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FY2015 Read to Achieve (RTA) RFA Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has announced that the review process for the FY2015 Read to Achieve (RTA) RFA is complete. Awards can be found on the KDE Competitive Grant Awards site.

As always, awards are contingent on available funding and districts/schools meeting programmatic and budgetary requirements. At this time, the budget bill (HB235) has not been enacted by the General Assembly and final funding amounts have not been set. KDE is posting tentative information that is subject to change. KDE anticipates being able to provide final information in mid-April or when a budget is approved by the General Assembly.

For budget-related questions, contact Karen Wirth. For questions related to the application process or for copies of your score sheets, contact Jason Kendall. All other questions should be addressed to Judith Halasek.

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Call for nominations: Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award

The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) is calling for nominations for the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award.

This prestigious award was established in 1992 and is dedicated to former Superintendent Paul J. Langan (1945-56) in recognition of his outstanding service and constructive leadership. His innovative approach to education established the foundation for continued improvement of the education of blind and visually impaired children at KSB.

The Paul J. Langan Award qualifications are: the recipient must be a Kentuckian, or former Kentuckian; and the recipient must display qualities that have had a strong, positive influence on the lives of persons who are blind or visually impaired and the Kentucky School for the Blind. Nominations for this award must be made in writing and should be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed by April 4. The award will be presented during the KSB Founder’s Day Celebration on May 9.

Send nominations to:

Debi Phillips, Principal

Kentucky School for the Blind

1867 Frankfort Ave.

Louisville, KY 40206

Nominations may be sent by fax to (502) 897-2994 or by e-mail at:

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Free math professional learning for K-3 teachers

The Kentucky Department of Education is offering professional learning opportunities for Kentucky K-3 mathematics teachers.

Join mathematics teachers from across the state in an interactive learning experience focusing on mathematical fluency and the conceptual understanding of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) for grades K-3.

Participants will be actively engaged with research-based strategies and rich mathematical tasks. During this six-hour online learning experience, teachers will be engaged with research-based strategies and rich mathematical tasks.

Registration is now open. Click here for more information.

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Scholarship contest open to Kentucky high school students

The Lane Report’s Next will conduct a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship on Dec. 15, 2014. To be eligible for the drawing, Kentucky high school students must register online with Next, must provide a valid e-mail address and must abide by the official contest rules, listed below.

Students may click here to register with Next and be eligible for the drawing for a $1,000 scholarship and to see official rules for the contest.

For more information, contact Lorie Hailey at (859) 244-3529.

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Kentucky Writers’ Day guide available

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.

The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary artists.

Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 24 and will be celebrated statewide by schools, libraries, writers’ groups, businesses, senior citizens’ centers and more.

The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

The arts council will host a Kentucky Writers’ Day Ceremony April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda with a public reception to follow on the Mezzanine. The celebration will include readings by the current and past Kentucky Poet Laureates.

For more information about Kentucky Writers’ Day, click here.

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Parent leadership training opportunities

Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) will conduct four regional institutes in Kentucky this fall: Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Louisville and the service region of the Partners for Education at Berea College.

Educators are asked to think about parents, community members, guardians, involved grandparents and family members, mentors and other adults who advocate for students in public schools – people you feel would benefit from great training on Kentucky’s education and accountability system and how to partner with schools to impact achievement.

Graduates of the training will receive support, coaching and a mini-grant to implement a project in a public school to involve other parents in improving student achievement.

Funders have designated counties and districts in which the participants must live and conduct their projects. Institute dates, locations and more information, as well as the GCIPL application, can be found here: Continue Reading

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History conference call for proposals

A call for proposals is currently underway for educator presentations at the 2014 Kentucky History Education Conference, which will be held July 10 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. This year’s conference will be based around the 2014-15 National History Day theme; Leadership and Legacy in History.

Educators who may have innovative classroom practices (especially involving primary sources) are encouraged to submit a proposal to present and share ideas. Those interested need to e-mail a short abstract (up to 200 words) and resume to Tim Talbott by April 11. Those selected will be notified by May 2, 2014. Accepted presenters will have their conference fee waived and lunch provided.

If you have any questions, contact Talbott at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4428.

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Storytelling festival at Cumberland Falls on April 11

Four nationally known storytellers will share the stage during a storytelling festival at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park on April 11.

The program includes storytelling sessions, a wildlife program, tour of Cumberland Falls and frontier history. Cost is $3 per student. Chaperones and teachers are free. Vendors also will be demonstrating and selling traditional and Kentucky Made crafts all around the Park’s DuPont Lodge.

For more information, call toll-free (800) 325-0063 or e-mail Bret Smitley.


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Dropout prevention conference call for proposals

Educators are invited to submit a proposal to present at the upcoming 26th annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference.

The conference will be held Nov. 2-5 at the Galt House in Louisville. The theme is On Track for Success – Each Student College/Career-Ready.

Click here to submit a proposal.

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Release of REL AP Kentucky Report

REL Appalachia released a study that should be of interest to all superintendents. The study looked at 11th grade students who did not reach ACT benchmarks and tracked the students to 12th grade to see how many students took senior level transition courses. It also looked at how many students passed the transition courses paving the way to college-ready status. The full report can be found at the following link:

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday’s blog has more about the study and what the Kentucky Department of Education will be doing in 2014-15 to track senior year interventions for students who do not meet ACT benchmarks.

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