The 2019 Aspiring School Leaders Retreat will take place April 23-24 at the K-Bar-S Lodge in Keystone, SD.

The retreat affords attendees an opportunity to learn about leadership roles, reflect on their careers, and consider a pathway leading to administration. Its main purpose is to serve as a catalyst for ensuring adequate numbers of qualified school leaders in South Dakota.

Key Facts & Features
  • The retreat is provided free of charge!
  • Lodging and meals will also be provided.
  • Districts are responsible for travel costs to and from the retreat and the costs of a substitute teacher.
  • You must be nominated by a member of your school’s administration.
  • Application deadline: February 15.
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1.
  • Max capacity: 30 participants.
  • One graduate credit will be available from the University of Sioux Falls for $40.
Application Essay Questions
  • Where do you see your career headed in the next five years?
  • What do you consider the highlights of your career in education so far?
  • What do you think is your major contribution to your school district?
  • Describe your activities in your local community.
  • Why do you want to be included in this program?

Applications were due February 15.

Questions can be directed to John Swanson at TIE – or 605-394-1876.

Tentative Agenda
Tuesday, April 23
  • 8:00 AM – Welcome, Introductions, and School Leadership Questions
  • 10:00 AM – School Leaders Panel Discussion
  • 1:00 PM – The Principal’s Inbox: A Sneak Peak
  • 3:00 PM – Reading Assignments, Graduate Credit, and SASD Scholarship
Wednesday, April 24
  • 8:00 AM – Are You Sure You’re the Principal? – A Guide for New and Aspiring Leaders
  • 9:30 AM – The Leader in You
  • 11:00 AM – A Conversation with the SD Secretary of Education
  • 1:00 PM – Reflection, Graduation, and Closure
  • 1:30 PM – Adjourn