December 9 2013

Published: 12/10/2013 2:50 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:
• Superintendent conference PowerPoint now available (Attachment)
• Districts may still sign up for Operation Preparation 2014
• Read to Achieve - Request for Application (RFA)
• Kentucky Teacher – PGES Update, Thoughts from Kentucky’s middle school Teacher of the Year
 
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
 
Superintendent conference PowerPoint now available (Attachment)
This weekend I presented a PowerPoint on recent Kentucky education funding and our proposed budget to the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. It also included information on the Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust Fund settlement and our flexibility relative to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Several superintendents asked for a copy of the presentation to share in their districts and communities. The presentation is attached or you can find a copy here.
 
Districts may still sign up for Operation Preparation 2014
December 6th was the due date for districts to respond to let KDE know their intent to participate in Operation Preparation 2014 during the month of March. If your district has not done so, please have the Operation Preparation contact person(s) fill out the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OPPOC2014 to indicate the school’s/district’s intent to participate. Even if your district does not plan on participating, we’d like to know that too, although I hope that is not the case.
 
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.
 
Please visit the Operation Preparation webpage for a variety of helpful documents such as: a Planning and Support Toolkit, a Toolkit for Students with Unique Needs, an Advisor Recruitment Toolkit, a Communication and Promotion Toolkit and various other resources created to help schools implement Operation Preparation.
 
Read to Achieve - Request for Application (RFA)
The Office of Next Generation Learners is issuing a RFA for the “Kentucky Read to Achieve: Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant.” This program is established in KRS 158.792, under the intent that elementary schools provide diagnostic reading assessments and intervention services for those students who need them in order to learn to read at the proficient level. This grant provides funding for local schools to offer intervention services for struggling readers in the primary program (K-3).
 
Kentucky Teacher - PGES Update, Thoughts from Kentucky’s middle school Teacher of the Year
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. 9:
• The 2014 General Assembly and school funding was certainly a focus of the Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Terry Holliday this week. But, the meeting also provided an update on the proposed Professional Growth and Effectiveness System. Read about the system’s summative model and how its various measures will be used to determine an overall performance category of exemplary, accomplished, developing or ineffective and a rating of professional growth – low, expected or high.
• Don’t forget to check out Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Melanie Trowel’s debut column in which she shares her passion and commitment to helping prepare “students of promise” for college and career.
 
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.

Applications now being accepted for the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
Please let your students know that the Application portal for the 2014 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs is now open on our website at gse.kstc.com.
 
Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014. No applications will be accepted after that date. If you or your students have questions that are not answered on the website, please send an e-mail to us at gse@kstc.com.

Eco-Art Contest nominations sought
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2013–14 Eco-Art Contest. The contest provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment.
 
Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using the media types of drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner for each submitted art type within each category.
 
Contest nominations are being accepted until close of business Feb. 28, 2014. All nominations must be sent via e-mail only to envhelp@ky.gov. A digital picture of each artwork nomination must accompany each form submitted. Eligible students include all students enrolled in Kentucky public and private high schools for the 2013–14 academic year. Winners will be notified in March, and winning entries will be displayed in the DEP Training Center at 300 Fair Oaks Lane.
 
For more information about the Eco-Art Contest and to access a nomination form, visit http://dca.ky.gov/LGGS/Pages/ecoart.aspx or call the Division of Compliance Assistance toll-free at (800) 926-8111.