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5 teachers join Hope Street Group fellows program

Five new teachers will join the 2014-15 cohort of Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellows. They will work alongside 16 other teachers who embarked on the fellowship last August.

In their first year, the teacher fellows collected data from their peers to inform the implementation of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). Fellows will gather data this year to help guide implementation of PGES and identify what supports Kentucky teachers need to fully implement the system.

“Data received last year made a dramatic impact on the finalization of the system, as well as provided much-needed supports during the legislative session,” said Brian Bishop, Hope Street Group’s Kentucky mobilization and education director.

“The Kentucky Department of Education and Hope Street Group share a common commitment – to engage teachers at every level,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “Hope Street Group’s work in Kentucky supports and reinforces our strategic work around educator effectiveness. More effective teaching means improved student outcomes ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.”

The five new Kentucky State Teacher Fellows are:

  • Kimberly Creekmore – District mathematics coach, Whitley County
  • Ryan Mann – Reading and social studies teacher, Scott County
  • Sherri McPherson – High school English/language arts teacher, Fayette County
  • Robin Thacker – High school chemistry and AP biology teacher, Henderson County
  • Carrie Wedding– 5th- and 6th-grade special education teacher, Owensboro Independent.

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National Assessment Governing Board seeks candidates

The 26-member National Assessment Governing Board will soon have eight openings, including one for a 12-grade teacher, and is seeking qualified candidates.

The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also called The Nation’s Report Card.

Other open positions are for a business representative, a chief state school officer, two curriculum specialists, a local school superintendent, a state school board member and a testing and measurement expert.

For information or to submit a nomination, click here. For questions, contact Mary Crovo at or (202) 357-6941. The deadline is Oct. 31.

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Teaching artists added to Arts Council directory

Eight professional artists have been added to the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory to work with educators to design and implement quality arts education programs in Kentucky schools.

The directory features artists from various disciplines. It connects schools and educators with artists who produce high-quality work and who can assist in the creation of arts programming in schools around the state.

Artists added to the directory, with county of residence, are: Marcus Wilkerson, Fayette; Megan Sauter, Franklin; Erin Fitzgerald, Jefferson; Karen Dieruf, Jefferson; Dane Hosler, Madison; Smitha Paily, Oldham; Robert Martin, Rockcastle; and Sue Massek, Washington.

Any Kentucky school applying for funds through KAC’s Teaching Art Together Grant is required to work with an artist listed in the directory. The next Teaching Arts Together deadline is Oct. 1 for residencies January – June 2015. For information on applying for a residency, contact Jean St. John, KAC arts education director, at (502) 564-3757, ext. 486 or For more information about the Teaching Artists Directory, visit the website.

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Application deadline nears for Read Across America

The application deadline for Read Across America, the literacy program best-known for being celebrated on Read Across America Day (March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday) is Sept. 15.

Applications must be submitted on this form on the Kentucky Education Association website. Funding decisions will be made by Oct. 15, with notice to applicants thereafter.  The maximum grant amount is $500, and each district or local may only receive one grant per year.

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Edivation: the best way to meet your district’s professional learning objectives

Exciting news! PD 360, the world’s leading professional development platform for teachers and administrators, has just undergone a dramatic transformation and is now Edivation – an even more powerful and personalized professional learning solution.

Here’s a great way to help your teachers complete their professional learning objectives quickly and easily.

Three reasons why Edivation is a great resource for Kentucky educators:
• Edivation’s expert-vetted, award-winning videos illustrate teaching best practices from within Kentucky and around the country.
• Edivation is proven to work. When teachers spend as little as 10 minutes a week with Edivation, student achievement improves significantly. See the independent research.
• Edivation is easily available, without charge, through CIITS. Log in to check it out.

For assistance, please call the Kentucky Support Hotline at 855-597-4638 (855-KY-SINET).

Give your teachers a new professional learning video every week. Invite them to sign up for the School Improvement Network’s Strategy of the Week.

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Archive copy of #PGESMe now available

An archive copy of #PGES4Me, the Kentucky Department of Education’s official launch of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System is now available.

Click here to download a zipped file of the handouts that were used during the event (download will not be possible from iOS devices). The documents are numbered in the order they were used.

The sessions from #PGES4Me were pre-recorded and closed captioned and are available on the PGES webpage.

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Students invited to apply for the 2014-15 Next-Generation Student Council

The Next-Generation Student Council is a year-long program for Kentucky public school students in grades 10-12 that meets with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback – from a student perspective – on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.

Students can click here to access the application and read FAQs for the council. Please read the FAQs prior to completing the application. The deadline to apply is Aug. 29. Only applications with a postmark date on or before Aug. 29 will be considered.

The council seeks students with refreshing ideas and thoughtful insight into how we can further improve our schools and student achievement. As such, we encourage all students to apply in order to represent the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables particular to our state.

A committee of KDE representatives will review and score all applications based on the answers provided to the questions. Appointments to the council will be based on how well the applicants communicated their ideas and goals. This committee will then select six students to serve on the 2014-15 council alongside the five returning student council members.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Siria at or (502) 564-2000, ext. 4614.

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Applications due August 15 for global competency/world language grants

Global competence is critical for innovation in the 21st century. The next step for Kentucky’s commitment to college- and career-readiness is to ensure that global-readiness is a part of this strategy. To borrow from an NEA policy brief on the issue, this means that students acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of international issues and an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in a foreign language, and the skills to function productively in an interdependent world community.

The Kentucky Board of Education, at its June 2014 meeting, reiterated a commitment to this focus and Commissioner Terry Holliday pledged support to elementary and middle schools wishing to ‘learn and launch’ global competency and world language programs that support these aspirations.

The  RFA is now posted on the KDE Competitive Grants webpage. Continue Reading

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Mark your calendars for the PGES Webcasts

The PGES Webcast takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. ET. A survey of districts showed this to be a better time for most than the mid- to late afternoon slot used last year. You may view the PGES Webcast at the following link:


The next PGES webcast will be August 20 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The format will be the same as last year and include a question and answer period at the end.

The Kentucky Department of Education will continue to record the webcast (the archived copy is accessible from the main PGES webpage) and send out the questions and answers that come up each month.



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Webinar on Carnegie’s Approach to Educational Improvement set for Aug. 7

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will host a webinar on August 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT), 12:00 p.m. (CDT) and 1:00 p.m. (EDT), THE BASICS 101: Carnegie’s Approach to Educational Improvement.

Carnegie improvement specialists will walk participants through the use of improvement science to help solve problems in education. Why? Part of Carnegie’s mission is to help others explore the use of continuous improvement processes to solve practical problems in education.

Improvement science is an evidence-based systems approach that closes the gap between what we know (the science) and what we do (practice).  It has systematically been applied in many other industries to achieve levels of quality and performance never thought possible.  These same tools and tenets of improvement science can increase student learning outcomes, improve teacher retention rates, reduce resource inefficiency, address access and equity issues and a host of other problems that we now face in our nation’s colleges and schools. Sandra Park and Ann Kawar, faculty from Carnegie’s Center for Networked Improvement, will lead this webinar and will be available for a live Q & A following the presentation.

Register here to reserve your space in the webinar.


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