August 8 2014

Published: 8/11/2014 9:13 AM
​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• PPGES in CIITS (EDS) – Response to question from superintendents’ webcast
• KSBIT information about the objection process
• Link to recording of the August 5 Superintendents’ Webcast
• Link to recording of the August 7 Kentucky Board of Education meeting
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kyle Estes, Hancock County
• Commissioner’s Blog
Fast Five on Friday
(Six Items)
 
PPGES in CIITS (EDS) – Response to question from superintendents’ webcast
A question was asked during the August 5 superintendents’ webcast about accessing resources for the Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System in CIITS (EDS). Principals now have the ability to enter their Self-Reflection, Student Growth Goals, Working Conditions Goal, and Professional Growth Goals in EDS. Principals can complete their Self-Reflection by clicking on “Self-Reflection” in the Educator Development tab. Student Growth Goals, the Working Conditions Goal, and the Professional Growth Goal for the principal can be entered by clicking on “My Professional Growth Plan” in the Educator Development tab.
 
For questions related to EDS, please contact Cathy White at cathy.white@education.ky.gov or call (502) 564-1479, ext. 4549.
 
KSBIT information about the objection process
The Franklin Circuit Court has approved a procedure for the members of the KSBIT Workers’ Compensation Fund and the KSBIT Property & Liability Fund to object to their assessment based on a  calculation error, if they so desire. A form has been approved by the Court and those objections should be filed with the Deputy Rehabilitator, Joseph N. Pope, Jr.
 
If a member wishes to file such an objection, that member should go to the KSBIT Workers’ Compensation Fund’s or the KSBIT Property & Liability Fund’s website, depending on which fund’s assessment calculation is allegedly in error. The member should print off the form, fill it out, and mail it to Mr. Pope at the address noted on the form. Those respective websites are as follows:  a) for the KSBIT Workers’ Compensation Fund, www.ksbit-wc.com and b) for the KSBIT Property & Liability Fund, www.ksbit-pl.com.
 
Please note that any objection must be made by August 31, 2014 and filing an objection does not suspend the payment deadline. If an objection is upheld in a member’s favor, the payment would be partially or fully refunded based upon the final decision.
 
Link to recording of the August 5 Superintendents’ Webcast
For those of you who were unable to participate in the live superintendents’ webcast on Aug. 5, you can find a recording of it and the PowerPoint used during the broadcast at the following link: http://education.ky.gov/CommOfEd/web/Pages/default.aspx.
 
Please remember to participate in the interactive survey when you watch the recording. It will remain open until close of business on Thursday, August 14.
 
Thanks for your participation.
 
Link to recording of the August 7 Kentucky Board of Education meeting
The link to the recording of the August 7 Kentucky Board of Education meeting is now available. You can access it at the following link:
http://mediaportal.education.ky.gov/leadership/kentucky-board-of-education/2014/08/kentucky-board-of-education-meeting-august-2014/
 
To access the materials from the meeting, go to this website:  http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4388&AgencyTypeID=1.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kyle Estes, Hancock County (Picture)
In his third year as superintendent, Kyle Estes is leading the Hancock County school district to embody the principles and practices of a champion organization as it prepares students for college, careers and life. As a part of the district’s mission, it is “committed to instilling and conducting ourselves with integrity, service, quality and trust.”
 
There are many initiatives happening in the Hancock County school district which drive high college- and career-readiness rates as compared to other districts in Kentucky. The most recent is an Early College Academy, a joint project with Owensboro Community and Technical College, which allows students to earn an associate’s degree during their junior and senior years in high school.
 
Four years ago, the district committed to putting an iPad in the hands of every high school student. Not only was this goal achieved, but it has been highly successful. Starting in 2014-15, each middle school student will begin the school year with a district-issued iPad.
 
Mathematics and science are focal points in Hancock County. The elementary schools sponsor LEGO clubs which foster mathematics- and science-based technology and creative thinking. The clubs also lead into the Gateway to Technology program at the middle school. The middle school offers three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes: Design & Model, Automation & Robotics, and Energy & Environment. The Gateway to Technology program feeds the Project Lead the Way program at the high school. In addition, the Hancock County program was one of the state’s first fully certified programs.
 
Hancock County High School also is one of 23 high schools in the state to offer aerospace education courses for high school credit.
The district’s elementary schools participate in Leader in Me, a schoolwide model that prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century.
 
Superintendent Estes and the dedicated faculty and staff of the Hancock County school district are committed to preparing students for success by ensuring students are learning today in order to be the leaders of tomorrow.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “Exciting Time of Year” and can be found at this link: http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/08/exciting-time-of-year.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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