Monday May 13

Published: 5/14/2013 10:00 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:
• Embargoed TELL Kentucky Results available
• Twitter Town Hall May 15
• PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast Reminder
• Kentucky Teacher – Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System; African American history class
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
Embargoed TELL Kentucky Results Available
Once again I thank you for your outstanding support in helping our state set a new record on the TELL Kentucky Survey with an 87% response rate.  Your leadership is essential to the success of this entire initiative and I know you are looking forward to seeing the results.  The TELL Kentucky Partners will make an official announcement of the results at the June 5 meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education.
As was done in 2011, you may view results during an embargo period prior to the public announcement.  I ask that you use this time to review your district and school results and not speak to the press until the public announcement is made in June.  Please share this information with your school leaders so that school-based decision making councils and other school leaders may see their results.  To view results during the embargo period, please visit
Additionally, the New Teacher Center will provide interactive post-survey webinars (May 13 and May 16) to share with state and district leaders information about accessing results once they are released.  Also covered will be some basic Do’s and Don’ts around the survey data, as well as Guides for Using Your Data.
Please register for one of the webinar dates reflected above by visiting .
Questions about the results and webinars can be directed to Carol Leggett at or by phone at 502-564-1479.

Twitter Town Hall May 15
The Kentucky Department of Education invites teachers, administrators, district staff, parents, students and other education stakeholders to submit questions for Commissioner Terry Holliday's Twitter Town Hall Wednesday, May 15, 4-5 p.m. ET. Questions can be tweeted both before May 15 and during the live event from 4-5 p.m. ET. Use the hash tag #AskDocH to send questions.
If you don’t have a Twitter account and would like to sign up for one, visit It’s a free service and also offers apps for smartphones if you’d rather follow along off of a traditional computer desktop or laptop.
Commissioner Holliday looks forward to answering your questions May 15.

PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast Reminder
A webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET for those who will be coordinating district participation in the 2013-14 statewide pilot of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). The webcast can be accessed at the following link: PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast.  A recording of the webcast will be archived and available on the PGES webpage a day after the live event.
Please contact Cathy White at with any questions.
Kentucky Teacher - Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System; African American history class                                                                                  
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 13:
• Professional growth and effectiveness is not just a goal for teachers. It’s a goal for principals as well. Read about the Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, how it is similar to the teacher system, and how it is different.
• See how a Clark County social studies teacher has gone beyond African American History month and slavery and created a semester-long African American History class that encompasses the colonial period, the Civil Rights movement and the modern era.
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.
Unbridled Learning Seminars
Bellarmine University and The Academic Edge invite K-12 leadership, curriculum specialists, reading specialists and recovery specialists to the first in a planned series of Unbridled Learning seminars on improving student reading skills on the path to College/Career Readiness.
Take away:
• Tools that you can put into action to help your students be more successful readers.
• Panel of Kentucky teachers will share their best practices in a Q & A session.
• Effective, ready-to-use strategies for building reading proficiency, boosting comprehension, and improving fluency.

For more information and registration, visit the event homepage. Registration must be complete and a $10 fee received by June 10. PD and EILA credit are available.

Critical conversations workshop
Teachers, prepare to have writing instruction transformed! The EKU Writing Project is presenting a workshop for teachers, administrators, writing committees and program review teams Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET.  Author James Fredrickson is the featured speaker. For more information and registration materials go to

Gifted Education Workshops
Registration is now available for the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Summer Workshops 2013 on Tuesday, June 18 in Bowling Green.
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Differentiation focuses on examining the use of differentiation to foster continuous progress. Participants will receive the book Teacher’s Survival Guide: Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. and Tracy F. Inman, Ed.D.
Finding Kentucky’s Gifted Children: Identification focuses on providing information for screening processes in the five areas of giftedness identified in Kentucky. Participants in this workshop will receive the book Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed., edited by Susan
Johnsen, Ph.D.
EILA credit is available.  Go to for more information and to register online.
The KY Advisory Council for Gifted & Talented is offering a limited number of scholarships to educators to attend the KAGE Summer Workshop on June 18.  The scholarship application can also be found at

KAEE Sustainability Symposium
The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) will present the second annual KAEE Sustainability Symposium on Friday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at Gateway Community and Technical College’s Boone Campus in Florence, Kentucky. The event will explore the collaborative network of numerous educational, local government, and nonprofit organizations committed to enhancing the northern Kentucky region through urban sustainable development. In addition to the presenters, three sustainability tour options are available and included with registration. Registration is now open and is $25 for students, $35 for KAEE members, and $45 for non-KAEE members.  Cost includes lunch with healthy, local foods, and your choice of a field trip.
Go to for details on how to register.
Assessment Coordinators of the Year Nominations Open
The Kentucky Association for Assessment Coordinators (KAAC) is now accepting nominations for the 2013 District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) of the year awards. Winners will be recognized at the annual conference in October. The online form will ask for your contact information and that of two additional people in support of this nomination.
To access the Building Assessment Coordinators of the Year nomination form click here.
To access the District Assessment Coordinators of the Year nomination form click here.
To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form by the end of the day on Friday, May 31. If you have questions, please contact KAAC at: