Children engaged in exciting after-school and summer learning programs. Families, schools, and communities partnering for learner success. Experts in special education providing support and training to school districts nationwide. This is the work of BHSSC’s Community, Family, and Special Services division.

South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SD SFEC)

The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) unites students, families, schools, and communities together by focusing on learner needs from “cradle to career.”

The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center was made possible by Grant #U310A180043 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Data-Driven Special Education Supports, Services, and Resources

BHSSC Special Education division offers supports and services to districts that focus on improving special education student outcomes. We use engaging, data-driven, and teacher-focused practices that result in effective change built around a district’s specific individual needs.

21st Century Grant Programs

The 21st Century Programs are co-curricular programs that enhance a student’s normal learning opportunities everyday after school and during the summer. The program staff take great pride in implementing up-to-date teaching practices. The programs immerse students in Project-based STEM, Reading, Arts, Music, Physical Education, and Social Emotional Learning activities that they can use outside of the school walls. The programs not only provide a safe and secure setting for children after school, but also give students the opportunity to belong to something bigger than just themselves — a stepping stone to becoming upstanding citizens.
 
Whole Child Initiative

Whole CHILD Initiative

A Whole Child approach to education helps to ensure that each individual child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged within their school community. BHSSC’s Community, Family and Special Services team members Jeanne McKenna-Burckhard and Kellsie Judge are here to support schools in the Whole CHILD Initiative

Jeanne provides trainings on Trauma-Informed Practices, Compassion Fatigue and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Kellsie assists educators with engaging families through family events, school conferences, and more.
 

Browse CFS

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Dr. Pam Lange

BHSSC Deputy Executive Director,
CFS Division Director

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Desmond “Desi” Keller

RCAS 21st Century Program Director
21st century grant programs

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Kylie Steever

RDA Learning Specialist
special education

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Amy Beasley

RDA Learning Specialist
special education

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Kellsie Judge

Family & Community Engagement Coordinator
rapid city team

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Morgan VonHaden

Project Manager-SD SFEC
SD SFEC

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Kelsey Smith

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC, grant writing team

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Darbi Hunt

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC

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Lindsay Frankenfeld

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC

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Wendy Hodson

RDA Learning Specialist
special education

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Anneke Nelson

RDA Asst. Project Coordinator
special education

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Kyle Laughlin

RDA Project Manager
special education

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Celina Leman

Learning Associate
SD SFEC

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Jeanne Burckhard-McKenna

Whole Child Coordinator
rapid city team

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Dana Livermont

SD SFEC Learning Specialists
SD SFEC

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Jan Kappelman

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC

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Erin Hughes

General Beadle Site Coordinator
21st century grant programs

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Malachi Nelson

Discover the Valley Site Coordinator
21st century grant programs

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Relepha Laughlin

Horace Mann Site Coordinator
21st century grant programs

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Kaitlin Brown

Knollwood Site Coordinator
21st century grant programs

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June Preszler

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
grant writing team

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Peg Diekhoff

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC

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Robin Gillespie

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
rapid city team

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Elisabetta Giomo-James

SD SFEC Learning Specialist
SD SFEC

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Lori Wehlander

RDA Team
special education

Director: Dr. Pam Lange
Phone: (605) 347-4467

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