March 15 2013

Published: 2/25/2015 4:22 PM
​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • Posting of commissioner’s contract and evaluation documents on the KDE website
  • National Academy Foundation (NAF) College and Career Readiness Initiative
  • Encourage teachers and principals to participate in TELL Kentucky Survey
  • Need to submit Intent to Adopt Form on teacher/leader evaluation by March 29
  • Next superintendents’ webcast on March 26
  • My blog this week summarizing the productive legislative session as related to education
 
Fast Five on Friday
 
Posting of commissioner’s contract and evaluation documents on the KDE website – I notified you yesterday that I would be participating in a joint press conference with State Auditor Adam Edelen and gave you a heads up as to the content of the event prior to the press conference. The full press release about the event can be found here.
 
To model the behavior of transparency of data relative to superintendent contracts, benefits and evaluations, I have posted my contract and evaluation documents on the commissioner’s webpage on the KDE website for now until the Open House site for this purpose can be designed and made available for posting. Once the new site is ready, I will be the first to have my documents posted there. To see my contract and evaluation documents click here and the information appears right below my bio.
 
National Academy Foundation (NAF) College and Career Readiness Initiative - The National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) education model to build school-based “learning communities” that empower high school students to successfully go on to higher education, professions of their choosing and active community participation is aligned to Kentucky’s Unified Strategy for College and Career Readiness. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) believes “career academies” will help ensure the preparation of students for postsecondary education while providing them with skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce.
 
Students in career academies take a blend of career and academic classes linked to academic and industry standards promoting high achievement. These academies focus on one of six career themes: finance; hospitality and tourism; information technology; health science; engineering and theme neutral. Beyond the 2013-14 Year-Of-Planning, KDE and NAF will explore other career academy themes pertaining to specific area and industry needs.
 
NAF career academies exist as schools-within-schools, stand-alone schools or small learning communities and provide opportunities to all students. NAF is a collaborative partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the STEM Academy (STEM 101) and ConnectED. If a district now uses the PLTW curriculum, or has a small learning community grant, NAF could provide additional support and resources to enhance these experiences for students.
 
In the next few weeks, interested districts and schools will be invited to a NAF/KDE webinar providing further information how districts and schools can participate in this exciting opportunity. A few of the targets or questions that the upcoming webinar will address are:

• What documents are required before the end of this school year?
• What are the “non-negotiables” for participating in the initiative?
• Will the initiative require adding additional staff?
• How will professional development be addressed?
• Where are NAF academies being implemented?
• Is there a fee for membership?
• What are the benefits to college and career readiness using the NAF model?
 
For more information about this college/career-readiness strategy or to express interest in participating, please contact Carole Frakes at carole.frakes@education.ky.gov by April 16, 2013. For immediate information, please visit www.naf.org.
 
Encourage teachers and principals to participate in TELL Kentucky Survey - Please encourage all teachers, principals and other school-based certified educators to take part in the 2013 TELL Kentucky Survey. As of today at 1:45 p.m., we had a 53.35 percent participation rate with 27,005 educators participating. This is great, but remember that we’re shooting for a 90 percent participation rate by the time the survey ends on March 29.
 
To encourage participation, each week we will be drawing for two $1,000 cash prizes, one for a school with at least a 50 percent participation rate, and another one a school with a 100 percent participation rate at which the prize will go to an educator. The first drawing was Wednesday March 13. Thanks to our partners who have donated private funds for the drawing: the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and the Kentucky School Boards Association.
 
All school-based certified educators are asked to participate in the anonymous survey at www.tellkentucky.org. It takes about 30 minutes to complete. Districts will receive their results and schools with at least 50 percent of qualified educators responding will receive aggregate school results to use for improvement planning.
 
Need to submit Intent to Adopt Form on teacher/leader evaluation by March 29 - To ensure districts are prepared to submit their final teacher and leader evaluation plans by the December 2013 deadline, you are asked to complete the District Declaration of Intent to Adopt form found on the web collector at the link listed below. The form asks that districts select their intent to adopt the state-developed professional growth and effectiveness system or a locally-developed system that meets the ESEA waiver requirements. This form shall be submitted to the KDE, after consultation and approval from the district’s local evaluation committee, no later than March 29, 2013.

The form is located at http://cms.education.ky.gov/formserv/?id=IntentToAdoptPGES and can be completed and submitted online.
 
Next superintendents’ webcast on March 26 – For the March 26 superintendents’ webcast that will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, the topics will be sequestration and a review of legislation that was passed this session. Please put the date and time on your calendar and as usual, we will send the link and materials for the webcast closer to the broadcast. We hope you will be able to participate, but if not, it will be recorded.
 
My blog this week summarizing the productive legislative session as related to education – For education, this session was very productive thanks to the work of many legislators, groups and individuals. All four of the KDE/KBE legislative priorities were passed and will be submitted to the Governor for signature. See my blog for a summary of the key accomplishments at:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/03/productive-legislative-session.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
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