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Summer positions available with the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

Governor’s school for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is hiring team leaders to help mentor and assist high school student entrepreneur teams develop business models and design products/services. This is a great opportunity to learn entrepreneurial activities and skills to bring back to your classroom. GSE is held at Georgetown College. Room and meals are provided. Pay is hourly with overtime. Applicants may only apply online and must be able to commit to being on campus from June 16 through July 12.

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Nominations sought for the Kentucky School for the Deaf Advisory Board

KRS 167.037 requires a Kentucky School for the Deaf Advisory Board be established. The Board is to be composed of nine members appointed by the Kentucky Board of Education upon the recommendation of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. The purpose of the board is to act in an advisory capacity to assist school leadership and make recommendations to Holliday concerning all areas relating to the effective operation of the school.

The Kentucky Department of Education is accepting at-large nominations. To nominate yourself or someone else for consideration, contact Johnny Collett no later than March 7.

Nominees should also include a resume and cover letter explaining background and interest in serving on the board.

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New KY MEdia Bank

The “Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky” is the first in a series of intriguing topics that teachers can address in their classrooms through KY MEdia Bank, a new online “public scrapbook.” The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) created the website as both an innovative teaching tool for K-12 students and as a place where the public can capture, share and archive stories about the people and events that made an impact on Kentucky’s communities and ultimately helped shape the state.

KY MEdia Bank promises to be another valuable tool for helping students and others learn about and understand the 1964 March on Frankfort, by directly engaging with their own families, friends and communities.

KY MEdia Bank presents the topic, then a class will provide the narrative by uploading images, audio recordings, video recordings or short stories that offer insight, knowledge, awareness of – and perhaps even a new perspective on – the subject. This method allows stories and artifacts that might never see the light of day to be safely and openly shared, while the person whose story is being told need not worry about losing a family photo or heirloom or the rights to what they have shared. Continue Reading

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Stanford offering online courses on student discourse

Stanford University is offering two online courses that emphasize improving the high quality of student-to-student discourse as a major feature of instruction, specifically the importance of students understanding the reasoning of others and engaging in meaningful conversations using evidence for claims.

The short course looks closely at student-to-student conversations and addresses ways to improve students’ abilities to engage in the types of interactions.

These courses consist of four sessions with three weeks between each session in order to provide extra time for application and reflection. The learning relies heavily on participant contributions and comments. The sessions and assignments are designed for participants who teach or have access to classrooms in which they can gather samples of students’ conversation during lessons. Resources and tasks for instructional coaches and others who support teachers and build schoolwide capacity also are included. Continue Reading

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The Kentucky Center for Mathematics issues Request for Proposals

The Kentucky Center for Mathematics is requesting proposals for a competitive funding opportunity that enhances the mathematical development of gifted and talented students.

The funding, not to exceed $10,000 per awardee, will support programs that provide high-quality mathematical learning experiences for gifted and talented P-12 students.

Proposals are due by March 17 and should be submitted electronically to KCM Executive Director Daniel McGee.


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U of L mathematics symposium scheduled March 6

The University of Louisville’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development will present the Mathematics Education Colloquium: “Strategies for Encouraging Students to Persist When Working on Cognitively – Demanding Tasks” March 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University Club, Mary Bingham Room on the Belknap Campus.

Featured speakers include Doug Clarke, professor of mathematics education, Australian Catholic University and Barbara Clarke, associate professor, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the University Club lot.

For more information, contact Patty Grimes at (502) 852-3096.


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50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom March on Frankfort

On March 5, students have a unique opportunity to participate in an educational and historic event, the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Frankfort.

In celebration of the 1964 march, thousands will gather once again in Frankfort. The commemorative march and accompanying rally will be from 10 a.m. through approximately noon (Eastern Standard Time). Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Second St. and Capitol Ave. at 9:30 a.m. to line up in order to proceed to the State Capitol building. For more information on the march, contact Mary Ann Taylor of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights toll-free at (800) 292-5566.

High school students and young adults are encouraged to participate in a recreation of the march and will be positioned in the front sections.

As part of the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, the Kentucky Historical Society is sponsoring a multimedia exhibit in the Capitol Education Center next door to the Governor’s Mansion. This is free and open to the public.

The Capital City Museum has developed an exhibition which will open to the public at 6 p.m. on the evening of March 4 and run until August 31.

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‘Book-mob’ Common Core learning event coming up

The Kentucky Department of Education invites every educator in the state to join Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs for a book-mob, a four-week online study (Feb. 20-March 19) of Dr. Jacobs’ Mapping to the Core LumiBook (eBook).

This is an unprecedented opportunity to access free Common Core guidance from the most renowned experts on the subject and is available to all Kentucky educators through CIITS. During the event, educators will read Mapping to the Core, going online to discuss what they’ve learned and to receive feedback and insights from Dr. Jacobs and her co-authors, Dr. Ann Johnson, Dr. Debbie Sullivan, and Dr. Marie Alcock.

KDE has organized this event especially around the needs and challenges of Kentucky educators.

Every Kentucky attendee will have the opportunity to:

  •  Interact with Dr. Jacobs and her team to see how they are solving implementation challenges around the US
  • Network and get ideas and best practices for Common Core implementation from teachers and leaders all over the US
  • Get resources for Common Core implementation that can be used immediately in classrooms and front offices

The Mapping to the Core book mob begins on Feb. 20 and continues every day until March 19. The entire event is being held online and available through your Mapping to the Core LumiBook. To sign up for the Mapping to the Core book mob, visit Contact Jackie Rogers with any questions at or 502-564-4970 (extension 4522).

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Civil engineering scholarship for qualifying Kentuckians

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Civil Engineering Scholarship Program currently sponsors 80 scholarship openings each year, and they are filled with returning students and new students.

KYTC awards 10-20 scholarships to new students each year who are either attending or planning to attend the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University or University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering.

Students also may attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System or other Kentucky state colleges or universities before finishing coursework at UK, WKU or U of L.

The Civil Engineering Scholarship can be worth more than $47,000. Some of the benefits during and after completion of the scholarship program are:

  • four-year scholarship
  • $5,750/semester for freshmen and sophomores and $6,150/semester for juniors and seniors
  • job placement after graduation

The deadline to apply is March 1. For more information, click here.

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Applicants sought for KHSAA board of control

The Kentucky Board of Education, through the Kentucky Department of Education, is seeking an individual to serve on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Board of Control to fill a position that will become vacant on July 1, 2014.

The KHSAA is the Kentucky Board of Education’s designee to manage statewide interscholastic athletic programs. The Board of Control supervises KHSAA, establishes staff salaries, sets goals for the association and has the authority to set rules and review proposed changes to the KHSAA constitution and bylaws. Regular attendance at KHSAA Board of Control meetings is a requirement of the position.

All interested individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, a resume and a minimum of two written letters of recommendation to the Kentucky Department of Education. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014.

Materials should be sent to the Kentucky Board of Education’s KHSAA liaison, Kevin C. Brown, Associate Commissioner and General Counsel, 131 Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40601. Continue Reading

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