September 23 2013

Published: 2/20/2015 11:05 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:
• Unbridled Learning assessment and accountability results released this week (9-23-13)
• ATTENTION! Districts Interested in Applying for District of Innovation
• Clarification on Gap Data Due in ASSIST by October 1
• KDE Highlights the Best Practices of Schools and Districts
• REL Appalachia Workshop: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-8 (Attachment)
• PPGES’ Use of Val-Ed 360 – Basic Information (Attachment)
• Kentucky Teacher – Meet KDE Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd; Visit the new innovative STEAM Academy
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
Unbridled Learning assessment and accountability results released this week (9-23-13)
On Wednesday, September 25, at 9 a.m. ET, districts will have access to the embargoed 2013 School Report Card. The media will get access to the embargoed data files (not the report card) at 1 p.m. ET on that day. As a reminder, the data may not be discussed or released publicly until the embargo is lifted at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, September 27.
The specific schedule for the release is as follows:
• September 25 – Schools receive access to the School Report Card and media receive access to final data. (Data embargoed until public release.)
• September 27 – Public release of data occurs at 12:01 a.m.
• September 27-October 7 – After release clean-up and appeal process required by state regulation; resources to assist in communicating with parents and the community about the release can be found on the Unbridled Learning page on the KDE website in the box on the right.

ATTENTION! Districts Interested in Applying for District of Innovation
Districts who are interested in applying for District of Innovation status for the 2014-2015 school year are encouraged to forward an “Intent to Apply” e-mail to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on or before September 30, 2013.  While this is not required in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended so that KDE staff can determine how many applicants to expect. 
Please forward your intent to apply to Jocelyn Mills at .  
In addition, if you have questions about the application process, please contact Jocelyn Mills at 502-564-4201 or  Jocelyn is ready to take your calls and additionally to set up a LYNC meeting with you and your key staff to discuss the process.
The deadline for applications for District of Innovation status for 2014-2015 is October 31, 2013.

Clarification on Gap Data Due in ASSIST by October 1
With the release of School Report Cards at the end of September and an October deadline for setting KRS 158.649 Gap targets in ASSIST, we realize it is a quick turnaround.  Our belief is that schools and SBDM Councils will have already been reviewing data that is in their possession about their students, NOT the embargoed state data.  EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT and your own formative data on which you based placement of students should help you know if the delivery targets for gap and proficiency in the current report card are good targets.  We believe that SBDM councils are looking at the targets already projected in the School Report Card for 2013-14 and are beginning to have the discussions in council meetings about the data and information that will be included in the October 1 information in ASSIST.  So, you could already go ahead and use those targets to meet your October 1 deadline.  After you have your NEW report card, you could change those targets after October 1 if your council so desires.  Councils are instrumental in assuring that the targets and the work being done in the schools are aligned.  The information in ASSIST can continuously change if you want to set higher targets and certainly if you have strategy changes you wish to make over the course of the fall as you address student needs.
If you need additional information please contact: for support and clarification.

KDE Highlights the Best Practices of Schools and Districts
In an effort to improve all schools and districts, KDE has created a way for you to share your identified “Best Practice” with your colleagues through the KDE Best Practices website at Whether operational or instructional, you are encouraged to submit your best practice.
Why should you submit a Best Practice?
• Share successes with your peers. The “Best Practices” website provides an opportunity for you to enhance your program success by sharing challenges and lessons learned.
• Receive recognition. Best practices will be highlighted on the KDE webpage and may be featured in Kentucky Teacher, KDE’s monthly electronic newsletter.
• Get expert feedback. Each submission is reviewed by subject matter experts who can offer suggestions to strengthen program and evaluation activities, and to move emerging and promising programs towards a "best practice."
Applicants should complete the online form and submit it electronically. The review process occurs within a 45-day period and is conducted by a panel of subject matter experts. These experts will review and score each submission through a scoring guide that will focus on four levels: Beginning, Developing, Proficient and Advanced.
The feedback returned to schools and/or districts will be an individualized, written assessment of the strengths and opportunities available in the submitted best practice. It will provide suggestions to strengthen program and evaluation activities, and to move emerging and promising programs toward a "best practice” that will improve school and district processes and results.
Accepted Promising Practices and Best Practices will be added to the website.
For additional information, please visit
REL Appalachia Workshop:  Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-8 (Attachment)
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia is pleased to announce a FREE professional development opportunity. Expert practitioners and researchers will focus on five research-based strategies for improving mathematical problem solving in grades 4-8, as described by the What Works Clearinghouse at U.S. Department of Education. The workshop offers a combination of presentation, hands-on activities, discussion, and teacher-as-student opportunities. Teachers, curriculum coaches, and administrators are the target audience. The event will take place on November 6, 2013, at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.

Please see the attached flyer for additional information.
The agenda is to be posted soon.
For further information, please contact Michael Flory, Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia, via e-mail at .

PPGES’ Use of VAL-ED 360 – Basic Information (Attachment)
Attached is an information piece on the Principal Professional Growth and Evaluation System’s use of Val-Ed 360 giving you the basic facts on its use, cost and training opportunities.

Meet KDE Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd; Visit the new, innovative STEAM Academy
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. 23:
• He’s served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent – and even driven a bus. Learn what former Madison County Superintendent Thomas G. “Tommy” Floyd has been up to since becoming the Kentucky Department of Education’s new chief of staff.
• Go inside the new STEAM Academy, a partnership between the Fayette County school district and the University of Kentucky’s P20 Innovation Lab. Find out how this school is engaging its students in community and project-based learning experiences designed to get them college- and career-ready. 
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.
Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Opening
KSBA has an opening for a Policy and Procedure Consultant/eMeeting Trainer in Policy Services. This full-time position is based in Frankfort and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day maintenance of public school district policies, procedures and other services for assigned districts.
A bachelor's degree is required (with preference for major or minor in English and a Master's degree); a minimum of three years of Kentucky public school teaching, legal and/or administrative experience; and excellent oral and written communication and presentation/ training skills are required. The individual must be highly organized, detail oriented, proficient in computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and a strong team player. A familiarity with paperless board meeting programs is a plus. Work includes light travel, including evenings.
Full employee benefits are provided (including membership in the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System). Interested individuals meeting ALL requirements may submit cover letter, resume, current references, college transcripts, and salary/history requirements to:

Kathy Amburgey, HR Manager
Kentucky School Boards Association
260 Democrat Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. KSBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kentucky Act Education Summit
The Kentucky ACT Council and State Organization members have scheduled the 6th Annual Kentucky ACT Education Summit for Friday, November 22 at the Marriott East in Louisville.  The focus of the conference is Measure Results: Celebrate Success; Support Improvement.
The Kentucky ACT Council Summit Planning Committee is seeking proposals that focus on best practices for college and career readiness, highlight collaboration and partnerships, model best practices, are data-driven, and provide ideas for replication and scale-up. Potential session topics include:
• Meeting the challenges/strengths of Unbridled Learning
• Interventions at all levels to prepare for college and career readiness
• Examples of Integration - celebrating success and improving students' performance
• Experiences with grade12 remediation programs
• Experiences in postsecondary reduction in remediation
• Innovative practices to prepare students for occupations of the future
• Schools/colleges working with business partners
• Dual credit/dual enrollment programs
• Community and regional partnerships
Submit your proposals here. The deadline is October 2, 2013; notification of acceptance of proposals will be October 15-17. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Beardmore at

Save the Date! State Auditor to Host Training – October 15
State Auditor Adam Edelen will host training for boards and commissions, elected and appointed officials, special districts, fiscal courts and city commissions.  School board members and executives are included in this invitation.
Training Session:
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Metz Center, Erlanger, Kentucky. 
The details of the program and materials will be forthcoming.

Nominations due this week for social studies teacher award (Attachment)
Do you know an outstanding social studies teacher? Then nominate him or her for a 2013 Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award. The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies recognizes one elementary level teacher, one middle level teacher and one high school level teacher each year for their dedication and passion for the social studies.
Nominations are due September 27.
See attached information for more details.

KSBA award nominations open
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 F. L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent, Warren Proudfoot Outstanding School Board Member and KSBA Friend of Education awards. All nominations must be received by Nov. 1. All forms and additional information is available on the KSBA website here.  (The various nomination forms are available for download on the left hand side of the page.)
For more information, please contact Brad Hughes or Mary Davis or call (800) 372-2962.

Character Ed nominations now being accepted
The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, in partnership with the Character Education Partnership (CEP), offers the annual Kentucky State Schools of Character (SSOC) awards to schools and districts with outstanding character education initiatives. SSOC will serve as models for other educators within the state just as they are in over 30 other states.
The application process is the same as CEP's National Schools of Character (NSOC) awards program. State nominees can move to the national competition. Learn more about applying for the SSOC/NSOC awards by downloading the SSOC application. To apply visit and click on In My School. Applications must be completed and be submitted by December 2 in order to be reviewed and considered for possible recognition in 2014.

English/language arts conference
Register now for the 2014 Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts Conference, Bridging the Literacy Gap, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014.
Conference program proposals are being accepted until October 25. Topics for consideration: strategies for struggling readers and writers, teaching the Common Core with diverse groups, teaching reading and writing standards in "other" content areas, standards-based assessment, preparing for end-of-course assessment, preparing students for on-demand assessment, and other issues that will help students meet the expectations of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.
More information on the conference and a link to upload a proposal is available at

Visit the Farm Animals at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE)
The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Education Program invites classes to take a field trip to the world’s largest purebred livestock show. 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 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. School tours are available on November 12, 14, 15, and 18-21. The cost of the field trip is $2.00 per student/teacher/ chaperone and $8.00 per vehicle to park. For more information visit the website at or contact Bryan Blair at The deadline to book a field trip is October 25, 2013.

Rural Education National Forum
Battelle for Kids and the Ohio Department of Education are pleased to host the first Rural Education National Forum, October 31–November 1, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio.
The Rural Education National Forum is an interactive opportunity for education, community, and business leaders dedicated to making education work for rural communities. It is designed to highlight powerful instructional and leadership practices in rural districts, focus strategic conversations around rural opportunities and challenges with national and local experts, and build a network for collaborative action.
Hear from educational leaders and practitioners from around the country, and special keynotes from Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year; Patrick Carr, author of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America; Jim Mahoney, Executive Director at Battelle for Kids and former rural educator; and Emily Pilloton, Founder and Executive Director at Project H Design.
Teams are encouraged to attend. The Forum Program is attached.
Questions? Visit or call 614-481-3141 ext. 147.

August KY PTA Bulletin (Attachment)
Attached for your information is the KY PTA Bulletin for August.
For more information, please contact Sara Jacob, Kentucky PTA via e-mail at .