July 18 2014

Published: 7/25/2014 12:00 PM
​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• Commissioner’s KASA Presentation on Effective Teachers/Leaders
• Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 5
• School Report Card to Open for Verification of Non-Testing Information
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sam Sanders, LaRue County
• Commissioner’s Blog
Fast Five on Friday
 
Commissioner’s KASA Presentation on Effective Teachers/Leaders
My presentation today at the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Conference was on effective teachers/leaders. This is a critically important topic on which we all must collaborate in order to ensure our students are college- and career-ready. My presentation is attached.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 5
The next superintendents’ webcast will be held on August 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Topics include the intervention tab, Superintendents’ Summit, Superintendents’ Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, district finance report card and the national dropout conference.
 
If you cannot participate in the live broadcast, we will send you a link to the recording of the webcast.
 
School Report Card to Open for Verification of Non-Testing Information
The School Report Card (Secure) site will open this week for district and school verification. Specifically, the Profile, Learning Environment and Finance tabs will be available for review. The Profile and Learning Environment tabs have been updated with 2013-14 data. The Finance tab is new this year and contains only the prior two years of data; 2013-14 data will not be available prior to public release but will be added to the card later.
 
Verification is required by 8/15/14 for School Safety data and by 9/5/14 for the rest of the tabs. There are a limited number of fields that have to be entered locally through the secure site. Specific requirements for this review will be shared with District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and School Report Card (SRC) contacts tomorrow (July 15).
 
The Secure Report Card is accessible this year through the Web Applications login here. Superintendents have automatically been set up with access. For help with user ID or passwords, click here. If you need assistance with access, contact the district Web Application Administrator (WAAPOC). District WAAPOCs are included in the School and District directory here.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sam Sanders, LaRue County (Picture)
The LaRue County school district has flourished under Superintendent Sam Sanders’ leadership, and was ranked 11th in the state on 2012-13 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessments. The district has been recognized for success in closing achievement gaps for special needs students with LaRue County High School becoming a model site for co-teaching and Kentucky System of Interventions.
 
In LaRue County, the focus is on people and processes rather than programs. Emphasis is on getting the “right people in the right seats on the bus.” Sanders expects principals and central office support staff to be active in classrooms, gathering walkthrough and assessment data and then using the data to coach teachers.
 
The district has implemented several innovative programs that have produced positive results in student learning. LaRue County was one of the first districts in the state to implement a one-to-one laptop learning initiative. Seeing it as a learning initiative rather than a technology initiative, the district recognized the importance of effective professional development in this transition. The high school has experienced great success with this initiative and is preparing to launch round two next year.
 
LaRue County implements an innovative alternative calendar with early release every Friday. The common planning time is used for Professional Learning Communities to meet regularly, focusing on student formative and summative data to plan next steps for improvement. The district has developed a cohesive, common assessment system aligned to state standards with emphasis on teacher ownership.
 
Sanders also emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded program for students. He has supported and encouraged expansion of extra and co-curricular opportunities for students and recognizes the impact of the district’s support services in achieving the district’s goals. The LaRue County school district’s elementary schools have received the HealthierUS School Challenge gold rating. The district has been listed in The Courier Journal’s “Top Workplaces,” has received the Bluegrass Institute’s Diamond in the Rough designation and was the first district in Kentucky to receive a hybrid bus.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week entitled “Make-it-real” can be found at: http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/07/make-it-real.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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