September 2017 Member Newsletter
Fall Professional Development

Take advantage of the wide variety of professional development offerings through SWWC. If you don't see what you are looking for, contact Shelly Maes - we might be able to provide it!

View the full workshop list at

Click the image at right to read the Fall PD Catalog.
Student Loan

SWWC h as partnered with ISLoan Solutions, a student loan advisory company, to help improve your student loan situation and achieve overall financial well-being.
They educate you and provide options, f or loan forgiveness and refinancing, that may help lower, or even eliminate, your payment. Individuals are saving an average of 84% on their monthly student loan payments and are projected to receive an average of $64,892 in tax-free loan forgiveness.
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SWWC is Heading to DSU!
On October 4, Dakota State University (Madison, SD) is holding an Integration Workshop for their pre-service educators in both regular and special education. We are excited to have four staff presenting that day ... and are thankful for our partnership with DSU!
  • Kara Damm, Technology Integrationist: Google
  • Heather Stolp, Autism Consultant: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Melissa Andree, Behavior Specialist: Behavior Interventions
  • Tina Kanthak, School Counselor: Mental Health
Mark Your Calendars for SWWC's 2017-18 Conferences!
  • Behavior Conference West River: October 20, Rapid City, SD
  • Law Seminar for School Administrators: February 8, 2018; Marshall
  • This is IT2 Technology Conference: March 11-12, 2018; Redwood Falls
  • Behavior Conference: April 9, 2018; Marshall
  • Behavior Conference: April 10, 2018; Brookings
  • Annual School Business Conference: April 11, 2018; SMSU/Marshall
  • Summer Leadership Conference: June 18-20, 2018; Arrowwood/Alexandria
Administrative Services
Administrative Services Updates
Roof Restoration or Replacement? Five Things to Conside r
  1. Restoration costs less.
  2. Restoration extends your roof's life.
  3. Restoration is more sustainable.
  4. Restoration provides tax benefits.
  5. Restoration helps prevent catastrophic loss.

Read the full article about roof restoration and learn more about how Tremco provides results that are off-the-charts positive!
Risk Management Updates
SWWC unveiled its new Live Well initiative, an offering through the Division of Risk Management, at its Annual Live Well Conference on Wednesday, September 13. 

At SWWC, we know that employees spend a majority of their time at work. That’s why we strive to help members of our Insurance Pool lay the groundwork in creating a culture of health in the workplace that supports overall wellbeing. SWWC carefully crafts initiatives with the employer and the employee in mind; offering programmatic activities, employee incentives, onsite biometric screenings, and built-environment sustainability. 

Kari Bailey, Regional Wellness Specialist for SWWC, presented on the specifics of the program, and how to incorporate the five essential elements of wellbeing in to your employee wellness offerings. Tish Kalla, Director of Educational Learning Centers for SWWC presented on how to incorporate self-care in to your professional life to help manage stress and maintain professionalism as an employee. Attendees also heard from Dan Weir, SWWC Consultant, on the updates to the new BCBS platform and resources available online.

View more Live Well Conference pictures and information at
Education Services
Teaching & Learning Updates
Explore an Enhanced Mentorship Model with the New Teacher Center
Join the NTC and SWWC as we explore what an effective mentorship model can look like within our region to help recruit, support and retain teachers. Presenter: New Teacher Center Dates/Location: October 16, November 9 & December 6, 9am - 1:30pm, Marshall. Watch for more information coming soon!

Fall PD Opportunities
  • New Teacher Network - September 28
  • Standards Based Grading - October 3
  • K-12 Science with MDE - October 4
  • ACT College & Career Readiness - October 5
  • Section 504 - October 10
  • MN PE Standards with MDE - November 16
Special Education Updates
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