May 27 2014

Published: 5/28/2014 3:00 PM
MONDAY SUPERINTENDENT E-MAIL – 5/27/14
 
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:

• Use of eTranscripts reminder
• Kentucky Education Association (KEA) requests link to survey be shared with all school district employees
• Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) training for district and school leaders
• Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit – save the date
• Updated FY15 Preliminary Federal Allocations
Kentucky Teacher – Partnerships enhance Pulaski County ATC
 
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
 
Use of eTranscripts reminder
As part of the eTranscript project, KDE made a commitment to postsecondary schools that all final transcripts would be sent electronically for the 2013-14 school year. As a reminder of this commitment, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has provided this letter on behalf of its schools.
 
There is still time to ensure every senior is registered with a Parchment account and that all final transcripts are requested online prior to students graduating. As long as students have registered, final transcripts can be generated automatically by counselors after final grades are posted. Please ensure final transcripts are generated by August 1 to meet university deadlines and avoid student fees for transcripts.
 
On June 26, from 10-12 ET, participating partner education agencies will hold an online listening forum for all schools participating in eTranscript. Details will be forthcoming. This will provide an opportunity for secondary and postsecondary schools to discuss any tweaks they would like to see as we move into the second year of the project. We invite high schools to take advantage of this opportunity and submit suggestions for changes before or during this forum.
 
Meanwhile, Kentucky eTranscript has been drawing national attention as detailed in the May 19 Government Technology article, Kentucky Moves 173 School Districts to Electronic Transcript System.
 
More information is available on eTranscripts here. If additional training is needed, Tammy Baden is able to help set up training for counselors. Other questions or concerns can be sent to DeDe Conner.

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.

Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) training for district and school leaders
Two special Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) half-day trainings for district and school leaders are being offered. The first training will be held on July 8 at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell. The second training will be held on July 10 at The Garland Building in London.
 
District and school leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this hands-on training to learn how the use of the ILP can help all students become college- and career-ready. Attendees will learn how the ILP can help with college- and career-advising, assist with schedule forecasting, help teachers to know the learning styles of each of their students and much more.
 
Come find out how the ILP can be incorporated throughout the entire school to best help each of your students.
 
Please visit the KDE website to register. For more information contact Jennifer.smith@education.ky.gov .

Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit – save the date
Mark your calendars for the Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit, “Focusing on Best Practice to Close the Achievement Gap,” sponsored by KDE and AdvanceED Kentucky. The summit will be held September 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center. Follow the conversation on Twitter for updates and announcements by using #KYCIS2014.

Updated FY15 Preliminary Federal Allocations
The updated FY15 preliminary allocations for the following federal programs have been posted at http://education.ky.gov/districts/fin/Pages/Federal-Grants.aspx:
• IDEA B Basic
• IDEA B Preschool
• Title I, Part C Migrant Education
• Title VI Rural and Low Income Schools
 
If you have any questions, please contact: 
 
IDEA B Basic and IDEA B Preschool: Nick Easter (nick.easter@education.ky.gov)
Title I, Part C Migrant Education: Heather Rhorer (heather.rhorer@education.ky.gov)
Title VI, Rural and Low Income Schools: Vicki Fosbender (Vicki.fosbender@education.ky.gov)
 
NOTE:  Other federal tentative allocations will be released upon receipt of data from the U.S. Department of Education.

 
Partnerships enhance Pulaski County ATC
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 26:
• Learn how the Pulaski County Area Technology Center (ATC) is using partnerships to enhance its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and create new ones tied to community needs.
 
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.
 
Targeted summer professional learning on writing 
In a recent study, the Education Professional Standards Board found about writing instruction in Kentucky that students of teachers who participated in the Kentucky Writing Project (KWP) professional development outperformed others on state writing assessments. Both the KWP and the Louisville Writing Project (LWP) are offering a variety of targeted learning opportunities on writing for educators throughout the summer, starting as soon as June 11. Please see the list for details. 

WKU School of Teacher Education Annual Conference
The School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University is hosting a day of professional activities based on the theme “Change Your Luck with PGES.”
            When: Friday, June 13, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. CDT
        Where: Gary A. Ransdell Hall, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
 
For more information check out the conference website: http://www.wku.edu/ste/conference.

Middle school girls; STEM Day at UK
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative are hosting a Girls STEM Day on UK’s campus, July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET for middle school girls. Participants will visit with faculty from agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering and geology. A pizza lunch will be served, and there is no fee for the program.  It is requested that girls register with Esther Edwards (859) 257-1993, eedwards@uky.edu or Elizabeth Farnsworth, elizabeth.farnsworth@uky.edu, before June 30. Spots are limited. See the flyer for more details.

KASC annual conference focuses on what’s working in Kentucky schools
The Kentucky Association of School Councils will host its annual conference Sept. 16-17 at the Galt House in Louisville. 
 
A pre-conference day is scheduled on Monday, Sept. 15. Topics include:
• Effective Principal Leadership for SBDM Councils (noon – 3:00 p.m. ET).  For principals only. See overview for details.
• Teacher PGES Implementation Tools (3 – 6 p.m. ET)

The conference will kick off from 4-5:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 15 with a KDE assessment update.
 
Sept. 16-17 feature 18 different high performing and/or impressively improving Kentucky schools sharing strategies that have delivered results. Check out these links for more information:
• registration form
• delegates and KASC Board elections
 
A conference overview and list of conference sessions will be available online in September.

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 also will receive resources and learn techniques for creating their own integrated plans.
 
If you have additional questions contact Diana Mills at dmills@unionky.edu.