September 20 2013

Published: 9/24/2013 11:45 AM
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In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

  • PPGES’ Use of VAL-ED 360 – Basic Information (1 attachment)
  • KDE Highlights the “Best Practices” of Schools and Districts
  • Clarification on Gap Data Due in ASSIST by October 1
  • How to Receive EILA Credit for the Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit
  • Thanks to KASS for Support of Superintendents’ Professional Development
  • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mike LaFavers, Boyle County (picture attached)
  • Commissioner’s Blog
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
 
Fast Five on Friday
(Eight This Week)
 
PPGES’ Use of VAL-ED 360 – Basic Information Attached is an information piece on the Principal Professional Growth and Evaluation System’s use of Val-Ed 360 giving you the basic facts on its use, cost and training opportunities.
 
KDE Highlights the “Best Practices” of Schools and Districts – While traveling throughout the Commonwealth, I have witnessed many exciting success stories and “best practices” occurring in schools and school districts. KDE has created an outlet for you to identify your “Best Practices” and share them with education colleagues by completing an electronic submission at https://odss.education.ky.gov/bestpractices.
 
Why should you submit a Best Practice?
• Share successes with your peers. The “Best Practices” website provides an opportunity for you to enhance your program success by sharing challenges and lessons learned.
• Receive recognition. Best practices will be highlighted on the KDE webpage and may be featured in Kentucky Teacher, KDE’s monthly electronic newsletter.
• Get expert feedback. Each submission is reviewed by subject matter experts who can offer suggestions to strengthen program and evaluation activities, and to move emerging and promising programs towards a "best practice."
 
Applicants should complete the online form and submit it electronically. The review process occurs within a 45-day period and is conducted by a panel of subject matter experts. These experts will review and score each submission through a scoring guide that will focus on four levels: Beginning, Developing, Proficient and Advanced.
 
The feedback returned to schools and/or districts will be an individualized, written assessment of the strengths and opportunities available in the submitted best practice. It will provide suggestions to strengthen program and evaluation activities, and to move emerging and promising programs toward a "best practice” that will improve school and district processes and results. Accepted Promising Practices and Best Practices will be added to the website.
 
For additional information, please visit https://odss.education.ky.gov/bestpractices.
 
Clarification on Gap Data Due in ASSIST by October 1 - With the release of School Report Cards at the end of September and an October deadline for setting KRS 158.649 Gap targets in ASSIST, we realize it is a quick turnaround.  Our belief is that schools and SBDM Councils will have already been reviewing data that is in their possession about your students, NOT the embargoed state data.  EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT and your own formative data on which you based placement of students should help you know if the delivery targets for gap and proficiency in the current report card are good targets.  We believe that SBDM councils are looking at the targets already projected in the School Report Card for 2013-14 and are beginning to have the discussions in council meetings about the data and information that will be included in the October 1 information in ASSIST.  So, you could already go ahead and use those targets to meet your October 1 deadline.  After you have your NEW report card, you could change those targets after October 1 if your council so desires.  Councils are instrumental in assuring that the targets and the work being done in the schools are aligned.  The information in ASSIST can continuously change if you want to set higher targets and certainly if you have strategy changes you wish to make over the course of the fall as you address student needs. 
 
If you need additional information please contact:   kelly.foster@education.ky.gov for support and clarification.
 
How to Receive EILA Credit for the Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit – If you attended the Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit and wish to receive EILA credit for attending, contact Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff, at tommy.floyd@education.ky.gov.  He can generate the certificate you need and send it directly to you.
 
Thanks to KASS for Support of Superintendents’ Professional Development – Thanks goes to the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS) for supporting the professional development of Kentucky superintendents through the Kentucky Superintendent Network (KSN).  Recently, KSN has focused its efforts by providing training titled “Supporting Effective Principals:  Superintendents’ Role in PPGES”.  These KSN presentations have provided a focused look at Kentucky’s Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PPGES) both from a systems perspective as well as a practical “nuts and bolts” perspective.  Kentucky superintendents are key leaders in the implementation of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System to support having high-quality teachers in every classroom, high-quality principals in every school, and high-quality superintendents in every district!
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mike LaFavers, Boyle County (picture attached) – The Boyle County School District is extremely proud of how its students are achieving academically. In 2012-13, the Boyle County School District was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as one of eight districts to achieve the status of "District of Distinction." All five of the Boyle County schools are labeled as either Proficient or Distinguished. It is among the very best districts in Kentucky when it comes to graduation rate, college and career readiness, and ACT scores. Over the past four years, 90 percent of the district's graduates have attended college and its students have earned three million dollars in annual college scholarships.
 
The Boyle County School District has developed a systematic approach to teaching and learning that encompasses all aspects of the learning process (assessment, engagement, lesson planning, etc.). A district plan was developed that incorporates all of these strategies called the Boyle County Blueprint. The blueprint was developed by the Boyle County teachers in 2009 and has led to several academic initiatives over the past four years. As a result of the district's laser focus, students are achieving at rates never seen before in the district. 
 
The Boyle County School District has developed a deep and meaningful world language experience for its students. Every elementary (K-5) and middle school (6-8) student in the district learns Spanish two days each week. At the high school level, students can continue their Spanish language development all the way through Spanish 5, including Advanced Placement classes. In grades 6 through 12, students are given the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and Sign Language in addition to their continued development in the Spanish language.
 
The Boyle County School District has developed a significant early college program that includes 60 hours of dual credit. Furthermore, the district offers 18 Advanced Placement classes and has a pass rate of 67 percent on AP exams. High school students are offered the opportunity to develop their career readiness through 50 career and technology courses designed specifically to increase readiness skills in students entering the workforce or technical college after graduation. In the Boyle County School District, a focus on meeting the needs of every child is a guarantee.
 
Commissioner’s Blog – This week I have a guest blog by Sarah Honaker, Ph.D., C.B.S.M. titled “Lack of Zzzs Can Lead to More Cs, Ds and Fs”.  You can access it at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/09/lack-of-zzzs-can-lead-to-more-cs-ds-and.html.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast – Put on your calendars October 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon ET for the next superintendents’ webcast.  Topics will be announced soon but if you have something you would like to have addressed, e-mail it to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov.
 
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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