State education officials want to know whether teachers, schools and districts want the state to continue to provide the Continuous Instructional Improvement System at no cost to districts or whether districts want to use their own system.
Kentucky educators have a number of excellent resources at their disposal to help implement the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). One of these is Edivation, the professional learning resource available to all Kentucky educators on CIITS. Edivation offers a large online library of instructional professional learning videos with hours of footage showing real teachers implementing the standards in their classrooms. [...]
Differentiating instruction can feel like a formidable task, and it’s easy to get into the habit of “teaching to the middle” — presenting material and using teaching methods suited to the majority of students rather than to each individual. However, with the right strategies and a little practice, differentiation doesn’t have to be all that difficult. CIITS and Edivation offer [...]
Technology moves fast, and it can be a challenge to keep up with the best practices for integrating the latest innovations into your classroom instruction. CIITS and Edivation offer a series of videos showing examples of teachers doing just that — using new technologies to engage and enlighten students in ways never before possible in the classroom. Follow the instructions [...]
This school year, teachers, you have the opportunity to help your students achieve new heights in growth and learning. Are you ready? You can prepare yourself with outstanding primers on classroom management available on Edivation (formerly PD 360) via Kentucky’s Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology system (CIITS). These expert-vetted videos feature teaching best practices with real master teachers in their classrooms. [...]
This summer 45 teachers from across the state spent a week in Frankfort learning how to infuse arts into field trips. By early next year the lesson plans they developed will be available for teachers statewide.
The Kentucky Department of Education invites every educator in the state to join Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs for a book-mob, a four-week online study (Feb. 20-March 19) of Dr. Jacobs’ Mapping to the Core LumiBook (eBook). This is an unprecedented opportunity to access free Common Core guidance from the most renowned experts on the subject and is available to all [...]
Estill County looks to data when making decisions to improve classroom learning.
Education Commissioner Terry Holliday The release of Unbridled Learning accountability results last month was met with a flurry of newspaper stories, board presentations, parent workshops and a lot of discussion. As expected, early reports seemed to focus on the overall drop in proficiency and the new state-provided percentile rankings for schools and districts. A few accounts rightfully noted [...]
The implementation of 2009’s Senate Bill 1, the work of which is now called Unbridled Learning, is becoming a reality. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday As is the case when undertaking major change or a series of changes, day-to-day challenges and pressures can become our focus and the larger picture or goals can become less clear. That is [...]