September 16 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 10:20 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:
• Restraint and seclusion and the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports
• AdvancED – KDE Diagnostic Review Evaluator (Team Member) Application (Attachment)
• UK Innovate-to-Learn Institute
• Kentucky Teacher – Kindergarten screen opportunities; Minority Superintendent Program Success; Photo Blog
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

Restraint and seclusion and the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports
KET has reported that nearly 50,000 users have completed online training for 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools. Districts are effectively collecting and reporting data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion through the restraint and seclusion custom tab within Infinite Campus.  I am pleased that districts are accurately acknowledging the use of physical restraint and seclusion, and otherwise making strong efforts to fully comply with the regulation.  
A review of these data suggests that districts may benefit from more information regarding the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports.  KDE is eager to assist in minimizing the use of physical restraint and seclusion.  Please contact Gretta Hylton at or (502) 564-4970 if you would like further information on implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports.  
AdvancED – KDE Diagnostic Review Evaluator (Team Member) Application (Attachment)
The Kentucky Department of Education and AdvancED are creating a cadre of distinguished school and system practitioners to support and help lead the Diagnostic Review (formerly Leadership Assessment) process in several Kentucky schools and districts during the 2013-14 school year and beyond. This cadre of school and system educators will serve alongside KDE and AdvancED staff as well as college/university faculty to examine school/system data, leadership, learning conditions, as well as policies, practices, curriculum, and culture that promote student learning.

By using current practitioners to serve in the role of Diagnostic Review Evaluators, we will help build statewide leadership capacity to accelerate student performance, enhance school and system effectiveness, and realize our common strategic goals of college- and career-readiness for every student.
Diagnostic Review Evaluators will be asked to:
• Participate in one day (6 hours) of training (EILA approved) led by KDE and AdvancED staff
Training Dates:
Bowling Green, November 18, 2013   (location to be determined)
Lexington, November 20, 2013          (location to be determined)
Lexington, November 21, 2013          (location to be determined)
• All travel expenses for the training, including meals, mileage and lodging, will be reimbursed
• Additional on-line training (1-2 hours) 
• Participate in all aspects of at least one Diagnostic Review per year including:
• Two virtual team meetings (approximately one hour each)  prior to the on-site review
• Examination of documents, diagnostics, etc. in preparation for the on-site review
• Collaboration with other team members to determine findings and communicate results through a written report   
• Diagnostic Reviews are three day on-site visits (typically Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon)
• Service on a Diagnostic Review Team is also EILA approved professional development
• 2013-14 Diagnostic  Reviews are scheduled for January-March
• All travel expenses for the Diagnostic Reviews will be reimbursed
Please forward this information along with the attached application to school and system administrators that you feel have potential to serve as Diagnostic Review Evaluators and who you believe would benefit professionally from this experience.
To apply for Diagnostic Review Evaluator, complete the attached application and e-mail it to no later than October 4, 2013.  For assistance, contact Betsy Hehr in the AdvancED Kentucky Office at 1-888-413-3669 ext. 5783.

UK Innovate-to-Learn Institute
The Innovate-to-Learn Institute combines two institutes into one and will be held October 28-29 at the Lexington Convention Center.  Check-in is 8 a.m. and the institute runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  There will be presentations and several keynote speakers throughout the conference.
Day one of the institute consists of the Kentucky 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Institute, which seeks to create an environment where teachers, administrators, and CIOs can come together to explore challenges and opportunities within 1:1 and BYOD schools. Those who should attend include:
• School administrators and teachers in 1:1/BYOD districts, or currently considering
CIOs/DTCs (KySTE New CIO Workshop is now part of the event)
• District/School technical support personnel
• Instructional technologists

The Kentucky 1:1 BYOD Institute is sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Education, CASTLE, KySTE and the UK P-20 Innovation Lab and is approved for 6 hours EILA credit.
The second day of the institute focuses on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Maker Movement with many sessions to inspire inquiry and innovation. Teachers, students, school administrators, higher education faculty, board members, leaders in the business community should plan on attending. The institute is sponsored by University of Kentucky College of Education, Kentucky Department of Education, Google, ShopBot Inc., Project Lead the Way, and the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute.
Register for one day or both days at
Kentucky Teacher - Kindergarten screen opportunities; Minority Superintendent Program Success; Photo Blog
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 Sept. 16:
• Kindergarten teachers around the state began using the Kindergarten screener this year to help guide their instruction for all students. For one teacher at Science Hill Independent Elementary, the screener also offered her an opportunity to help transition her new students into her classroom. 
• The Minority Superintendent Internship Program already earned its first success of this year with Alvin Garrison being named the new superintendent of Covington Independent schools. Learn how the two other educators in the program are learning the ins and outs of what it takes to run a school district. 
• KDE photographer Amy Wallot uses her Photo Blog this week to capture the spirit of several competitions at the Kentucky State Fair.
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.
KASC Annual Conference
Achieve Success: Innovate and Celebrate is the theme of the Kentucky Association of School Councils Annual Conference, Sept. 24-25 in Louisville. The conference includes
• 20 High Performing Schools
• Break out Sessions from the 4 Districts of Innovation
• Meeting the Needs of Kindergartners
• Assessment Update with KDE's Rhonda Sims
• College and Career Ready
• Specific sessions for SBDM Credit
Principal Leadership Workshop, Monday, Sept. 23, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
• Everything you need to know about SBDM, including, law, policy, election, personnel, meetings and assessment
Pre-Conference Sessions, Monday, Sept. 23, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
• Higher-Level Multiple Choice, or
• Higher-Level Thinking and Learning — Closing the Gap for All Students
Specific Sessions available for SBDM credit; EILA Conference Credit available
Find the Schedule and Registration information here!
Poetry Out Loud
Applications are open for schools that want to participate in the national poetry recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation and the Kentucky Arts Council. Schools may apply online at the arts council website.
Last year, 18 Kentucky schools participated in Poetry Out Loud, which begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to school-wide competition, then to the state competition and ultimately to the national finals. Last year, more than 300,000 students participated in the Poetry Out Loud program in 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
The winner of the Kentucky state finals, held in Frankfort in the spring, will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 going to his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals.
Participating classrooms receive a hands-on workshop with an arts council teaching artist, suggestions for memorization as well as interpretation of the poetic structure, free multimedia curriculum materials including a teacher’s guide, poetry anthologies, audio guides and posters.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. For more information about Poetry Out Loud in Kentucky, contact Jean St. John at or 502-564-3757, ext. 486. For a general overview of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, visit
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Presentations and student performers wanted for KSBA annual conference
Although the 2014 KSBA annual conference Jan. 31- Feb. 2 is almost five months away, KSBA’s Board Team Development unit and the annual conference planning committee are now accepting three types of proposals:
Student performances
Performing groups must represent a public school or group of public schools and have superintendent approval to represent their district.  Much of the conference format lends itself best to instrumental and/or vocal music that can be “background” music for conference activities such as meals and receptions.  It is recommended (but not required) that an audio and/or video audition tape be included if available. Meal and lodging costs for students and district chaperones are the responsibility of the respective school boards.  Limited funds are available to help offset transportation costs for student performers.
The deadline for submission is Oct. 15.
Informational Clinic Sessions (75 minutes)
The purpose of these sessions is for presenters to share their experience, information, knowledge or research about successful programs in their district or topics of critical importance to board members and education leaders.  Lecture portions should be interspersed with ample time for audience questions and participation.
Interactive, Skill-Building Sessions (3 hours)
The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for participants to interact with each other and the presenter by asking questions and participating in skill-building exercises and activities.  Lecture portions of the presentation should specifically address the practices, process, or strategies necessary to understand and implement the ideas presented.
Proposals for both types of sessions MUST relate to local school board team roles and responsibilities, relevance to conference theme (Kentucky Schools – Creating Next-Generation Leaders); identification of what the participants will know and be able to do as a result of their attendance at the session; support for the topic with appropriate research; clarity of intent, description and design for the session; clarity of learning objectives for the session; and degree of participant involvement such as interactive discussions, learning activities and skill-building exercises.
Proposals received from proprietary companies MUST offer information that will be beneficial to every participant regardless of whether that member’s school district hires the presenter’s company or one of its competitors.
The deadline for informational or interactive session submissions is Oct. 31.
All of the forms and more information for the three types of proposals may be accessed online here
For more information, contact Kerri Schelling  or call 1-800-372-2962

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference and exposition will be held Nov 6-8 in Louisville.  Whether you’re a classroom teacher, coach, administrator, teacher-in-training, or math specialist, this conference has something for you. Choose from more than 200 presentations targeted by grade levels and special topics.
By attending, you will:
• learn practices central to teaching the Common Core State Standards;
• discover ways to include 21st-century learning in the math classroom;
• explore new and effective differentiated instruction methods; and
• refine your assessment techniques
You and your students will benefit from the lessons and activities you’ll get and the knowledge you’ll gain. Register here. Early-bird discount registration ends October 4.

Last Call for P21 Mini Summit Registration! – September 20, 2013
Nationally recognized school system leaders profile journeys that lead them to become acclaimed as premier 21st-century school systems and communities. They will share specifics on assessment, professional development, human and financial resources. 
Presenters include:
Dr. James Merrill - Superintendent, Wake County Schools, NC
Dr. Donna DeSiato - Superintendent, East Syracuse Minoa Schools, NY
Mary Jo Conery - 21st-Century Associate Superintendent - Catalina Foothills Schools, AZ
Time and Location:
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 - 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites - Newtown Pike - Lexington
Each school district and community is invited to bring a team - up to five guests -  school, business and community leaders, champions, parents and students are welcome!
10:00 - Dr. Merrill, Dr. DeSiato and Ms. Conery profile their 21st-Century journeys.
11:25 - Working lunch
12:30 - Break Out Sessions:
               a. Curriculum and Program Development - What does a 21st-century school look like
                   every day, in the classroom?
               b. Assessment and Professional Development - How do we blend these with new standards?
               c. Financial and Human Resources - Make it work!
2:00 - Conclusion and additional Q/A
-The Kentucky Scholars Initiative, Partnership for Successful Schools
-The Kentucky Department of Education
Please respond to Polly Marquette, Director - Kentucky Scholars Initiative via e-mail at or by telephone at 859-321-6512.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs 2014 Program
The 2014 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) will be held June 22-July 12 at Georgetown College. Applications will be available online in December.
GSE is seeking creative thinkers and leaders interested in science, technology and business. 
Students learn about such things as: company startup and growth, product development and design, customer validation, business models, marketing and sales, product design, investment capital and long-range strategy. Teams learn triple bottom line approach - caring about profitability, social equity and environmental conservation.
Activities at GSE include:
• learning and applying concepts to the teams' business ideas
• visiting startup businesses in the community, talking to founders
• seeing entrepreneurial processes in action
• hands-on, interactive sessions with entrepreneurial leaders
• creative sessions with professional designers and engineers
• team building exercises and recreational games
Schools can help GSE by encouraging students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to apply in December. No minimum GPA is required. In the meantime, schools may request an informational presentation from a GSE representative here.

National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) Award Program Applications due November 15, 2013 (Attachment)
Attached is information from the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) Award program requesting assistance in indentifying some of the nation’s best urban schools. 
Attached is additional information regarding the award program and a list of award criteria.  The criteria and award application are available on NCUST website at .
Application deadline is November 15, 2013.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lynne Perez at .

The Gallery Collection – Notice of a $10,000 Scholarship Award Opportunity (Attachment)
Attached is information from The Gallery Collection regarding the 7th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship for all students.
The scholarship contest is unique, simple and easy for students in high school or college to enter.  Winner’s entry will be produced and sold as a real greeting card.
$10,000 scholarship to be given to the winning student
$1,000 cash prize goes to the school of the winner
For more information, please go to The Gallery Collection website at .