TIE 2023-24 Professional Development and Services Catalog

Professional Growth Solutions

Do you know of a school or organization that is seeking professional growth solutions for their staff? TIE has published an updated catalog of Professional Development and Services. About the catalog, TIE Director Kyle Laughlin shared, “We’re offering a wide variety of services that can be customized to meet the unique needs of individual schools. …

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Playing for the Joy of It

Every summer a BHSSC softball team participates in the Regional Special Olympics tournament in Rapid City. Our softball team is a unified team, which means that people with and without disabilities play together. BHSSC Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are coaches and unified players on the team. Coach Michael Gleason says, “Everyone is playing their position …

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DSP of the Year 2023 Darnell Nichols

Congratulations, Darnell!

This year we received nominations for six DSPs for DSP of the Year, two of whom have already been the DSP of the Year: Sonya Kelii and Tina Smith. The other nominees were Regan Kidd, Kathy Wilson, and Kaley Benjamin. All of the nominees were exceptional candidates and deserving of this recognition, but…this year’s DSP …

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Lifelong Learning Opportunities

The Fall Community Education Classes will be advertised soon. Just a reminder that all staff at BHSSC are lifelong learners. BHSSC staff can take any of the classes for free. You only must pay for the supply fees if applicable. Registration starts Sept. 1!

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Softball Games Aug. 19 in Rapid City

Special Olympics softball is in full swing in the Northern Hills DD program. They will be participating in the Regional games on August 19. Event information can be found here. They have a unified team and some people are participating in skills programs. There are about 15 athletes participating in this activity.

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Harvard Family Engagement Institute

Members of BHSSC’s Community & Family Services Division attended Harvard’s Family Engagement Institute, led by Dr. Karen Mapp. Experts from across the country presented research and strategies throughout the week focused on rich family engagement to connect families, schools, and communities. The team developed an action plan dealing with follow-up to the Family Friendly Walk-Through …

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Youth Leadership Forum 2023

The 2023 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) was held June 4-8, 2023 on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, SD. YLF is a five-day educational and motivational forum, which involves an intense schedule of presentations, leadership training, hands-on activities, volunteer opportunities, and recreational events. This year 42 students from across the state participated in the …

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Friends and Family Picnic

It was so wonderful to see the numerous families and friends at our Northern Hills DD picnic! The food was delicious and the company even better! Thank you to everyone who helped put on this amazing event!

2023 National Rural Summit

Dr. Pam Lange and Morgan VonHaden were invited to present at the 2023 National Rural Summit in Charlotte, NC in April. Their session, Family Engagement in Rural Communities: Best Practices for Reaching All Families was standing room only, showing the huge need for ways to truly create an environment for Family Engagement.