June 18 2013

Published: 6/18/2013 4:41 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:
• Effective Teaching Conference This Week
• New Forms and Instructions for Federal Cash and ARRA Requests beginning July 1, 2013 (Attachments)
• Kentucky Teacher - Incorporating the arts, summer food bus among the stories this week
 
If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Items from KDE
 
Effective Teaching Conference This Week
This week hundreds of Kentucky educators will gather in Louisville for a conference for, by and about teachers called Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching. The conference opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. and runs until Friday at 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.
 
During the conference, Teacher Advocates Leading Kentucky (TALK) will: 
• gain practical strategies for implementing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in their classrooms
• learn how they can improve teaching and learning through the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES)
• bring the teacher voice to education initiatives
• elevate the profession of teaching through multiple sharing and professional learning opportunities
Among the keynote speakers at the Let’s TALK Conference is Kentucky native Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Phillips oversees work to ensure U.S. high school students graduate ready to succeed, and to improve college access. In Kentucky, she worked as a state-level policymaker and helped implement the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.  She also has been a middle and high school teacher, secretary of education and chief state school officer in Pennsylvania and superintendent of the Portland Public Schools.
Other keynote speakers include Maddie Fennell, 2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year and chair of the National Education Association Commission on Effective Teaching and Teachers and Heidi Hayes Jacobs, executive director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc.
 
In addition, more than two dozen breakout sessions are scheduled, most led by Kentucky teachers.
 
Teachers may still register for the conference at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e75dp2g719dbf623&oseq=&c=&ch=.  The conference fee is $50.
 
The Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching Conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Education Association and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with funding by the Gates Foundation through the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky.
 
New Forms and Instructions for Federal Cash and ARRA Requests beginning July 1, 2013 (Attachments)
Attached is the Federal Cash Request Form including ARRA, instructions and the assurance statement.  The Federal Cash Request process allows e-mail transmission of the Federal Cash Request forms.  As part of this process, the district superintendents should sign a Statement of Assurance, identifying the individuals in their district office who are authorized to prepare and submit these forms electronically.  This Statement of Assurance is the superintendent's blanket approval of these documents.
 
Federal Cash Request Statement of Assurance forms must be updated for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013. Attached is the form to be completed.  Please fill in the school district name and individuals with their official title and e-mail addresses who will be preparing and submitting Federal Cash Requests.  Statement of Assurances cannot be accepted by e-mail or fax; the original must be returned to:
 
Attn: Ann Sampson
Kentucky Department of Education
Division of Budgets and Financial Management
500 Mero Street, 16th Floor
Frankfort, KY  40601
 
Please begin using the attached Federal Cash Request workbook for all requests submitted after July 1, 2013. Your current Federal Cash Request workbook should be discarded.  Forms can also be found at: http://education.ky.gov/districts/fin/Pages/Federal-Grants.aspx.  If you have any questions about the forms or instructions, please contact Ann Sampson, Division of Budgets and Financial Management, at 502-564-2351 or ann.sampson@education.ky.gov

Kentucky Teacher - Incorporating the arts, summer food bus among the stories this week
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 June 17:
• In his book The Arts and the Creation of Mind, educator Elliot Eisner argues that including the arts in the curriculum is critically important to the development of thinking skills and a better understanding of the world. Read about how a program through the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts gave students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf the opportunity to pick up some new dance moves and also produce an impressive mural at their school.
• Kentucky Department of Education photographer Amy Wallot and her camera were on hand for the unveiling of the new Bus Stop Café in Jefferson County Public Schools. The revamped bus will travel and deliver prepared meals to children in neighborhoods JCPS has not been able to feed through the Summer Food Service Program. Check out the bus and students’ reactions to it in Amy’s Photo 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. 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.
 
Teacher Hall of Fame nominations sought
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 class of inductees into the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15, 2013. Please refer to the following URL for information about the Hall of Fame and to obtain the nomination form: http://www.wku.edu/kythf/.
 
Inquiries and/or additional information may also be directed to Ms. Tammy Spinks, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11030, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030 or tammy.spinks@wku.edu, (270) 745-4664.
 
Kentucky History Education Conference Reminder
The annual Kentucky History Education Conference for K-12 teachers will be held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort on Thursday, July 11, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come join Kentucky's premier historians as they lead historical content sessions focused on this year’s topic, “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Dr. Gerald Smith, associate professor of African American and civil rights history at the University of Kentucky, will offer this year's keynote speech, “Revisiting My Old Kentucky Home: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.” Concurrent sessions on primary source activities, classroom applications, and instructional strategies will also be offered by teacher peers.
 
The cost of the conference, which includes lunch, refreshments, and teacher materials, is only $50 or $45 for KHS, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and Kentucky Council for Social Studies members. A special rate of $35 is available for pre-service teachers. 
In addition, this year we are again offering a field study bus tour the following day, Friday, July 12, 2013, to historic sites associated with frontier Kentucky. This unique professional development day will include educational and entertaining stops at Fort Boonesborough and Old Fort Harrod.  Cost for the field study bus tour is $100.00. Lunch is included. Space is limited, so register now for this exciting learning opportunity.
 
For registration or if you have any questions please feel free to contact Tim Talbott at: tim.talbott@ky.gov or at 502-564-1792, ext. 4428.
 
GED testing free in Kentucky through July 31
Spread the word: GED testing is free for qualified Kentucky residents through July 31, 2013. The test fee, which is being paid by Kentucky Adult Education during this time, is usually $60.
The GED test provides adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 counties.
 
It's particularly important for those without a high school diploma to pass all five parts of the GED test this year because the GED test will change January 1, 2014. In Kentucky, approximately 16,000 people have started taking the test but have not completed. All previous scores will expire and anyone who has started but not completed will have to start over. The last test date in Kentucky is December 18, 2013.
 
Kentuckians interested in free classes and the time-limited free GED testing should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call (800) 928-7323 or visit www.KnowHow2GoKY.org and click on "Adults."
 
Moving Forward Family and Youth Conference
Join us in a collaborative effort to provide education and support for Kentucky’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and two-spirit youth, their families and service providers. The 2013 Moving Forward Families & Youth Conference will be held September 20-21 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Lexington.
 
Please contact Ronica Shannon, Ronica.Shannon@eku.edu or  (859) 622-6672 with any questions or further details.