August 5 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 11:05 AM
​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 that combines several items into one communication.
Please read the Monday E-mail as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• Round 2 Open in Race to the Top—District Competition
• All students welcome to apply for the 2013-14 Next-Generation Student Council
• Kentucky Teacher - Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs; Networks develop teacher leaders; Back to School
Also, take a look at the items under the section titled “Items from Outside Agencies”.
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Items from KDE
Round 2 Open in Race to the Top—District Competition
Districts may now apply for the second round of the Race to the Top--District competition. Grants totaling $120 million will be awarded to districts with the best ideas for improving education at the local level. The focus is on personalized learning. The complete rules and application can be found on the USED RTT-District website. In the first round, Kentucky fared well, with $40 million awarded to the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative and a collaborative of 22 districts.
Districts that intend to apply should notify USED by Aug. 23. (These "intents to apply" aren't binding, and primarily serve as a planning tool for the department.) Applications are due Oct. 3. Individual grants will range from $10 million to $40 million, depending on the enrollment of the school district. Winners will be announced by the end of the calendar year.
All students welcome to apply for the 2013-14 Next-Generation Student Council
The commissioner’s Next-Generation Student Council is now accepting applications. This group meets with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback -- from a student perspective -- on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.
The Next-Generation Student Council is a year-long program for Kentucky public school students in grades 10-12. The council seeks students with refreshing ideas and thoughtful insight into how we can further improve our schools and student achievement. All students are encouraged to apply so that the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables particular to our state are represented.
Students can click here to access the application and read Frequently Asked Questions about the council. Please read the FAQs prior to completing the application. The deadline to apply is Aug. 30, 2013. Applications with a postmark date on or before Aug. 30 will be considered.
A committee of KDE representatives will review and score all applications based on how well the applicants communicated their ideas and goals. The committee will then select six students to serve on the 2013-14 council alongside the five returning student council members.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Siria at or (502) 564-2000, ext. 4614.
Kentucky Teacher - Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs; Networks develop teacher leaders; Back to School
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 5:
• The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among Kentucky students.  Read about how the inaugural class of the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs worked in teams to develop products and start their own businesses while also learning the importance of asking questions.
• Kentucky’s content leadership networks helped teachers break down the new standards and learn the best way to teach them to their students. And the networks also did something else – develop teacher leaders. Learn how the state mathematics leadership network helped Rick Reinle, an intervention teacher at Taylorsville Elementary School (Spencer County), step out and become a sought after leader in his school and beyond.
• It’s back to school season! Find out what Education Commissioner Terry Holliday thinks the big issues and initiatives are in the 2013-14 school year.
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 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 Teachers’ Domain transitioning to PBS LearningMedia
KET Teachers' Domain is completing the transition to PBS LearningMedia on October 15, 2013. On that date, users will be automatically redirected to PBS LearningMedia when visiting Teachers' Domain. At PBS LearningMedia, you'll find more than 30,000 digital educational resources from 130+ public media partners.
PBS LearningMedia is also where you will need to go to complete the Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools professional development. Note: If you do not have a Teachers' Domain account, you will need to create a PBS LearningMedia account by visiting KET EncycloMedia homepage and accessing PBS LearningMedia from there.
If you have any questions about the transition or issues with your account, please don't hesitate to contact your KET Education Consultant. There is also a help section within PBS LearningMedia that you might want to use as you familiarize yourself with this new service.
A transition webinar will be held on August 7 from 6-7 p.m. EDT. Click here to register.
School Facilities Construction Commission Executive Director position
The School Facilities Construction Commission seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director to serve as the chief executive of the Commission.  SFCC is a corporate entity of the Commonwealth. Detailed information is available on the web at
Annual Conference on Implementation of Special Education
KSBA’s annual Special Education Conference will be held on August 15-16, 2013 at the Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY.  This conference presents the latest legal ramifications and practical guidance to Special Education Directors and others responsible for compliance with Special Education requirements in school districts.  Topics include basics such as budgeting; staffing; legal requirements; an update on KDE activity; and the latest in court cases and Office of Special Education Programs and Office of Civil Rights opinions.  The conference is a must to give your special education administrators the tools they need to properly serve students and stay out of legal trouble.
Presenters are:
Teresa T. Combs, KSBA, Dir of Legal and Administrative Training Services
John C. Fogle III, KSBA Staff Attorney
Johnny Collette, KDE, Dir of the Division of Learning Services
Larry Taylor, OVEC, Dir of Special Education
Registration Fee:
$200 per person for 1 day ~ Special Education Service Members; or
$600 per person for 1 day ~ Non-Special Education Service Members
$350 per person for both days ~ Special Education Service Members; or
$1,050 per person for both days ~ Non-Special Education Service Members
Sessions for both days:
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Session: 8:30 a.m.
Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 455-5000 or 1-800-EMBASSY
Civil War Workshops (Attachment)
In continuing observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Kentucky Historical Society, in cooperation with a number of historic sites in our state and in Tennessee, are offering Saturday teacher workshops at the following locations:
• Richmond Battlefield (Madison County) -- September 21, 2013
• Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (Jessamine County) -- September 28, 2013
• Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Bell County) -- October 5, 2013
• Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (Boyle County) -- October 26, 2013
• Fort Donelson National Battlefield (Dover, Tennessee) -- November 2, 2013
While all of these workshops will vary somewhat depending on their individual locations and features, each will consist of primarily three parts:
1. guided tour of a portion of the battlefield park with historian (Approximately 2 hours)
2. soldier life demonstrations and hands-on participation with costumed interpreter (2 hours)
3. visit to the park’s museum and or visitor’s center (on own)
Due to the remote location of some of the venues, participants should consider bringing their own brown bag lunch. Significant amounts of walking will be involved in the day’s activities so comfortable shoes are recommended.  Events will be held rain or shine.
Registration is $30/per person for each event.  Registrations are limited to the first 40 teachers that sign up for each event.  If less than 20 participants sign up for an event, it is subject to be cancelled and refunds will be issued.  Professional development certificates will be issued to all registrants.  A printable registration form is attached to this e-mail.
For more information contact: Tim Talbott at or 502-564-1792, ext. 4428.
Linking the Common Core State Standards to RtI
Bellarmine University is offering a professional learning opportunity for K-12 leadership, curriculum specialists, reading specialists and recovery specialists linking the common core state standards to RtI. Participants will gain an understanding of the critical components of RtI, linking them to the fundamental outcomes of the Common Core State Standards, to create a strong, effective instructional model. A panel of Kentucky teachers will share their best practices in a question and answer session.
Go to event home page for more information, the biography of speaker Candace Rice, Ed.D. and the registration link.
Getting Parents Involved in School Improvement
Did you know that based on 2013 Diagnostic Review Reports for several Kentucky school districts, the area of parent and community engagement to improve student achievement was listed as a priority improvement focus?  The Prichard Committee has several training opportunities for parents, school teams (including family and community participants) and teacher/administrator teams to learn how to involve all stakeholders in the school improvement process and work collaboratively to impact achievement. For more information contact Molly Toney at (859) 233-9849, ext. 226.

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