April 8 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 3:23 PM

​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:
• Response from Kentucky School Boards Association (Bill Scott) to Additional Questions on KSBIT (Attachment)
• Flexibility Use of Title I and Other Federal Dollars by Applying the ESEA Flexibility Waiver
• Information on Alternative Education Regulation (704 KAR 19:002) (Attachment)
• 2013 Migrant Education Summer Programming Initiative RFA Awards
• Summer Learning Camps (Attachments)
Kentucky Teacher – Student Growth; Leadership and School Culture; Student Enrichment; Photo Blog

Also, remember to review the items from the Outside Agencies section.
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.


Items from KDE

Response from Kentucky School Boards Association (Bill Scott) to Additional Questions on KSBIT (Attachment)
Attached is a response from KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott to my March 22 letter in which I asked when I would receive responses to the additional inquiries I had made on KSBIT.  I am sharing it with you as I have all of the previous correspondence on this topic.

Flexibility Use of Title I and Other Federal Dollars by Applying the ESEA Flexibility Waiver
If you are interested in seeing how you can flexibly use Title I and other federal dollars by applying the ESEA Flexibility waiver, please go to http://education.ky.gov/federal/progs/tia/Pages/default.aspx  and review ESEA FLEXIBILITY WAIVER GUIDANCE FOR DISTRICTS as well as the Title I, Part A Handbook, both found on that page.  In addition, your Title I directors will be given the latest updates during their summer Title I training. 
Please direct any questions to donna.tackett@education.ky.gov.
Information on Alternative Education Regulation (704 KAR 19:002) (Attachment)
To address the challenges of preparing all students to graduate college and career ready, the Kentucky Department of Education has promulgated a regulation, 704 KAR 19:002.  The Alternative Education Programs regulation will be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year.
Guidelines for implementation of this regulation will be made available as well as training over the summer.   Attached is an overview and highlights of what is included in the guidelines.
The Alternative Learning Branch at KDE is dedicated to helping our alternative programs by providing guidance and technical assistance to support continuous improvement of instruction, practices and curriculum in order to help all Kentucky students reach the goal of becoming college and career ready.  In the coming weeks your DPP and Safe School Coordinator will be receiving additional information and guidance on how to incorporate these changes into Infinite Campus. 
We are excited about this innovative focus on alternative programs in the Commonwealth and look forward to partnering with your districts.
Should you have any questions please contact Tom Edgett, Thomas.Edgett@education.ky.gov , with the Division of Student Success or call 502-564-2116.
2013 Migrant Education Summer Programming Initiative RFA Awards
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is pleased to announce that the review process for the 2013 Migrant Education Summer Programming Initiative RFA is complete.  Awards can be found on the KDE Competitive Grant Awards site.
We appreciate everyone’s participation in the grant process and encourage you to continue to apply for beneficial grants for your districts and schools.
Awards are contingent on available funding and districts/schools meeting programmatic and budgetary requirements.
For budget-related questions please contact thelma.hawkins@education.ky.gov.  For questions related to the application process or for copies of your score sheets, please contact jason.kendall@education.ky.gov.  All other questions should be addressed to judith.littleton@education.ky.gov.
Summer Learning Camps (Attachments)
KRS 158.865-867 allows districts to establish summer learning camps (SLCs) for Title I-eligible, low-achieving students in the second year of the primary program through grade 5.  The bill authorizes districts to provide a summer instructional program as well as enrichment experiences for these students to allow them to maintain and improve reading and mathematics skills developed over the school year, and prevent them from falling behind during the summer break.  Non-Title I students may be served on a space-available basis under certain conditions.
Districts wishing to establish SLCs must notify the Department of their intent to do so no later than May 1, 2012 by completing the table on the bottom of the attached letter and returning it via e-mail to Elisabeth Goldey (elisabeth.goldey@education.ky.gov).  A summary of the requirements of KRS 158.865-867 and a spreadsheet to be used for end-of-year reporting are also attached to assist you.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Donna Tackett (donna.tackett@education.ky.gov) via e-mail or at 502/564-3791.

Kentucky Teacher - Student Growth; Leadership and School Culture; Student Enrichment; 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 8:
• Find out how student growth will be used in the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System to help teachers set measureable goals and improve student achievement. 
• Leadership and school culture go hand in hand and are key to boosting student achievement. Learn how the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative has been cultivating leadership and school culture in local schools through ongoing, job-imbedded training and collaboration.
• Kentucky Teacher of the Year Kristal Doolin shares her thoughts on student enrichment in and after school.
• KDE photographer Amy Wallot wasn’t just horsin’ around at the 2013 Kentucky Equine Youth
Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park last month. Check out her photos from the event that gave Kentucky students an opportunity to watch equestrian sports and learn about different career opportunities in the horse industry.
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.
Teacher Hall of Fame nominations sought
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 class of inductees into the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15. For information about the Hall of Fame and to obtain a nomination form go to http://www.wku.edu/kythf/. Inquiries and/or additional information may also be directed to Ms. Tammy Spinks, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University, tammy.spinks@wku.edu or (270) 745-4664.
Congressional Art Competition
As a reminder, each spring the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Congressional representative’s office.Please contact your representative to confirm your district’s participation and obtain specific guidance on submissions. The various representatives have different deadlines for accepting works but they are generally at this time of year. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Geographic Information Systems Summer Institute
The Kentucky Geographic Alliance will hold a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) institute for Kentucky teachers June 17-19 at Western Kentucky University. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers. Kentucky K-12 teachers who submit an application and one letter of recommendation from an appropriate administrator agree to provide staff an in-service presentation and engage students with GIS. Applicants will need to take an online mini course on ArcGIS and present the certificate of completion as proof before acceptance at the institute. To enroll in the ArcGIS training, a signed contract between their school and the Kentucky Geographic Alliance that outlines the free software usage agreement is required. For details as well as an application, visit http://www.kga.org/announcee.html.
Applications and supporting letters are due by May 15.
E-mail any questions to kga@wku.edu.
2013 Kentucky Energy Tour
The 2013 Kentucky Energy Tour for Educators is scheduled for June 10-14. Twenty-five teachers who are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms will travel by charter coach through Western Kentucky visiting various types of energy facilities. There is no cost to attend the conference – funding is provided by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. Lodging, meals, mileage reimbursement to and from the tour hotel and curriculum materials that support implementation of innovative energy units for classrooms, multi-disciplinary student energy teams, and after-school programs are included. All National Energy Education Development (NEED) materials meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles. Registration will close April 30. Educators selected to participate will be notified by May 10. Register online here.
Direct questions to Karen Reagor, State Director, Kentucky NEED Project kreagor@need.org
2013 SESPTC Buster Bynum Scholarship
This spring, the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) Executive Committee will award a $2,500 scholarship to one Kentucky high school senior. To qualify, the student’s parent or guardian must have been an active employee in public school transportation during the past five years and have a gross taxable family income equal to or less than $75,000 for each of the past five tax years. Students must have at least a 3.0 scholastic average, and plan on attending a postsecondary educational institution in the fall. For an application and additional requirements click here.
The deadline for applications is May 1.
School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year Nominations Sought
The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers is taking nominations for:
Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year; Educator/School Administrator of the Year; and Rookie SRO of the Year. Nominations may be submitted by a Chief/Sheriff, supervisor, another SRO Officer, or any school official. An SRO of the Year nominee must serve as a strong role model and provide services to their schools and communities above and beyond what is expected in their position. The Rookie of the Year Award will go to an SRO who is new in the role of law enforcement (two years or less) within a school environment and has made a positive impact on their school community. A candidate for the School Administrator/Educator award should be an administrator or educator who has had a positive impact on their school community and has demonstrated support for a safe and secure learning environment. Please go to www.kyasro.com to download an application.
Nominations and any support materials are due no later than Friday, April 26.
For questions contact Lee Ann Morrison at (877) 805-4277 or at leeann.morrison@eku.edu.
Free Newspapers
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