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Kentucky Reading Project applications accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Kentucky Reading Project (KRP). The deadline for submission is February 28.

KRP is a yearlong graduate-level course focused on research-based literacy instruction. KRP offers an excellent opportunity to learn about topics such as:

  • Senate Bill 1
  • Kentucky Core Academic Standards
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Formative Assessments

Faculty members at each of the eight state universities provide instruction at various sites across the state.

Teachers in grades K-5 may participate in KRP and will receive a stipend, professional resources, and graduate credit (if Continue Reading

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Forward in the Fifth Seeks 2014 AppLE nominees

Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization that helps to raise educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking nominations for the Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Awards.

Now in its third year, the AppLE Awards recognize leaders in education, including local parent and student groups, who have made significant contributions to promote and support education in Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service region.

Forward in the Fifth will be accepting nominations for the 2014 AppLE Awards through February 28, 2014. Individuals or groups may self-nominate. Categories for nominations include:

  • Educator (early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education)
  • Community/Business Leader
  • Parent or Parent Group
  • Student or Student Group

Nominees’ efforts must occur within Forward in the Fifth’s 45-county primary service area, which includes: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Rowan, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.

Additional information, including former AppLE Award winners, eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and a flyer can be accessed at (the forms are accessible under the Awards tab) or by contacting Forward in the Fifth at (606) 677-6000 or All nominations should be completed and submitted online at no later than February 28, 2014. Submissions by mail, telephone or fax will not be accepted.



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Summer business camp for students

The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants is accepting applications through Feb. 28 for its tuition-free summer business camp program for high school juniors and seniors, held June 8-12 at Bellarmine University.

Selected students will stay on campus and learn the basics of business and accounting in a hands-on, interactive format. Tuition, room and board, materials, meals, books, tours and activities at the camp are all provided free to selected participants. The only costs are a $25 nonrefundable application fee; and, if accepted, a $50 transportation fee.

Students who cannot afford these fees may request a BASE Camp scholarship to cover the cost at For an application or more information, go to

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STLP awards nomination deadline extended

The deadline has been extended for Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) members to nominate students for the Student Technology Leadership (STLP) Awards.

The awards recognize and honor STLP seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in technology. KySTE is currently funding four scholarships for $1,000 each. The nomination process closes February 14, 2014. Winners will be announced at the STLP State Championship and Annual Awards at the Lexington Convention Center (LCC) and Rupp Arena.

For more information, go to and click on the awards link!

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Blending mathematics instruction for elementary grades

Education Week and Dreambox are sponsoring a free webinar Feb. 13, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, based on the idea of blended learning-combining digital curricula and tools with face-to-face instruction-for elementary grades in mathematics.

Facilitators will provide successful approaches for implementing this technique, including resources, strategies and examples of instruction, as well as tips for modeling blended learning in elementary grade mathematics.

Guests include Jill Thompson, instructional technology specialist, Bishop Spaugh Professional Development Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C. and Jessica Indelicato, 4th grade special education teacher, Presidential Park Elementary School, Middletown, N.Y.

This webinar will be moderated by Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions.

Click here to sign up for this webinar.


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Summer symposium presenters needed

The Kentucky Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (KYASCD) is looking for summer symposium presenters to share their knowledge, experiences and success with other educational professionals from across the state.

The focus for this KYASCD Symposium is on the Kentucky Framework for Teaching with effective strategies for improving instruction, implementation of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, while improving professional practice with the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.

Sessions are one hour, and attendees vary from classroom teachers to district leadership. This one-day event will be held in Richmond at Madison Central High School (Madison County).

All proposals must be submitted with an online submission form. Proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee consisting of educators from across the state. All presenters will receive free conference registration.

Click here or contact Tina Barrett for more information.

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Deadline approaching for History Teacher of the Year nominations

Nominations are currently being taken for the 2014 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year.  All nominations must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman website at:

The History Teacher of the Year award alternates every other year between Elementary and Middle/High School teachers. Only Middle School and High School teachers (grades 7-12) will be considered for the 2014 award.

Nominators are asked to provide contact information for themselves and information about their nominee, including a short, optional statement about why they are nominating the teacher. Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, principal or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. A teacher can be nominated at any point during the year but must be nominated by February 1, 2014, to be considered for the current year’s award, if they are eligible.

All nominees will receive an e-mail notification with further instructions for completing the nomination with supporting materials. If the teacher is nominated in a year in which he/she is not eligible, they will receive an e-mail reminder when the online form to submit supporting materials to complete the nomination opens.

For more information contact Tim Talbott at or 502-564-1792, ext. 4428.


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Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs application deadline extended

Due to school closings, the student application deadline for the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs has been extended to 6 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 7.

Kentucky high school students in grades 9-11 are invited to apply for the three-week residential summer program. During the program, creative students, working in teams, will learn how to take an idea, turn it into a product or service, and develop a business around it.

GSE will take place June 22-July 12 on the campus of Georgetown College. There is no cost to attend. Students can apply as an individual or as a team of two or more.  To apply, students will need:

  • a two minute video about their idea or desire to participate
  • a  completed application form
  • two recommendations sent on their behalf

Visit the GSE website for more information.

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Nominations sought for Civic Education Leadership Award

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is seeking nominations for the 2013-14 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.

The Award recognizes teachers, administrators and others who make notable contributions in promoting civic engagement. One finalist will be chosen from each Sweet 16 region, and the winner will receive a $500 award to use toward resources or equipment for his/her school or program. The deadline for applications/nominations is February 28.

Nomination materials are available at


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Kentucky teacher shares KCAS experience in Education Week

Natalie McCutchen, a Hope Street Group 2013-2014 fellow and  a 7th grade Math at Franklin Simpson Middle School in the Simpson County School District, shared her thoughts and experience on implementing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) in Education Week this week.

McCutchen’s column, “Standards: A View From My Classroom”, appeared in Stu Silberman’s regular online blog space. Silberman is the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a citizen advocacy group based in Lexington.

Click here to read the column.

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