December 16 2013

Published: 12/19/2013 2:31 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 that combines several items into one communication.
 
Please read the Monday E-mail as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• Inquiries about Read to Achieve Grant Application
• Call for Reviewers for Read to Achieve Grant
• CIITS passwords reset
• Update for Teachscape participants
• Healthy Nutrition Environment in Schools
• Operation Preparation participation
• Kentucky Teacher - Cracking the coding challenge; Teacher of the Year column; Angry Birds Photo Blog
 
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
 
Inquiries about Read to Achieve Grant Application
A Read to Achieve (RTA) grant application was posted on the KDE website on December 9, 2013 and this opportunity will close on February 3, 2014. KDE has received several inquiries about whether schools with existing RTA grants have to reapply.

This is a brand new grant opportunity, so all interested schools (current and new) have to apply; however, part 6 of the scoring rubric gives additional points to school districts that demonstrate successful implementation of a prior RTA grant. It is important to have a reapplication process to ensure that effective programs are being used across the state and are positively impacting achievement.
 
KDE has also received inquiries about whether the timeframe for response can be extended. KDE appreciates that districts will need adequate time to respond. Grant applications are typically issued for at least 4 weeks or longer and this particular application will be open for 7 weeks. In addition, the timing of this particular grant award is important because KDE has to complete an evaluation of all RTA grant responses and provide districts with notice of RTA grant awards as soon as possible in order to allow districts to adequately take this into account in fully planning for the next school year in the spring.
 
Call for Reviewers for Read to Achieve Grant
The KDE anticipates the need for a large number of reviewers for the RFA relative to the Read to Achieve Grant. The Call for Reviewers is posted with the RFA on the KDE Competitive Grants webpage found here.
 
CIITS passwords reset
To enforce stronger security measures, the KDE CIITS administrator will reset all educator CIITS user passwords Dec. 21. After that, the next time you attempt to log in to CIITS, you will be prompted to reset your password. You will also receive an e-mail reminder to reset your password after Saturday.
 
Your CIITS password should contain a lowercase letter (a, b, c,); an uppercase letter (A, B, C,); and at least one number (1, 2, 3,). One way to create a strong password is by using a passphrase that is easy for you to remember, randomly capitalize various letters and turn some letters into numbers. As an example, take the phrase “CIITS Is Great” and change it to “CiitsIsGreat.” Next, turn some letters into numbers, such as “C11ts1sGr3at.” This is only an example; please do not use this as your password.
 
Student passwords will not be affected.
 
Update for Teachscape participants
Below is an update for Teachscape participants.
 
As a Teachscape participant, you were given access to the Teachscape Proficiency System for 12 months to complete the modules, practice videos and two assessments. At this point, many of you have had access much longer; however, beginning Friday, December 13, everyone with access granted on or before December 13, 2012, will no longer be able to work in the system.  (Please note:  You will keep your original observation certification if you have been classified as Proficient on the two assessments.)  If you received access after December 13, you will have access until your year has lapsed.
 
I have had several requests for continued access after the original 12 months have ended. The following options are available for an additional 12 months:
 
• *Calibration ($129):  Proficient users (participants who have scored proficient on the two assessments required for certification) will have access to three calibration windows. Two distinct videos are available during each window. There will be feedback upon the completion of scoring each video and consolidated feedback after each calibration window. 

• Calibration + additional practice videos ($149):  Same as above plus 5 practice videos that can be used for training with staff.

• Retest Option ($199):  This option is available for participants who did not attain Proficiency during the first 12 months of access. Training, practice videos, and the two required assessments are included.

*Calibration is the ongoing demonstration of Proficiency in teacher observations through the scoring of videos. During this process, the participant does not receive a score but constructive feedback.
 
If you wish to take advantage of any of these options, please contact Jennifer Peace, Teachscape Regional Sales Representative (Jennifer.peace@teachscape.com or 415.748.3621).  Jennifer is available to answer all questions and assist with access.
 
Healthy Nutrition Environment in Schools
Please see the attached jointly signed letter from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussing ways to ensure a healthy nutrition environment in schools. Please contact Sue Bartenfield in the Schools Branch of the Division of School and Community Nutrition, at sue.bartenfield@education.ky.gov, if you have any questions. Thank you.
 
Operation Preparation participation
Attached is a map of districts that have responded that they plan to participate in Operation Preparation 2014 during the month of March. During Operation Preparation, trained volunteer community advisors meet one-on-one with every 8th- and 10th-grade student in Kentucky. The student and advisor discuss the student’s career aspirations and whether the student is on target to meet his or her goals. Operation Preparation plays a big role in supporting the College and Career Readiness for All initiative.
 
Districts may still sign up by having the Operation Preparation contact person(s) fill out the following survey: http://education.ky.gov/educational/CCadv/op/Pages/default.aspx to indicate the school’s/district’s intent to participate.
 
Please visit the Operation Preparation webpage for a variety of helpful documents created to help schools implement Operation Preparation.
 
Kentucky Teacher - Cracking the coding challenge; Teacher of the Year column; Angry Birds 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 Dec. 16:
• Applying their mathematics, technology and thinking skills, some Fayette County students spent some time last week trying their hand at whole new language – computer coding. It was all part of an Hour of Coding event that aims to spark student interest in computer science and STEM careers. Read the story and don’t forget to check the websites and other resources in it that teachers can use to bring coding into their classrooms.
• Kentucky Teacher of the Year Holly Bloodworth writes about the many hats teachers wear – and how they all work together to ensure students are college and career ready.
• Who doesn’t like Angry Birds? How about life size version of Angry Birds playing in a school auditorium? Luckily, KDE photographer Amy Wallot was on hand recently to capture all the play action at Southern Elementary School in Fayette County. Be sure to check out images from the event in her Photo Blog this week.
 
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. Teachers are automatically subscribed with their school 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.
 
PLEASE NOTE:  Kentucky Teacher, will not publish the next two weeks due to the holidays.
But don’t worry Kentucky Teacher will be back in January and ready to keep our readers informed of what’s happening in Kentucky schools.
 
The Kentucky Teacher staff wishes everyone a relaxing holiday and happy new year in 2014.
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.
 
School Crisis Response training
The Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS) is offering several two-day trainings in School Crisis Response following the PREPaRE curriculum.
 
The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (PREPaRE) is a 13.5 hour training developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of the association's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention, intervention, response, and recovery. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school crisis prevention plans and emergency crisis response procedures. Specifically, it provides training for school personnel in crisis prevention, intervention and recovery procedures. The trainers of these particular workshops are NASP trained and approved and have been training this model over the last 3 years in Kentucky. 
 
This two-day training will be offered February 25-26, 2014 in two locations (Lexington and Owensboro). Administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and school safety coordinators are encouraged to attend one of the two-day sessions. General registration is $200. Space is limited. A discount registration fee is given to current or new KAPS members. Payments by check, online (credit card), and purchase orders are all accepted.
 
For more information, please click on the following link: http://kaps.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1492259.
 
KySTE seeking nominations for various technology awards
The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) is accepting nominations for the awards listed below. Nomination forms and details can be found on the KySTE website. See the dropdown menu under KySTE Outreach/Awards/Partners.
 
STLP Awards
The STLP Awards recognize and honor STLP seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in technology. KySTE is currently funding 4 scholarships for $1000 each. Annually, KySTE tries to find support from companies to add to the scholarship money. A total of four scholarships will always be guaranteed. KySTE offers its members an opportunity to nominate students for this award annually. The nomination process is open and closes February 1, 2014. Winners will be announced at the STLP State Championship and Annual Awards at the Lexington Convention Center (LCC) & Rupp Arena.
 
Making IT Happen
Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders in Kentucky for their commitment and innovation. The nomination process is open and closes January 17, 2014. The recipient will be presented with this award at the annual KySTE conference in March.....AND nominated for the ISTE award at the national level.
 
Outstanding Teacher
KySTE annually recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for contributions to the field of education technology. The Outstanding Teacher award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. The nomination process is open and closes January 17, 2014. The recipient will be presented with this award at the annual KySTE conference in March.....AND nominated for the ISTE award at the national level.
 
Outstanding Leader
KySTE annually recognizes an Outstanding Leader for contributions to the field of education technology. The Outstanding Leader award recognizes and honors one leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. The nomination process is open and closes January 17, 2014. The recipient will be presented with this award at the annual KySTE conference in March.....AND nominated for the ISTE award at the national level.
 
Outstanding Technology Staff Support
KySTE annually recognizes an Outstanding Technology Support Staff for contributions to the field of education technology. The Outstanding Technology Staff award recognizes and honors a technician or resource person who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in supporting technology to improve education. The nomination process is open and closes January 17, 2014. The recipient will be presented with this award at the annual KySTE conference in March.
 
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) winter operating schedule
From now until March 7, the KHS history campus – Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal – will be open to groups of 10 or more with an advance registration. The sites are closed to walk-in visitors during winter operations, except on Jan. 11 and Feb. 8.
 
Groups can call (502) 564-1792, ext. 4424 for advance reservations (seven days in advance is preferred).
 
All other KHS services will be available throughout the winter season, including the KHS History Mobile, Kentucky Junior Historical Society/National History Day program, oral history technical services, KHS Museums-to-Go exhibits, historical markers and work with local history organizations.
 
The KHS history campus will resume its regular public operating schedule on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
 
Learn more about KHS and its programs at www.history.ky.gov.
 
Effective strategies for paraeducators
The Kentucky Association of School Councils is sponsoring a special training session for Paraeducators. Their daily work with students is critical in a school’s goal of improving student achievement. Register now for this workshop which includes:
• Recognizing your strengths and identifying ways to be more effective in the classroom
• The importance of positive relationships for working with students
• Strategies for building positive relationships and improving student achievement
• Specific instructional strategies to use with students
• Collaboration and communication with teachers
 
Corbin: Jan. 28, 1 – 4 p.m. ET
Lexington: Jan. 30, 1 – 4 p.m. ET
Bowling Green: Jan. 14, 1– 4 p.m. CT
 
Register Now at this link!

Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Department of Education
Office 502-564-3141
Fax 502-564-5680
Email Terry.Holliday@education.ky.gov
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