January 7 2013

Published: 2/11/2015 2:56 PM
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.
Please read the Monday E-mail as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• New data available in CIITS – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS
• Sending CIITS Express Test Results to Gradebook (Attachment) – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS
• Science Standards final draft released Jan. 8
• PGES Winter Summit Reminder
• Innovative Alternative Calendars (2013-14)
• Migrant Education Summer Programming Initiative RFA
• This week in Kentucky Teacher
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Also, remember to review the Items from Outside Agencies section.

Items from KDE
K-PREP, Alternate-K-PREP, College/Career-Readiness, and End-of-Course results are now available in the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS). Data can be viewed by searching with a student ID or through the teacher class roster. School and district leadership may run pre-formatted reports for all of these test views under the 2011-12 school year.

Sending CIITS Express Test Results to Gradebook (Attachment) – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS
Teachers may now send results from CIITS Express Tests to their Gradebook in Infinite Campus. However, this option must be selected when a test is created. When creating an Express Test in CIITS, choose the new test category, Send Test to Gradebook. A file will be created in CIITS and automatically shared with Infinite Campus to load to the teacher’s Gradebook for that student’s course/section once the assessment is administered. For more information, please review the attached training document.

Science Standards final draft released Jan. 8
The final draft of the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. ET. The NGSS are available at http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards. The public comment period continues until January 28.
Since the May 2012 draft release, the lead states (including Kentucky) and the writers evaluated the tens of thousands of comments collected during the May 2012 review period and worked on revising the standards. A feedback report will be available along with the second public draft that explains how feedback was handled and why. The NGSS will be completed in March of 2013 after which time the Kentucky Board of Education will consider adoption to meet the requirements for new standards set forth in Senate Bill 1 (2009).

PGES Winter Summit Reminder
Registration is open for the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Regional Winter Summits. Dates and open locations are available on the Winter Summit Registration website. Each summit will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time. Registration is open until January 18th.
In preparation for the statewide field test in the 2013-14 school year, instructional leaders from all 174 districts will gather to learn more about the PGES and deepen their knowledge about the system. Districts should plan to send up to six representatives to participate in one of the summits. Please consider a team including a teacher, principal, central office staff member and the superintendent. The decision concerning the team make-up is, of course, a district decision. Register each person attending by clicking here: http://cms.education.ky.gov/formserv/?id=Winter_Summit.

Innovative Alternative Calendars (2013-14)
Many of you have had questions regarding establishing innovative alternative calendars for the 2013-14 school year.  702 KAR 7:140(2) requires every local school district to submit its calendar for approval by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) by June 30, 2013.
However, if a district is submitting an innovative alternative calendar (i.e., a district calendar containing less than 170 six-hour instructional days), then KDE strongly recommends that this proposed calendar be submitted to KDE by April 30, 2013. This will help avoid any delay in approval of the calendar and ensure adequate time for revision, should the calendar not be approved.  Your request should:
1. Be signed by the superintendent and local board of education chairperson;
2. Contain a specific explanation of the reason for the request; and
3. Provide the information requested on the Innovative Alternative Calendar checklist, which supports the enhanced instructional value that this proposed calendar will provide (The checklist is located on the KDE website at: http://education.ky.gov/districts/enrol/Pages/School-Calendar.aspx.)
Your calendar request should be submitted via e-mail to cheri.meadows@education.ky.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Meadows at (502) 564-5279 or Kay Kennedy at (502) 564-3930.

Migrant Education Summer Programming Initiative RFA
As authorized under Title I, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts, Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits, has posted a Request for Applications (RFA) from local education agencies (LEAs) that currently contain a state-allocated Migrant Education Program (MEP) to develop and implement a summer program to facilitate the educational needs for identified migrant children and their families.  The Kentucky Department of Education Migrant Education Program anticipates funding educationally-based summer programs in local educational agencies and migrant consortiums that have active migrant education programs.
The RFA can be found on the KDE Competitive Grants website.
This Week in Kentucky Teacher  
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.
This week in Kentucky Teacher:
• Operation Preparation 2013 is coming up in March.  Find out how districts are building on the success of last year’s event and working with community members to help ensure students are ready for college and career by the time they graduate from high school.
• For many students, career and technical education (CTE) is paving the way for student success in postsecondary education.  Learn how one CTE teacher is challenging her students to create almost anything they can imagine in preparation for college and a potential career in engineering.  
• And Kentucky Teacher of the Year Kristal Doolin shares some thoughts on education in her monthly 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 (usually 1-2 times a week). 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.
Shop & Share Day
Shop and Share Day is a one-day goods drive to benefit domestic violence shelters across the Commonwealth.  On the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend, Kentuckians can shop at Kroger and Food City stores for goods and necessities for domestic violence victims and then directly donate the items at the stores.
This year, Shop & Share Day is Saturday, Feb. 2.  from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at all Kentucky Kroger and Food City stores.
Volunteers at each store will provide a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned foods, school supplies, toilet paper and soap.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.
For more info on Shop & Share Day, please visit http://firstlady.ky.gov/Pages/shopshare.aspx
To sign up to be a volunteer at your local Kroger or Food City store, please visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/FormServices/FirstLady/ShopandShare
Partner information:  Shop & Share is a joint initiative of the First Lady’s Office, the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA), Kroger, Food City, the Kentucky Commission on Women, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, the Girls Scouts of Wilderness Road Council, and the Kentucky Drug Court to collect needed goods and funds for the 15 domestic violence shelters across the Commonwealth.

KSBA Annual Conference Registration
Registration is now open for the Kentucky School Boards Association’s 77th Annual Conference. Register online here: http://www.ksba.org/protected/EventView.aspx?id=7G32BPA2.
Participants should pre-register for each workshop they plan to attend, as this helps ensure workshops are assigned to rooms of sufficient size to accommodate interest. Please note that conference workshops are available on a first come, first serve basis and pre-registration is not a guarantee that a seat will be available. (Pre-conference sessions are guaranteed with advance registration.)
The conference fee is $265 per person up to six registrants per district, which includes admission to all general sessions, all workshops and materials, the Friday night Exhibitor's Reception, Saturday's continental breakfast and the Saturday President's Reception. Additional registrants are $150 each. Registration must be received by Feb. 11.
Guest room reservations must be made directly with the Galt House by Feb. 6 using the hotel reservation form. Telephone reservations are not accepted. Kenton - Woodford counties will be housed in the Suite Tower (East Side) this year and Adair - Johnson counties will be in the Revue Tower (West Side).
For more information, please contact conference manager Kerri Schelling kerri.schelling@ksba.org or Tammie Conatster Tammie.conatser@ksba.org or call them at (800) 372-2962.

NKU Hosts National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
The inaugural National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference will be held March 18-19 at the NKU METS Center for Corporate Learning in Erlanger. The conference will focus on equipping professional school counselors with the skills to choose evidence-based interventions and the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs by measuring the impact of interventions on critical measurements such as test scores, grade-point-averages, postsecondary going rates, attendance rates, office referrals and drop-out rates.
The cost to attend the conference is $170 (before Feb. 1) or $185 onsite. Online registration is available at http://nkcee.wordpress.com/conferences/evidence-based-school-counseling-conference.
For more information contact Dr. Brett Zyromski at (859) 572-5943 or zyromskib1@nku.edu.
Technology Nominations Due 
The deadline is drawing near to nominate outstanding persons in technology in your district. Until January 14, the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) is accepting nominations for its annual awards in the following categories:
• Outstanding Teacher
• Outstanding Leader
• Outstanding Tech Support
• Making IT Happen
High school seniors can also be nominated for the STLP award
For a full description, and instructions on how to nominate (or self-nominate), visit www.kyste.org and click on KySTE Outreach/Awards. These awards celebrate the commitment of KySTE members in furthering the interests of successful use and integration of technology in support of education and student learning. Awards will be presented at KySTE 2013 in March.

KOHS Voice
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) Voice newsletter highlights state and national news regarding highway safety campaigns and various other safety-related topics. This interactive newsletter includes links that expand upon some of the stories.
Visit http://transportation.ky.gov/highway-safety/pages/voice-newsletter.aspx to view the latest edition. For more information, contact Erin Eggen at Erin.Eggen@ky.gov.
Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) (Attachment) – Please forward to elementary and middle school librarians
Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) is a grassroots coalition of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators who are helping young readers shape the world around them.  During the month of April, each of our participants does one school visit with a wonderful twist:  the author donates at least 30% of that day’s speaking fee to a non-profit conservation organization as directed by a student vote.  Students research a list of “nominees” selected by their author and then vote for their favorite; the author writes a check to the winning organization.
Authors and illustrators are already scheduling the A4ED school visits for April.  Our participants – from recognizable names like Dan Gutman, Suzy Kline, Bruce Hale and Debbie Dadey to popular regional authors to newly acclaimed talents-make an incredible educational impact:
• A4ED allows young readers to direct a substantial contribution to conversation based on democratic principles.
• A4ED gives authors and illustrators a chance to model community leadership while inspiring children toward higher levels of reading and writing.
• A4ED offers classrooms the opportunity to discuss the vitality of the natural world and the importance of protecting resources to ensure a sustainable future.
• A4Ed helps teachers meet critical standards of education in a fresh, engaging manner.
For more information, please see the attached brochure or go to the Authors for Earth Day website at www.authorsforearthday.org or you may contact Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Director, at brooke@brookebessesen.com.