January 13 2014

Published: 1/15/2014 2:20 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:
• New ILP training shows how the ILP supports college and career readiness for all – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
• CIITS password reset
• Next CIITS webcast is January 23
• Felicia Cumings Smith to Work for the National Institute for School Leadership (Attachment)
• School Improvement Grant (SIG) RFA Posted
• FY14 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Sustainability Grant RFAs Posted
 
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
 
New ILP training shows how the ILP supports college and career readiness for all – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
KDE and Career Cruising are offering new, improved and free Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) training during the months of January and February at various sites across the Commonwealth.
 
The ILP is designed to help 6th -12th graders with career and education exploration activities, set career and life goals, research scholarships, build resumes and much more. It is a powerful tool for helping students reach college- and career-readiness goals.
 
Classroom teachers are encouraged to attend the training to see how the ILP can support the learning that is occurring in their classrooms. Administrators, counselors and all other educators are encouraged to attend as well. This new and improved training will focus on the new face of the ILP, as well ideas on how the ILP can be incorporated throughout the school setting to help support Kentucky’s goal of College and Career Readiness for ALL. Please check the KDE website for ILP training dates and for information on how to register. For more information please contact Jennifer Smith Jennifer.smith@education.ky.gov or Amy Patterson amy.patterson@education.ky.gov.

CIITS password reset
There are still many users who have not reset passwords in the new year. Last week, Pearson Schoolnet sent out an e-mail notification to any user who had not successfully reset their password.
•         Note that the e-mail will be sent from “noreply@schoolnet.com”.
•         E-mail subject: Update your CIITS password.
•         Sample e-mail will include a link to change your password. Users must click on this link, within the e-mail, to reset and activate their new password.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maritta Horne at 502-564-2020, ext. 2478 or by e-mail at maritta.horne@education.ky.gov.

Next CIITS webcast is January 23
The next CIITS webcast will be Thursday, January 23 at 2 p.m. ET. The webcast will include an update on the new 15.3 release scheduled for early February, the Literacy Design Collaborative Model in CIITS, and more information for Teachers, Schools and Districts concerning the new CIITS Student Growth Percentile Reports. 

You can tune in and be part of the webcast by going to the following web sites:
            Video and audio: mms://video1.education.ky.gov/encoder3a
            Audio only: mms://video1.education.ky.gov/encoder34a
 
Felicia Cumings Smith to Work for the National Institute for School Leadership (Attachment)
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the attached letter of resignation from Associate Commissioner Felicia Cumings Smith. We are very proud that Felicia will be leading a national organization, the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL). This position is not only evidence of Felicia’s outstanding leadership but also a testament to the tremendous work she has done in Kentucky in implementing core academic standards and new models of teacher/principal effectiveness. While the loss of such an outstanding leader as Felicia will have an impact on KDE and implementation of reform efforts, we have many outstanding leaders in the department that will assume responsibilities until a permanent replacement can be named. Felicia will make the transition to NISL in early March.

School Improvement Grant (SIG) RFA Posted
School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs).  SEAs, in turn, make subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.
 
The Request for Applications can be found on the KDE Competitive Grants page.
 
The deadline for the submission of questions is 12:00 Noon (EST), January 30, 2014
 
The deadline for applications is 4:00 pm (EST), Thursday, February 27, 2014.

FY14 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Sustainability Grant RFAs Posted
Biomedical Sciences, Energy Technology, and Engineering Pipeline RFAs can be found on the KDE Competitive Grants page.
 
The deadline for the submission of questions is 12:00 Noon (EST), February 14, 2014
 
The deadline for applications is 4:00 pm (EST), Thursday, March 6, 2014.
 
Kentucky Teacher - Robotic learning, Commissioner’s 2014 video message
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 Jan. 13:
• Read about how students at Bullitt Lick Middle School received some valuable hands-on experience in robotics thanks to a new, high tech friend with some mean dance moves and a knack for reinforcing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.
• Education Commissioner Terry Holliday shares a video message to teachers and educators as they roll up their sleeves and get to work in 2014.
 
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.
 
Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) accepting applications
The deadline is January 31 for Kentucky high school students in grades 9-11 to apply for the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE). During this three-week residential summer program, creative students, working in teams, will learn how to take an idea, turn it into a product or service, and develop a business around it.
 
GSE will take place June 22-July 12 on the campus of Georgetown College. There is no cost to attend. Students can apply as an individual or as a team of two or more.  To apply, students will need:

• a two minute video about their idea or desire to participate
• a completed application form
• two recommendations sent on their behalf

Visit the GSE website for more information.

Shop & Share Day volunteers needed
Organizers are looking for volunteers (including high school students) for Shop & Share Day, a one-day goods drive, sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, to benefit domestic violence shelters across the Commonwealth.
 
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, February. 1, at all Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores, volunteers will provide shoppers a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned foods, school supplies, toilet paper and soap.  Kentuckians can shop for goods that victims need and directly donate those items at the stores. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
 
To sign up to be a volunteer at your local Kroger, Food City or Super Dollar Discount Food store, please click here. To make a direct monetary donation, please download and print this form.
Volunteering or donating to Shop & Share is a simple way to help these shelters make a difference in victims’ lives. 

Rogers Scholars program accepting applications
The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications from high school sophomore students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the 2014 summer session of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.
 
Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer program (June 22-27 or July 6-11) that provides leadership and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students within the Center’s 45-county primary service area. The program emphasizes the development of technological skills and builds in participants a sense of leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky.
 
Rogers Scholars is at no cost to participants. Students are selected through a competitive screening process to attend one of two summer leadership sessions of the Rogers Scholars program.
 
Applicants may download a copy of the 2014 Rogers Scholars application form from www.centeryouthprograms.com. Completed application forms and supporting materials must be submitted to the Center by January 31.
 
For more information on the application process or the Rogers Scholars program, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or e-mail youth@centertech.com.

School Board Recognition Month resources
January is School Board Recognition Month.  The Kentucky School Boards Association is providing a group of sample communications / recognition items including a sample proclamation, news release, letter to the editor and certificates of appreciation. These resources may be accessed online at http://www.ksba.org/2014SchoolBoardRecognitionMonth.aspx.
 
National Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to test your school facilities for radon. Radon -- a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas—is one of the most hazardous indoor pollutants and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Without proper mitigation, radon can enter school facilities from the soil through cracks and openings in building foundations. The only way to determine if your school building has elevated radon levels is to test.
 
Several resources are available to assess radon risk as part of a comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Management program.
 
Learn more about radon testing and mitigation in your school district by visiting EPA's radon home page, (see the section on managing radon in schools) or contact the state radon office for local information about radon, and for state-specific recommendations for testing and mitigation.

Mini-grants to increase girls' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, a statewide initiative to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), is currently offering mini-grants of up to $1,000. Teachers, community groups and other organizations committed to collaborating, informing and motivating girls are encouraged to apply. Our grants are funded in collaboration with the Kentucky National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Kentucky Space Grant Consortium (NASA KY).  Priority will also be given to programs reaching out to underrepresented girls in STEM, such as girls with disabilities and girls from diverse populations.
 
Applications for the grants are being accepted until January 30 and are available at:  http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grants.  For more information see the website for the National Girls Collaborative Project: http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grants.  

KySTE awards and conference
Nominations close on January 17 for a number of school technology awards offered through the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE). 
 
February 1 is the deadline to nominate students for STLP Awards which recognize and honor high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in technology through STLP. KySTE is funding four $1,000 scholarships. 
 
Registration is now open for the KySTE conference, March 5-7. Nearly 2,000 information technology leaders, technicians, tech resource/integration specialists, classroom teachers, administrators/district leaders, library media specialists, vendors/exhibitors, and other education professionals will gather at the largest education technology conference in the south central US.
This year’s conference theme is “Redefining Horizons: Moving Learning Forward.”

For more information on KySTE 2014, visit the resource page hosted by conference management partner Total Meeting Concepts or check the KySTE 2014 information page. Early bird registration pricing expires January 31, 2014.