December 2 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 11:04 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:
• Operation Preparation—March 2014 – ACTION REQUESTED
• PGES Webcasts
• Kentucky Teacher – Superintendent effectiveness system, Preparing “students of promise”, Funding impact
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
Operation Preparation—March 2014 –ACTION REQUESTED
It is time for Kentucky’s middle and high schools to start preparing for Operation Preparation 2014. During the month of March, Kentucky will participate in the 3rd annual Operation Preparation. During Operation Preparation, the community comes together to provide one-on-one advising opportunities for all 8th and 10th graders. A trained community volunteer will discuss with the student the student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and EXPLORE or PLAN results. The volunteer advisor and the student will also discuss the student’s career aspirations, required education/training, whether the student is on target to meet his or her goals and whether the student is taking the required courses to prepare him or her for the future. This session will last approximately 20 minutes.
Advising is a key strategy in reaching the goal that all districts have set of increasing their students’ college- and career-readiness rates by 50 percent by 2015.  In 2013, 114 districts participated in Operation Preparation; we hope that all of Kentucky’s 8th- and 10th-grade students will have the opportunity to participate in 2014.
Each district is asked to complete the following survey: by December 6 to confirm its intent to participate in Operation Preparation 2014.

PGES Webcasts
The next PGES webcast is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. EST. This webcast will provide a pilot implementation review as well as focus on the new Educator Development Suite features and functionality to be available in late January. Frequently asked questions from the field also will be addressed during the webcast. The live webcast may be viewed via mms://
The November webcast focused on building capacity to scale the PGES work and ensuring all educators are prepared for full implementation in 2014-15. This webcast and all archived KDE webcasts can be found on the KDE Media Portal.
Kentucky Teacher - Superintendent effectiveness system, Preparing “students of promise”, Funding impact
In this week’s edition of Kentucky Teacher, the Kentucky Department of Education’s award-winning online publication:
• A new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) will not only help teachers and principals improve their practice and boost student outcomes but also will help superintendents become more effective leaders. Find out how the superintendent PGES is being developed, what it entails and why it is so important to overall school and district improvement.
• In her debut column, Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Melanie Trowel shares her passion and commitment to helping prepare “students of promise” for college and career.
• And, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday focuses on the impact decreased funding is having on Kentucky students and their education.
You’ll also find education news, helpful resources and more.
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.
SOAR Summit to be Broadcast, Streamed Live
High school students and teachers from across Kentucky are invited to participate in the upcoming “SOAR: Shaping our Appalachian Region” Summit on Monday, December 9. Several media outlets will broadcast or stream the summit live. The SOAR Summit, spearheaded by Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, will focus on plans and strategies for Kentucky’s southern and eastern regions. The full day’s agenda/schedule can be found here:
Live coverage of the SOAR Summit will air on KET and at, as well as on WYMT and Live coverage will include the early morning session from 9 a.m. until noon EST, and discussions from the main auditorium throughout the day, including the legislative panel session from 4-5 p.m. EST. PIKE-TV will live-stream most of the day’s events at The summit will also be recorded for later broadcast on PIKE-TV.
On Monday evening, KET will present a one-hour program with highlights from the Summit, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on KET and at The program will include excerpts from the SOAR Summit and a discussion with Gov. Beshear and Rep. Rogers.
Schools are encouraged to incorporate the SOAR Summit into lesson plans on Dec. 9 and view the live broadcasts to enhance classroom discussions.
Kentuckians watching SOAR coverage are encouraged to participate through social media: “Like” the official SOAR Facebook page at and follow SOAR on Twitter @SOAR_EKY, using the hashtags #SOAR and #SOARSummit.

Nearly 1,500 people have now registered for the event, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
Deadline for essay and slogan contests extended
In response to requests from around Kentucky, the Secretary of State’s office has extended by two weeks the deadline for its annual essay and slogan contests. The contests are an effort to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections. Entries for both programs must be either postmarked by December 16, 2013, or electronically submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) on that date.
To submit electronic entries and for more information, including rules, judging criteria and the essay prompt, visit
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will announce the winners—who will receive monetary awards—no later than the end of March 2014.

High School Video Competition
Each year the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Television Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (OVNATAS) hosts a high school video competition. The competition is an opportunity for students to be acknowledged for their hard work by the most recognizable name in television craftsmanship – the same group that awards the prestigious Emmy awards.
Because not all Kentucky high schools are within the Ohio Valley chapter’s region, by entering your school’s zip code on this page you can determine which regional competition your students qualify to enter.  From there you also can learn more about the numerous categories and the submission process.
Each school designates an instructor who enters on behalf of the students. Each entry is only $25 but can include as many students as you wish.
Please contact Jim Timmerman, President, Ohio Valley-NATAS, at with any questions you might have about the competition.
American Mathematics Competition
The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a national mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The competition exam will be offered on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Standard registration for the February 4, 2014 exam closes on January 10, 2014. Schools may still register after this date, but there is an additional fee.
Please visit the AMC website for more information.
Contact Russell Brown, or (859) 257 3951, with any questions or for information about a student practice session for the AMC.
Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Department of Education
Office 502-564-3141
Fax 502-564-5680
Twitter @kycommissioner