Monday Message - November 4, 2019

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Commissioner's Monday Message

November 4, 2019

Guidelines established for option seven certification route

At its Oct. 28 meeting, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) approved changes to the guidelines for an alternative teacher certification route known as option seven that will give institutions other than colleges, universities and school districts the ability to provide option seven training.

Rob Akers and Cassie Trueblood of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness spoke about establishing guidelines for the institute alternative route, also known as option seven at the meeting. Option seven allows a person in a field other than education to receive a one-year temporary provisional teaching certificate in elementary school, middle school, secondary schoool, grades 5-12 or grades P-12.

Read more about the EPSB meeting on Kentucky Teacher.

Comprehensive District & School Improvement Plans:

Phase Three (Plotting the Course) – Deadline Jan. 1

During phase three of the comprehensive improvement planning process, schools and districts are required to complete and submit the following diagnostics in eProve:

  • Comprehensive Improvement Plan for Schools
  • Comprehensive Improvement Plan for Districts
  • Executive Summary for Schools
  • Executive Summary for Districts
  • Closing the Achievement Gap Diagnostic
  • The Superintendent Gap Assurance
  • Title I Annual Review Diagnostic (if applicable)

The purpose of the diagnostics is to encourage thoughtful reflection of a school and district's current state to move to the desired state. Also, schools and districts must address critical needs specified in the Needs Assessment and align strategies and activities to those needs. The deadline for submitting the diagnostics is Jan. 1.

The required comprehensive school improvement plan (CSIP) and the comprehensive district improvement plan (CDIP) goals for 2019-2020 include:

  • proficiency
  • separate academic indicator
  • achievement gap
  • growth (elementary and middle school only)
  • transition readiness (high school only)
  • graduation rate (high school only)

The offline goal building template – which has been updated and will assist in the development of goals, objectives, strategies and activities – can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education website. Once completed to satisfaction, the document should be uploaded into the eProve platform with the Comprehensive Improvement Plan for Schools/Districts Diagnostic.

As a reminder, district diagnostics should be completed at the systems level in eProve while schools complete diagnostics at the school level. For additional information regarding creating new diagnostics, please consult the eProve user manual.

Each district’s superintendent and each school’s principal is strongly encouraged to view the 2019-2020 Comprehensive Improvement Planning for Districts and Schools and eProve webinar. A transcript of the webinar also is available. The webinar includes the planning timeline, compliance monitoring, 2019-2020 updated goal building templates, and navigating eProve.

Visit KDE’s Comprehensive Improvement Planning website for additional guidance on improvement plans. Email Natasha Napier with eProve questions and assistance.

Applications Open for Robinson Award for Diversity and Equity in Public Education

Applications are open through Nov. 29 for the Kentucky Board of Education’s Robinson Award for Diversity and Equity in Public Education. The award will be presented in February.

Each year, KBE gives this award to a Kentuckian or a Kentucky organization demonstrating extraordinary efforts and contributions in the area of educational diversity and equity. The criteria for receiving this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Successful efforts in closing socioeconomic and/or racial achievement gaps; and,
  • Significantly improving student learning, student achievement or other measured outcomes among students of color or economically disadvantaged students.

The award honors Samuel Robinson, a former KBE member who made diversity and equity in public education his life’s work. A noted educator and civil rights leader, Robinson began his career in Kentucky in Louisville in 1960. His diverse background in public education included serving as principal at Shawnee High School (Jefferson County) and president of the Lincoln Foundation.

Veterans Day Resources Available

All public schools in Kentucky are required to devote one class or instructional period to the observance of Veterans Day. The passage of Senate Bill 47 (2006) requires the observance to be within the five school days preceding Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.

The law requires an assembly for a Veterans Day program that must be approved by the principal and must consist at minimum of a teacher and a veteran speaking on the meaning of Veterans Day. It encourages schools to seek advice on developing a Veterans Day program from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and from veterans service organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Kentucky Department of Education offers these contacts and resources to help in planning your Veterans Day observance:

Here are other links that may be useful:

Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

There will be WIDA workshops Nov. 7-8 in Owensboro and Nov. 11-12 in Lexington. WIDA provides language development resources to those who support the academic success of multilingual learners.

This workshop is designed for school principals and administrators who are responsible for school-level policies, leading school improvement planning and data analysis processes and making decisions about programs and professional development. No experience in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop.

Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for multilingual learners. The purpose of this workshop is for school leaders to reflect on their school’s policies and systems in order to craft a personal leadership action plan that promotes equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners. Topics addressed will include policy, instructional leadership and collaborative relationships between students, teachers, families and data teams that are necessary for language learners to thrive. Participants will engage in interactive tasks related to equitable instruction for multilingual learners, discussions and reflections, video analysis and action planning.

Each location offers the same workshop. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements if they wish to stay overnight for any of the WIDA face-to-face trainings. Here are the trainings, with links to register for them:

  • Owensboro – Nov. 7-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CT, Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront
  • Lexington – Nov. 11-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream - Registration for this session is closed due to the workshop being full.

Email Jessica Sanderson or call her at (502) 564-3791, ext. 4004, for more information.

2019 Kentucky School Laws Book Available

Kentucky’s commissioner of education publishes the complete school laws of the Commonwealth every two years pursuant to state law.

Historically, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) printed copies of the Kentucky school laws book for distribution to local school districts. However, due to reduced appropriations and the availability of an electronic publication, KDE will no longer provide paper copies to local school districts.

If you wish to purchase a paper copy of “Kentucky School Laws Annotated” from LexisNexis, use this publisher’s order form.


ILP Playbooks Now Available

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Playbooks, which offer recommendations for chronological themes and lessons for career exploration and social and emotional development to teach at each grade level in grades 5-8 and 9-12. Kentucky is among the first states in the United States to couple career exploration and social and emotional learning (SEL).

Career exploration is a KDE priority for Kentucky’s students. The aim is to foster career exploration in all of the 16 career cluster areas to provide students with the opportunity to delve into and learn more about future career options. The career clusters are tied to career and technical education pathways in Kentucky.

An additional tool used to launch career exploration that embraces SEL in its practice is the use of project-based learning. This will be an opportunity to provide experiential learning that invites students to consider problems they want to solve in the world, rather than just “what they want to be when they grow up.”

The ILP Playbook is designed to be a useful tool to assist educators in creating meaningful ILPs and learning experiences for students.


Nominations/Applications Open for 2019-2020 PAEMST Awards

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics or computer science teaching.

The nomination deadline for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, and the application deadline is May 1. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

Principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public may nominate exceptional STEM teachers who are teaching grades K-6 during the 2019-2020 award year. Teachers also may apply directly at the program’s website.

Email Rae McEntyre or Maggie Doyle for more information.


Professional Learning Bulletin Board

KDE Offering 'Social Studies' Webcast 9 a.m. ET Nov. 7

Join the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for “Social Studies,” a live webcast, at 9 a.m. ET Nov. 7 to learn more about resources to support the Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies implementation.

You can access the live webcasts by going to the KDE Media Portal and clicking on the EdCast Video icon at the bottom of the page. The livestream will be on the “Home” tab. You can have your questions answered during the webcasts using GoSoapBox.comwith the access code: “KAS.”

An archive of the webcast and slides will be made available on KDE’s Standards Webcast webpage shortly after the live webcast.

This is the first installment of a three-part series about social studies. The second webcast, “Social Studies Alignment Tool” will air at 9 a.m. ET Nov. 14, and the virtual workshop, “Using the Social Studies Alignment Tool,” will follow Nov. 21 with sessions at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

A full schedule of the Standards Implementation Professional Learning Series is available for download.


4th Annual Leadership EdCamp Set for Dec. 4

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) fourth annual Leadership EdCamp: For Principals by Principals will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET Dec. 4 at the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond.

EdCamp is a day in which hundreds of school leaders from across the state gather for networking, sharing and learning. The sessions are driven and facilitated by attendees. Almost 500 school leaders have attended KDE’s previous EdCamps.

Six hours of EILA credit is available to all those who attend. This year’s EdCamp is sponsored by the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative, EKU and KDE through the Principal Partnership Project. Register to attend the EdCamp using this link or see this flyer for more information. If you are interested in facilitating or presenting a session(s), fill out this Google doc.


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