May 16 2014

Published: 2/24/2015 4:02 PM

​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast
• Upcoming June 4 KBE Meeting
• Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Due May 19
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jim Frank, Green County
• Commissioner’s Blog

Fast Five on Friday
(Five This Week)
Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast
Attached are the results from the interactive survey given during the April 30 superintendents’ webcast. Thanks so much for your feedback since it helps KDE to shape its work going forward.
Upcoming June 4 KBE Meeting
The next Kentucky Board of Education meeting will occur on June 4 here in Frankfort. Items on the agenda include a recommendation to the board on the timing of the World Language Program Review, KDE’s research plan to support Delivery, update on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System work, update on The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, a new regulation on the intervention options for Priority Schools and Districts, approval of the KETS unmet need and KETS expenditure plan, updates on Robertson, Fleming and Breathitt Counties, and presentation of the Joseph W. Kelly Award.
The agenda and materials will be available for access seven to ten days prior to the meeting on the board’s online materials site.
Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Due May 19
The Kentucky Board of Education is proud to announce the thirteenth annual Joseph W. Kelly Award. This award will be given to a businessperson who has offered outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equity of educational opportunity for all Kentucky children.
We invite your nomination(s) on the attached form. Because nominations may come from both organizations and individuals, additional copies of the form may be made and distributed throughout your board/membership. Along with the enclosed form, an essay (500 words or less) describing how the nominated businessperson has further enhanced the educational opportunities for children on the school, community and/or state levels must be submitted.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, May 19 (close of business). Send the nomination form and essay to the Kentucky Board of Education (Attention: Mary Ann Miller), 500 Mero Street, First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601 or e-mail them to
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jim Frank, Green County (Picture)
The Green County School District is a small rural district with a tradition of excellence from academics to athletics. The district is proud to be a part of the Race to the Top Kid-FRIENDly (Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged and Detemined to Learn) Grant through the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative consortium. The grant focuses on developing students as leaders through “The Leader in Me” program, personalized learning and data review training for highly effective professional learning communities.
The Kentucky Department of Education has identified the Green County Primary School (preschool – 2nd grade) as a Kentucky System of Intervention (KSI) /Response to Intervention (RtI) Model School. Our primary school, Green County Intermediate (3rd grade – 5th grade) and Green County Middle School (6th grade – 8th grade) have all implemented “The Leader in Me” program and are nurturing students to become leaders while taking personal responsibility for their future. Realizing the need to meet the goal of college- and career-readiness for all, the district as a whole is moving from traditional classrooms to developing model classrooms with a focus on personalized learning environments customized for each student.
Green County High School is beginning work with AdvanceKentucky to expand access to college-level work through Advanced Placement courses, while continuing the work with dual credit and online college credit opportunities. The district strives to meet the needs of its non-traditional learners through the Success Academy virtual school which blends online learning with career opportunities through the on-campus Green County Area Technology Center (ATC). The Green County ATC provides outstanding opportunities in career and technical education through valuable partnerships with the district’s schools as well as local area industry.
The district’s hope is that every employee of the Green County School District will be MAD about education, seeking to truly “Make A Difference” in the lives of students every day and teach students to be creative in all they do.
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week focuses on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.  You can read the blog titled “The angst and anticipation of PGES” at the following link:

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
Twitter @kycommissioner