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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The 2014 Presidential Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on April 1.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • a certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development      opportunities.
  • a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Continue Reading

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Summer science opportunities at KSU

Kentucky State University’s College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems (CAFSSS) is offering science based non-traditional residential summer camps to introduce students to various career opportunities in agriculture and extension.

These programs are geared toward helping students become the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, health professionals and other professionals.

AgDiscovery is a two-week, residential program for students ages 14-17. Applications are accepted through APHIS-USDA at and must be received by March 31.

Summer Transportation Institute (STI) is a three-week opportunity for rising high school freshmen and sophomores. STI allows students to explore today’s top transportation industries. STI is designed to increase awareness of transportation (land, water or air) career opportunities at the secondary education level in order to encourage students to choose a career in this field.

Click here for more information or contact Shawn Moore at (502) 597-6672.

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The Kentucky Historical Society resumes regular public schedule

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) history campus has opened its regular public schedule: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For visits, exhibits, research or a genealogy workshop at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History; a tour the Old State Capitol or the Kentucky Military History Museum, go to


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Approved federal teacher shortage areas

In response to Kentucky’s submission request, the United States Department of Education has designated the following areas as teacher shortage areas during the 2014-15 school year.

World Languages

Career and Technical Education                                


  • English, middle school
  • English, high school
  • English as a Second Language


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PGES webcast scheduled for March 26

The next Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) webcast is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on March 26.

The webcast will share updates on the Model CEP, the Student Growth Goal Setting process and answer frequently asked questions. The live webcast may be viewed at mms:// This webcast and all archived Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) webcasts can be found on the KDE Media Portal.

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Preparing for the Student Voice Survey

Teacher participants in the Student Voice Survey may be assigned in Infinite Campus until March 14.  Regardless of when a district assigns teachers in Infinite Campus, the surveys will not be visible to students until the opening day of the Student Voice Survey window on March 19.

The Student Voice Survey guidance document, located in the Student Voice Survey toolkit, provides direction regarding this process. Technical guidance for assigning administrator permissions and teacher participants in Infinite Campus also is available in the “Administrative How-to” technical document in the toolkit.

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Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society 2014 scholarships application

The 2014 Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) will be awarding at least 15 one-time scholarships of $1,000 each. This scholarship is for graduating seniors.

This year at least three scholarships are totally merit based, and the remaining are merit with need based.

Students complete the online application by visiting Instructions are on the website. Applications are due by April 1. For more information, e-mail for assistance.

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Kentucky Literacy Celebration Week March 17-21

The fourth annual Kentucky Literacy Celebration week will be March 17-21 and will be marked by a number of activities and announcements. See flyer here.

The week chosen for this event coincides with other literacy related activities that may help inspire participation. February is African-American Read-In month, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, and March includes Read across America activities, sponsored by the National Education Association.

This document contains several ideas about how every Kentuckian can be involved in the literacy celebration. Monitor this web link for additional information about this unique statewide event.

The Kentucky Literacy Celebration is a result of collaboration among several literacy/education institutions and Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. The intent of the event is to highlight literacy in Kentucky, celebrate literacy accomplishments and focus on the challenges we still face as a state.

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KDE revised Consolidated Compliance Plan for Non-Discrimination available

Please be advised that the Kentucky Department of Education has revised its Consolidated Compliance Plan for Non-Discrimination.

The revised plan has been posted on the Legal and Legislative Services page on KDE’s website and includes a Discrimination Complaint Form that can be filled out by anyone alleging discrimination against KDE staff and/or KDE program areas.


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School Improvement Grant RFA submission deadline extension

School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs). SEAs, in turn, make sub grants to local educational agencies that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

The Request for Applications can be found on the KDE Competitive Grants page.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 4 p.m. (EDT), March 10.

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