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Funding for the PIRC program as a whole has been discontinued by the US Department of Education. Therefore, most PIRC programs are no longer in operation although several are continuing with funding from other sources. You may contact PIRCs directly to determine their status.
South Dakota State PIRC
Sturgis, SD
P.O. Box 218
Sturgis, SD 57785

Web site:
Hours: 7:00 - 4:00 MST
Ms. Lori Laughlin

Phone: 605-347-6260
Fax: 605-347-5223

Evaluator: Douglas Rowe

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State PIRC Board:

Beth Schiltz, State Title I-SES, School Choice Coordinator (Director Designee)
Dawn Smith, State Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator
Lynn Boettcher-Fjellanger, Executive Director, South Dakota Parent Connection (PTI)
Bobbi Wirth, President, South Dakota PTA
Bob Rose, Direct Federal Programs (Title I, III, IV, IX) Rapid City Area Schools (2nd largest district in SD)
State Title I Program Specialist—Even Start, Head Start Coalition Coordinator (position currently vacant)
Sandy Gaspar—Director, Regional Educational Service Agency 7
Patricia Kenner, President, West River Foundation

The South Dakota State PIRC/Parent Resource Network primary purpose is to support the meaningful involvement of parents in the education of their children as envisioned by the framers of the No Child Left Behind Act. A statewide program, the SDPIRC serves as a primary vehicle to increase understanding of student learning, standards and assessment, school accountability, school choice, and supplemental services among parents throughout South Dakota. The strategies and efforts of the SDPIRC also serve to strengthen partnerships between parents and schools toward improved student academic achievement, particularly in the state’s lowest performing schools.

Since its establishment in 1995, the South Dakota State PIRC has evolved in response to parent and school needs, federal initiatives, and research and best practice in effective parent involvement. With constancy of purpose for active involvement of parents in the education and development of their children, the SDPIR has built its capacity to serve a statewide audience, establish partnerships between parents and their children’s schools, and provide information and direct training in support of student achievement and school improvement.

The South Dakota State PIRC has worked closely with the South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) to increase information and understanding of the provisions of the NCLB Act among parents as it relates to the education of their children and accountability of the children’s school. The partnership with the SDDOE has also served to disseminate information and training to schools and educators related to the critical role of parents in improving academic success and meeting the requirements of Section 1118 of the NCLB Act.

In partnership with the state education agency, intermediate and local education agencies, child and family serving agencies, parent organizations, and parents, the SD State PIRC provides extensive informational resources for parents and educators, delivers direct training for parents and educators to build partnerships and share responsibility for student achievement; facilitates and supports the development of family leadership teams; provides Parents as Teachers program services to families of young children; and collaborates and promotes parent involvement across the service delivery system. The SDPIRC seeks to accomplish the following performance objectives:

  1. To increase parent’s knowledge and capacity to be full partners in their children’s education, to exercise the options and opportunities provided through the NCLB Act, and to provide leadership for parent involvement and school improvement in their local schools.
  2. To increase knowledge and effective practice among schools and educators in the implementation of meaningful parent involvement as directed under Section 1118 of Title I of the NCLB Act that will engage and support parents as full partners in their children’s education; and
  3. To increase parents’ understanding and capacity to promote the developmental progress of their children.
  4. To increase the effective delivery of training and support to parents through partnerships with parent, educational, and child and family serving programs and organizations on the local, state, and national level.

Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.