July 22 2013

Published: 7/23/2013 9:09 AM
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:
• Tremendous Response to Online Training for 704 KAR 7:160, Physical Restraint in Public Schools; Capacity of System has been Increased to Accommodate Large Number of Users
• Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunity
• Kentucky Teacher - Meet new KBE member Grayson Boyd; PD for special populations teachers; Teachers become students of history
 
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Items from KDE
 
Tremendous Response to Online Training for 704 KAR 7:160, Physical Restraint in Public Schools; Capacity of System has been Increased to Accommodate Large Number of Users
I am very pleased at the overwhelming response to the online training KDE has prepared for
704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint in Public Schools. The training proved so popular that
PBS was forced to increase capacity to accommodate the tremendous number of users.
 
As of July 19, more than two-thousand users had registered for the training, and over two-thirds
had received certificates of completion. Users from all over the United States and from other countries have logged-in for the training, which is a testament to the quality of the training modules.
 
The training, “Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools”, may be found at the following link:   www.ket.pbslearningmedia.org. Users must either Sign up for FREE or Login with an existing PBS account.   For assistance on enrolling and navigating through the course, download the User's Guide or watch the video tutorials on How to Enroll and Navigating the Course.
 
For programmatic questions regarding the web-based training, please contact:
Gretta Hylton
Exceptional Children Consultant
Division of Learning Services
Gretta.hylton@education.ky.gov
(502) 564-4970
 
For technical questions, please contact:
Brett Smith
Professional Development Division
Kentucky Educational Television
pd@ket.org
800-432-0951

Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunity
The Kentucky Department of Education is partnering with the KCM (Kentucky Center for Mathematics) to offer a free professional learning opportunity for middle school mathematics coaches/teacher-leaders and administrators.
 
Building mathematics content-focused coaching is a long-range educational practice in which mathematics coaches/teacher-leaders work collaboratively with principals and classroom teachers to design, implement, and reflect on rigorous, standards-based lessons that promote individual student learning. Content-focused coaching is grounded in current research and clinical knowledge on leadership and schools as professional communities of practice.
 
Click here to view the Middle Grades Coaching flyer for more information. Registration deadline is July 30.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Jill Parker, KCM Assistant Director, at parkerj8@nku.edu.

Kentucky Teacher - Meet new KBE member Grayson Boyd; PD for special population teachers; Teachers become students of history
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 July 22:
 
• Grayson R. Boyd is one of two new members of the Kentucky Board of Education. Learn what the Williamsport resident hopes to accomplish during his term on the board.
• It is not always easy for teachers who work with special populations to find good summer professional learning opportunities. Luckily, the KY Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing organization now offers an annual conference to help those teachers keep abreast of state initiatives and new teaching strategies. Read about what Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Heidi Givens took away from this year’s conference.
• KDE photographer Amy Wallot joined some history teachers as they learned about Kentucky and border states during the Civil War at a special workshop put on by the Kentucky Historical Society. Check out her images from the event 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.
 
Peer Reviewers Sought for Race to the Top -- District
The U.S. Department of Education is looking for qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers for a second Race to the Top -- District competition. In order to ensure a successful competition,  
USED is seeking qualified individuals with expertise in some or all of the following areas to serve as peer reviewers:
 
• Four core educational assurances (college- and career-ready standards and assessments, data systems and data use, great teachers and leaders, and school turnaround);
• Personalized learning environments;
• District reform and school level operations;
• Educating students in rural areas;
• Application review and evaluation; and
• Serving high-needs students.
 
The full call can be found online at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/2013/call-for-peer-reviewers.html.  To be considered to serve as a peer reviewer for the Race to the Top - District program, submit your resume/curriculum vitae, a personal biography of fewer than 250 words, and complete the Peer Reviewer Questionnaire as soon as possible and no later than August 4, 2013 to http://www.mikousa.com/surveys/index.php?sid=85845&lang=en.
 
Review applicants will be vetted for relevant conflict(s) of interest. Please note, at the end of the review process, the name and a short bio of each peer reviewer will be posted on the Race to the Top -- District website. The names of peer reviewers will not be associated with the applications they review.
 
Please direct all questions to the Race to the Top Peer Reviewer inbox at RTTDLogistics@mikogroup.com.

Touring Theatre Production for Elementary Students
The Jenny Wiley Theatre is reserving dates for its fall Theatre-on-Wheels touring presentation of Thrice Upon a Time!, September 3-20.
 
Three shows in one -- Thrice Upon A Time! thrillingly explores language, art, math, and so much more in a fun-filled, truly interactive experience! Young audiences will take the stage and actually become part of classic stories that encourage curiosity, critical-thinking and tolerance.
 
Performances are available at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are aimed at Pre-K through 5th- grade audiences.
 
Please contact Jenny Wiley Theatre at 877-CALL-JWT, (877) 225-5598 for available dates and times, pricing, or additional information needed. Thrice Upon a Time! is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc.

Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Conference
Do you teach in or out of the classroom? Do you care about getting kids outdoors, addressing health issues, or learning about sustainability?  If so, we invite you to join us at Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz, KY on September 12-15, 2013 for the 37th annual KAEE conference. 
Presenters represent a diverse set of agencies and organizations from across the state. There is an entire conference strand filled with family-friendly activities.
 
More information and registration information is available at http://kaee.org/conference/.
Early Bird Deadline is August 12.
 
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 .