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Free 6th grade mathematics professional learning opportunity

The Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) announces the launch of MaRtI Middle, a free and new year-long professional learning experience.

MaRtI Middle allows middle school educators to gain a greater understanding of how 6th-grade students learn mathematics, evidence-based intervention strategies for use with students who are struggling and resources and professional knowledge for identifying and analyzing student misconceptions.

Participants will:

  • identify big ideas embedded in the grade 6 Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Mathematics and Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • use instructional strategies to improve critical thinking, problem solving and classroom discourse
  • explore evidence-based intervention strategies that can be used to help struggling students Continue Reading

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Joseph W. Kelly Award nominations sought

The Kentucky Board of Education is accepting nominations for the 13th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award. This award will be given to a businessperson who has offered outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equity of educational opportunity for all Kentucky children.

Because nominations may come from both organizations and individuals, additional copies of the form may be made and distributed throughout your board/membership. Along with the form, an essay (500 words or less) describing how the nominated businessperson has further enhanced the educational opportunities for children on the school, community and/or state levels must be submitted.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 19 (close of business). Send the nomination form and essay to the Kentucky Board of Education (Attention: Mary Ann Miller), 500 Mero St., First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601 or e-mail them to Mary Ann Miller.

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KDE seeks social studies experts to assist drafting new standards

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) extends an invitation to social studies experts across the state to provide support in drafting the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Plans for standards development call for a draft to be presented to the Kentucky Board of Education in the fall of 2014.

At this time, KDE anticipates the need for approximately 30-40 participants representing diverse locations, grade levels and social studies content knowledge to move this work forward. The application deadline for this project is 4 p.m. ET on May 7. Finalists will be notified no later than May 30.

Click here to apply. For more information, contact Karen Kidwell.

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Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division offers adult rights program

The Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is looking for high schools in which to present its u@18 (Becoming an Adult in Kentucky) public service program.

Through the u@18 program, the YLD educates 17- and 18-year-old high school students regarding their basic rights and responsibilities as renters, consumers, property owners, voters, spouses and employees.

The program is free and involves a one-hour presentation by a YLD lawyer in a high school classroom. The young lawyer uses a video with 10 vignettes, each depicting a young adult encountering an everyday problem that involves their legal rights and responsibilities.

After each vignette is viewed by the students, the young lawyer leads a group discussion of the issues presented. Presenting attorneys are provided extensive preparation materials to ensure a very smooth and engaging experience for students.

To request a presentation at a school, or for more questions, contact Eric Weihe at (502) 568-5704.

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Teachers needed to develop lessons for Kentucky Military History Museum

The Kentucky Historical Society will be sponsoring a summer curriculum camp June 23 -28 to develop lesson plans for the Kentucky Military History Museum.

We are seeking six history teachers (two elementary, two middle school and two high school) for this opportunity.  Each teacher will be paid $600, which will be paid upon the completion and submission of two lesson plans on outlined themes that are covered in the Kentucky Military History Museum. Participants will need to be present each of the six days of the camp to receive the full stipend.

Deadline to apply is April 30.  Selections will be made and announced by May 9. For more information or if you have questions, contact Tim Talbott at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4428.

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Applications being accepted for Hope Street Group Fellows Program

Hope Street Group (HSG) is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that connects teachers to policy makers through its State Teacher Fellows Program. HSG partners with KDE, KEA, the Prichard Committee and other organizations throughout the state to help transform the teaching profession and improve outcomes for children.

HSG is currently accepting applications for its 2014-15 Kentucky State Teacher Fellowship. Click here to apply.

The fellowship enables teachers to be active participants in state education conversations by providing a platform to discuss ideas and create solutions. It also gives participants opportunities to meet leading policy makers and present those solutions.

In addition to full-time teaching positions, Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellows receive a $3,500 stipend for the Fellowship period and work approximately 10-15 hours per month.

The application and more information on the Fellowship can be found on the Hope Street Group website. Completed applications are due no later Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

For more information, contact Wendy Uptain at




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Deadline to apply for arts education grant is April 15

Teachers interested in partnering with professional artists to incorporate unique arts opportunities into their curriculum can apply for a Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Art Together grant by April 15.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers across the state to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Directory to design and implement one-to four-week residencies. These residencies can cover a multitude of topics and mediums but are established to help teachers incorporate arts into the curriculum long after the residency has ended.

The Teaching Art Together grant guidelines and application can be found on the arts council website. For more information about applying, contact Jean St. John, arts education director, at (502) 564-8110, ext. 486.

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National Guard seeks help to honor those who have served

The Kentucky National Guard is asking for schools across the state to help with fundraising for the construction of its National Guard Memorial in Frankfort.

The memorial will create a sacred space for families, friends and comrades to reflect and remember and also will serve as a classroom for those wishing to learn about the National Guard’s service to the state and the nation.

Last fall, King Middle School (Mercer County) raised $5,000 in less than 60 days toward the construction of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial. The memorial needs an additional $300,000 by early May to break ground on Memorial Day and start construction. Your school can join those schools and districts that have already committed to the “Pennies for Honor” fundraiser.

It’s as simple as letting your school community know that you are collecting loose change and then donating it to the memorial fund. Schools/districts meeting designated fundraising levels will be recognized on an engraved paver next to the memorial. For information, see or contact Jason Bryant; or Josh Witt at (859) 749-2080.

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Deadline for calendar waiver is May 1

Just a reminder to those districts who may be considering a waiver for their 2013-14 school calendar.

The first step in the process is to contact Kay Kennedy in the Division of District Support for a review of the strategies implemented in the district to maximize instructional time. If that review indicates a waiver is necessary, the district will be given a checklist with specific instructions for the justification documentation and Infinite Campus calendar reports to support the waiver request.

Kay Kennedy may be contacted by phone at (502) 564-3930, ext. 4433. The deadline to initiate the waiver process is May 1.

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Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Scholarship available

The 2014 Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Scholarship Program for high school seniors is accepting applications until April 21.

Created in 2008, the program strives to expand the mission of Trooper Island, a boys and girls camp located on Dale Hollow Lake in southeastern Kentucky. The hope is to provide scholastic financial support for young people attending a college or technical/vocational school. Although preference will be given to those students who attended Trooper Island Camp, it is open to all who apply.

A minimum of four $1,000 scholarships, available for the fall semester of this year, are planned to be awarded.

The deadline for scholarship application submissions has been extended to April 21.

For more information, please contact Lori Hunsaker with the Kentucky State Police or Lucille Marshall at (502) 782-1793.

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