Monday Message - April 22, 2019

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Commissioner's Monday Message

April 22, 2019

FY20 Consolidated GMAP Application

The FY20 Consolidated GMAP Application is now open and due June 3. Allocations in GMAP are preliminary for the 2019-2020 school year. FY20 preliminary allocations are available on the Kentucky Department of Education’s website. Final allocations will be released in the fall upon receipt of final notification from the U.S. Department of Education. 

If you have questions, contact the following:

Sign up now for ‘Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab’

If you are wondering how standards revisions will affect your school, your classroom or your preparation of future educators, the “Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab: Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for 2019-2020” is for you.

Come away with a stronger understanding of the instructional implications of building standards-based instruction and assignments that align with revised standards. The day will include numerous 60-minute break-out session options geared towards teachers, administrators, and post-secondary faculty.

Three dates and locations are available. Register using the appropriate link for the date and location you wish to attend.

Share this opportunity by forwarding this email or sharing this flyer.  

Contact the standards team with any questions regarding the newly adopted standards or the standards revision process.

Join KDE for the standards rollout webcast series

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will host a series of webcasts on the implementation of newly adopted standards geared toward district and school leaders. All webcasts will occur on Thursdays at 9 a.m. ET.

You can access the live webcast by visiting the KDE Media Portal and clicking on the EdCast Video icon at the bottom of the page. The livestream will be on the home page. You can get questions answered during the webcasts using GoSoapBox with the access code OTL.

If you cannot participate live, the webcasts will be archived in the KDE EdCast archives.


  • April 25: Professional Learning Modules for Newly Revised Reading and Writing Standards
  • May 2: Professional Learning Modules for Newly Revised Mathematics Standards
  • May 9: Standards for Mathematical Practices
  • May 16: Architecture of Newly Revised Social Studies Standards
  • May 23: Interdisciplinary Literacy Practices
  • May 30: Alignment Considerations: Curricula, Assignments, Common Assessments

Contact the standards team if you have any questions.

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

Principals can apply now for the Coach Approach Pilot scholarship

The Coach Approach Pilot (CAP) is a program facilitated by the Kentucky Department of Education’s Principal Partnership Project (P3) team designed to support principals in enhancing reflective leadership practices. The program is an opportunity for Kentucky principals to collaborate and learn together to move beyond the compliance factor of teacher evaluation to true growth and professional enhancement that supports school improvement.  

From authentic peer-to-peer conversations, innovative learning lab experiences and intensive coaching training, the pilot will serve as a statewide catalyst for principals to be lead learners and robust champions of professional reflection and growth.

Eight principals will be selected for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is June 30.


Register now for the 2019 Persistence to Graduation Summit: Safe and Supportive Learning

The 2019 Persistence to Graduation Summit: Safe and Supportive Learning, will be July 9-10 at the Lexington Convention Center and will feature peer-led interactive breakout sessions.

Keynote speakers include Hamish Brewer, the 2017 National Association of Elementary School Principals Nationally Distinguished Principal from Virginia; and Marietta Watts, executive diversity liaison for the University of Kentucky’s Office of Institutional Diversity and leader of UK’s Unconscious Bias Initiative. Summit topics will include well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and supportive learning environments, effective use of education technology, student transition and re-engagement strategies and alternative education.

EILA credit and CEUs for social workers will be available.

Registration is free on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees are responsible for registering themselves. Use the discount code PTG2019 in order to attend at no charge when you register on the AdvanceEd website. You must use this discount code to avoid being charged a registration fee.


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, contact Natasha Napier.


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Those receiving this at KSB and KSD, please make sure all employees receive it. Also, ATC principals are asked to forward it to their staffs.

Please send your questions, comments and suggestions on Monday Message to Jennifer Ginn by 10 a.m. Friday to be published in the upcoming week.