July 15 2013

Published: 7/16/2013 11:28 AM
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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:
• Clarification regarding the “all school personnel” training requirement for 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint in Public Schools
• CIITS new school year rollover – How to find Student Level Data
• Questionnaire: District Application and Recruitment Systems (August 16 deadline to complete one questionnaire per district.)
• KDE Customer Service Survey
• Annual Seminar for School District Health Coordinators
• Kentucky Teacher – Meet New KBE Member Trevor Bonnstetter; Unbridled Learning in photos
 
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Items from KDE
 
Clarification regarding the “all school personnel” training requirement for 704 KAR 7:160 Use of Physical Restraint in Public Schools
704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint in Public Schools, requires that all school personnel be trained annually to use an array of positive behavioral supports and interventions to increase appropriate student behaviors, decrease inappropriate or dangerous student behavior and respond to dangerous behavior. The regulation defines school personnel as “teachers, principals, administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, paraprofessionals, nurses, librarians, school resource officers, sworn law enforcement officers, and other support staff who are employed in a school or who perform services in the school on a contractual basis.”
 
KDE has received feedback from a number of districts requesting clarification on the requirement that “all school personnel” be trained and whether the requirement extends to district central office staff.  KDE’s position is that anyone performing a function that would typically be performed by school employees is included as “school personnel” and must be provided the required training. This means personnel working in the school setting on a regular basis.
 
For example, if the district determines an employee does not work in the school setting on a regular basis, the district may decide the employee does not need to be provided the required training. On the other hand, there may be district staff members whose work stations are at the district central office location, but who are regularly in the school setting. In this case, the individuals should be included in the training.
 
KDE hopes this clarification is helpful as districts move forward with implementation of the regulation. Please contact Gretta Hylton (Gretta.Hylton@education.ky.gov) if you have additional questions.
 
CIITS new school year rollover -- How to Find Student Level Data
The CIITS website has been updated to reflect the 2013-14 school year. As a result, all Key Performance Indicators and Data Dashboards will not reflect any data until the first day of school when student enrollment is active. To access data from the 2011-12 or 2012-13 school year, please follow the steps in the New School Year Resource Guide: http://education.ky.gov/districts/tech/ciits/Pages/CIITS-Training.aspx.
 
During the transition to the new school year, it is important to remember that teachers and administrators will not be able to view their students in the course /section or assign resources to students until after the first enrollment day. More information on locating students’ data after the end of the year is available here:
http://education.ky.gov/districts/tech/ciits/Pages/CIITS-Other-Support.aspx

Questionnaire: District Application and Recruitment Systems (August 16 deadline to complete one questionnaire per district.)
The Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Next Generation Professionals, is gathering information regarding districts’ use of online application systems. The information provided will be used to identify needs in regard to recruitment and hiring.  KDE is asking that superintendents or their designee complete the survey by Friday, August 16, 2013. Only one questionnaire per district should be completed.  The survey may be accessed at the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1u65Gl4qVvWwQj-3F07BQNIiqo7Wyu4cFR3JTpjJ4aZw/viewform .
 
If you should have any questions concerning this questionnaire contact Candace Souder at Candace.Souder@education.ky.gov or (502) 564-1479 ext. 2012.

KDE Customer Service Survey
Have you gotten a helpful response to a question posed to a KDE staff person?  Or days later are you still waiting for someone to get back with you?  Hopefully it’s the former, but regardless of your experience, we want to hear about it through KDE’s annual online Customer Service Survey. 
 
A link to the survey is available here at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KDE_customer_service_2013 or you can find it at the bottom of KDE staff’s e-mail. The survey will be open through mid-August. There are eight short questions and it only takes a minute or two to fill out. Responses remain anonymous. So, please let us know how we’re doing so we can be sure we are meeting or exceeding our customers’ needs.

Annual Seminar for School District Health Coordinators
The annual seminar for School District Health Coordinators will be held in Lexington on September 11, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. The session is sponsored by the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel and is the day before their annual conference.  Featured in this year’s seminar is a school district self-audit rubric that may be used to review the school district’s implementation of Kentucky laws, regulation and best practices associated with school health. 
Due to limited space, we ask that each district send only the School District Health Coordinator or a representative.
 
More detailed information can be found at the link below:
http://education.ky.gov/districts/SHS/Pages/default.aspx.
 
For further information, please contact Cheri Meadows at 502-564-5279, ext. 4451

Kentucky Teacher - Meet New KBE Member Trevor Bonnstetter; Unbridled Learning in photos
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 this week:
 
• The Kentucky Board of Education recently acquired two new members. Meet Trevor R. Bonnstetter of Mayfield this week and learn about his focus and goals as a board member.
• Phillip Farris, a teacher at Semple Elementary School in Jefferson County, recently paired learning with the Kentucky Derby Festival to produce a host of fun activities and lessons for his students. KDE photographer Amy Wallot was there to capture the Unbridled Learning in action, and shares the sights in her Photo Blog on Thursday.
 
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.
 
USED re-opens the RFI for Native American English Learners
The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has re-opened its Request for Information (RFI) on Native American English learners.  The purpose of the RFI is to gather information pertaining to the identification and placement of Native American students who are English learners in language instruction educational programs.  USED developed this RFI to help State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, tribes, and other interested entities identify, share, and implement practices for accurately identifying Native American students who are English learners.
 
The Department received more than 27 responses to the first posting of the RFI and is re-opening the response period in order to give interested parties additional time to submit written responses.  All of the responses will be available to the public.
 
USED is asking for your assistance in disseminating information regarding this RFI to LEAs, schools, and other interested parties.  Please forward this information and encourage individuals to respond to the notice if they have not done so already.
 
 
Please note that written submissions in response to this RFI must be received by the USED on or before August 2, 2013.
 
For more information, please see the contact information listed below:
Supreet Anand
Supervisory Education Program Specialist
Title III Group, SASA, OESE
U.S. Department of Education
Supreet.Anand@ed.gov

Making middle school mathematics more accessible for struggling students
The Kentucky Center for Mathematics is offering a three-day course on how to make middle school mathematics instruction more accessible to struggling students and students with disabilities.
 
This training is designed for teams of co-teachers (regular ed teachers and special ed teachers) who work in a collaborative classroom relationship. Participants will explore instructional tools and teaching strategies that will assist them in co-planning lessons and in developing accessibility strategies that meet students’ needs while maintaining the integrity of the mathematics. Click here for more information on the course.
 
Ready to register? Contact Jill Parker, KCM Assistant Director, at parkerj8@nku.edu.

Combustion science-based grant available
The Central States Section of the Combustion Institute (CSS/CI) has issued a grant opportunity (up to $5,000 award) to high school teachers for developing and introducing a combustion science-based learning module into their course curriculum.
 
Combustion science is a broad field consisting basically of chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. The CSS/CI's primary objective in offering this grant opportunity is to increase awareness and interest in STEM disciplines.
 
Proposals are due October 1 and teachers may request to be paired with a mentor who conducts research in combustion science. Additional information about the grant opportunity, including proposal requirements, award requirements, contacts for mentor pairing, and synopses of previous grantee activities can be found at www.cssci.org.

Position Open for Executive Director of the School Facilities Construction Commission
The School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director to serve as the chief executive of the Commission.  SFCC is a corporate entity of the Commonwealth.  Detailed information is available on the web at http://www.finance.ky.gov.

New School Safety Regulations are Now in Effect!  As of June 25, provisions from Kentucky Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 354 are Kentucky Law
Free trainings by the Kentucky Center for School Safety for updates and safe school assessment best practices are being provided at five locations throughout the state.
EILA credit will be provided.
 
All sessions are 9 am-Noon (local time).
 
Monday, July 22 - Morehead Conference Center in Morehead

Wednesday, July 24 - Southeast Southcentral Cooperative training site in Corbin

Friday, July 26 - Grant County Board of Education in Williamstown
 
Monday, July 29 - Perkins Center on the EKU campus in Richmond

Friday, August 2 -Holiday Inn Express in Bowling Green
 
For registration, e-mail name, district, and training site requested to Shannon.robinson@ksba.org.

For information, e-mail don.martin@ksba.org or call 859/991-4932.

EduGuide receives grant to assist low- and moderate income schools (Attachment)
EduGuide, a national award-winning nonprofit, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant to help more low-and moderate-income schools raise their FAFSA completion rates and build a college-going culture.
 
EduGuide’s EduCash Program helps to create a college-going and career-ready culture in the schools.  Nine-out-of-ten students, who complete the FAFSA, go on to college.  Many schools used EduGuide’s advice to involve the whole student body in the campaign so everyone would know that filling out a FAFSA is a great start on how to pay for college.
 
For more information on EduGuide, please see the attached document.  You can also learn more about EduGuide by visiting their website at www.EduGuide.org.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education wants your input on the agency’s customer service efforts.  Please take a moment to complete an online survey, which may be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KDE_customer_service_2013.