July 7 2014

Published: 2/19/2015 4:33 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 that combines several items into one communication.
 
Please read the Monday E-mail as it contains information about the following KDE-related items:
• EDS version 16.0 to release July 8
• Have you registered yet for #PGES4Me?
Kentucky Teacher – Glendover Elementary has high expectations for all of its students
 
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
 
EDS version 16.0 to release July 8
The Educator Development Suite (EDS) will get an upgrade on July 8. The most improved features for teachers and principals will be found in the observation tool. Another new feature of the 16.0 release is that principals will now begin to use EDS to reflect and record aspects of PPGES. Each of the sources of evidence within PGES will be updated in some way in the 16.0 release.
 
Specific changes are outlined in this EDS 16.0 Update Chart. Quick Reference Cards (QRCs) and Tech Tip Videos will be available the day of the release on the new EDS webpage to assist with navigating the changes. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy White, EDS Product Manager, at cathy.white@education.ky.gov.

Have you registered yet for #PGES4Me?
The official launch of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System will take place July 21 at Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road in Lexington. Come join us to receive the benefits of in-person training, small group sessions, networking opportunities, live facilitators, and the opportunity to earn PD and EILA credit. #PGES4Me is open to all Kentucky educators and education stakeholders.
 
Click here for registration instructions.
 
A webcast will be available for viewing from any location on July 21. The URL for viewing the simulcast will be sent out in advance.  In addition, a backchannel, an online question and answer platform, will be open during the simulcast to take questions from those watching remotely. The simulcast will be archived and available for school and district use starting July 22.
 
Please contact Kevin Stull at kevin.stull@education.ky.gov with questions.
 
Kentucky Teacher - Glendover Elementary has high expectations for all of its students
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 7:
• Find out how meeting the needs of its diverse student population led Glendover Elementary School (Fayette County) to be named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

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
 
PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion of items in this section does not constitute endorsement by the Kentucky Department of Education.
 
TranspArtation grant applications now being accepted
Kentucky schools and teachers can apply for the next round of TranspArtation grants from the Kentucky Arts Council for arts-related field trips to be taken between Oct. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
 
The grant funding is available for any Kentucky school, public or private, that supports grades pre-K through 12, to assist with transportation costs to and from arts field trips and events.
 
Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are based on mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. There is a minimum grant amount of $100.
 
Applicants must be attending one of several pre-approved arts venues in the Kentucky Arts Partnership program that have demonstrated appropriate arts programming and the ability to provide supplemental education materials to teachers and schools.
 
The deadline for the current round of funding is Aug.15. To view guidelines or apply online, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Grants/TranspARTation.htm, or contact Jean St. John, arts education director, at jean.stjohn@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 486.
 
HistoryMobile available for school visits
Book the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile for a visit and meet eight Kentuckians who faced tough choices during the Civil War era. Learn what they did and why, and ask yourself what you would have done in their shoes.
 
The full-sized semitrailer contains the interactive learning lab – Torn Within and Threatened Without - Kentuckians in the Civil War Era.
 
It uses touch-screen activities, bold illustrations, authentic artifacts, personal recollections and other components to bring the stories of everyday citizens, politicians and enslaved people to life. Student activities are tied to Common Core ELA Standards and emphasize critical thinking, research skills, creativity and literacy.
 
More information is available at history.ky.gov/portfolio/what-would-you-choose.
 
To schedule a visit, contact HistoryMobile coordinator Kate Sowada, kate.sowada@ky.gov or (502) 564-1792, ext. 4458.