Monday Message - March 18, 2019

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Commissioner's Monday Message

March 18, 2019

JCPS Hosting Bullying, Suicide Prevention Summit

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Marty Pollio is hosting a Bullying & Suicide Prevention Summit March 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

The event will give JCPS educators and superintendents from across Kentucky the opportunity to come together to discuss bullying and related issues. National experts and district leaders will take part in the conversations, and the event will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions.

The summit is open to all state superintendents, who may bring one additional representative from their district. More information and registration is available on the JCPS website.

2019 Kentucky School Superintendency Survey

The 3rd decennial survey on school superintendency in Kentucky has launched. The survey is designed to reflect the perceptions of superintendents on their educational preparation, nature of their administrative career and career pathway, relations with the community, job satisfaction and barriers to the superintendency.

We thank those of you who have completed the survey. If you have not yet completed the survey, please consider participating. If you would like to receive your survey link again or if you have questions, please contact Beth Rous at, or Victoria Sherif at

Elevating Evidence – Meeting ESSA’s Evidence-based Requirements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) calls on education leaders to deepen their understanding and expand their use of evidence-based decision making. Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff will be hosting several workshops throughout Kentucky to introduce attendees to ESSA’s evidence-based provisions and facilitate conversations about common issues in educational research.

As part of this training, participants will evaluate a study that is relevant to their local setting and will leave with a completed study analysis that meets KDE compliance expectations. While all school and district leaders are welcome, this workshop is designed for principals and teacher leaders who want a deeper understanding of ESSA’s evidence-based practice provisions.

Three-hour morning and afternoon sessions will be offered at each location. To register, select the link below or visit KDE’s Evidence-based Practices website. Space is limited. EILA credit is available for this workshop.

Registration Link:

The training sessions are:

  • July 9: Elizabethtown, Regional Postsecondary Education Center, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • July 11: Hazard, Hazard Community and Technical College
  • July 23: Madisonville, The Brown Badget Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center, Madisonville Community and Technical College
  • July 25: Florence, Gateway Community and Technical College
  • July 30: Grayson, Rocky Adkins Pavilion, Ashland Community and Technical College

KDE’s Best Practices Website Taking Submissions

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Best Practices and Sustainability website is open for submission of best practices from schools and districts.

The website is designed to serve as a clearinghouse to promote practices that motivate, engage and provide measurable results in student learning, achievement and school/district processes. Any aspect of a school system that can impact student outcomes through improved instruction or operations can be submitted as a best practice.

Best practices should be submitted to the Best Practices database by May 1 to be considered for acknowledgement at the Continuous Improvement Summit in September. For additional information, please feel free to contact Natasha Napier at


Professional Learning Bulletin Board

Outside KDE

National Forum to Advance Rural Education

Registration is now open for the 2019 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 111th National Rural Education Association Convention and Research Symposium. This conference will be Oct. 24-26 at the Downtown Marriott in Louisville. Register on the conference website by June 30 to take advantage of the early bird discount. Complete conference information can be found on the registration webpage. 


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