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Kentucky Global Schools Network: Learn and launch grants available

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 a National Education Association 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.

Elementary and middle schools are now eligible to apply for grants of $15,000 for professional learning and planning for exemplary global competency and world language programs. Continue Reading

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Kentucky schools receive arts education grants

Fourteen Kentucky schools will receive a fiscal year 2015 Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during the first half of the school year.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers across the Commonwealth to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the arts council’s Teaching Artist Directory to design and implement one- to four-week residencies.

“The Teaching Art Together grant enables local, seasoned artists to engage students in the creative process and share their knowledge with Kentucky teachers,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Through the program, schools find new and innovative ways to incorporate arts education into everyday curriculum.”

Schools that will receive grants are:

  • North Butler Elementary School (Butler County), $1,800
  • Big Creek Elementary School (Clay County), $600
  • Clay County Middle School (Clay County), $1,800
  • Goose Rock Elementary School (Clay County), $600
  • Hacker Elementary School (Clay County), $1,200
  • Manchester Elementary School (Clay County), $2,400
  • Oneida Elementary School  (Clay County), $600
  • Paces Creek Elementary School (Clay County), $1,200
  • Jackson County High School, $600
  • McKee Elementary School (Jackson County), $1,800
  • Sand Gap Elementary School (Jackson County), $600
  • Tyner Elementary School (Jackson County), $1,200
  • Smyrna Elementary School (Jefferson County), $600
  • Marion County High School, $600

These grants will fund artist residencies between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. The residencies cover various school subjects and incorporate a wide range of mediums. Students receive several weeks of hands-on arts experiences. The residencies also help teachers incorporate arts into the curriculum long after the residency has ended. In the past, students and artists have collaborated to paint murals representing their school traditions, create clay animation films depicting important events in history and more.

More information about the Teaching Art Together grant can be found on the arts council website. A recent Kentucky Teacher story about the grant can be found here. The next deadline to apply is Oct. 1, for artist residencies occurring between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015.

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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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