator and local program directors plan professional development activities based on Federal requirements and needs assessments.

STAR implementation

In South Dakota, all 13 fully funded AEL programs participated in the STAR pilot, including:

  • a technical institute,
  • school districts,
  • career learning centers,
  • the Women's Prison, and
  • an immigration/refugee program.

This involved thirteen directors and thirty instructors. Most of the STAR teachers had not had formal training in teaching reading. Therefore, the state's adult reading specialist provided Level I Reading training, introducing fundamental reading components prior to the STAR Pilot.

Following the STAR Pilot, South Dakota continued to encourage STAR sustainability by providing STAR Institute trainings led by a certified STAR trainer annually. All teachers are encouraged to participate in STAR training once they have completed New Teacher Training. The fifth cohort of participants will be trained during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. South Dakota supports programs and instructors already implementing STAR with annual booster trainings.