Seven modules guide educators, students through SB 1


KET and the Kentucky Department of Education, through their joint e-Learning Kentucky grant, have launched Transforming Education in Kentucky: A free, media-rich introduction to Senate Bill 1. Seven informational interactive modules are designed for educators, students and parents who want to understand the educational effects of 2009’s Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) (KRS 158.6453 and others). Each module includes readings, videos and interactive exercises.

Module 1: Kentucky’s Next Education Reform: Overview

Learn more about Senate Bill 1 and how it compares to Kentucky’s current system. State and national education leaders reflect on why education reform is needed to ensure high school graduates are college- and career-ready.


Urgent Need for School Reform (3:11)
Aligning K12 and Higher Ed (4:32)
Reflecting on Education Reform (4:21)
Interactive: Compare and Contrast

Module 2: Revised State Content Standards

Discover why content standards are important and the advantages to having common core standards across multiple states. The module also looks at the process under way in Kentucky to implement the Common Core State Standards and to develop new standards for the entire curriculum.


Standards Overview (3:50)
Revised Standards (2:10)
Learning Progressions (1:27)
Applying Standards to Curriculum (1:27)
Plans for Transition (1:41)
Interactive: Myths v. Facts about Common Core State Standards

Module 3: Great Teachers and Great Leaders

Explore the characteristics of great teachers and leaders and gain some insight into the new teacher- and principal-evaluation system that is part of Senate Bill 1.


Effective Teachers (1:26)
Great Teaching Illustrated (2:32)
Principal’s Critical Role (1:22)
Effective Leaders (1:27)
Literacy Leadership: Summer Writing Institute (3:27)
Evaluating Teachers (2:20)
Interactive: Characteristics of Great Teachers

Module 4: Assessment Literacy

Learn about some of the essential components of a balanced assessment program, including assessments both for learning (formative) and of learning (summative) to accurately measure student achievement.


Learning Targets (:38)
Balanced Assessment (2:28)
Defining Formative Assessment (:58)
Common Planning for Formative Instruction (5:48)
Formative Assessment in a Primary Classroom (2:57)
Interactive: What Does Assessment For Learning Look Like?

Module 5: Balanced Assessment and Accountability System

Find out about the components of Kentucky’s new balanced assessment system and the characteristics upon which accountability systems are being developed.


Multiple Assessments of Learning (1:29)
Types of Assessment (3:10)
Teaching the Whole Child (1:08)
Interactive: Understanding Different Forms of Assessments

Module 6: Turning Around Struggling Schools

Examine the qualities of high-performing schools and new efforts in Kentucky to turn around consistently low-performing schools.


No Excuses for Failure (2:11) [Poverty & Minority]
Story of Ballard Memorial High School’s Turnaround (7:38)
Individualizing Instruction for All Students (1:11)
Literacy Leadership: Data Meetings (2:47)
Literacy Leadership: School Culture (1:35)
Literacy Leadership: Impact of Focused Literacy Instruction (2:42)
High Quality Professional Development (2:01)
Professional Learning Communities (2:59)
Principal Professional Learning Community (Daviess County) (3:41)

Module 7: College and Career Readiness

Take a look at the ties – strengthened by Senate Bill 1 – between P-12 core content standards and college and career requirements. Teachers will learn more about what it means to be college and career ready and the strategies that will prepare Kentucky school children for success in life.


Jobs of the Future (1:21)
Negative Impact of Attrition (2:09)
Raising Standards in Education (:31)
Aligning K12 and Higher Ed (4:27)
Individual Learning Plans (3:34)
Left and Right Brain Thinking (2:32)
Interdisciplinary Learning (1:45)
The Arts at School (3:13)
Interactive: Compare College and Career Readiness Skills

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