May 12 2014

Published: 5/13/2014 12:00 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:
• ISLN/KLA summer meeting registration open
• Innovation Fund Grants available
• Clarification on Next-Generation Science Standards assessments
• Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Requested – Attachment
Kentucky Teacher – Blue Ribbon winner, Ride your Bike or Walk to School Day Photo Blog
 
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
 
ISLN/KLA summer meeting registration open
Does every student in every school in your district have what he or she needs to be successful in school, in work and in life? Plan to join educators from across the Commonwealth to share expertise and learn together with this goal in mind at the 2014 joint Instructional Support Leadership Network (ISLN)/Kentucky Leadership Academy (KLA) Summer Meeting!
 
On June 26, we will hear engaging TED Talks and effective strategies from Kentucky educators during breakout sessions focused on effective teaching, learning and leadership. June 27 will be an optional day with facilitated work sessions around issues critical to Kentucky districts and schools (be sure to identify topics you would like to work on when you register).
 
Registration is free and open to any educator in the state on a first come/first served basis. Ideally, all Leadership Network participants – teacher, school, and district leaders – would attend. Sessions will feature KY educators! While there is no registration fee, all travel- related expenses are the participants’ responsibility.
 
The opening session on June 26 will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the day ending at 5 p.m. ET. On June 27, the day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. ET.
 
Register by June 13 at the conference website: http://www.kypromiseccr.com/.

Innovation Fund Grants available
The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) is helping educators, administrators and other leaders understand and create a culture of innovation across the Commonwealth. Their efforts include training, consulting and other supports; however, the main component of this initiative is the Innovation Fund.
 
The Innovation Fund will support grants to teachers, school leaders, and administrators to encourage the investigation, testing and scaling of innovative practices and will include three tiers of support:
• Research grants: The smallest in size, these grants will support research and investigation of innovative tools and practices that the grantee may want to move into a pilot stage.
• Pilot grants: Small to mid-size grants, these would allow the grantee to test innovative tools and practices.
• Scaling grants: The largest and most infrequent grant awards, these grants will support the scaling of innovative tools and/or practices.

All requests for funding must be submitted via an application, with supporting documentation. A review committee, made up of Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) leadership, staff and board members from The Fund, and other key experts, will review applications.
 
Every grantee will be required to submit a report on their project, which The Fund will maintain for review by others interested in similar work. All individual grant reports will be compiled into an annual summary report to the funders.
 
Process:
1. Download the complete RFP.
2. Before you complete an RFP, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
3. Applicants must submit all required documentation (see RFP) to innovationfund@thefundky.org by June 30.
 
The review committee will review each proposal and determine which grants will be awarded. Proposal review will be done based on a rubric developed by The Fund, in conjunction with key review committee members.

Clarification on Next-Generation Science Standards and assessments
In Friday’s Fast Five, we ran the following item and due to several questions, we are providing additional clarification (in italics).
 
In accordance with objectives of Senate Bill 1 (2009), it is the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE) and Kentucky Department of Education’s expectation that ALL grades would begin full implementation of the Next-Generation Science Standards in the 2014-15 school year. Work to do so has been underway for nearly a year in our Science Leadership Networks with that intent.
 
In accordance, the “Core Content 4.1” will be removed from KDE’s website following the end of this academic year. ALL RELEVANT STANDARDS will be contained within a single document, The Kentucky Core Academic Standards – available at: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/docs/pages/kentucky-core-academic-standards---new.aspx.
 
Regarding testing, as directed at the board’s April 2014 meeting, the department will be taking a proposal to the KBE in June concerning science testing at the elementary and middle school levels for the 2014-15 school year. The proposal will address how to align assessment issues with the new instructional emphasis on Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
 
As discussed with District Assessment Coordinators, the first testing of the new science standards is expected in 2015-16, at the earliest. The KBE conversation in June will focus on options for testing during the transition period and promote the transition to NGSS.
 
Watch for more details on this topic following the June 4 Kentucky Board of Education meeting.

Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Requested - Attachment
The Kentucky Board of Education is proud to announce the thirteenth annual Joseph W. Kelly Award. This award will be given to a businessperson who has offered outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equity of educational opportunity for all Kentucky children.
 
We invite your nomination(s) on the attached form. Because nominations may come from both organizations and individuals, additional copies of the form may be made and distributed throughout your board/membership. Along with the enclosed form, an essay (500 words or less) describing how the nominated businessperson has further enhanced the educational opportunities for children on the school, community and/or state levels must be submitted.
 
The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 19 (close of business). Send the nomination form and essay to the Kentucky Board of Education (Attention: Mary Ann Miller), 500 Mero Street, First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601 or e-mail them to MaryAnn.Miller@education.ky.gov.
 
Blue Ribbon winner, Ride Your Bike or Walk to School Day Photo Blog
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 May 12:
 
• Find out what Mann Elementary School (Boone County) educators say make their school, a National Blue Ribbon School. Hint: Think joy.
• KDE photographer Amy Wallot shares some snaps from Ride Your Bike or Walk to School Day.
 
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.

Implementing Standards and Assessments conference
The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) presents Meeting the Challenge: Implementing Standards and Assessments, July 22-24 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. If you are working on implementing standards in your classroom, school or district – then this conference is for you! Distinct strands designed around what educators need now will deepen the level of understanding and implementation around the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, Next-Generation Science Standards and C3 Framework for Social Studies, present new strategies for integrating literacy in all content areas, provide powerful and proven assessment strategies, and continue to raise the bar of high-quality teaching and learning. Early bird registration ends June 15; there are discounts for groups of five or more. Early bird prices are as follows:
 
Conference/Pre-Conference Combo - $425
Conference Only - $350
Pre-Conference Only - $150

Visit the conference website for complete information and registration, or click here to register.

Holocaust professional learning
Middle and high school teachers are invited to join KET for Echoes and Reflections, a special professional development program focusing on the Holocaust on Tuesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon ET at the KET studios in Lexington. The program:

• promotes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust to today's students
• addresses academic standards, including the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, using informational texts and primary source documents
• incorporates compelling visual history testimony into ten multi-part and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust
• combines the experience and resources of three world leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem

These facilitator-led programs model active and collaborative learning as participants explore the Echoes and Reflections Teacher's Resource Guide, including the visual history testimony from the USC Shoah Foundations Visual History Archive incorporated into each lesson. Participants leave programs equipped with a complimentary copy of the Teacher's Resource Guide, replete with effective teaching strategies, primary source materials, and connections to academic standards. Register here.

KASC Summer Academies
The Kentucky Association for School Councils (KASC) is offering a variety of 2014 Summer Academies:
 
Teacher PGES Implementation Tools (Professional Growth and Effectiveness System) – This session will make implementation easier for teachers and principals and will include:
• steps for writing student growth goals
• best practices for teacher performance
• tools for peer observations and effective feedback
• innovative and positive ways to use student voice
 
Effective Principal Leadership for Councils – This workshop, available to principals only, provides resources to meet the SBDM legal requirements and lead your council to proficiency. Participants will receive our updated Principal Organizer for no charge. Topics covered include:
• Legal basics
• Policies
• Election
• Planning
• Budgets
 
Effective Program Review – This workshop is designed to strengthen your program review while making the process more effective. Participants will receive a newly updated Program Review Kit for no charge! The session, for teachers and principals, will address:
• Program Review Action Steps
• SBDM Responsibilities
• Evidence Collection
• Organization Strategies
• Tools for keeping focused on your overall performance
 
Academy Locations:
• Lexington
• Corbin
• Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
• Mason County Middle School
• Bowling Green
• Owensboro
 
For dates, times, and locations of the various sessions, click here for sessions scheduled in June and here for those that will be held in July. All sessions are available at all locations. For more information and to register, visit the KASC’s Academy webpage.

Save the date for KASC annual conference
Mark your calendar for September 16-17 for the Kentucky Association of School Councils’ annual conference at the Galt House in Louisville.
 
There will be a pre-conference starting at noon on Monday, September 15, covering:
• Effective Principal Leadership for SBDM Councils
• Teacher PGES Implementation Tools

From 4-5:30 p.m. on September 15, Rhonda Sims from the Office of Assessment and Accountability at the Kentucky Department of Education will provide an update – free with conference registration.
 
Visit the KASC conference webpage for more information.

Kentucky State Fair (KSF) education program
The Kentucky State Fair, August 14-24, has a great way for you and your students to kick-off the 2014-15 school year. The KSF Education Program is presenting the following thematic exhibitions: Kentucky Pioneer Homestead, War of 1812 Bicentennial and Civil War Sesquicentennial and the return of Discovery Farm sponsored by the Kentucky Pork Producers.
 
There are several additional educational opportunities that are being put together for the 2014 Kentucky State Fair. More information will be released in the coming months about all of the exciting opportunities for field trips; so stay tuned!
 
A full schedule of activities, student worksheets and post-tour lesson plans are planned to complement the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. As students and teachers experience “the ultimate field trip,” they will no doubt be surprised by what they learn on this fun adventure at the Kentucky State Fair. For additional information please visit our website at www.kystatefair.org.
 
A special discounted admission is available to school groups booked and confirmed in advance. The admission is $2 per student, teacher or chaperone accompanying your group. If you are interested in scheduling a field trip to the Fair, please fill out a booking form and get it to us by August 1..You can book your field trip online at www.kystatefair.org (click on Education and then Field Trip Program) or download a booking form and fax or mail it in.
 
For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the KSF Education Program at (502) 367-5201 or at schooltours@ksfb.ky.gov.

Life Fundamental$ Summit early bird registration extended
Early Bird Registration for the Kentucky Council on Economic Education (KCEE) Life Fundamental$ Summit is extended through May 15! The conference is scheduled for June 23-24 at the Holiday Inn Hurstborne in Louisville.  Register today at www.econ.org/summit14. This conference provides lots of free curriculum materials and great classroom ideas for teaching K-12 personal finance and economics!