July 25 2014

Published: 7/28/2014 12:01 PM

​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• Reporting requirements for achievement gap due October 1
• Non-traditional instruction application Q&A
• PD 360 helps staff meet compliance learning requirements
• Links to agenda and materials for August KBE meeting
• Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Charles Proffitt, Cloverport Independent
• Commissioner’s Blog

Fast Five on Friday
(Seven Items)
 
Reporting requirements for achievement gap due October 1
Pursuant to KRS 158.649, reporting requirements for achievement gap shall be submitted by October 1 of each year. This report will be completed through ASSIST beginning August 4, 2014 and continuing through the required submission date of October 1, 2014. The task will require schools to complete a short diagnostic that addresses achievement gap and by updating their GAP goals in ASSIST.
 
The statute requires that the principal shall convene a public meeting to present and discuss the plan for closing the achievement gap prior to the submission to the superintendent and local board for review. The local board of education shall review, in a public meeting, the portion of each school’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) addressing the activities and schedule to reduce achievement gaps if a district has more than 20 schools. This can be a consolidated district report in accordance with KRS 160.340 (3)(b).
 
Instructional guidance for the completion of this work is forthcoming and will be posted prior to the August 4, 2014 start date.
 
Questions on this matter can be directed via e-mail to Ginger.Kinnard@education.ky.gov or via phone at (502) 564-3791, ext. 4048.
 
Non-Traditional Instruction Application Q&A
The Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement will be conducting an on-line session through LYNC on Wednesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m. (ET) for the purpose of answering questions about the Non-Traditional Instruction Program outlined in HB 211 (2014 Enacted). 
 
If you have questions or need clarification on the program, please have staff join the LYNC meeting.  If you are interested in joining the LYNC meeting on July 30, please contact Beth Peterson at beth.peterson@education.ky.gov or at 502-564-4201, ext. 4830.
 
PD 360 helps staff meet compliance learning requirements
Did you know PD 360 is the easiest and quickest way for your teachers to meet their beginning-of-the-year compliance learning requirements? Best of all, you already have access to it.
 
Examples of compliance topics found in PD 360 are:
• Bloodborne Pathogens
• Bullying
• Child Abuse and Neglect
• Copyright
• Emergency Preparedness
• Internet Safety
• Sexual Harassment
• Slips, Trips, and Falls
• Suicide Prevention and more
 
Viewing the compliance resources is simple!
• Log in to ciits.kyschools.us.
• Click the green PD 360 & Common Core 360 icon on the left.
• Click Resources in the upper left-hand corner, then select Videos.
• Scroll down the filters on the left to Topics and select Compliance.
• Click the video you wish to view.
 
PD 360 comes with robust tracking and reporting so you can know exactly which teachers have completed specific PD—and how much of it they have completed.
 
For questions and additional information about free compliance courses for your district, please call the School Improvement Network at 855-KY-SINET or (855) 597-4638.
 
Links to agenda and materials for August KBE meeting
The upcoming Kentucky Board of Education meeting agendas and materials are now available online by clicking here for August 6 and here for August 7.
 
Questions on these can be directed to Mary Ann Miller at maryann.miller@education.ky.gov or Susan Palmer at susan.palmer@education.ky.gov
 
Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
We will resume the superintendents’ webcasts with a broadcast on August 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Topics will include the national dropout conference, intervention tab, Superintendents’ Summit, Superintendents’ Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and the new District Finance Report Card.
 
If you are unable to participate in the live broadcast, we will send out a link afterwards for you to access a recording of the webcast.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Charles Proffitt, Cloverport Independent (Picture)
Superintendent Charles Proffitt leads the Cloverport Independent school district and its three schools: William H. Natcher Elementary School, Frederick Fraize Middle School and Frederick Fraize High School.
 
Cloverport Independent is currently a proficient/high progress school district and has enjoyed a significant increase in student population. William H. Natcher Elementary is designated as both a proficient and high progress school, and received a National Blue Ribbon School endorsement from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. Frederick Fraize High School received a bronze medal designation as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools in America. This is the fourth such award that the high school has received in recent years. 
 
The district also has received a great deal of attention for its Apples to Aces digital learning initiative that places an iPad in the hands of each staff member and student in all grades K-12. The district also continues to lead the way in structuring learning to best meet the demands of its students. The schools are currently working to personalize learning for each student so they graduate life-ready.
 
New initiatives in the district include the addition of Fraize Academy for high school students with unique learning needs, establishing a partnership for an early college program that will allow students to graduate with both a high school diploma and Associate’s Degree and expanding course options/learning opportunities through an online learning program.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week entitled “Stemming the tide of teacher turnover” can be viewed at:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/07/stemming-tide-of-teacher-turnover.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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