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Office of Online and Continuing Education
Ronald Brownie, Director
Krikac Administration Building 116
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2568
Fax: 605-626-2542
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Workshops and Extended Learning Opportunities
Registrations for the workshops are completed on-site at the beginning of each workshop. Pre-register by contacting Online & Continuing Education at 605-626-2568 or
Eighth Annual Back-to-School Workshop
EDFN 492/592 Tp: Rachel’s Challenge: Awakening the Learner
Credits - 1
Instructor – Dr. Constance Geier
Presenters - Darrell Scott and Joe Coles
Location – Dakota Event Center, 720 Lamont Street, Aberdeen SD
Aug. 15 - Seminar, 8 a.m.-noon
Aug. 25-Dec. 17 - Course for credit (coursework submitted electronically)
Description: This online course builds on Rachel’s Challenge, one of the most life-changing programs in America. Every day 160,000 students do not attend school because that is the place where they are bullied, teased, and harassed. By turning a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel’s Challenge is dedicated to making schools safer, more connected places for students and educators to live and learn. The Rachel’s Challenge Awaken the Learner 5 Step School Improvement Process is designed to create a culture of kindness and compassion and to equip students and adults with resources to combat bullying and reduce feelings of isolation and despair.
MUS 592 Tp: Music Education Techniques
Credits - 1
Tuition - $40
Instructor – Dr. Boyd Perkins
Location – Chamberlain, S.D.
Aug. 9 - Seminar, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Aug. 9-Nov. 1 - Course for credit (coursework submitted electronically)
Description: Includes current topics, advanced topics, and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement.
SPED 490/590 Tools for Visually Impaired Teachers
Credits- 1
Instructor - Dr. Kaiser
Location - South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Aberdeen
Aug. 25-28 - 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Aug. 29 - 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description: This workshop will cover several topics pertinent to teachers of the visually impaired. Bruce McClanahan from the Washington State School for the Blind will demonstrate the use of the accessibility features on the iPad and the applications that work well for students with vision loss. He will also provide tutoring for teachers. Stephanie Wiedeman from the SD Department of Education will explore the issue of school climate and the role of teachers in creating a positive school environment. Gwen Holinka, OT will present information on sensory processing and ways to help students with vision loss be more successful. The final presenter will be Janel Ludwig who will teach techniques for successful communication and timely intervention to avoid conflicts with students.
SPED 490/590 Symbols and Meaning (SAM) Part II
Credit - 1
Instructor: Dr. Kaiser
Location: University Center, Rapid City SD
Aug. 13-14 – Seminar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Seminar, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.                                   
Aug. 13-Nov. 1 - Course for Credit (Coursework submitted electronically)
Description: This seminar will introduce the Symbols and Meaning (SAM) kit which was developed by Millie Smith and is now among the educational materials available from the American Printing House for the Blind.  SAM is a program to help learners develop the conceptual foundation, based on experiences with high quality sensory information, necessary for the use of meaningful symbols. 
"SAM was designed for students with visual and multiple impairments and pre-school children with visual impairments who are just beginning to use symbols -- the late sensorimotor, early preoperational stage of cognitive development.  The SAM Guidebook provides strategies for developing a strong sensory foundation for concepts about people, objects, actions, and places so that symbols referring to them are meaningful.
"SAM is used by teachers of students with visual impairments to help parents and teachers create daily learning opportunities and provide direct instruction in natural environments.  SAM games are designed to make sure that words and object symbols are meaningful.  Meaning is derived from direct sensory experiences with symbol referents.  In order to determine needs and plan instruction, SAM provides four assessments."(