January 21, 2014

Published: 1/23/2014 2:35 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 on Tuesday that combines several items into one communication.

Please read the Monday E-mail on Tuesday as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• Minority Superintendent Program Deadline
• Art and Essay Contest Celebrates Governor’s Mansion Centennial
• Resources/information on the new USED guidance on discipline
• Kentucky Teacher – National Board partnership, teacher advocacy, Photo Blog

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
 
Minority Superintendent Program Deadline
The deadline is approaching to apply for Kentucky’s 2014 Minority Superintendent Internship Program (MSIP). The Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Next-Generation Professionals Diversification and Equity Branch will be accepting MSIP applications until 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30. The deadline has been extended for submitting the three recommendation forms (superintendent; immediate supervisor and colleague) and the three letters of reference (one of which must be submitted by the candidate’s superintendent); they are now due by 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24.  The MSIP application portfolio packet is available online. 
 
Art and Essay Contest Celebrates Governor’s Mansion Centennial
Kentucky public, private and home school students are invited to submit original artwork and/or essays in the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee and the Kentucky Department of Education.  The contest is part of a yearlong series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the current Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, also known as the “People’s House.”
The visual art contest is open to students in grades K-12. Students may use any medium to create a two- or three-dimensional artwork that reflects one of the visual art contest’s themes. First, second and third place winners will be named for students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  Students must submit digital images of their work for judging.
 
The essay contest is open to students in grades 4-12 who must choose one of three writing prompts for the theme of their essay.  First, second and third place winners will be selected at the following award levels:  grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. 
 
First place winners in each age group will receive a $100 prize, join the First Lady for lunch at the mansion and have their work publicly displayed at the mansion.  Prize-winning student art work and essays will become sole property of the mansion as part of the mansion’s permanent collection. 
 
Complete contest information, rules, judging criteria and an official entry form are available here and online at http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/contest/.  Only electronic entries submitted via e-mail will be accepted.  The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 14.  Questions may be directed to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov or rebecca.blessing@education.ky.gov.

Resources/information on the new USED guidance on discipline
Below are a couple of items that may be useful to you and your staff regarding the new guidance on discipline recently released by the U.S. Department of Education (USED):
 
• Upcoming webinar from the USED Civil Rights Division on the new guidance on discipline that was recently released. The webinar is scheduled for January 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.  ET. To register, go to: http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/node/396/0/register.
 
• American Federation of Teachers statement on the USED’s school discipline policy:  http://www.aft.org/pdfs/promise/RTP_discipline_statement.pdf.
 
Kentucky Teacher - National Board partnership, teacher advocacy, Photo Blog
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. 20:
• Learn how the Floyd County school district – in partnership with the Kentucky Education Association – is looking to bolster its number of National Board Certified teachers.

• Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Melanie Trowel urges teachers to share their experiences and raise their voices during the 2014 legislative session.
 
• Murray Elementary School (Murray Independent) students recently welcomed some special guests to their school. Check out the pictures in the latest Photo Blog.
 
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
Professional learning opportunities
PIMSER, at the University of Kentucky--College of Education, is offering two workshops in March. The first is a Professional Developers Institute on March 6-7.  The focus is on supporting implementation of the CCSS-mathematics content and mathematical practice. Participants will learn how to use the book Using Elementary and Middle School Mathematics -- Professional Development Edition directly from one of the authors. Cost is $300 for the 2-day session and includes purchase of the book, or $175 if participants already have a copy.  Complete details can be found online at www.rsvpbook.com/pdinstitute.

The second workshop, on March 11, focuses on outstanding formative assessment. This training will introduce new examples of the elements of formative assessment (learning culture, planning, learning objectives, success criteria, talk and questioning, and feedback). Participants will learn practical strategies for incorporating the elements of formative assessment in the classroom, using clips of Seamus Gibbons, an exceptional inner London teacher, to illustrate what the strategies look like in practice. The training will also highlight successful staff development strategies.  Cost is $125 for the 1-day session. Complete details are available here: www.rsvpbook.com/formassessoneday.

KASC Training
The Kentucky Association of School Councils is offering three different workshops at various locations across the state over the next few weeks.
 
Effective Program Review -- In this session for school personnel, participants will be guided through an effective program review process using our KASC Program Review Kit.
 
Strategic Approaches to Success -- This session focuses on four specific strategic approaches to state testing and student learning that can be implemented immediately to ensure student achievement.  Taken from KASC’s Advanced Assessment and Accountability workshop, this 3-hour workshop includes a more detailed investigation into the strategic approaches including:
• Teaching to the rigor of the standards
• Vocabulary
• Testing blueprint
• Teaching students how to learn
 
Effective Strategies for Paraeducators -- This workshop for paraeducators includes:
• Recognizing strengths and identifying ways to be more effective in the classroom
• The importance of positive relationships for working with students
• Strategies for building positive relationships and improving student achievement
• Specific instructional strategies to use with students
• Collaboration and communication with teachers
 
CORBIN:
• Effective Program Review, Monday, Jan. 27, 8:30-11:30 a.m.  ET
• Strategic Approaches to Success, Monday, Jan. 27, 1-4 p.m. ET
• Effective Strategies for Paraeducators, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m. ET

LEXINGTON:
• Effective Program Review, Friday Jan. 31, 8:30-11:30 a.m. ET
• Strategic Approaches to Success, Friday Jan. 31, 1-p.m.  ET
• Effective Strategies for Paraeducators, Thursday, Jan. 30, 1-4 p.m. ET
 
KSP Missing Children Poster Contest
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is calling all fifth grade students to compete in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC.  KSP will select one nominee from Kentucky to participate in the national level competition.
 
Using the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home,” the contest highlights America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely. It provides teachers and parents with tools to educate children about safety and the prevention of child abductions.
 
The deadline for entries is February 18. A judging panel will choose a state winner and their entry will be forwarded to DOJ where the national winner will be selected.
 
KSP contest guidelines and information are available at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/2014/bring_our_missing.htm. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Branch at 502-782-1780.

KET Legislative Coverage App
KET is launching new services that provide greater access to its expansive coverage of the Kentucky General Assembly.
 
iPhone and iPad users can watch live video of the General Assembly with the new KET - Kentucky Legislative Coverage App. It’s free and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store (http://bit.ly/1cPxMuo). 
 
KET.org/legislature, with a sleek new design, provides live and archived legislative video, and includes expanded access to all of KET’s public affairs coverage, so you can quickly watch the latest Kentucky Tonight, Legislative Update, or Comment on Kentucky.

Agriculture Department’s poster and essay contests
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual poster and essay contest is now open and this year a category for digital submissions is being added.  The theme of this year’s contest is “Kentucky Farmers — Our American Heroes.”
 
The contests are open to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Statewide winners will be selected in each grade.  Each winner will receive $100 and will be recognized at the Kentucky Agriculture Day Celebration in April.

Students may submit either a poster, essay, or digital submission based on the contest theme. All artwork, photos, and writing must be exclusively student created. Essays, posters, and digital submissions will be featured in department publications and special events, including the 2014 Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville.

Entries must be submitted to the KDA and postmarked by March 7. Winners will be notified by March 17.

For more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, go to www.kyagr.com/marketing/poster-essay-contest.html or contact Elizabeth McNulty at (502) 564-4983 or elizabeth.mcnulty@ky.gov.

High Performance Sustainable Schools Workshop
The Kentucky NEED Project (National Energy Education Development) and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence are hosting a workshop for superintendents, finance officers and facilities directors whose District Facilities Plan calls for building renovation or new construction.  Agenda and registration information can be found at www.regonline.com/hpss2014. The workshop will be held March 12-13 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.
 
At the workshop school administrators will:
• Learn how districts are minimizing capital outlay for facilities projects.
• Tour a renovation project that led to a 99 ENERGY STAR score in a 56-year-old school building. 
• Tour a new building project, the first high school in Kentucky to qualify for ‘Designed to Earn the Energy Star’ and already exceeding performance expectations.
• Dialog with other administrators and design professionals.
• Meet with exhibitors presenting technologies that support sustainable operations.
• Hear how school districts incorporate building projects into STEM curriculum.
 
EILA credit is available. KSBA attendance can be locally-approved for school board training credit.  For more information contact Pam Proctor, pproctor@need.org.

Engineering Expo for Students
The J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville (U of L) is hosting Engineering Exposition (E-Expo) on March 1. E-Expo is a day-long event held every year to showcase the exciting opportunities at U of L as well as engage younger students into the joys of engineering. Throughout the day, there will be multiple competitions, hands-on activities, lab tours, and a special keynote speaker.  The main goal is to unite students, industry, and the community by inspiring innovation and ingenuity in the minds of future generations.
 
This event is open to all ages, with competitions for elementary, middle, and high school students. More information on E-Expo, such as the schedule, registration, competitions, etc., can be found at engineering-expo.com.  For questions, contact Cynthia Smith at the University of Louisville, vp@speedcouncil.org or (270) 945-7525.

Congressional research grants available
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.   
 
The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress.
 
Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for consideration, what a Congressional Research Grant could pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRGs.htm.

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week – May 4-10, 2014
The American Society of Safety Engineers is sponsoring an International Arts Contest for children K through 12. The contest is designed to promote the importance of workplace safety to children and families as part of ASSE’s North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week celebration. The rules and details for this NAOSH Week event are attached.

NAOSH Contest Rules
NAOSH Contest Entry Form
NAOSH Group Entry Form
NAOSH Video Rules
NAOSH Video Entry Form
 
The contest for grades K-8 is a poster contest. High school students are eligible for our video contest. All contest winners will all receive a cash prize presented at a NAOSH Week kickoff event at NASA headquarters in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
 
For more information, please contact Trinity Stachura, ASSE Public Relations Assistant at 847-768-3441 or at tstachura@asse.org. Updated developments and announcement of winners will be available at www.asse.org, Facebook and Twitter. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 28, 2014
 
2014 Clean Tech Competition
Please go to www.cleantechcompetition.org for information about the 2014 Clean Tech Competition.  Early bird registration is February 7, 2014.  Registration closes March 7, 2014.  There is no registration fee.  For more information, please contact a Clean Tech Competition administrator at cleantech@cstl.org or via telephone at (516) 764-0045.