February 21 2014

Published: 3/31/2014 11:39 AM


In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

• Economic Development Resource and Reminder of World Language Program Review Timeline
• Approved Federal Teacher Shortage Areas
• Kentucky Green Ribbon School Award Winners
• Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15 Now Available
• Next Superintendents’ Webcast Feb. 24, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lisa McCane, Augusta Independent
• Commissioner’s Blog
• Legislative Update, Week of February 17, 2014


Fast Five on Friday
(Eight this Week)
 
Economic Development Resource and Reminder of World Language Program Review Timeline – Recently I attended a national event where I became aware of a new and exciting website illustrating the impact of the global economy on local economies. It is called “Mapping the Nation” and is sponsored by the Asia Society, Longview Foundation and SAS (Statistical Analysis System). The website contains a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. 
 
Each state is provided a profile and the site enables you to go down to the county/metro level to see how global the locale is.  All economic developers, mayors, the business community, school district superintendents and those interested in their local economies should access this website at:  http://mappingthenation.net/.  Resources, including a toolkit, are included on the site to help locales plan for the future.
 
When you look at Kentucky as a state, the website indicates the following:
• The state has experienced a 69% increase in the foreign-born population.  Nationally, the majority of those born after 2008 are minorities.
• 13% of the state GDP is tied to exports of goods.  Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom are our top export markets.
• 21% of jobs are tied to international trade.  That’s one out of every five jobs in the state.
 
As far as how we are doing in preparing our students to live in a global economy, the data shows Kentucky schools cannot yet meet community needs and workforce demands.  For example:
• Twenty-one of the top 25 industrialized countries begin language instruction in elementary school.  Only 17% of Kentucky’s K-12 students study a foreign language.  Additionally, higher education foreign language enrollment increased 73% between 2002 and 2009.
• The vast majority of Kentucky students do not participate in study abroad programs, less than 1% in high school and 1% in postsecondary education.
 
While the data shows Kentucky has made some movement in becoming globally competent, if we fail to increase the focus on this through our education system and in economic development efforts, we will quickly fall behind.  Our citizens will not be competitive in the job market and our economy will suffer.
 
As you are aware, an initiative directly related to global competency of students that has been put in place by the Kentucky Board of Education is the World Language Program Review, designed to support global competence and second language skills. The KBE restated its full commitment to and support of the World Language Program Review at its February 5 meeting. As a reminder, the revised timeline for the World Language Program Review is for a field test in 2013-14, a statewide pilot in 2014-15, and full implementation in 2015-16 for state accountability purposes.
 
I encourage each of you to access the “Mapping the Nation” website as referenced above and to engage in conversations in your locale to improve the global competence of students and the economic future of the community.
 
Approved Federal Teacher Shortage Areas – In response to Kentucky’s submission request, the United States Department of Education has designated the following areas as teacher shortage areas during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
 
English                                                  Social Studies
     English-Middle school                               Social Studies-Middle School
     English-Secondary                                    Social Studies-Secondary
     English as a Second Language (ELL)
 
World Languages                                   Career and Technical Education
 
Exceptional Children                              Science
      Emotional-Behavior Disorder                   General Science-Middle School          
      Functional Mental Disorder                      General Science- Secondary
      Learning Behavior Disorder                     Science-Chemistry Secondary
      Hearing Impaired                                   Science-Earth Science
      Visually Impaired                                   Science-Physics 
                                                                  Science-Biology Secondary
Math                                                                                
      Mathematics-Middle School
      Mathematics-Secondary         
                                     
If educators have any of the following loans or are involved with any of the following programs, they may be eligible for some assistance.

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)/Federal Stafford Program
• Federal Perkins Loan
• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
• Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program
Please refer Federal Stafford/SLS borrowers who have questions concerning their loans, including the teacher shortage area deferment, to the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FED-AID or to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) at 1-800-928-8926; refer Federal Perkins Loan borrowers to the school were they received the loan; refer TEACH grant recipients to the granting college or university. Stafford and Perkins program information may be found at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/teachercancel.jsp?tab=repaying.    
 
Kentucky Green Ribbon School Award Winners – The Kentucky Department of Education, along with its “Green” partners, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC); Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI); Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA); and Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, is pleased to announce an outstanding Kentucky school, Wellington Elementary in Fayette County, as the recipient of the 2014 Kentucky Green Ribbon School Award. Congratulations to the staff and students of Wellington Elementary!

The school is now a nominee for the 2014 National Green Ribbon Schools Awards, which will be announced on April 22, 2014. If selected as an honoree for the 2014 National Green Ribbon Schools Awards, representatives from Wellington Elementary will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 22, 2014.

This award is a comprehensive recognition of exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health, and education. It recognizes schools where staff, students, officials, and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable, and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates.

Applications were evaluated in January by a team of representatives from Kentucky agencies and programs dedicated to greener schools. Applications included information based on high achievements or demonstrated improvements in three areas:  net zero environmental impact, net positive impact on health of students and staff and 100% of high school graduates being environmentally and sustainability literate.
 
If you have questions on this program, please contact Sherri Craig at Sherri.Craig@education.ky.gov or at (502) 564-4326, x4426.
 
Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15 Now Available – The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) has released the Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15. The report is a comprehensive collection of the most current economic, social, education and employment data available about each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, as well as breakouts of each of the state’s Area Development Districts, Workforce Investment Areas, Appalachian and Non-Appalachian regions.
 
KCEWS compiled and produced the report from statistics in the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System and a variety of federal, state and independent data sources in order to help state and local policymakers and others have easy access to critical information about their regions.
 
The report includes a breakdown of regional demographics, educational attainment, college readiness, employment by sector, education pipeline, college enrollment, college financial aid information and more.
 
One of the most significant changes since the last county profile report was released in 2012 is the addition of comparison information between Kentucky’s Appalachian and Non-Appalachian regions.
 
Visit the KCEWS website at http://www.kcews.ky.gov to obtain a copy of the full report. For questions about the report, contact Kate Akers at (502) 564-9132 or e-mail her at Kate.Akers@ky.gov.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast Feb. 24, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET – Just a reminder that on Monday, February 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET, the next superintendents’ webcast will occur. Topics include changes to the testing schedule, KDE’s digital guidelines, the new “Intervention Tab” in Infinite Campus, the SREB report on career and technical education and a legislative/budget update.
 
Please be sure to participate in the interactive survey that will be administered during the webcast.
 
The PowerPoint and link to join the webcast will be sent to you in an e-mail on Monday. As is customary, we will record the webcast and make it available to you in the event you cannot view it live.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lisa McCane, Augusta Independent
The Augusta Independent school district is one of the few in Kentucky that houses preschool through 12th-grade students in the same building. The district takes pride in being able to reach every student daily because of the small learning environment and one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff, parents and community partners. The district boasts a safe and nurturing learning climate, student-centered classrooms, quality teachers and paraprofessionals, and numerous extracurricular opportunities.
 
Augusta Independent has shown continuous progress on accountability results, meeting the district’s annual measurable objective, participation and graduation goals. Augusta Elementary School was classified as a High Progress School, and the district was one of four to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate and a 95.5 percent attendance rate.  Augusta Independent’s team of excellent administrators, faculty, staff and community partners are committed to providing every student every opportunity every day.
 
The district’s effort to reach out to community partners has brought students numerous art, music and character education programs. Cradle School and Infant Welcome Bags are a couple of new early childhood initiatives in the district. These programs target infants and toddlers, and have a parent education component. The goal is to begin educating children from birth until they are college- and career-ready.
 
The district's "Senior to Sophomore" Program allows juniors and seniors to receive enough college credits at Maysville Community and Technical College to be classified as a college sophomore upon graduation. Additionally, Augusta Independent has implemented a robotics program and college- and career-ready preparatory courses as part of efforts for continuous improvement.
 
Augusta Independent strives to make the district’s motto, "Small School, Big Experience," ring true for all students!
 
Commissioner’s Blog – This week’s blog is titled “Putting superintendent feedback to use.”  It can be accessed at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/02/putting-superintendent-feedback-to-use.html.
 
Legislative Update from the Week of Feb. 17, 2014 – Below is a summary of this week’s legislative activity. If you have questions, contact Tracy Herman at (502) 564-4474 or via e-mail at tracy.herman@education.ky.gov.
 
Budget Bill
HB 235 is the budget bill. The entire executive branch budget proposal can be found on the State Budget Director’s website:
http://www.osbd.ky.gov/.
 
House Budget Review Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education
The BR Subcommittee will meet on Wednesdays at Noon in the Capitol Annex, Room 111.
 
The School Facility Construction Commission (SFCC) presented an overview of the SFCC budget as proposed by the Governor.
 
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee will meet on Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.
 
The following bills passed out of committee this week:
HB 202 (Rep. Smart) would require teachers to be provided a minimum of 120 minutes per week for nonteaching activities.
 
HB 279 (Rep. Denham) makes various amendments to Kentucky's Affordable Prepaid Tuition plan, including limiting the growth of a KAPT plan to two years after the plan's utilization period.
 
HB 341 (Rep. Tilley) establishes the Books for Brains Program to promote the development of a comprehensive statewide program for encouraging preschool children to develop an appreciation of books. The new governing board would be attached to the Department for Libraries and Archives.
 
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee will meet on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 171.
 
The Senate Education Committee did not meet this week.
 
Next Week
Agendas have not been released for next week. 
 
Please check the LRC website for updated daily calendars: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislative_calendar/index.aspx.
 
Also, for the most up-to-date information on committee membership, please go to the LRC’s main page: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/home.htm.
 
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
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