February 18 2013

Published: 11/20/2013 8:51 AM
As part of our effort to streamline communications and cut down on the number of e-mails you receive, this Monday E-Mail combines several items into one communication.
 
• Special KBE Meeting on Monticello Independent
• Alternative high school diploma
• TELL Pre-survey webinars available
• End-of-Course Standards in CIITS
• Kentucky Teacher - Learning from energy efficiency; real world science and 21st century skills

If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.

Also, remember to review the items from the Outside Agencies section.

Items from KDE

Special KBE meeting on Monticello Independent
A special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. ET in the State Board Room, first floor Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort to consider a recommendation to place the Monticello Independent school district under state management. The time had originally been scheduled for a hearing to appeal the recommendation but the district has since waived its right to a hearing. The district has been under state assistance since December.
The board meeting will be webcast; information on how to access the webcast will be available on the Kentucky Department of Education’s homepage the day of the meeting.

Visit http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4388&AgencyTypeID=1 to access the agenda and supporting materials online.

Alternative high school diploma
As a reminder, HB 43 passed by the 2012 legislature resulted in an update to 704 KAR 3:305, Minimum requirements for high school graduation. The change took effect in January and states beginning with the graduating class of 2013, if the severity of an exceptional student’s disability precludes a course of study that meets the high school graduation requirements leading to receipt of a high school diploma, an alternative course of study shall be offered based upon student needs and the provisions specified in 704 KAR 3:303. A student who completes this course of study shall receive an alternative high school diploma to be awarded by the local board of education consistent with the graduation practices for all students.
 
An additional provision of this regulation allows a local board of education to establish policies to award an alternative high school diploma to a former student who has received a certificate or certificate of attainment. Without a diploma, it is often difficult for these graduates to get a job or continue with their education. We wanted you to be aware of this new provision in the event you receive any inquiries.

TELL Pre-survey webinars available
A series of interactive, pre-survey webinars will be available Feb. 19, 20, and 21 from 3:30-4:30 EST for superintendents, principals, and teachers to learn details about this year's TELL survey process and ask questions. Please register at http://www.doodle.com/dmtsw2gv7nu3nfuh  or visit www.tellkentucky.org and click on "Pre Survey Webinars". Registration will be limited to the first 99 participants for each session.
 
Kentucky had an 80 percent response rate in 2011—let’s make this year 100 percent.

End-of-Course Standards in CIITS
ACT QualityCore Course standards for English II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History are now available in CIITS. These standards can be used when creating assessment items and/or instructional materials. To locate these standards, select “ACT QualityCore Course Standards.”
 
Plans call for the ACT Quality Core items to be available in CIITS sometime in April.
 
Kentucky Teacher: Learning from energy efficiency; real world science and 21st century skills
Kentucky Teacher, the Kentucky Department of Education’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 this week:

• Rosa Parks Elementary School in Fayette County has been collecting some impressive ribbons lately. Learn about how the K-5 school’s energy-efficiency efforts are helping them raise student achievement, especially in science.
• Finding ways to reduce zinc levels in a water collection ditch at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant sounds like a job for engineers and scientists. But, for some McCracken County middle schoolers it’s school work thanks to partnership with the Department of Energy and several other organizations. Read about how the partnership is exposing students to hands-on problem solving and enhancing their critical thinking skills.
 
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.
 
Innovation Program on KET
The next Education Matters, “Innovations In Student-Directed Learning,” explores how Kentucky schools are using innovative strategies to put technology into the hands of students, give students more control over their education, and encourage teachers to become learners themselves. The program, hosted by Bill Goodman, airs Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on KET.
 
The program visits Eminence Independent Schools in Henry County, where an ambitious district-wide program is underway to “reinvent” education and empower students to take charge. Also featured are Danville High School and Bate Middle School in Boyle County, where students are engaged in project-based learning with real-world applications and choices.
 
Scheduled panelists for the program include:

• David Cook, director, Innovation and Partner Engagement, Kentucky Department of Education
• Buddy Berry, superintendent, Eminence Independent Schools
• Thom Coffee, instructional supervisor, Eminence Independent Schools
• Carmen Coleman, superintendent, Danville Independent Schools
• Amy Galloway, principal, Bate Middle School, Danville Independent Schools
• Danny Goodwin, science teacher, Danville High School
• John Nash, associate professor, College of Education, University of Kentucky
 
More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at ket.org.

National Center for Innovation in Education
The National Center for Innovation in Education is being established at the University of Kentucky College of Education with funding from two of the country's leading foundations -- the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The center, announced at a Feb. 8 news conference, will be directed by Gene Wilhoit, a former Kentucky Department of Education commissioner who is a highly regarded figure in national education circles. Wilhoit most recently spent six years as director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Washington D.C.
 
To read more about the center, or to see video from the news conference go to:
http://uknow.uky.edu/content/foundations-fund-national-education-reform-program-uk

Evidenced-Based School Counseling Conference
There is still time to sign up for a conference specifically designed to help assess the impact of school-based interventions. The national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference will be held March 18 and 19 at the METS Center in northern Kentucky. Participants will learn how to:

• evaluate efficacy of interventions related to closing the achievement, opportunity and attainment gaps
• write grants as part of initiatives directed towards program improvement
• identify and apply instruments for measuring school outcomes, individuals, and programs
• use achievement and achievement-related data to demonstrate efficacy of school programs
• share evaluation models and examples
 
The information presented should prove useful to school counselors, administrators, and district assessment coordinators. Group rates are still available if you register with five or more other educators. Participants may attend one or both days of the conference.

Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society Scholarships (Attachment)
Every year, Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) awards $1,000 one-time scholarships to high school graduating seniors who will be joining a college for postsecondary education. BIACS has been awarding these scholarships since 1986. This year, BIACS anticipates awarding at least twelve (12) scholarships.  Of these, three (3) are merit-based, eight (8) are merit plus need-based and one (1) is for a graduate student pursing a degree at the University of Kentucky.

The scholarships will be awarded at the BIACS Annual Scholarship Banquet, which will be held on Sunday May 5, 2013, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY 40511. The awardees and two guests (parents/guardians) will be invited to attend the banquet. Attendance at the banquet by the awardees is a requirement for receiving the award.
  
Attached is an application package. Please forward this package to all of your high school counselors and request them to encourage their students to apply for these prestigious scholarships. These scholarships are open to any graduating high school student. Complete information is available in the package. The application material with instructions can be downloaded from the scholarship link on our website www.biacs.org.

Young Women Leadership Conference Sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing
“Young Women Lead” is a FREE all-day conference focusing on Leadership, Education and Development.  The purpose of the conference is to empower high school girls to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential.
 
The conference will be held on March 12, 2013, at the University of Kentucky.
 
For more information about this conference, please visit the website at http://www.youngwomenlead.com/lexington/