June 2 2014

Published: 6/3/2014 3:00 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:
• 2014-2015 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program RFA
• Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools 2015 Application Available
• Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Requests Link to Survey be Shared with All School District Employees
Kentucky Teacher – Star Elementary Shines
 
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
 
2014-2015 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program RFA
Recent Federal legislation, Public Law 110-234, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, authorized funds for expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Elementary schools that represent a State’s highest free and reduced price enrollment are eligible to participate in the program and are given priority for being selected due to their high need level.   The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools.
 
Kentucky has been allocated $2,919,403 for use during the period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.  The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Administration & Support is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) from elementary schools, schools containing grades PreK-6, or any combination thereof, to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  The RFA is posted on the KDE Competitive Grants web page.
 
The application deadline is Monday, June 23rd at 4:00 pm (EDT).

Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools 2015 Application Available
The Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) application for 2015 is now available on the Green Ribbon Schools webpage: http://education.ky.gov/districts/fac/Pages/Green-Ribbon-Schools-Application-Process.aspx.  Application is a two-step process:
 
(1) The first step is to submit a letter of intent to the Kentucky Department of Education.  Superintendents desiring to participate should assign a point of contact in the district who will e-mail the district’s intent to Sherri Craig (sherri.craig@education.ky.gov) by October 15, 2014; and
(2) The second step is to complete the KY GRS application available on the GRS webpage listed above.  Applications are due by December 1, 2014.
 
Please visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) webpage for resource links and other related information.  If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Craig at sherri.craig@education.ky.gov or (502) 564-4326, ext. 4426.

Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Requests Link to Survey be Shared with All School District Employees
The NEA-Foundation has selected the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) as one of five NEA state affiliates to help build capacity to meet educators’ professional needs in deeper ways. This work will help KEA align its resources to be more responsive to those needs. As a first step, KEA is gathering data from constituents about the association’s effectiveness and priorities for the future. The NEA-Foundation has engaged Brighter Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations accomplish their missions, to conduct the survey. The survey is now open at this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/55JWQCX.
 
KEA invites all Kentucky school employees (certified and classified; teachers and administrators) to participate. Please make the survey link available to all of your employees and encourage them to respond.
 
Kentucky Teacher - Star Elementary shines
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 2:
 
• Star Elementary School in Carter County may be small when it comes to enrollment, but it is getting big student achievement results thanks to collaboration and its intervention efforts. Read those and other efforts that earned the school the designation of 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.

Educating Students At-Risk Conference registration open
Register now for KECSAC’s 13th Annual Alternative Strategies for Educating Students At-Risk Conference on July 23-24 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort! The conference is free and an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues while gaining valuable classroom strategies. More than 30 breakout sessions are scheduled. Click here to register!  For questions, contact Katie Helton.

2015 class Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame call for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 class of inductees into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15.

Please click here for more information about the Hall of Fame and access to a nomination form.

The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall Of Fame was established in 2000 through a generous gift from former governor, Louie B. Nunn. With his gift, Gov. Nunn hoped to recognize the vital role that P-12 Kentucky teachers play in the education of young people, ultimately leading to positive impacts throughout the state’s economy. The first class was inducted in 2008. New members are inducted each year.

Western Kentucky University was selected as the home of the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame because of its 100-year history in teacher education and commitment to excellence in this field. WKU has consistently been one of the top producers of teachers, counselors, school administrators, and other school personnel in the Commonwealth.

Inquiries and/or additional information also may be directed to Mrs. 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).

Completely revised and updated schoolwide Writing Program Kit now available
A school's approach to teaching writing should be grounded in a research-based philosophy that uses specific instructional practices.
 
The Kentucky Association of School Councils’ Writing Program Kit is now aligned with PGES and the Writing Program Review.  The kit will help you develop your writing policies and also give you the strategies, tools and guidance for effective writing.

The kit Includes:
• introduction to schoolwide writing
• schoolwide writing requirements and recommendations
• applications of writing in school and beyond
• writing instructional strategies
• K-PREP writing resources
• Kentucky Core Academic Standards and writing learning targets
• additional writing Program Review resources

Visit the Toolkits for more information. Cost is $100/members; $200/non-members.  Order Now

Professional Learning Workshops
The Richland Institute is providing Professional Learning Workshops (June 16-18) at Union College, Barbourville, KY.  The workshops have been approved for EILA credit. 

The three-day conference will provide educators and other interested parties with tools needed to meaningfully incorporate the arts and humanities into other content areas.

The Richland Institute will offer workshops for integration, along with ready-to-use lesson plans that are fully aligned with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and English and language arts classes. Participants will also receive resources and learn techniques for creating their own integrated plans.