April 27 2013

Published: 4/30/2013 10:14 AM
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Due to an e-mail outage at KDE on Friday, Fast Five is going out on Saturday.

  • In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • Deadline for Districts of Innovation Applications
  • Request for Principals to Complete Competency-Based Learning Survey
  • Two New KBE Members Sworn-in
  • 2013 Legislative Summary Finalized (Attachment)
  • Three Kentucky Schools Among 64 Schools Nationwide Named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast to be Held on April 29
  • Commissioner’s Blog on Valuing Superintendent Input
Fast Five on Friday
(Seven this Week)
 
Deadline for Districts of Innovation Applications - The deadline to submit applications for District of Innovation status is 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Applications may be submitted by mail to Jocelyn Mills, Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 or electronically to jocelyn.mills@education.ky.gov. If you submit the application electronically, please be sure to include scanned versions of any necessary signatures in your submission. It is highly recommended that you send the application as a PDF file.
 
Applications will be reviewed during the month of May by a cross agency team composed of KDE, EPSB and external partner staff. Those districts chosen as Districts of Innovation will be notified the last week of May in order to ensure staff from the district can attend the Kentucky Board of Education meeting on June 5, 2013, where the recommendations will be presented. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jocelyn Mills at 502-564-4201 or jocelyn.mills@education.ky.gov.
 
Request for Principals to Complete Competency-Based Learning Survey - In May 2012, the Kentucky Department of Education received a technical assistance grant from the National Governor’s Association to explore educational policies and practices related to credit-based competency learning opportunities in Kentucky. Competency implies the ability to analyze and synthesize information and transfer learning from one subject to another. By contrast, traditional “sit-and-get” learning often leads to a focus on memorization and recall, rather than measuring higher order thinking skills.
 
Competency-based education favors a structure that creates flexibility and allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content without regard to time, place or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies include online and blended learning, project-based and community-based learning, apprenticeships, after-school and summer school programs emphasizing application of knowledge and skills, etc. This type of learning leads to better student engagement because the content is relevant to each student and tailored to their unique needs. It also leads to better student outcomes because the pace of learning is customized to each student.
 
Several districts have implemented (or will implement) competency-based courses or systems in their schools, or in some cases district-wide. In an effort to develop a comprehensive list of competency-based programs in Kentucky schools, we are asking each elementary, middle and high school principal to complete a survey about their programs. The information gathered from this detailed survey will help KDE identify where additional resources and training may be needed as well as provide models for districts interested in pursuing the competency-based pathway model. In addition to this information, KDE will select a sample of schools to conduct site visits this spring.
 
Please follow the link below to access the survey. As noted above, we would like to collect information from each elementary, middle, and high school through the principal. Principals, please complete the first part of the survey even if you do not currently offer a competency-based course.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PY3SV9K

For more information, please contact Pat Trotter at pat.trotter@education.ky.gov .

Two New KBE Members Sworn-in - Franklin District Court Judge Phillip Shepherd administered the oath of office to Trevor R. Bonnstetter of Mayfield and Grayson R. Boyd of Williamsport, recently appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education by Governor Steve Beshear. Bonnstetter’s term of office expires April 14, 2016 and Boyd’s expires April 14, 2014.

Contact information for the new members as well as all other KBE members can be found at http://education.ky.gov/KBE/memb/Pages/Kentucky-Board-of-Education-Members.aspx on the address list.

Please join me in welcoming these new members to the board.

2013 Legislative Summary Finalized – As part of the April Kentucky Board of Education meeting, KDE’s legislative staff presented the finalized list of education-related legislation that passed during the 2013 session. It is attached for your information.

If you have questions on any of the bills, contact Tracy Herman at (502) 564-4474 or e-mail her at tracy.herman@education.ky.gov.

Three Kentucky Schools Among 64 Schools Nationwide Named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools - Kentucky’s National Green Ribbon Schools are Cane Run Elementary (Jefferson County), Locust Trace AgriScience Farm (Fayette Co.), and Northern Elementary (Scott County).

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. The program honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Join me in congratulating these schools and their staffs on receiving this honor!

Next Superintendents’ Webcast to be Held on April 29 – The next superintendents’ webcast will be held on April 29 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET. Topics include an update on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and a recap of recommendations on superintendent evaluation from this week’s Superintendents Advisory Committee meeting.

You will be receiving the materials and link to the webcast on Monday morning. As is customary, we will record the session and send the link out for accessing the recording for those who cannot participate live. Remember to e-mail any questions during the webcast to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov.

Commissioner’s Blog on Valuing Superintendent Input – My blog this week is on valuing superintendent input and the development of new superintendent standards. You can find the blog by clicking on this link:
http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/04/valuing-superintendent-input.html.

If you have questions on any of the articles included in this edition of Fast Five, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number found below.

Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Department of Education
Office 502-564-3141
Fax 502-564-5680
E-mail Terry.Holliday@education.ky.gov
Twitter @kycommissioner
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