June 20 2014

Published: 6/23/2014 11:00 AM

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


• Assistance with District Approval of Program Reviews in ASSIST
• Reminder: Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST Due June 30
• Extension of Deadline for Non-Traditional Instructional Program
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Glen Murphy, Cumberland County
• Commissioner’s Blog

Fast Five on Friday
(Five This Week)
 
 
Assistance with District Approval of Program Reviews in ASSIST
Over 100 schools are still awaiting approval from the district for final submission of the Program Reviews to KDE in ASSIST. If a district is having difficulty with the final approval of these, it can contact AdvancEd technical support at (888) 413-3669 or review the procedures in the AdvancEd ASSIST Technical Guide: Completing and Submitting Program Review Reports (http://www.advanc-ed.org/webfm_send/610).
 
If you have questions about the program review process itself, please contact Robert Duncan at robert.duncan@education.ky.gov.
 
Reminder:  Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST Due June 30
The second edition of the Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST is due for the spring semester by June 30, 2014.
 
Superintendents are to document and upload evidence of the conversations with their boards from the spring semester.
 
The department has created a helpful link that is pertinent to the completion of the spring Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST under the PGES Icon on the KDE home page, or you can simply click on the link found below:

For technical assistance with ASSIST, please contact Ginger Kinnard at KDE by e-mail at ginger.kinnard@education.ky.gov.
 
Extension of Deadline for Non-Traditional Instruction Program
The deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Non-Traditional Instruction Program for 2014-2015 HAS BEEN EXTENDED To AUGUST 15, 2014. The application and all supporting materials can be found at http://education.ky.gov/school/innov/Pages/default.aspx.
 
Please contact David Cook or Pat Trotter at 502-564-4201 if you have questions.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Glen Murphy, Cumberland County (Picture)
The mission of the Cumberland County school district is “Success – Every Student, Everyday.” With the development of this mission statement came many changes to Cumberland County.
 
Cumberland County High School has developed a data room in which teachers meet and discuss each student’s progress by looking at a card with the student’s name and picture on it. This gives the teachers a name and face when discussing how to better help each individual child. They also are developing a career pathway for every student that enters Cumberland County High, as well as are making sure they get all students college- or career-ready. Each year the school offers – at a minimum – four dual credit classes to help seniors and some juniors earn college credit.
 
Cumberland County Middle School also has a data wall that is used for the same purpose as the one at the high school. For the upcoming year, the school’s teachers are in the process of developing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) class for students. They also have an annual art/drama day where the school invites local artists to help showcase the talent of their students in these areas.
 
Cumberland County Elementary School was under the leadership of a new administrator in the 2013-14 school year. The school’s staff has been working on changing the culture of the school. They have done this with projects like local artists helping students paint murals in the school, teachers adopting a restroom and decorating it for the students, and students taking on various jobs within the building. They have been awarded a “Leader in Me” grant for the upcoming year and are very excited to get the program started.
 
The Cumberland County school district is a great place for students to attend and for faculty to work. However, we are like a lot of rural districts in Kentucky in that we continue to make cuts to various programs in order to balance the district’s budget. This causes some overcrowding in classes and loss of jobs, but it is what must be done while always trying to minimize the effects on students and their education.
 
Editors Note: This spring, Superintendent Glen Murphy announced that he will be retiring effective June 30 after 29 years in the school district. His replacement has not been announced.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “Consortia Assessments, Yours, Mine or Ours” can be found at http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/06/consortia-assessments-yours-mine-or-ours.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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