Teaching and Learning News
March 15, 2016
Val-Ed Survey Window Ends March 17
As part of the PPGES process, teachers and other certified staff will be asked to participate in the Val-Ed principal survey. The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education is a research-based evaluation tool that measures the effectiveness of school leaders by providing a detailed assessment of a principal’s perceived performance. The 360 degree survey is taken by teachers, principals, and administrators to provide comprehensive and constructive feedback to the principal. The results of the survey are designed to help the principal become a better leader for his/her school in much the same way that the Student Voice Survey provides helpful feedback to teachers from their students.
Your role in this, as a teacher, is completely anonymous. While you are taking the survey online, you are not identified in any way. There is no “login” so there is no trail back to your computer. This is to assure you that you can answer the questions carefully and completely.
We very much appreciate your taking time to complete the survey. It will take about 20 minutes. Principals must receive a certain number of surveys in order for the results to be registered, so it is very important that everyone participate.
The survey window runs from March 7-March 17.
You will be receiving a letter shortly that is addressed to “Teacher 1,” “Teacher 2,” etc. The letters will be passed out at random, so again, there is no way to know who is taking the survey. The letters contain the information you need to take the appropriate survey.
Current Val-Ed Completions Rates
The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, March 17.
Mark Your Calendars for K-Prep Testing Windows
Middle: May 5-11
High: May 19-25
Summer PD Day
Mindfulness Demonstration for Students
Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component in prevention and treatment efforts because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning.
Digital Photo Contest for Middle School Students
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has kicked off its sixth-annual Capture the Earth digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8.
The Capture the Earth photo contest is open to all Kentucky middle school students. Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition, and a brief explanation of how well the photograph celebrates the beauty and diversity of Kentucky and encourages others to care about the state’s environment through stewardship and conservation.
EEC is accepting entries until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. The winner will receive two nights’ lodging at a Kentucky State Resort Park of the winner’s choosing with his or her family. Middle school students may e-mail one photograph as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to design experiences to help students move towards a more scientific conception. Experience activities as a learner and discuss implications for best practice and highly effective teaching with other professionals. Leave each session with examples, resources, and a deepened understanding of how to implement the NGSS.
1-Day Short Courses K-5 $125
Strengthen grade-level specific content understanding and understanding of supporting science and engineering practices at the designated grade bands.
Weather and Climate
Grades K & 3 - June 28
Grades 2, 4 & 5 - June 29
Grades 1 & 5 - June 30
2-Day Learn & Apply Sessions K-12 $250
Concentrated time to deepen understanding of critical components, examine support resources, and develop a product for use in the classroom. Leave with examples, resources, processes, and a useable classroom product.
Developing Units Aligned to the NGSS
Developing Classroom Assessments Aligned to the NGSS
ACT Science Boot Camp
June 23-24 $250
Experience the kind of learning you will want to provide for your students while learning research-based, best practices necessary for increasing college and career readiness. Practice strategies for accessing complex texts, analyzing data and opposing arguments. Develop tasks requiring these key processes and build a bank of test prep strategies to support learning.
Compete for $1,000 investment prize in investor education contest
Dash for the Stash, an investor education and protection program and contest, will begin next week at participating libraries across Kentucky.
The contest will run from March 15 to May 15 and is being launched by the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions and the non-profit Investor Protection Institute, which will present one statewide winner with a $1,000 prize to open or add to a retirement investment account.
The contest is similar to a scavenger hunt, but instead of collecting objects, participants collect information about saving and investing. People can enter the contest by visiting a host location, then going online to answer questions that can be found on posters at those locations.
Click here for more information, including a list of participating locations.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Poster Contest
The Office of the Attorney General, Office of Victims Advocacy, with assistance from the Kentucky Association of Child Advocacy Centers, announces a poster contest for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 – 16. The contest is open to children and youth from throughout Kentucky. All posters received by close of business March 21 are eligible for participation in the contest. Contest rules and additional information can be found at the following link: http://ag.ky.gov/family/victims/Pages/default.aspx.
- March 15: Report Cards
- March 16: Extra PD Session 4
- March 17 & 22: Ed Study Seminar 6
- March 21: Elementary CINSAM
- March 24: McGraw Hill Digital Conversion Site Visit @ HMS & HHS
- March 28: Middle School CINSAM
- April 4-8: Spring Break