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Kentucky Academy of Science celebrates centennial

The Kentucky Academy of Science celebrates 100 years at its centennial meeting, Nov. 14-16, at the Lexington Convention Center. There will be plenary lectures, hundreds of scientific papers and posters from Kentucky scientists; an awards banquet and centennial celebration; and field trips on Nov. 16.

To participate or present your latest research, sign on as a sponsor or exhibitor, or join a field trip. Details can be found at: Kentucky Academy of Science centennial meeting.


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HistoryMobile is available for school visits

Book the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile for a visit to your school and meet eight Kentuckians who faced tough choices during the Civil War era. Learn what they did and why, and ask yourself what you would have done in their shoes.

The full-sized semitrailer contains the interactive learning lab – Torn Within and Threatened Without – Kentuckians in the Civil War era.

It uses touch-screen activities, bold illustrations, authentic artifacts, personal recollections and other components to bring the stories of everyday citizens, politicians and enslaved people to life.

Student activities are tied to Common Core ELA Standards and emphasize critical thinking, research skills, creativity and literacy.

More information is available at

To schedule a visit, contact HistoryMobile coordinator Kate Sowada, or (502) 564-1792, ext. 4458.

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Grants available for arts-related field trips

Kentucky schools and teachers can apply for TranspArtation grants from the Kentucky Arts Council for arts-related field trips.

The grants are available for any school, public or private, that supports grades pre-K through 12th grade, to assist with transportation costs to and from arts field trips and events. The field trips must be taken between Oct. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Grants are awarded quarterly and are based on mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. The minimum grant amount is $100.

“This program ensures teachers who are eager to provide arts education experiences to their students have multiple opportunities to do so,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director.

The field trips must be to one of several pre-approved arts venues in the Kentucky Arts Partnership program that have demonstrated appropriate arts programming and that provide supplemental materials to teachers and schools.

The deadline for the current round of funding is Aug.15. View guidelines or apply online here or contact Jean St. John, arts education director, 502-564-3757, ext. 486.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Input sought on aquatic invasive species guidelines

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is charged with regulating the importation and interstate transport of certain aquatic invasive species that have been determined to be injurious.

A committee has developed guidelines that would help to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species through the disposal of unwanted live educational specimens (animals, plants, and microorganisms) into local waters and municipal water systems including release into drains or flushing down toilets. An additional benefit to educators and students who follow these guidelines is to avoid possible violation of Federal, Tribal, and State laws that prohibit the transport or release of aquatic invasive species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gathering input on Classroom Guidelines for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). The guidelines may be obtained online. Please send your written comments by July 16, to Responses to individual commenters will not be provided, but a summary of the comments received and how substantive comments were addressed in the final document will be available on this website.


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Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools II is now available!

At the start of the 2013-14 school year, all Kentucky school personnel were required to have annual training in positive behavioral interventions and supports pursuant to 704 KAR 7:160, The Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools.

In response to the new regulation, KDE and KET worked collaboratively to provide Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools I, a free online professional learning resource that would satisfy the annual training requirement of all school personnel. More than 55,000 people have participated in this training and received certificates.

Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools II (PPBIS II), a new two-hour online course, is now available to meet the 2014-15 training requirement. While last year’s training focused on preventing, decreasing, or eliminating problem behavior through the implementation of positive instructional discipline strategies and systems in schools, PPBIS II focuses on district-wide implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), relationship building, and de-escalation strategies. It also includes new videos featuring Kentucky schools and vignettes with actors showing how to de-escalate problem situations. Continue Reading

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Focus group will meet to discuss arts and humanities

KET and Richland Institute/Union College invite educators to participate in a focus group discussion to identify the needs that educators have for new classroom media resources to enable them to engage today’s students in learning about arts and humanities, address Program Review indicators and integrate the arts across content areas.  This free event will be June 17 from 2-4 p.m.

Because space is limited, advanced registration is encouraged.

To register, go to and enter KET in the subject line.

Add the following information in the body of the email: name, school or organization, district and grade level(s):

Focus group discussions will be held in the Center for Health and Natural Sciences building at Union College. Click here for directions:

For GPS coordinates use:  321 High St., Barbourville, Ky. 40906

Parking and additional Information can be found at

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Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools 2015 application available

The Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) application for 2015 is now available on the Green Ribbon Schools webpage.

The Application involves a two-step process:

(1) The first step is to submit a letter of intent to the Kentucky Department of Education. Superintendents desiring to participate should assign a point of contact in the district who will e-mail the district’s intent letter to Sherri Craig ( by October 15; and

(2) The second step is to complete the KY GRS application available on the GRS webpage listed above. Applications are due by December 1.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) webpage for resource links and other related information. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Craig at or (502) 564-4326, ext. 4426.


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Individualized Learning Plan training for district and school leaders offered

Two special Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) half-day trainings for district and school leaders are being offered. The first training will be held on July 8 at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell. The second training will be held on July 10 at The Garland Building in London.

District and school leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this hands-on training to learn how the use of the ILP can help all students become college- and career-ready. Attendees will learn how the ILP can help with college- and career-advising, assist with schedule forecasting, help teachers to know the learning styles of each of their students and much more.

Come find out how the ILP can be incorporated throughout the entire school to best help each of your students.

Please visit the KDE website to register. For more information contact


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2015 class Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame call for nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 class of inductees into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The deadline is July 15.

Please click here for more information about the Hall of Fame and to access to a nomination form.

The Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame was established in 2000 through a generous gift from former governor Nunn. With his gift, Nunn hoped to recognize the vital role that P-12 Kentucky teachers play in the education of young people, ultimately leading to positive impacts throughout the state’s economy. The first class was inducted in 2008. New members are inducted each year.

Western Kentucky University was selected as the home of the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame because of its 100-year history in teacher education and commitment to excellence in this field. WKU has consistently been one of the top producers of teachers, counselors, school administrators, and other school personnel in the state.

Inquiries and/or additional information also may be directed to Tammy Spinks (270) 745-4664 or


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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

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

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