Monday Message - December 2, 2019

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Commissioner's Monday Message

December 2, 2019

Revised Final Allocations in GMAP

Revised final allocations for fiscal year (FY) 2020 (school year 2019-2020) for Title I, Part A; Title I, Part D; Title II, Part A; Title III/EL; and Title V (RLIS) grants to local education agencies (LEAs) have been uploaded into GMAP. These allocations replace previously released allocations.

Districts with initial approval (KDE Consolidated Consultant-Approved) of the FY20 application must update their applications in GMAP to reflect the new allocations. For more information, email or call the following program contacts:

Following is some program-specific information from the U.S. Department of Education (USED).

Title I, Part A and Title II, Part A

  • USED awarded states the portion of their FY 2019 Title I, Part A and Title II, Part A funds that the FY 2019 appropriation act made available Oct. 1.
  • The October 2019 Title I, Part A awards were based on the revised final FY 2019 Title I, Part A allocations that USED provided states in September 2019. The October 2019 Title II, Part A awards were based on the final FY 2019 Title II, Part A allocations that USED provided states in June 2019.
  • USED does not expect any changes to the revised final FY 2019 Title I, Part A allocations or the final FY 2019 Title II, Part A allocations. 

USED awarded all FY 2019 homeless education funds in July 2019. For Title III, Part A and Title IV, Part B, USED does not expect any changes to the FY 2019 allocations for these programs.

Title I, Part A allocations

USED allocates funding to districts through four funding sources, each with its own qualification requirement. To be eligible to receive funding through each pot, individual districts must meet the minimum poverty criteria, as follows:

  • Basic Grants: The number of formula children must be at least 10 and more than 2% of the total school-aged population.
  • Concentration Grants: The number of formula children within the district must exceed either 6,500 or 15% of the total number of children ages 5-17. To qualify for this funding source, an LEA must meet the eligibility criteria in the current year or have met the criteria at least once in the four years prior to the current year. Because falling out of eligibility for this funding source can greatly affect your total allocation, KDE will contact you if this applies.
  • Targeted Grants: The number of formula children must be at least 10 and at least 5% of the total number of children aged 5 through 17.
  • Education Finance Incentive Grants: The number of formula children must be at least 10 and at least 5% of the total number of children aged 5 through 17.

For more information about Title I, Part A allocations and eligibility, see the Notification of Tentative Census Poverty and Hold Harmless Percentages document on the Title I Documents and Resources page.

Teachers sought to help project on African Americans in the horse industry develop curricula

The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a website project at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, is recruiting teacher representatives to help create lessons and activities that will assist with developing the project’s educational goals and resources.

Selected teachers will be paid to develop curricula that will engage students with primary sources and digital media to gain a deeper understanding of American history, as lived through the lives of African American horsemen and women.

The project will select 10 teacher representatives from across Kentucky who will be asked to create a teaching module based on the website's content that will be shared on the website. Some areas of study that the modules may focus on include:

  • American history
  • Social studies
  • Language arts
  • Careers
  • Civic life
  • Equine agriculture
  • Digital media
  • Journalism
  • Visual art

Teachers must currently teach in grades K-12 in Kentucky and must have reliable internet access. Teachers chosen for the project will receive a $1,000 stipend and an allowance for supplies.

The application deadline is Dec. 15. Visit the Chronicle’s blog for more information or use this Google form to apply.

Teachers also may stay informed of the progress of the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry by emailing Karen Lanier to join its email list.

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.

Join KDE for the ‘Fall Wrap Up/Spring Preview’ Standards Implementation Webcast Dec. 5

The Kentucky Department of Education’s “Fall Wrap Up/Spring Preview” webcast will take place 9 a.m. ET Dec. 5. The webcast will highlight examples of standards work from the fall and preview the standards implementation professional learning opportunities that will be available from KDE in the new year.

You can access the live webcast 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 webcast using with the access code “KAS.”

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


PAEMST Nominations Open

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019-2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Anyone may nominate exceptional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers in grades K-6. Awards alternate between elementary and secondary teachers. Teachers also may self-nominate.

Since the program’s inception, more than 5,000 teachers have been honored for contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The nomination deadline is March 1, while the application deadline is May 1.


Professional Learning Bulletin Board

National ESEA Conference Set for Feb. 4-7

The National ESEA Conference will be Feb. 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This conference is four days of learning and skill building focused on supporting students served by Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs.

This year’s theme, “Together for Equity,” focuses on the unique needs of historically underserved children and how to centralize service across all ESEA programs.

Participants include state agency officials, school district administrators, school building leaders and teachers. There will be updates from the U.S. Department of Education about federal education program and funding issues. Conference participants will have opportunities to meet and learn from professionals who have taken significant steps to help students succeed.

Conference details, including registration materials, are available on the ESEA website. For more information, email Bob Harmon, CEO of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators or call him at (800) 256-6452.


USED Seeking School Ambassador Fellows

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 School Ambassador Fellowship Program.

The program lets outstanding teachers, principals, counselors, psychologists, social workers and other school-based professionals who interact with students on a daily basis bring their expertise to USED and expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education. In turn, fellows facilitate the learning and input of other educators and community members.

Applicants may choose to apply as Washington Fellows – a full-time appointment where fellows are based in residence at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. – or as Campus Fellows – a part-time appointment where fellows collaborate with the agency while maintaining their regular school responsibilities in their home communities. The application period closes Dec. 31. Visit USED’s website for more information.


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