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              September 2014
Two Recent SW/WC SC Publications:  Take a couple minutes to look through them--just click on the picture!   
Administrative Programs & Services

Technology Leadership Workshop Schedule for 2014-2015:  Our Technology Leadership Workshop series are geared as professional development and peer networking opportunities for school district technology coordinators and directors and technology integration facilitators. The topics of discussion are driven by input from attendees as well as education technology market trends. Our June 16 workshop will be a Technology Leadership Un-conference, to expand on a workshop session that we experimented with in spring 2014. Please mark the following dates on your calendar for these workshops:    October 23, 2014    December 2, 2014     January 27, 2015

April 9, 2015  and   June 16, 2015


Clarity 21st Century Learning Assessment Tools Update:  Users of Clarity, by BrightBytes in the SW/WC Service Cooperative are invited to attend our "Clarity, I have my data, Now What?" workshop. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 15 from 9:00 - 2:00. The workshop will focus specifically on the next steps that users of the Clarity platform should be doing with the data that they collected during our 2013-2014 initial surveys and how to prepare for further surveying of your staff, students and other stakeholders on their use and adoption of 21st century learning tools and skills. If you are not a current user of our Clarity platform, please contact Josh Sumption ( to learn more. Clarity is offered complimentary to participants in SW/WC Service Cooperative's Technology Services (click here to see if your district participates), but can also be purchased as a stand-alone product.


This is IT2 2015 Reminders:  Our Annual Technology Conference will take place on March 5 and 6, 2015 at the Pipestone Area Schools in Pipestone. The conference will kick-off at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 5 with our Pre-Conference Workshops and continue on Friday, March 6 with the main conference. For the past 8 years, our Technology Conference has brought local and nationally recognized education technology talent into the spotlight for all types of audiences in education including teachers and administrators alike. This year, our conference will be moving to Pipestone Area Schools to accommodate a necessary timeframe change to allow for administrators to attend both the MASA Conference as well as This is IT2! Watch for more details in the coming weeks as our applications for presenters and session announcements are made.


School Safety and Security Training:  Mark your calendars! Friday, October 24th from 8am - 3:30pm.  This one-day training will cover:
*Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools and Entrance Access and Visitor Control
*Facility Safe School Self-Assessment

*The Art of De-Escalation

*Threat Assessment in Schools
Location:  SW/WC Service Cooperative, 1420 East College Drive, Marshall

Fees:  Member of SW/WC SC H&S Management Assistance Program- $35;  

          Non-Member- $100.     

To register, visit  For more information, contact Christine Schmitt at 


Pay or Play Affordability Rises to 9.56%:  Starting in 2015, employers subject to pay or play may incur penalties if they do not offer affordable health insurance that provides a minimum level of coverage to full-time employees (and their dependents), and any full-time employee receives a premium tax credit for purchasing individual coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). Employers with 100 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalents or FTEs) are generally subject to the requirements for 2015, while those with 50 to 99 full-time employees (including FTEs) do not need to comply until 2016 if they meet certain criteria.


An employer-sponsored plan is considered "affordable" if the portion of the annual premium an employee must pay for self-only coverage does not exceed 9.5% of his or her household income. This percentage is increased to 9.56% for plan years beginning in 2015.

Educational Programs & Services
Teaching and Learning Update:  We are off to a running start this school year. Team members were kept busy with back-to-school staff development requests and data mining, along with planning for upcoming student activities and events. The Southwest Minnesota Career Expos will be September 23 and 24...the Conference for Young Artists will be on October 29, featuring Reza, an Illusionist from Brookings, SD.  Our team is working hard to support the many needs and initiatives our member schools are implementing.  Check out what we offering in the next few months in our Professional Development Catalog (the link is at the top of the page).


Project SEARCH:  After a successful first year for the Project SEARCH Transition High School, the program is well into its second year.  The class of 2015 has students from Marshall, Edgerton, Montevideo, Jackson County
Central, Lakeview, and Westbrook-Walnut Grove.  Classes continue to be held at our host site, Avera Regional Medical Center.  When students are not in the  classroom, they are hard at work at one of the 10 possible internship positions in programs such as Human Resources, Physical Therapy, Materials Distribution, and Primary Care.  Each student has the opportunity to participate in 3 internship rotations throughout the course of the school year.  If you would like more information about Project Search Transition High School, please contact Tish Kalla, Director of Alternative Programs, 507-215-1593.

Upcoming Special Education Trainings    

September 24th:  Third Party Billing Information Meeting  

September 30th:  IEP Writing Workshop

October 6th:  CPI Full Training and FBA/BIP Workshop

October 7th:  Special Education Fiscal Monitoring Training

October 8th:  WJIV:  Test of Achievement and Test of Oral Language

October 10th:  CPI Refresher Training

October 13th:  CPI Full Training with Emphasis on Autism


Congratulations to Districts Receiving No Citations:   Several member districts received no citations as part of the due process monitoring self-review in the Part B section, Part C section or both.  Many thanks for local district staff members from these districts and SW/WC SC Child Study Coordinators in helping to ensure that the due process requirements were being complied with, alleviating additional work by eliminating the need to correct noncompliance concerns.  Great Job!


New Administrators at Alternative Programs:   Lori Dierks is the new Assistant Director of Alternative Programs for the North Central Learning Center and Belview Learning Center.  Shawn Huntley is the new Assistant Director of Alterative Programs for the Cosmos Learning Center.  Serving as the Principal of Alternative Education Programs this year is Ann Wendorff.  Welcome to Lori, Shawn and Ann.  They will be assisting Tish Rops, Director of Alternative Programs, in helping ensure the SW/WC SC is able to provide quality alternative programming for those students who require such services.     

2013-14 SW/WC Student Enrichment Highlights
Click above to watch the 2013-14 Student Enrichment Highlights Video
2014-15 Student Enrichment
Activity Dates

Mark your calendars and be a part of  

next year's highlight video!


  Career Expo - Worthington - Sept 23  

  Career Expo - Marshall - Sept 24   

  Conference for Young Artists - Oct 29

  Conference for Young Writers - January 7

  Culinary Skills Challenge - March 31  

  Science and Nature Conference - May 13


Southwest Prairie Regional Center of Excellence 

Upcoming Trainings:  The SW Prairie Regional Center of Excellence is proud to offer these trainings during the 2014-15 school year:

  • Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment Toolkit (PSST)
  • Dropout Prevention Toolkit:  MEIRS
  • Planning for Students' Success Student Learning Goals Workshop Series

Stay up to date with RCE new and events at  

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