February 3, 2014

Published: 2/4/2014 2:52 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:
• Kentucky Teacher – Engaging students through podcasts; Paying for dual credit; Snow day!
 
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
 
Kentucky Teacher - Engaging students through podcasts; Paying for dual credit; Snow day!
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 Feb. 3:
• Who knew going for a walk could be so educational? Learn how some Kentucky teachers are using podcasts to engage their students in English/language arts, science and social studies.
• Commissioner Holliday will present a discussion of dual credit.
• Snow Day! With schools closed for snow and freezing weather, KDE photographer Amy Wallot took to the hills recently to capture some of the upside of being out of class.
 
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 kentuckyteacher@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.
 
Kentucky Reading Project Applications accepted
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Kentucky Reading Project (KRP). The deadline for submission is February 28.
 
KRP is a yearlong graduate-level course focused on research-based literacy instruction. KRP offers an excellent opportunity to learn about topics such as:
• Senate Bill 1
• Kentucky Core Academic Standards
• College and Career Readiness
• Formative Assessments
Faculty members at each of the eight state universities provide instruction at various sites across the state.
 
Teachers in grades K-5 may participate in KRP and will receive a stipend, professional resources, and graduate credit (if desired) upon completion of the course in May 2015. The National Center for Families Learning, www.familieslearning.org, provides one day of training at each site. Participation in KRP involves no cost to the teacher, school, or district.
 
This initiative is sponsored by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD). Since the inception of the program in 1999, KRP has trained more than 3,100 teachers throughout the state. Click here: www.kentuckyliteracy.org for the 2014-15 KRP application. You may also contact the KRP Director, Cary Pappas, at cary.pappas@uky.edu or (859) 257-6118 for questions or additional information.

KCEE outstanding economic educator award
KCEE will select a classroom educator (grades 4 -12) who has particularly advanced his/her students’ understanding of economics and participates in the Stock Market Game program for spring 2014. Considerations for this award include leadership, creativity, and evidence of student comprehension. We encourage you to nominate a 4-12 grade teacher who you believe is outstanding in these areas. Self-nominations are encouraged. Visit www.econ.org/oee for a nomination form and guidelines for entry.

STLP awards nomination deadline extended
The deadline has been extended for Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) members to nominate students for the Student Technology Leadership (STLP) Awards.  The awards recognize and honor STLP seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in technology. KySTE is currently funding four scholarships for $1,000 each. The nomination process closes February 14, 2014. Winners will be announced at the STLP State Championship and Annual Awards at the Lexington Convention Center (LCC) and Rupp Arena.
 
For more information, go to www.kyste.org and click on the awards link!

KHEAA website now available in Spanish
Portions of the state agency website that promotes college access are now available in Spanish. The Spanish version of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) website, www.kheaa.com, recently went live. The sections provide information to students, families, adult learners and military personnel.
 
The number of Latinos enrolled in public school increased 63 percent from 2006 to 2011. According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, only 17 percent of Latinos in Kentucky have an associate degree or higher.
 
Funding for the project came from a grant that the Lumina Foundation had awarded to Bluegrass Community and Technical College to create a statewide effort named the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (K’LEA). To access the Spanish version, go to www.kheaa.com and select “Español” at the top. KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) and other state student aid programs.

Model United Nations (Attachment)
The first annual Eastern Kentucky University Model United Nations (EKUMUN) High School Security Council and Crisis Committee Simulation will be held April 25-26 on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. An invitation is attached.
 
The simulation will consist of several model Security Councils and two Crisis Committees. Each Security Council is made up of 15 countries or delegations. Each country/delegation will consist of two students partnered to represent their Security Council nation. The crisis committees will be composed of individual delegates who are assigned a specific person or character to represent. Crisis committees are unique and require a tremendous amount of preparation and very quick and “outside” the box thinking.

Forward in the Fifth Seeks 2014 AppLE nominees
Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization that helps to raise educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking nominations for the Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Awards. Now in its third year, the AppLE Awards recognize leaders in education, including local parent and student groups, who have made significant contributions to promote and support education in Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service region.
 
Forward in the Fifth will be accepting nominations for the 2014 AppLE Awards through February 28, 2014. Individuals or groups may self-nominate. Categories for nominations include:
• Educator (early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education)
• Community/Business Leader
• Parent or Parent Group
• Student or Student Group
 
Nominees’ efforts must occur within Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service area, which includes: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Rowan, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.
 
Additional information, including former AppLE Award winners, eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and a flyer can be accessed at http://fif.org/awards/ (the forms are accessible under the Awards tab) or by contacting Forward in the Fifth at (606) 677-6000 or fif@centertech.com. All nominations should be completed and submitted online at www.fif.org no later than February 28, 2014. Submissions by mail, telephone or fax will not be accepted.