August 13 2013

Published: 8/16/2013 1:31 PM
As part of our effort to streamline communications and cut down on the number of e-mails you receive, here is a Monday E-Mail on Tuesday that combines several items into one communication.
 
Please read the Monday E-mail on Tuesday as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• PGES Statewide Pilot Participant Web collector
• Kentucky Department of Education online survey on agency’s customer service
• 2013-14 Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Schools Forum (Attachment)
• Kentucky Teacher - Mapping out learning; State board meeting action; Teachers as arts students Photo Blog
 
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
 
Items from KDE
 
PGES Statewide Pilot Participant Web collector
The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Web-based data collection tool is open until Aug. 16.  All districts must identify or verify participants for the 2013-14 statewide pilot. If you entered all of your participants during the Spring window you must click the submit button to verify there are no changes to be made. All new employees or changes that a district wishes to identify in the web collector must first be entered into Infinite Campus by the district. Once this change is in entered into IC by the district this will be reflected in the web collector the following Tuesday.
 
Districts are required to have a minimum of 10 percent of their schools participating in the pilot. Districts will identify their participating schools, principals and teachers. Participating teachers must not be in their evaluation cycle year; non-tenured teachers may not participate since they undergo yearly evaluations.
 
Teachers required per participating school:
• English/language arts: 1-2
• math: 1-2
• English Language Learners/special education: 1-2
• non-assessed: 2-3
 
Additional schools within the district are encouraged to participate in the pilot. Any number/configuration of teachers in the “additional schools” may participate in the statewide pilot. This information must be added to the tool as well. It is imperative that all entries are made by Aug. 16. Central office personnel that may be observers or evaluators in the pilot do not need to register in the Web collector.

Kentucky Department of Education online survey on agency’s customer service efforts
The Kentucky Department of Education wants your input on the agency’s customer service efforts.  Please take a moment to complete an online survey, which may be accessed at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KDE_customer_service_2013.  All responses will remain anonymous.
 
2013-14 Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Schools Form (Attachment)
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that each local educational agency (LEA) certify in writing to its state educational agency (SEA) that it has no policy that denies participation in constitutionally protected prayer as set forth in the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance.  The link for the newly released guidance is http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/religionandschools/prayer_guidance.html.
 
Please sign the attached certification concerning the Kentucky Department of Education constitutionally protected prayer in public schools.  The certification may be submitted in one of three ways:

• Signed electronically by the superintendent and sent via e-mail as an attachment to Title1Reports@education.ky.gov;
• Printed, signed by the superintendent and faxed to Claude Christian at (502) 564-8149; or
• Printed, signed by the superintendent and mailed to Claude Christian, Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, 8th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601.
 
The certification must be received in the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) by October 1, 2013.  By November 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Education is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education a list of those LEAs that have not filed the certification.  The KDE must also report LEAs for which complaints have been filed with KDE for non-compliance with the guidance.
 
If you have questions regarding the certification, contact Claude Christian Consolidated Plans and Audits Division at (502) 564-3791.  
 
Kentucky Teacher - Mapping out learning; State board meeting action; Teachers as arts students Photo Blog
Kentucky Teacher, the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’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 August 12:
 
• Location. Location. Location. Teachers are learning how it can enhance what they do in their classrooms thanks to the Kentucky Geographic Alliance’s Summer Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Institute.
• The Kentucky Board of Education Aug. 8 meeting was filled with applause and emotion as Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear joined the board in celebrating 120 Kentucky school districts raising their mandatory attendance age to 18. Read what Gov. Beshear and the First Lady had to say about the major achievement and how it will benefit students and the commonwealth.
• KDE photographer Amy Wallot recently spent some time in at the 3rd annual Berea Festival of Learnshops, which offered teachers and the public an opportunity to experience the arts hands-on by visiting, learning and creating pieces with working artists.  Amy stopped by several classes, including one on Program Reviews. Check out the Photo Blog to see what other classes she visited.
 
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.
 
Student Poster Contest
The annual Adopt-a-Highway Poster Contest, which emphasizes and promotes the importance of removing litter from Kentucky roadways is now underway. The contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is aimed at educating and encouraging children not to litter and to spread the message to others.
 
Students from across the Commonwealth are invited to submit creative works for use in the Adopt-a-Highway calendar for 2014. The contest is open to all Kentucky students of elementary, middle and high school age. The entry form is available online at http://adopt-a-highway.ky.gov/. Click on art contest. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30, 2013.

KySTE 2014 Call for Presenters
The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education, is accepting proposals for presentations to its spring 2014 conference.  Nearly 2,000 information technology leaders, technicians, network specialists, tech resource/integration specialists, classroom teachers, administrators/district leaders, library media specialists, instructional technology teachers, and other education professionals are expected to attend. This year’s conference theme is “Redefining Horizons: Moving Learning Forward.”
 
Conference sessions are 60 minutes in length. Session strands include:

• Technical – Sessions should be about the acquisition, installation, and support of technologies which support anything from district workflow to classroom instruction. Sessions should be directed at district technology leadership, district or school technicians, or anyone with an interest in information technology.
• Instructional – Sessions should be about the selection and use of any education technology in support of teaching and learning. They should be directed at classroom teachers and those who support them (tech integration specialists/resource teachers).
• Leadership – Sessions should be about education technology policy and use issues, directed at district or school leadership.
• Library/Media – Sessions should be about issues of library management, including e-books/e-readers, tablets, and other reading/instructional media. They should be directed at library/media specialists and those who support them.
 
See the KySTE 2014 information page for more information.Use this form to apply (hosted by KySTE conference management partner Total Meeting Concepts). Deadline is Oct. 15, 2013.

Districts invited to submit proposals for KSBA Winter Symposium
The Kentucky School Boards Association has a limited number of spaces available for workshops at the Winter Symposium, Dec. 6-7 at the Marriott East in Louisville.
Proposals should be on topics appropriate to the governance roles and responsibilities of public school board teams. Each workshop is 75 minutes. Proposals should be submitted to KSBA using the form available here.
 
If you have any questions about the Symposium or submitting a proposal, please contact Kerri Schelling at kerri.schelling@ksba.org or at (800) 372-2962. ext. 1276.

Public Service Recognition Poster Contest
In honor of Kentucky's public servants, students are invited to participate in the 2013 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest. The theme of the week, "Making a difference, every day in every way," should be expressed through the artwork.
 
Entries will be judged in three categories.
I. Ages 6-9
II. Ages 10-13
III. Ages 14-18
 
Winners receive a $100 award and an invitation to a special ceremony at the Capitol in October.
Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 18, 2013
 
Visit the Personnel Cabinet website for a complete list of contest guidelines. Contact the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s Office of Employee Relations with questions: (502) 564-5955 or (502) 564-5954.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education wants your input on the agency’s customer service efforts.  Please take a moment to complete an online survey, which may be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KDE_customer_service_2013 .