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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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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

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