May 20 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 9:53 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:
• Register now for effective teaching conference (Attachment) – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS
• FY 2014 Tentative Grant Allocations
• Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) – Web-based Data Collection Tool (Attachments)
• Gateways to Independence Institute
• Kentucky Teacher - Farm to table learning; Professional Learning Community at work; Fishy competition

If you have questions about the specific items, please see the contact information for each item.
Also, remember to review the items from the Outside Agencies section.
Items from KDE
Register now for effective teaching conference (Attachment) – PLEASE SHARE WITH TEACHERS
Registration is now underway for Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching, a conference for, by and about Kentucky teachers.  The conference will focus on teaching the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) and will provide good information and opportunities for feedback on the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). We are encouraging teams of teachers and their principals to attend, but all educators are welcome.
Keynote speakers include:
• Vicki Phillips, Director, Education, College Ready in the US, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
• Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author and internationally recognized educator known for work on mapping, curriculum integration, and 21st-century teaching and learning
• Maddie Fennell, former Nebraska teacher of the year and chair of NEA’s Commission for Effective Teachers and Teaching
Breakout sessions will be conducted by classroom teachers. A full list of sessions is attached.
The conference will be held Wednesday, June 19-21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.  Click here to register.
FY 2014 Tentative Grant Allocations 
Federal and state tentative grant allocations for FY 2014 have been revised. Please review the spreadsheet entitled “FY14 Tentative Allocations” under the Federal Grant Page or the State Grant Page located at this link: information will be updated through the fiscal year as appropriate.

Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) – web-based data collection tool (Attachments)
In preparation for the 2013-14 statewide pilot of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES), the Kentucky Department of Education will be using a web-based data collection tool for gathering participant information. Administrators at ten percent or more of the schools in each district must select teachers to participate per the required configuration of teachers that is outlined in the attached document.   Once a determination is made about who will take part, an administrator at each participating school will need to log in to the web-collector tool to submit the names of those teachers who will be participating in the pilot.
Additional schools are encouraged to participate in the pilot.  Any number/configuration of teachers in the “additional schools” can be identified to participate in the statewide pilot.  This information must be added to the tool as well.
Participating teachers should not be in their evaluation year during the 2013-14 school year.
As superintendent, we ask that you please complete the following:
1. Forward the attached PowerPoint, to your web security administrator. Your Web Security Administrator will provide the necessary rights to the administrator in each participating pilot school to input information into the web collection tool.
2. Forward the school directions to the administrator in the participating schools in order to have the administrator log into the web collector to identify the pilot participants.
3. Ensure that one member of central office is identified to complete the district section on the web collector in order to identify who may participate as a Peer Observer or Principal Evaluator in the PGES pilot.  As the superintendent, you may choose to do this. Please see the attached district directions document.
All pilot participant information must be submitted through the Web tool by Friday, June 28th.
If you have any questions please contact David Simpson in the Office of Next-Generation Learners at .

Gateways to Independence Institute
The 20th annual Gateways to Independence, a summer institute for service providers of students with visual impairments, will be presented by the Kentucky School for the Blind Outreach Department. It will be held on the campus of the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville July 23-24. “Learning Knows No Bounds” is the theme. Early registration deadline is June 15. Registration form and information are available at
Kentucky Teacher - Farm to table learning; Professional Learning Community at work; Fishy competition
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 20:
• Project-based learning is making an impact beyond the classroom in several Kentucky districts. Learn how students in Montgomery and Boyle counties are getting hands-on lessons in agriculture and the benefit that’s having for their schools’ cafeterias.
• Read about how Bell County English/language arts curriculum teachers are utilizing a professional learning community to reinvigorate their lesson plans, better understand the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, improve their leadership skills and create a culture of unity across grade levels.
• The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s bass fishing championship hooked more than 42 high school teams from around the state in its first year. Be sure to catch the action in KDE photographer Amy Wallot’s photo blog this week.
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 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.
2013 Kentucky Summer Reading Program -- Dig Into Reading
Summer reading programs at local Kentucky public libraries provide a wonderful opportunity for students to maintain reading skills. In summer 2013, readers of all ages will explore the wonders under our feet—buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilizations, insects, dinosaur bones, gardening, and more.
Teachers and parents are encouraged to help children use Find a Book, Kentucky to build personal reading lists for summer reading and then locate their selections at their school or public library or at a local bookstore. Find a Book, Kentucky uses the widely-adopted Lexile® measure to match a reader with books that will provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth. The new Find a Book app is the ultimate book search tool for educators, parents, librarians and students to download on their Android mobile phone. School and public librarians are ready to assist children and their parents as they make summer reading selections.
For more information about specific activities, contests, and reading events for the Summer Reading Program in your county, contact your local public library. Local public libraries across Kentucky have planned programs to keep children reading and learning all summer.  Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. You can find out more about this summer’s reading program here or by contacting

College/career-readiness conference
Bridges to Readiness for College and Careers, a professional development conference related to college readiness and success, core academic standards, and multi-disciplinary literacies will be held June 12 at the Adron Doran University Center at Morehead State University. Although it is designed to be multi-disciplinary, the conference should be of particular interest to those in literacy and writing.
In addition to three nationally recognized writers and literacy specialists, there will be 14 breakout sessions covering many issues in English/language arts. Register by June 1 at

KASSP Summer Meeting
Hold the Date – July 16, 2013, for the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) meeting at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Sessions will be centered on four recurring themes:
• Next Generation Leadership
• Next Generation School Improvement
• Next Generation Student Achievement
• Next Generation Communication
For more information, please go to .
Standards, Differentiation and Assessment Conference
Early bird registration ends May 31 for Meeting the Challenge: Standards, Differentiation and Assessment, the 3rd annual conference presented by PIMSER – the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform at the University of Kentucky. The conference will be held July 22-24 in Lexington.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see nationally and internationally recognized experts as they offer their perspective on understanding the curricular implications of the Next Generation Science Standards, advancing the implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, integrating assessment and standards-based grading, and leadership skills for supporting the changing classroom. Local practitioners including classroom teachers and leaders will present a variety of curricular, instructional, and leadership strategies that have been effectively applied in schools and classrooms, and will share their successes with examples.
Visit the conference website at for complete details and registration.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program 
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 5 to the International Space Station – part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education opportunity immerses grade 5-14 students in authentic, high visibility research, with the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.
Each participating school or district will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly it to the Space Station in Spring 2014.  A nine week experiment design competition will be held September 9 through November 11, 2013 for student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community's reserved mini-lab on Space Station. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design.
SSEP is not designed for an individual class or a small number of students. All interested schools or districts are asked to assess interest with their staff and submit a letter of inquiry by June 30, 2013.
For more information go to or call contact: 301-395-0770.

Suicide Prevention Training reminder
The final locations have been added to the suicide prevention trainings being offered across the state this summer. The schedule includes:
May 30-31 – Prestonsburg
June 3-4 – Elizabethtown
June 5-6 – Hopkinsville
June 13 & 14 - Maysville
June 17-18 – Somerset
June 19-20 – Louisville
June 25-26 – Owensboro
June 27-28 – Florence
July 8 & 9 – Bowling Green
July 11-12 – Paducah
July 17 & 18 – Hazard
July 18 & 19 - London
July 29-30 – Ashland
July 31-Aug. 1 –Lexington
A couple of reminders:
• 14 EILA hours will be available to those who complete the training.
• State regulations say that 12 EILA hours taken in June may transfer into the next school year. Those earned in May can only be used in the current year.  Prestonsburg’s EILA hours must be used in the 2012-13 school year; those who participate in June’s sessions may use all 14 in the 2012-13 year or may carry 12 of the 14 over to the 2013-14 year; those who participate in July’s trainings must use their EILA hours in the 2013-14 year.
• You will receive a confirmation two weeks prior to the training. This will allow us to adjust training locations if needed prior to confirming location.
•  You must attend the full two-day training to receive EILA or CEU credit.
• The training is from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.
Registration for all locations EXCEPT Lexington takes place at:
To register for the Lexington training ONLY email:
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact