October 14, 2013

Published: 10/15/2013 1:20 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:
• 2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers RFA posted
• Kentucky Teacher - Kentucky Board of Education talks budget, CTE teacher lauded for college- and career-readiness work; 2013 Teacher of the Year ends reign
 
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
 
2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers RFA posted
As authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Title IV, Part B, the Office of Next Generation Learners has posted a Request for Applications (RFA) for local school districts, community and faith-based organizations, as well as other qualifying private and governmental organizations to design and implement effective out-of-school programs that improve student achievement and social development.
 
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low performing schools, to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects; to offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs and promote youth development; and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating students.
 
Eligible applicants are local education agencies, community-based organizations (CBO), including faith-based organizations (FBO), institutions of higher education, county and city government agencies, for-profit corporations, and other public and private entities. 
 
In support of this program, an RFA and a Call for Reviewers has posted to the KDE website.  The questions deadline is November 25, 2013.  The RFA submission deadline is December 4, 2013. 

Kentucky Teacher - Kentucky Board of Education talks budget, CTE teacher lauded for college- and career-readiness work; 2013 Teacher of the Year ends reign
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 Oct. 7:
• The Kentucky Board of Education had a lot on its plate last week but, with the legislative session only a few months away, additional funding for education was the priority.
• Kentucky Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year Betty Hunt always dreamed of working at an area technology center. Read about how the business and marketing teacher at the Martin Area Technology Center achieved her dream and is now helping her students achieve their college and career dreams.
• Owensboro Independent teacher Kristal Doolin reflects on her year as the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and offers thanks to her supporters and those she met along the way.
 
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.
 
Kentucky Safe Schools Resources
As a reminder next week, Oct. 20-26, is Safe Schools Week in Kentucky. The Kentucky Center for School Safety encourages every school across Kentucky to participate. The week’s positive focus will be on “Safety”, “Teamwork,” “Opportunities” and “Power” -- all stakeholders will be encouraged to get involved and S.T.O.P.! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behavior in our Schools, which supports a safe, respectful, climate where all can succeed.
 
The Center for School Safety has developed a new Booklet of Handouts that includes the online activities for the week. This handbook offers ways to use the materials and ideas to assist you in the planning process. It is a multi-page booklet which will give you an overview of possible ways to use the resources provided. It is available by clicking the link above or by visiting the Safe Schools Week page on the Center for School Safety website. 

Student Video Contest
Kentucky students have an opportunity to help raise awareness of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund’s (KHLCF) “Nature’s Finest” license plate programs. KHLCF is seeking creative and original videos from high school, college, trade or professional school students in Kentucky that describe what the Heritage Land Conservation Fund does and its importance to Kentucky.
                 
All submissions should be either 60 or 180 seconds in length and must address the following questions:
• What does the KHLCF program do?
• Why is this program important to Kentucky?
• Why are sales of the “Nature’s Finest” license plate essential to the KHLCF program?
 
Entries will be grouped into two categories: (a) a solo artist submission (one person, one body of work created solely by the entrant); and (b) a group effort submission (production by a group of students).
 
The deadline for entries is June 16, 2014. First and second place winners will receive cash prizes of $500 and $250, respectively. The third place winner and runner-up will each receive honorable mention and a signed Certificate of Achievement. Winning entries will be posted on YouTube. Rules and detailed information about the 2014 KHLC Board Public Service Announcement Video Contest can be found at http://heritageland.ky.gov.

Building Chinese language programs
In recognition of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute's (UKCI) 3rd anniversary, a round-table discussion on Chinese language programs at the K12 schools is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 203 of the Student Center at the University of Kentucky. The participants of this round table discussion include all the schools the UKCI works with, schools that wish to start a Chinese language program and some principals from out of state who have had extensive experience with their Chinese language programs.  This will be a time to share best practices, exchange ideas and find solutions for problems encountered.  This will form a network and support group to build stronger Chinese language programs.  Additional activities will follow the round table discussion.
 
5:30-6:30 p.m:  VIP reception: meet Shanghai University representatives and UK faculty -- President's Room, Singletary Center for the Arts
7 p.m:  Chinese Music and Dance performance by Shanghai University students and faculty
 
Please address questions to Huajing Xiu Maske, Ph.D., Director, University of Kentucky Confucius Institute and Executive Director, University of Kentucky China Office, www.uky.edu/confucius_institute, (859) 257-4607.
 
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Invite Award Nominations
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award is open for nominations. The winning school board receives a plaque, along with a cash award of $10,000 for arts education programs. Details are online: www.kennedy-center.org/SchoolBoardAward. Since 1989, this annual award has been presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education. This national award recognizes districts that have included four artistic disciplines—visual arts, music, theater, and dance—in their programs. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013.

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines
Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.

Visit the Farm Animals at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE)
The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Education Program invites you and your class to take a field trip to the world’s largest purebred livestock show. Your students will have up-close experiences with many kinds of farm animals and they’ll learn about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. There are opportunities to see different animal species on different days – dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, quarter and draft horses and more.
 
The NAILE will be November 9-22, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. School tours are available on November 12, 14, 15, and 18-21, 2013. The cost of the field trip is $2.00 per student/teacher/chaperone and $8.00 per vehicle to park. For more information visit our website at www.livestockexpo.org or contact Bryan Blair at bblair@ksfb.ky.gov. The deadline to book a field trip is October 25, 2013.

HistoryMobile Available for Visits
The Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile is available to visit elementary, middle and high schools in Kentucky.  This full-sized tractor and trailer contains an interactive exhibition called “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era,” which uses personal recollections, authentic artifacts and touch-screen activities to teach critical thinking, literacy and college and career readiness.  Student activities are tied to Common Core ELA Standards and emphasize critical thinking, research skills, creativity and literacy. To schedule a visit from the HistoryMobile or to find out more information, contact Kate Sowada at kate.sowada@ky.gov or (502) 564-1792, ext. 4458.  You can also learn more by visiting our website at http://history.ky.gov/portfolio/what-would-you-choose/.

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference
The National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference will be held on February 1-4, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.  Teachers, reading specialists, school administrators, literacy coaches, preservice educators and others who are interested in early literacy education are invited to attend.
 
115 sessions, led by nationally respected literacy experts with a focus on all aspects of K-6 literacy including comprehension, struggling readers, writing, building on students’ strengths, Common Core State Standards, RTI, non-fiction, ELL, assessments, literacy coaching, Reading Recovery, children’s literature, administration, and much more will be offered.
 
The Conference Keynote speakers include:  Mary Ann Doyle, Sharon Taberski, and Brian Pinkney.  Featured speakers include:  Lucy Calkins, Nell Duke, and Tanny McGregor; and Preconference Institute Speakers:  Gay Su Pinnell & Irene Fountas and Matt Glover.
 
Conference Location information:
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
 
Contact Information:
Reading Recovery Council of North America
500 W. Wilson Bridge Road
Suite 250
Worthington, OH 43085
 
For further information, please contact Joyce Wilson at: jwilson@readingrecovery.org or visit the website at www.readingrecovery.org.