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Kentucky Great Writer Series scheduled for June 3

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is hosting a Kentucky Great Writers Series event June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Lexington.

The event will feature authors Sarah Combs, Angela Correll and Holly Goddard Jones. An open-microphone reading event will start at 7 p.m.

For more information, go to www.carnegiecenterlex.org.

Click here to see the Carnegie Center’s summer brochure.

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Presenters sought for National School Boards Association Conference in Nashville

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) annual conference will be closer to Kentucky than it has been in decades when NSBA comes to Nashville next March 21-23, and the organization wants Kentucky boards and districts on the agenda.

A Call for Proposals website is now open for clinics by district teams. Proposals are being sought for high-quality, breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members and administrators from all across the country. Proposals must be submitted online by Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. ET. Here is the link:

Proposal Guidelines and Presenter Requirements

  • Submissions collected through this Call for Proposals process will be considered for breakout sessions only. Proposal submission does not guarantee participation in the conference.
  • It is strongly advised that presentations include at least one school board member as part of the panel of presenters.
  • Districts submitting proposals must be members in good standing of their respective state school boards association.
  • Please do not type any part of your proposal in all capital or all lowercase letters, do not use acronyms or abbreviations, and please do not send any attachments or supplemental materials – they will not be reviewed.
  • Breakout sessions will be 30, 45, or 75 minutes and will be scheduled throughout the conference. Please do not submit a proposal unless you can present your session any time during the conference, Saturday, March 21 – Monday, March 23, 2015.
  • Presentation rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, head table for four and lectern with wired microphone.
  • Additional microphones will be provided at the discretion of staff.

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Visiting Teachers Program bring Spanish/ESL teachers to Kentucky

If your school will need a Spanish or ESL teacher next year, or if you are looking to internationalize your faculty, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) can assist you in finding a teacher through our Visiting Teacher from Spain Program.

Since 2000, KDE has worked with the Spanish Ministry of Education to help local school districts fill vacant P-12 Spanish and ESL teacher positions, as well as needs for other content areas.

Through this program school districts have the option to hire certified Spanish, ESL or others on EPSB-approved limited certificate contracts, renewable for up to three years.

These teachers are experienced, certified, native-speaking language educators eager for a teaching experience in the United States. Local school districts hire the Visiting Teachers in accordance with all other local policies in terms of salary scale, certification, and local system requirements.  KDE handles initial interviewing in Madrid, secures J1 Visas, and provides the teachers with a one-week orientation/pre-service training and follow-up visits.  Schools must accept to mentor the teachers and help them adjust socially to their new environment.

If your school district would like a qualified Spanish or ESL teacher through the Visiting Teachers Program, or if you need more information, please contact Philip Shepherd, 502-564-2106, ext. 4125 or via e-mail at philip.shepherd@education.ky.gov.

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Kentucky teachers named to “DreamTeam”

Congratulations to the four Kentucky teachers who have been named to the LearnZillion 2014 Dream Team.

  • Dr. Kimberly Johnson, Waggener High School, Jefferson Co.
  • Holly Milam-Bush, Greenwood High School, Warren Co.
  • Kelly Boles, Betsy Layne High School, Floyd Co.
  • Leslie Lloyd, Bullitt East High School, Bullitt Co.

Together, they represent 29 years of classroom experience. These Kentucky teachers join a group of 200 talented math and English/language arts teachers selected from an international pool of 4,000 applicants.

As part of the Dream Team (click here to see a full list), these educators will attend TeachFest in New Orleans, and then return home to collaborate with peers in a facilitated online professional learning community. As part of their world-class PD experience, they will create resources that will help teachers and students across the country.

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AdvanceKentucky applications now being accepted

AdvanceKentucky is accepting applications from Kentucky public high schools for Cohort 8.

Schools selected to participate (up to 20) would be involved in a three-year partnership that begins with the 2015-16 school year, kicking off with summer 2015 teacher training.

Since AdvanceKentucky supports schools with student populations traditionally underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has identified a list of target schools eligible to apply.

The voluntary application from an interested school is followed by site visits from the AdvanceKentucky team in fall 2014 to orient the school team to the “open enrollment” model for dramatically growing AP in math, science and English. Preference for scheduling fall onsite team orientations goes to applications received by June 30. Applications received after this date still will be reviewed, but may require scheduling visits later in the year. For context on how previous schools have performed, please see the five-year performance report and a recent longitudinal study of students that have graduated from AdvanceKentucky high schools.

Inquiries are encouraged and welcome at any time; contact Joanne Lang at jlang@kstc.comor (859) 576-3282.

 

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Innovation Fund grants available

The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) is helping educators, administrators and other leaders understand and create a culture of innovation across the Commonwealth. Their efforts include training, consulting and other supports; however, the main component of this initiative is the Innovation Fund.

The Innovation Fund will support grants to teachers, school leaders, and administrators to encourage the investigation, testing and scaling of innovative practices and will include three tiers of support:

  • Research grants: The smallest in size, these grants will support research and investigation of innovative tools and practices that the grantee may want to move into a pilot stage.
  • Pilot grants: Small to mid-size grants, these would allow the grantee to test innovative tools and practices.
  • Scaling grants: The largest and most infrequent grant awards, these grants will support the scaling of innovative tools and/or practices.

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KAGE assistance awards

The Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education is providing a limited number of professional development assistance possibilities for educators to participate in the KAGE Summer Workshops 2014 or the 31st Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

Information about the KAGE Summer Workshop 2014 can be found at www.kagegifted.org/summer2014 or by calling (270) 745-4301. Information about the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Educators can be found at www.wku.edu/gifted or by calling (270) 745-6323.

The council hopes that by participating in the KAGE Summer Workshops and the 31st Advanced Placement Summer Institute educators will have a greater understanding of the need for appropriate services and support for Kentucky’s gifted students that will result in narrowing the gap between a gifted student’s performance and potential.

Application and registration forms are due by May 28. Awards are given on a first come first served basis.

 

 

 

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Kentucky State Fair education program offers history, farm exhibits

The Kentucky State Fair, August 14-24, has a great way for teachers and students to kick-off the 2014-15 school year.

The KSF Education Program is presenting the following thematic exhibitions: Kentucky Pioneer Homestead, War of 1812 Bicentennial and Civil War Sesquicentennial and the return of Discovery Farm sponsored by the Kentucky Pork Producers.

There are several additional educational opportunities that are being put together for the 2014 Kentucky State Fair. More information will be released in the coming months about all of the exciting opportunities for field trips; so stay tuned!

A full schedule of activities, student worksheets and post-tour lesson plans are planned to complement the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. As students and teachers experience “the ultimate field trip,” they will no doubt be surprised by what they learn on this fun adventure at the Kentucky State Fair. For additional information please visit our website at www.kystatefair.org.

A special discounted admission is available to school groups booked and confirmed in advance. The admission is $2 per student, teacher or chaperone accompanying your group. If you are interested in scheduling a field trip to the Fair, please fill out a booking form and get Continue Reading

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Summer enrichment/work programs for visually impaired students

The Kentucky School for the Blind is excited to offer two Summer Enrichment Programs (Elementary and MS/HS) and the Summer Work Program for students who are visually impaired or blind throughout Kentucky on Sunday, June 15 – Friday, June 27. Students in the Work Program will be working part-time at the Louisville Zoo.

The theme of the elementary (grades K-5) program is “Lucky to Live in Kentucky”.  Students will explore why they are so lucky by participating in fun-filled activities, exciting field trips, cooking, arts and crafts and listening to guest speakers who will let them in on the secrets why they are so lucky to live in Kentucky.

“Vision Quest” is the theme for the middle/high school (grades 6-11) program.  These students will be on a quest for fun and adventure as they work together with friends, both old and new, to develop a Vision Portfolio and to learn about and use technology that will help them experience the world and sharpen their independence skills.

For more information or an application, click here.

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Presenters sought for Innovations for Learning Conference

The Innovations for Learning (IFL) Conference 2014, sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Education, the Fayette County Schools and the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative, is looking for innovative teachers and educational professionals who love learning to present at this year’s Innovations for Learning Conference, which will be held on September 13, 2014 at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY.

The IFL Conference is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on the use of technology.  Teachers, technology specialists (TRT/TIS), administrators and anyone else interested in using technology to improve student learning is encouraged to attend. The conference is sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative and the University of Kentucky College of Education.

Last year’s updated format was a success so we will continue to offer both 60 minute sessions AND 20 minute mini-sessions.  Do you know a classroom teacher who has had great success with a specific project or web tool? Have you tried letting students use personal devices in your classroom and have examples to share?  These topics could be perfect for mini-sessions!

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