November 18 2013

Published: 11/20/2013 8:35 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:
• National Education Week – PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL EDUCATORS
• KSBIT update – future webcast (Three Attachments)
• Education Matters program on poverty tonight
• Advanced Placement honor roll
• eTranscript update
• 2013-14 Math and Science Partnership/Math and Science Partnership *special* RFA Awards
• 2013 School Law Book supplements are here!
Kentucky Teacher – Science standards, TOY, student council photos coming next week
 
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
 
National Education Week – PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL EDUCATORS
This is National Education Week, a week dedicated to celebrate public education and honor the individuals who are dedicated to the vision that every child not only deserves but also receives a quality education.  In Kentucky, the goal is college/career-readiness for all students by the time they graduate high school.
 
On my travels across the state, Kentucky’s public school teachers and administrators never cease to amaze me.  Day after day, despite what may be happening in their own lives, they plan, prepare, teach, motivate and inspire our children. Sometimes they have to be disciplinarians; sometimes they just have to show that someone cares.  Their jobs are not easy.  Every day they face a myriad of challenges, many of which are out of their control. And too often they must perform their duties without the adequate resources to do so.  But despite it all, they are professionals and are dedicated to kids – often putting the needs of their students ahead of their own. 
 
Our Kentucky educators deserve not only our respect but also our gratitude. So, thank you Kentucky educators!  I am honored to be working with you and know our children face a bright future because of you and your efforts. 

KSBIT update – future webcast (Three Attachments)
The Public Protection Cabinet recently issued a press release on KSBIT.  As noted in the press release, attorneys for the state Department of Insurance (DOI) filed petitions in Franklin Circuit Court asking that two of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust’s (KSBIT) self-insured funds be placed in rehabilitation, which means DOI will directly manage the funds.  A copy of the petitions (worker’s compensation petition in two attachments (attachment 1 and attachment 2), and property and liability petition in one attachment) are included in this e-mail, for informational purposes only.  Districts should consult with local board counsel before drawing any conclusions about this newly filed litigation. 
 
On December 13, at 1 p.m. ET, DOI will participate in the commissioner’s monthly superintendent webcast, to provide an update.

Education Matters program on poverty tonight
As part of a continuing series on poverty in Kentucky, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw co-host a special edition of Education Matters on KET tonight, Monday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, that examines the impact of poverty on school performance.
 
Clips from the program include visits to May Valley Elementary and John M. Stumbo Elementary, both in Floyd County, and Fern Creek Traditional High School and Neighborhood House, both in Louisville.
 
Discussions on economic, educational and social policies that can lead to academic success or failure among poor, at-risk students and ways that schools, families and communities can counter poverty’s effects are included in this program.
 
Advanced Placement honor roll
Congratulations to the following Kentucky public school districts for making the College Board’s 4th annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. The honor roll includes 477 public and private districts throughout the U.S. and Canada that increased access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students while also maintaining or improving the rate at which their AP students earned passing scores of 3 or higher (out of a possible 5) on an AP Exam.
 
• Ashland Independent School District*                                                 
• Boone County School District*
• Bracken County School District‡
• Fayette County Public Schools*
• Floyd County School District‡
• Logan County School District
• Madison County School District
• Marion County Public School District*
• Marshall County School District
• McLean County School District
• Murray Independent School District
• Pulaski County School District‡*
*District has achieved the honor for multiple years.
‡District has 30 percent or greater enrollment of students who qualify for free/reduced-price meals.

eTranscript update
All Kentucky public school districts are now registered for eTranscripts. The system is live in 92 districts. Current stats show the following:
• Districts In Transition with pending go-live date – 20
• Districts to “go-live” in upcoming months:
o November – 17
o December – 9
o January – 18
o February – 6
o March – 7
 
To date more than 10,000 transcripts have been generated through the eTranscript process.

2013-14 Math and Science Partnership / Math and Science Partnership *special* RFA Awards
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is pleased to announce that the review process for 2013-14 Mathematics and Science Partnerships and the 2013-14 Math and Science Partnership *special project* RFAs are complete. Awards can be found on the KDE Competitive Grant Awards site.  * Please note that awards are contingent upon final review and commitment toward non-negotiables.

2013 School Law Book supplements are here!
These supplements include the state laws enacted by the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly, as well as relevant annotations.  These are to supplement the 2012 Kentucky School Law Book.  The supplement is designed with a cardstock flap to adhere to the back inside cover of the 2012 School Law Book.  Always remember to check the supplement each time you reference the School Law Book to insure you are viewing the most recent statutory language.
Copies for school districts are being mailed out.  We are in the process of making it available on our website within the next two weeks.
 
Please contact Tina Drury if you have any questions at tina.drury@education.ky.gov.
 
Kentucky Teacher - Science standards, TOY, student council photos coming next week
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 Nov. 18:
• The Next-Generation Science Standards are here. Now the work begins. Learn how educators are collaborating and sharing information statewide as they prepare to help their students master real-world science concepts.
• Holly Bloodworth, an elementary school teacher at Murray Elementary School in the Murray Independent school district, writes about her excitement at being named the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. She is looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and sharing ideas with other educators across the state and country during her year-long reign.
• Check out Amy Wallot’s Photo Blog featuring photos of the new Next-Generation Student Council at its first meeting in Frankfort.
 
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 kyteacher@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 or the Commissioner of Education.

Leadership institute
The Center for Gifted Studies will be holding its the 18th Leadership Institute December 5-6 at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 
 
The keynote speaker is Mariam MacGregor who will address “Fitting It In: Leadership Education and the Common Core.” She will demonstrate ways to engage students while teaching leadership in the context of standards-aligned subject matter in mathematics, physics, journalism and language arts, social studies and current events, and creativity.
 
The cost of institute is $90 and will include lunch as well as a recent publication from Mariam MacGregor. EILA credit (9 hours) is available for this institute.
 
If you would like more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit http://www.wku.edu/gifted/educators/leadershipinstitute.php or call the center at (270) 745-6323.
 

KySTE 2014 registration open
Join nearly 2,000 information technology leaders, technicians, tech resource/integration specialists, classroom teachers, administrators/district leaders, library media specialists, vendors/exhibitors, and other education professionals at the largest education technology conference in the south central US at KySTE 2014, the conference of the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education, March 5-7, 2014 at the Galt House in Louisville.
 
This year’s conference theme is “Redefining Horizons: Moving Learning Forward.”

There will be sessions on a variety of important education technology trends and tools, including:
• enterprise-level technology, including hardware selection, deployment, and support
• emerging technologies
• tablets, eReaders, student "bring your own device," 1-1 computing
• technology-driven classroom resources, practices, and ideas, with attention to the Common Core and Next-Generation Standards
• Web 2.0 tools, resources, software and storage "on the cloud"
• multimedia in the district, school, and classroom
• videoconference technologies and Ideas which leverage connections (real-time or otherwise) across distances
• hybrid/blended and distance education tools and strategies
• assistive technology/Universal Design for Learning
The Wednesday pre-conference workshops (free with full registration) has greatly expanded. Besides the usual DTC/CIO, TIS/TRT, STLP and technical threads, look for sessions on:
• Infinite Campus
• School Leadership
• Library/Media
• The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS)
• ...and featuring "Expertly Speaking," with international education consultant and author Meg Ormiston.
 
To register, visit the KySTE 2014 resource page. Early bird registration pricing expires January 31, 2014.  For up-to-the minute information, see the KySTE 2014 information page on the KySTE website.

Kentucky History Teacher of the Year nominations
Nominations are currently being taken for the 2014 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year.  All nominations must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman website at: www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy.
The History Teacher of the Year award alternates every other year between elementary and middle/high school teachers.  Only middle school and high school teachers (grades 7-12) will be considered for the 2014 award.
 
Nominators are asked to provide contact information for themselves and information about their nominee, including a short, optional statement about why they are nominating the teacher. Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, principal or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. A teacher can be nominated at any point during the year but must be nominated by February 1, 2014, to be considered for the current year’s award, if they are eligible.
 
All nominees will receive an e-mail notification with further instructions for completing the nomination with supporting materials. If the teacher is nominated in a year in which he/she is not eligible, they will receive an e-mail reminder when the online form to submit supporting materials to complete his nomination opens. For more information contact Tim Talbott at tim.talbott@ky.gov or (502) 564-1792, ext. 4428.