April 22 2013

Published: 4/23/2013 11:18 AM
As part of our effort to streamline communications and cut down on the number of e-mails you receive, this Monday E-Mail combines several items into one communication.
 
Please read the Monday E-mail as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
· KDE to Apply for Carryover Waiver; Feedback Invited (Attachments)
· Supporting Early Learning Success
· FY 2014 Tentative Grant Allocations
· Financial Reporting and Auditing Workshops
· TPGES Lync Online sessions now available
· Deadline extended for Kentucky Teacher Fellows
· Operation Preparation follow-up
· Kentucky Teacher – A recipe for life; professional learning; STLP Photo Blog
 
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
 
Also, remember to review the items from the Outside Agencies section.
Items from KDE
KDE to Apply for Carryover Waiver; Feedback Invited (Attachments)
In an effort to better support our school districts, KDE will be applying for the Waiver related to the Carryover Limitation in Section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).
 
Attached is an e-mail from Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle describing the waiver along with the draft letter that KDE will be sending to the United States Department of Education requesting the waiver. 
 
Please send comments concerning this request to donna.tackett@education.ky.gov or david.millanti@education.ky.gov by Friday, April 26, 2013, close of business ET.  
 
Supporting Early Learning Success
This week, Governor Steve Beshear signed HB184, a reorganization bill establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC).  The bill brings many changes to the functioning of ECAC, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and Community Early Childhood Councils (CECC).  Among the changes, CECCs are now required to include partnerships, with active participation and collaboration with local school districts, Head Start, and Child Care.  If you are not currently active members of your CECC, expect to hear from them soon.  Applications for 2014 funding are due on May 15th, and your support will be required.  Please visit the “For Communities” section at http://kidsnow.ky.gov to find out more about CECCs and identify who is on your local council.
 
FY 2014 Tentative Grant Allocations
Federal and state tentative grant allocations for FY 2014 have been revised.  Please review the spreadsheet entitled “FY14 Tentative Allocations” located at this link: http://education.ky.gov/districts/fin/Pages/state-Grants.aspx.   This information will be updated through the fiscal year as appropriate.
 
Financial Reporting and Auditing Workshops
The Division of District Support is hosting two-day financial reporting and auditing workshops in two locations across the state.  One day will focus on the issues relevant to district finance officers and the other day will be geared toward the needs of the independent auditors.  Continuing professional education credit for certified public accountants and finance officers will be awarded to participants.
            June 5             Finance Officer Day    10:00 – 4:00    KY Dam Village
June 6             Auditor Day                 8:00 – 5:00      KY Dam Village
June 12           Finance Officer Day    10:00 – 4:00    Jenny Wiley
June 13           Auditor Day                 8:00 – 5:00      Jenny Wiley
           
Topics include: school district accounting issues, GASB update, audit analysis results, MUNIS report resources, relevant statutes and regulations, and a panel discussion.  Presenters include KDE staff, representatives from the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, and district finance officers.
 
The workshops are free of charge.  District personnel are welcome to attend the Auditor Day, if desired.  To register, please use the registration link on the KDE website, District Financial Audits page, at http://education.ky.gov/districts/FinRept/Pages/District-Financial-Audits.aspx .
A draft agenda is also located on the website.  You may direct questions regarding the workshops to Chay Ritter at 502-564-3846 or chay.ritter@education.ky.gov.
 
TPGES Lync Online sessions now available
Kentucky educators now have the opportunity to learn more about the Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES) via live, interactive, online Lync sessions. The Lync sessions allow educators the opportunity to participate in a variety of continuous learning and growth opportunities. They are designed to be useful to both educators who are just beginning to understand the TPGES as well as those already involved who will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding before next year’s statewide pilot. Sessions are interactive and participants are encouraged to ask questions.
 
Participants will need an internet-connected computer equipped with Lync Online, a web camera, speakers and microphone or microphone-equipped headset to fully participate in the sessions.
 
These sessions will be recorded to accommodate those who cannot join live; however, live participation is encouraged. Recorded sessions will be accessible through the Educator Development Suite in CITTS – the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System.
 
To register and find more information regarding Lync sessions, click here or go to the Educator Development Tab within CIITS and type “TPGES” in the PD search box.
 
Deadline extended for Kentucky Teacher Fellows
Please let your teachers know that the deadline has been extended for those who wish to apply to be a Kentucky Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group. The new deadline is May 8. Information about the program, as well as a link to the application is available here.
 
For more information, please contact felicia.smith@education.ky.gov.
 
Operation Preparation follow-up
Last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader included a section (The GEAR UP Gazette) highlighting Operation Preparation and how the activity was implemented in several GEAR UP schools. Please take a look at it and if you didn’t participate in Operation Preparation this year, strongly consider it for next year. If you did participate, thank you. Please check to be sure your Operation Preparation (OP) coordinator has completed a short survey regarding their district’s participation in Operation Preparation. Responses are due today (April 22). If you have any questions, or did not receive the e-mail with the link to the survey, please contact Amy Patterson at amy.patterson@education.ky.gov or (502) 564-4970.
  
A recipe for life; professional learning; STLP Photo Blog
Kentucky Teacher, the Kentucky Department of Education’s award-winning online publication, is the place to go to stay abreast of what is happening in Kentucky’s public schools. Kentucky Teacher includes education news, feature articles that highlight successful classroom practice, helpful resources and more.
 
Here’s a look at what’s coming in Kentucky Teacher the week of April 22:
 
  • Read about how fifth-grade students in Pendleton County have been learning a Recipe for Life from their Family and Consumer Science extension agent.
  • Professional development may be going the way of the chalkboard in Kentucky schools; professional learning is where it is at these days. Learn about the differences between the two and the many opportunities Kentucky teachers and administrators have for improving their practice.
  • Check out some of the scenes KDE photographer Amy Wallot captured during this year’s Student Technology Leadership Program state championships.
Make sure you don’t miss anything in Kentucky Teacher by signing up to receive e-mail updates whenever new stories or features are added. Rest assured, we won’t share your e-mail address.
We want to hear from you too, so send your comments, feedback or story suggestions to us at kyteacher@education.ky.gov or post your comments online.
 
Kentucky Teacher is produced by KDE’s Division of Communications.
 

Items from Outside Agencies
 
PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion of items in this section does not constitute endorsement by the Kentucky Department of Education or the Commissioner of Education.

KET multimedia professional development
The 10th annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Days will be held July 9-10. The seminar includes two days of in-depth presentations by Kentucky educators and KET staff on multimedia production and related topics and is open to all Kentucky public, private, and homeschool teachers. Register for and attend either July 9, July 10, or both days of the event (both days’ session titles are the same) on the event registration page. More information about the event and workshops is available on the project web page.
 
Learning disabilities seminar
The Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky invites you to its annual seminar in Shepherdsville on June 21 at Paroquet Springs Conference Center. This year's speaker is Gayle Gregory, a former teacher who now consults internationally with teachers, administrators, and staff developers in the areas of brain-compatible learning, block scheduling, emotional intelligence, instructional and assessment practices, collaborative learning, presentation skills, renewal of secondary schools, enhancing teacher quality, coaching and mentoring, and managing change. The regular cost of admission is $85 per person. Groups receive a discount. The registration form is available here. To sign up online using a credit card follow this link.
 
Call for proposals for science conference
The Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA) is now accepting session proposals for its annual KSTA Conference. The event will be held at the Lexington Center and Lexington Hyatt Regency Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The theme is Next Generation Science…NOW! and includes strands on the Next-Generation Science Standards, Science Literacy Reading and Writing, and Integrated Engineering Practices. Go to the KSTA website and click on one of the banners on the homepage to download a session proposal form.  The due date for conference proposals is May 31. Membership and conference forms are also available on the KSTA website.
 
Grant application for musical instruments
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. Applications are made available by invitation only. If your school music program meets the criteria below, you may submit the Pre-Qualification form to be considered to submit a full application. Because of the large number of schools requesting assistance, your school may be placed on a wait list for several months before review and notification.
 
  • Public, private and charter schools may apply; however, schools must be Title 1 and/or serve a population of at least 65% that qualify for the National Lunch Program.
  • Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that takes place during the regular school day and is at least three years old. If your school offers Orff/classroom music only, it is NOT eligible to apply.
  • Schools must have an existing inventory of instruments.
  • Schools must apply separately (please provide information for the applying school only, do not include information for other schools within the district even if the music teacher teaches at more than one school).
  • Teachers that teach at more than one school within the school district can only apply for one school per grant cycle.
  • Full or partial requests may be awarded consisting of new and/or refurbished instruments.
  • Previously awarded schools must wait five years before reapplying.
 
The Pre-Qualification form will be available through August 1. For more information, go to the foundation’s website.  
 
Girls Aquabots camp
The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative is offering their Aquabots Summer Camp again this year! This is an underwater robotics camp for girls entering grades 7-11 in Fall 2013. Please spread the word of this great opportunity for Kentucky girls. For more information or registration instructions, go to the Collaborative
website.
 
Deadline extended for Next Generation Arts and World Language Integration Academies
The deadline for teachers to apply for the Next-Generation Academies for the Integration of the Arts and World Languages has been extended two weeks to April 29. Two Academies are being offered:
  • June 17-21 Integrating the Arts and World Languages
    Languages: Spanish and Japanese
    Location: Jesse Stuart Elementary School in Madisonville
  • June 24-28 Integrating the Arts and World Languages
    Languages: Spanish and French
    Location: Danville High School in Danville
Please note: preference will be given to teachers who apply as a team from the same school, in which the team consists of an Arts teacher and a World Language teacher. Teachers attending will receive a stipend of $500. The workshops will be hands-on, standards based, and fully integrated, bringing together the arts, world languages, and cultural studies. The application is available online.  For questions contact Jeff Jamner at (502) 562-0703 or jjamner@kentuckycenter.org (e-mail preferred).