March 29 2013

Published: 4/4/2013 11:07 AM
Note: Due to spring break for most districts being next week, there will be no Monday E-mail or Fast Five on Friday for the week of April 1-5. We will resume these two publications the week of April 8-12.
 
In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • TELL Kentucky Survey response exceeds 84 percent; map shows response rate by district (See attached map.)
  • CIITS Educator Development Suite Coming; Webcast April 4
    704 KAR 3:035, Annual professional development plan, on April 10 KBE Agenda
  • Salary Supplement Reimbursement Application for National Board Certified Teachers Due May 1
    School District FY 2013 Financial Audit Contract Information Available
  • Link, Q & A Document and Report from the Interactive Survey for the April 26 Superintendents’ Webcast Available (Attachments)
  • Invite you to Access my Blog this Week on the TELL Kentucky Survey
Fast Five on Friday
(Seven this Week)
 
TELL Kentucky Survey response exceeds 84 percent; map shows response rate by district - As of this morning, 42,700 educators or 84.83% of those eligible have participated in the 2013 TELL Kentucky Survey. Wow! This is fabulous and the survey is still open till midnight tonight so the percentage can still climb. Please express my appreciation to all of your teachers and principals for this tremendous response, and I appreciate everyone that provided assistance at the local level with the information on how to participate as well as our statewide partners that urged educators to provide feedback through the survey.
 
See the attached map that shows the percentage of response rates to the TELL Kentucky Survey by school district.  The data was based on the rates as of Friday morning (3/29/13) at 7:00 a.m. As you can see on the map, numerous districts have high participation rates and all but two districts reached the 50% level or over. What a tremendous effort you have shown that will result in data being available to assist you and your schools with improving the working conditions for educators and thus the learning of students!
 
I do want to recognize the 29 school districts that as of this morning are showing 100% participation. Congratulations go out to:  Adair County, Allen County, Augusta Independent, Ballard County, Bellevue Independent, Carter County, Caverna Independent, Cumberland County, Dawson Springs Independent, East Bernstadt Independent, Elliot County, Leslie County, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent, Fleming County, Hazard Independent, Hickman County, Jackson Independent, Kentucky School for the Blind, Lewis County, Logan County, Ludlow Independent, McLean County, Owen County, Paintsville Independent, Perry County, Pulaski County, Southgate Independent, Union County, and Washington County. We will issue an amended list if others make the 100% mark by the time the survey closes.
 
All school-based certified educators can still participate in the anonymous survey at www.tellkentucky.org. The survey closes tonight at midnight.
 
CIITS Educator Development Suite Coming; Webcast April 4 - Starting Monday, April 1, educators using the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) will see a new Educator Development tab on the blue ribbon at the top of the home page. This provides access to the Educator Development Suite (EDS) that will bring together components of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).  Through EDS, educators will be able to individualize professional learning based on need; search a catalog of state and local professional learning activities, including PD 360; register for these activities; and maintain a record of their own professional learning.
 
Teachers and principals – especially those who will be participating in the 2013-2014 statewide PGES pilot – should begin to familiarize themselves now with the functionality of EDS as it is the technology platform for the PGES.
 
An informational webcast on the Educator Development Suite and PGES is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. ET.  School and district professional development coordinators, technology points of contact, instructional supervisors, and principals are encouraged to participate, though others are also welcome. The link to join the webcast live at 2 p.m. on April 4 is: mms://video1.education.ky.gov/encoder3a. We realize many schools will be on spring break next week, so the webcast will be recorded and will be available the following day on the PGES Professional Learning webpage.
 
704 KAR 3:035, Annual professional development plan, on April 10 KBE Agenda -  I have received several questions on what the revisions to 704 KAR 3:035, Annual professional development plan, that is on the April 10 Kentucky Board of Education meeting agenda are designed to do. As you may be aware, during this legislative session KDE hoped that KRS 156.095 would be amended to include the professional learning work that the State Professional Learning Task Force has recommended. However, this statute was NOT amended. KDE will continue to pursue this as a legislative priority, but in the interim, we will seek to amend 704 KAR 3:035 to include a definition of professional learning and to promote continuing conversation about this important topic. The amendment of 704 KAR 3:035 does not impose any new requirements, which can only be brought about through the amendment of the authorizing statute. However, the amendment of the regulation demonstrates the KDE’s continuing commitment to moving forward with stronger policies aligned to support educator effectiveness.
 
Salary Supplement Reimbursement Application for National Board Certified Teachers Due May 1 - The Salary Supplement Reimbursement Application for the National Board Certified teachers is due to KDE by May 1. The application and the current law, KRS 157.395, can be found at the following link: http://education.ky.gov/districts/FinRept/Documents/National%20Board%20Certified%20Teacher%20Salary%20Supplement%20Application.doc.
 
Please continue to visit this site for future Frequently Asked Questions and Answers and other updates.
 
Please submit the application electronically to Debra Vaughan at debra.vaughan@education.ky.gov or by fax at (502) 564-6771.
 
School District FY 2013 Financial Audit Contract Information Available - The State Committee for School District Audits has approved the “Auditor Contract Information for Fiscal Year 2012-2013” located at the following KDE web page link: http://education.ky.gov/districts/FinRept/Pages/District-Financial-Audit-Contracts.aspx. Although the majority of the audit contract remains the same, the format of the supporting documents within the audit contract package has changed from prior years and some new sections have been added. The changes to the audit contract and supporting documents are noted in red type within the audit contract package. In addition, items have been highlighted for your convenience and as reminders within the ‘Auditor Contract E-mail to Superintendent FY2012-2013’ document located on the above cited KDE web page link.
 
If you have questions regarding the contract, please contact Ken Smith or Pari Ziebart at 502-564-3846 or via e-mail at Ken.Smith@education.ky.gov or Pari.Ziebart@education.ky.gov.
 
Link, Q & A Document and Report from the Interactive Survey for the April 26 Superintendents’ Webcast Available – If you were not able to watch the March 26 superintendents’ webcast, you can see a recording of it at the following link:
http://mediaportal.education.ky.gov/videos/superintendent-webcast-3262013/
 
Also, the PowerPoint that was used during the webcast is attached.
 
Also attached is the Q and A from this webcast that deals with sequestration. Please be sure to read the Q and A because we received clarification from USDOE on some of the questions and thus the responses have been adjusted to reflect the latest information from USDOE.
 
Additionally, we have attached the results of the interactive survey from the webcast. Many thanks to those of you that participated in the survey because it helps the department to shape future work.
 
Invite you to Access my Blog this Week on the TELL Kentucky Survey - Please take time to review my blog this week that talks about the TELL Kentucky Survey and how the data can benefit us. You can access the blog at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/03/tell-kentucky.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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