July 29 2013

Published: 7/30/2013 9:22 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:
• eTranscript
• PGES Statewide Implementation Language
• PGES Newsletter
• PGES Webcasts
• CIITS Implementation Sharing (Attachment)
• Reminder on student teacher training on restraint/seclusion regulation
• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Resource to Assist with Implementation of 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools (Attachment)
• 2014 Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants, Special Project Grants and Call for Reviewers
• Save the Date: Creating 21st-century Communities and Schools Mini-Summit
• Kentucky Teacher – Keeping students in schools past age 16

If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Items from KDE


KDE Items

eTranscript kickoff
We had a well-attended news conference today to kick off eTranscript.  The news release from the event is available here. There is much interest in this project, so if your district has not registered yet and secured an implementation date, please do so by July 31. The district registration link and more information is available on the eTranscripts Web page. If you have questions or comments, please contact Dede Conner with the Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services (KIDS) at dede.conner@education.ky.gov.


PGES statewide implementation language
Most of you are familiar with what we have been calling the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) pilot that is taking place this school year prior to full statewide implementation in the 2014-15 school year.  In accordance with our Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver and U.S. Department of Education requirements, this year’s effort must now be referred to as statewide implementation (without consequences).  Next year, when everyone in all districts is participating, we will have full statewide implementation with accountability.  We hope this clears up any confusion about the timeline and expectations for this year’s PGES effort.

PGES Newsletter
The Kentucky Department of Education is launching the statewide implementation (without consequences), of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). To ensure that all participants have access to current information, the Office of Next Generation Learners will be issuing a PGES newsletter twice a month. The newsletter will be sent directly to all certified personnel participating in this year’s PGES implementation. The link will be included in the Monday Superintendent E-Mail. The newsletter also will be posted for everyone to read on the KDE Newstand. The first newsletter that went out last week is available here. Please encourage your staff to keep up with all the PGES news.

PGES Webcasts
The next Professional Growth and Effectiveness System webcast will air on August 28 at 3 p.m. ET. The topic of this webcast will be the PGES Statewide Implementation (without consequences) Expectations. All webcasts will be archived on the KDE website one day after airing.
A webcast for all of this year’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) participants aired on July 24. This webcast will benefit all educators as they prepare for full implementation of PGES in 2014-15. The webcast focuses on how the Educator Development Suite (EDS) within CIITS supports PGES; the second topic of the webcast focuses on the Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PPGES). This archived webcast can be found here.
 
The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System webcasts will be held monthly throughout the 2013-14 school year. District leadership is strongly encouraged to view the webcasts and share the information with employees in preparation for full implementation of the system in 2014-15.

CIITS Implementation Sharing
Kentucky school districts are finding CIITS to be a helpful educator resource of support for teachers and leaders.  Among this support is the ability for all school districts to create resources and share new ideas in order to help one another.   The Covington Independent School District is spreading the word about CIITS implementation in their district by highlighting posters that share a few ideas through teacher perspective.  Tiffany Powell, third grade Teacher at Latonia Elementary School, shares some ideas about why CIITS is her best friend in the attached poster.  Feel free to send in models and ideas about how your district is finding success through implementing CIITS to the kdeciitsmailbox@education.ky.gov.        
 
Reminder on student teacher training on restraint/seclusion regulation
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has determined for the purposes of 704 KAR 7:160, that student teachers will be considered "school personnel" since they deliver services in a school comparable to paraprofessionals and other support staff.  
 
With many student teachers functioning in co-teaching roles, the EPSB is working with educator preparation programs to ensure full compliance with this regulatory requirement. It is imperative that university field experience supervisors and cooperating teachers in the districts ensure that all student teachers have completed the required training necessary in fulfilling the requirements of this regulation prior to their placement in a P-12 classroom this school year. Each educator preparation program is responsible for maintaining records to demonstrate this requirement has been met by every student teacher. (The EPSB regulates in-state educator preparation programs only. Districts with student teachers from out-of-state institutions will need to work with those student teachers to ensure compliance.)
 
Online training modules, Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools, produced by KET and made available through PBS TeacherLine, can be accessed here. The User's Guide will provide instructions for enrolling in the free online course.  Additional information about the regulation and implementation can be found on the KDE website here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Resource to Assist with Implementation of 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools (Attachment)
The KDE has revised the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource to assist you with implementation of 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools.  The revised version is attached and may also be found here.  We will continue to be available to you for questions and assistance as you move forward with implementation of the regulation. If you have further questions, please contact Gretta Hylton (Gretta.Hylton@education.ky.gov).

2014 Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants, Special Project Grants and Call for Reviewers
Kentucky’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program is designed to improve the performance of teachers, students and administrators in the areas of mathematics, science, technology and engineering. The MSP program is based on the premise that everyone benefits when K-12 education (teachers and administrators) and higher education institutions work closely together to improve mathematics and science learning. It emphasizes the need for stronger connections between content and pedagogical experts in mathematics, science, engineering and technology within higher education, and educators in elementary, middle and secondary education.
 
It is anticipated that the Kentucky Department of Education will award approximately four grants at $160,000 for year one (November, 2013 to September 30, 2014) and at $160,000 for the second year (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015), with a possible third year (at $80,000) contingent upon evaluation, project success, evidence of impact on pedagogical content knowledge growth and student achievement, and availability of funding.

2014 Mathematics and Science Partnerships (Special Project) grants will also be available. It is anticipated that the Kentucky Department of Education will award two grants at $75,000 for one year (November, 2013 to September 30, 2014) projects.

The deadline to submit an application for any of these MSP grant opportunities is 4:00 pm (EDT), Monday, September 16, 2013.

Questions regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnerships RFAs should be directed to the KDE RFP inbox at kderfp@education.ky.gov

Save the Date:  Creating 21st-century Communities and Schools Mini-Summit
The Kentucky Scholars Initiative and the Kentucky Department of Education are sponsoring a mini-summit on creating 21st-century communities and schools, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Lexington/Versailles area. (Details on location to be announced soon.)
Nationally recognized school system leaders profile the journeys that led their districts’ acclaim as premier 21st-century school systems and communities. They will share specifics on assessment, professional development, human and financial resources.

Each school district and community is invited to bring a team, up to five guests -- school, business and community leaders, champions, parents and students are welcome!

Agenda:

10:00 - Dr. Merrill, Superintendent, Virginia Beach Schools, VA, Dr. DeSiato, Superintendent, East Syracuse Minoa Schools, NY,  and Ms. Conery, 21st Century Associate Superintendent - Catalina Foothills Schools, AZ,  profile their 21st Century journeys.

11:25 - Working lunch
12:30 - Break Out Sessions:
            a. Curriculum and Program Development - What does a 21st century school look like 
                every day, in the classroom?
            b. Assessment and Professional Development - How do we blend these with new 
                standards?
            c. Financial and Human Resources - Make it work!
2:00 - Conclusion and additional Q/A

Please RSVP to Polly Marquette, Director - Kentucky Scholars Initiative,
marquette@kentuckyscholars.com or (859) 321-6512.

Kentucky Teacher - Keeping students in school past age 16
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 29:
• Taylor County Public School board of education members are so committed to ensuring every one of their students graduates that the board raised the compulsory attendance age to 18 -- even before the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 97 and it took effect. Read about how the district works to identify each student’s goals and passion and connects academic content to real-world skills and opportunities.

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.
New Environment Education Newsletter
The Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s (KEEC) first agency-wide newsletter, KEEC Legacy, is now available on the KEEC website at keec.ky.gov/publications/. Articles include an explanation of the next steps for the NGSS in Kentucky, as well as other important information for environmental and science educators. Subscribe to receive future editions of the newsletter by emailing Zach.Webb@ky.gov with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. Past newsletters are also available at keec.ky.gov/publications/.
 
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 .