October 28, 2013

Published: 10/30/2013 4:21 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:
• URGENT – STATUS OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR KENTUCKY EMPLOYEES HEALTH PLAN (KEHP) (Attachment)
• Redbook Clarification on Cake walks
• Comment requested on SIG application process
• Minority Superintendent Internship Program accepting applications
• Nominations Sought for the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award (Attachment)
• Kentucky ACT State Organization 2013 Annual Conference (Attachment)
• Kentucky Teacher – Superheroes, school librarian features coming up 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
 
URGENT – STATUS OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR KENTUCKY EMPLOYEES HEALTH PLAN (KEHP) (Attachment)
With less than 4 days left in the 2014 Open Enrollment window, the Commonwealth sits with nearly 75,000 participants NOT yet enrolled.  Open Enrollment ends on Thursday, October 31, 2013. The state Personnel Cabinet has advised that, because a month-long enrollment period was devised to include any extensions, no additional time will be granted after October 31, 2013 to enroll. It is critical that all school districts employees within each school district are reminded of the deadline and urged to enroll immediately.   The attached file (with all local public entities) from the state Personnel Cabinet provides specifics on the enrollment for each school district as of this past Friday.

Redbook Clarification on Cake walks
During the Redbook revision process KDE received information from the Department of Charitable Gaming (DCG) indicating the classification for cake walks had changed and they were to be considered a “game of chance” subjecting the activity to licensing requirements.  Since that time, DCG has clarified their position that cake walks are not subject to licensing requirements.  Information regarding cake walks has been updated in the Redbook FAQs available on the KDE website at: http://education.ky.gov/districts/FinRept/Pages/Accounting-Procedures-for-School-Activity-Funds.aspx.
 
Questions regarding Redbook maybe directed to Susan Barkley at susan.barkley@education.ky.gov, 502-564-3930, extension 4437.

Comments requested on SIG application process
In coming weeks, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will be applying to the U.S. Department of Education for a School Improvement Grant (SIG). These grants, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, are made to State Education Agencies (SEAs) which, in turn, make competitive sub-grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Successful LEA applicants will demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to substantially raise the achievement in their lowest-performing schools. Due to the state receiving an ESEA flexibility waiver, only the 18 schools identified as Priority Schools in Cohort 3 will be eligible to apply.
 
KDE is asking for comments on the SIG application process.  Those wishing to provide feedback may contact Donna Tackett, donna.tackett@education.ky.gov, on or before November 10, 2013.

Minority Superintendent Internship Program accepting applications
The Office of Next Generation Professionals, Diversification and Equity Branch, will be taking applications beginning December 1 for the next cohort of the 2014 Minority Superintendent Internship Program (MSIP). The application will be posted at the following link on December 1, 2013 MSIP 2014 application. The application is due January 30, 2014. The MSIP provides underrepresented members of ethnic minority groups with actual hands-on experiences as district leaders over a two-year program.  This non-traditional leadership development program recognizes the necessity for a pool of diverse individuals prepared to successfully meet the academic and fiscal challenges of accountability in our schools. 
 
Informational sessions about the MSIP will be held in November and December at the following locations:
 
• November 7 - Bowling Green Ind. – Board of Education (1211 Center St., Bowling Green, KY) from 5-7 p.m. CST
• November 18 - Fayette County – Board of Education (701 E. Main St., Lexington, KY)
from 5-7 p.m. EST
• November 21 - Covington Ind. – Board of Education (25 E. 7th St., Covington, KY) from
4-6 p.m. EST
• December 3 – Paducah Ind. – Board of Education (800 Caldwell St., Paducah, KY) 5-7 p.m. CST
• December 4 – Christian County – Board of Education (200 Glass Ave., Hopkinsville, KY)
5-7 p.m. CST
For more information, contact Audrey Proctor at 502-564-1479.

Nominations Sought for the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award (Attachment)
The Kentucky Board of Education is requesting nominations for the tenth annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award. This award will be given to a Kentuckian or a Kentucky organization that has exhibited leadership, commitment and service to equity and opportunity in education for all Kentucky children.
 
Dr. Samuel Robinson served on the Kentucky Board of Education from 1991 until 2004 and provided magnificent commitment, service and leadership as an advocate for all children. As his colleagues, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) knows first-hand of his passion for equity and opportunity in education.
 
The board invites your nomination(s) on the attached form. Because nominations may come from both organizations and individuals, additional copies of the form may be made and distributed throughout your membership. Notice that in addition to completing the nomination form, a brief narrative of 500 words or less describing how the person or organization has exhibited leadership, commitment and service to equity and opportunity in education for all Kentucky children at the school, community and/or state levels must be submitted via mail or e-mail no later than November 12, 2013 to:
 
Kentucky Board of Education
            Roger L. Marcum, Chair
            c/o Mary Ann Miller, Policy Advisor
            500 Mero Street, First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower
            Frankfort, KY  40601
            E-mail: maryann.miller@education.ky.gov
 
If there are questions about the nomination process, contact Mary Ann Miller at (502) 564-3141, ext. 4840 or via e-mail at MaryAnn.Miller@education.ky.gov.

Kentucky ACT State Organization 2013 Annual Conference (Attachment)
The Kentucky ACT State Organization is pleased to announce the 2013 annual conference designed to inform, educate, and inspire Kentucky's educators. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about Kentucky's key education strategies, colleagues' best practices, and ACT's latest research, programs, and services that will help you address common concerns and meet common goals!
 
Please see important information attached and below about the conference:
Title:                Measure Results: Celebrate Success; Support Improvement
Sessions:          See 2013 Kentucky ACT Summit – Sessions (attached) for descriptions
Registration:      Available online at, www.regonline.com/KY2013

Date:               Friday, November 22, 2013

Time:               7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST Onsite check-in/registration and continental
                       breakfast
                        8:30 a.m. program begins

Site:                 Marriott Louisville East, Louisville, Kentucky

Cost:                $50.00 per person. Conference registration includes a light breakfast, lunch,
                       refreshments, and session materials

Lodging:            Marriott Louisville East – 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Louisville, KY 40299
(To make reservations, please call the reservation line at 877-495-4694 to request the "ACT group rate" of $103.00 per night, plus tax. Room rate valid through November 1, 2013.) 
 
For more information, contact Sue Kirchner at sue.kirchner@act.org.

Kentucky Teacher - Superheroes, school librarian features coming up 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 Oct. 28:
• Superheroes aren’t only found in comic books. At South Heights Elementary School in Henderson County, they are an integral part of a school culture that encourages students to have high expectations and determination when it comes to their studies. Learn how the school’s Superhero Training Academy is helping students improve their focus and achievement.
• Terri Grief, school media librarian at Reidland High School (McCracken County) and president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), shares her thoughts on why school librarians are important and how they help students become lifelong learners.
• Allison Hunt, 2013 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year, uses her farewell column to offer some final thoughts and encouragement to teachers.
 
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.

2014 History Teacher of the Year Nominations Sought
Nominations are 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 this nomination opens. 
 
For more information contact Tim Talbott at tim.talbott@ky.gov or 502-564-1792, ext. 4428.

KySTE Outreach Grant Offering for 2013-14
• What? Grants for classroom use of technology which reflect the mission statement ofthe Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.
• How Much? Funds totaling $80,000 are available this year. Applicants may ask for any amount up to the total offering (all $80,000).
• Who? Applicants must be current members of KySTE. Please join or verify membership before applying. Proof of membership is required. Applications must be on behalf of a public or private K-12 school or district in Kentucky. The application FAQs on the KySTE Outreach Offering 2013-14 page has more details.
• How? See the KySTE Outreach Offering 2013-14 page on www.kyste.org for instructions. All applications must be submitted electronically via e-mail.
• When? The application window is open! Deadline is midnight, December 31, 2013.
• When will I know? Announcements will be made in late February. Last year KySTE awarded over $30,000 in grants.

STEM education program opportunity
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 6 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-14 students across a community in fully 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 community 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 Fall 2014.  A 9 week experiment design competition in each community, held winter/spring 2014 and engaging typically 300 students, allows 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. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
 
All interested communities are asked to inquire by November 20, 2013; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an implementation plan. Communities must be aboard by February 17, 2014, for a 9 week experiment design phase February 24 to April 28, 2014, and flight experiment selection by May 29, 2014. For more information, contact: (301) 395-0770 or ssep@ncesse.org.
 
Student Discipline Conference – November 15, 2013
Do you understand student rights in disciplinary situations?  It is critical that school district administrators understand student rights in disciplinary situations in order to have immunity if the district or the individual is sued.  Courts expect school administrators to understand their responsibilities in regard to student rights in such situations.  Don’t be caught off guard.  Learn what you need to know to address these serious issues!  Come learn the current legal status of student rights in situations involving hot topics in court cases. Get an update on the revised KSBA Student Discipline Desk Reference and special education and section 504 issues.  Learn the board polices you must understand.  Hear about outcomes of safe schools assessments. Six (6) hours of EILA and board credit are to be given.
 
Special Guest Presenters:
Jon Akers, KCSS Director 
 
KSBA Presenters:
Teresa T. Combs, KSBA, Director of Legal and Administrative Training Services
John C. Fogle III, KSBA, Staff Attorney
Katrina Kinman, KSBA, Senior Policy Consultant and eMeeting Program Manager
 
The KSBA Annual Student Discipline Conference will be held on November 15, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Embassy Suites, Lexington, Kentucky. 
 
Registration at conference will be held at 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration price is $200 per person.  To register in advance, go to www.ksba.org.
 
Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511 - 859-455-5000
 
No cancellations allowed, but substitutions may be made.
 
For additional information, contact Jolene Shearer at 1-800-372-2962
 
KY PTA Bulletin (Attachment)
Attached is the October Kentucky PTA bulletin for your information.
 
For additional information, please contact Sara Jacob with Kentucky PTA at kypta.oservices@gmail.com .