Teaching and Learning News

March 13, 2015

TELL Kentucky Survey

Just a reminder that the TELL survey is now in full swing and runs through March 31. Our district goal is to have 100% participation. Central office will provide donuts for any school reaching 100%. Participation rates as of this afternoon are as follows:
District: 44.90%
HHS: 61.90%
HMS: 77.27%
JES: 0.00%
MES: 5.88%
WES: 46.43%
I know there is a bit of friendly competition going on between the principals, so congratulations to Mr. Goetz and Dr. Laber!

Spotted This Week

KASC Spring Academies

The Kentucky Association of School Councils is offering two spring academies in March at locations in Bowling Green and Lexington.

Constructed-response in the Classroom
Learn to apply quality of instruction with effective higher-level questioning to ensure your students’ engagement and increase of their knowledge.

This 3-hour session will cover:

  • Importance of high expectations
  • Rigor
  • Instructional relevance

Higher-level Thinking and Learning – Closing the Gap For All Students
The research overwhelmingly supports that all students can learn at higher-levels.

This 3-hour session will cover:

  • How to help students believe in themselves
  • Specific strategies for keeping student thinking at high-levels through discussion and questioning as well as through classroom work and assessment
  • Research-based strategies for reaching and teaching all students and closing the gap

Bowling Green – Hillvue Heights Church, 3219 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101

  • March 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. CT, Constructed-Response
  • March 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT, Higher-Level Thinking and Learning

  • Lexington – NorthEast Christian Church, 990 Star Shoot Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509
    March 26, 8:30-11:30 a.m. ET, Constructed-Response
    March 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Higher-Level Thinking and Learning

Cost for members is $75 for one session; $125 is the fee for both sessions. Cost for non-members is $150 for one session; $225 is the fee for both sessions. Register here.

District Travel

You may be reimbursed for meals when you are traveling out of the district and staying overnight.
Board policy allows up to the following amounts:
Breakfast: $10
Lunch: $15
Dinner: $25
For travel to high rate cities (such as Louisville or Chicago), meals will be reimbursed at the daily per diem rate established by the General Services Administration (GSA). You can find this rates at the following link: www.gsa.gov/perdiem
Detailed receipts should be turned in with the reimbursement form.
We cannot reimburse for extras, such as snacks or coffees.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Question about Student Growth Data and CIITS

I have been asked by a few people about this, so I thought it might be important to share with everyone. Teachers do not enter results for student growth into CIITS. Instead, you are to share your results with your principal when you meet with him or her. The principal will then mark one of the following scores in CIITS: H (high), E (expected), or L (low). There is not a place in CIITS for the teacher to enter the actual raw data or scores. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

2015 Kentucky Center Arts Integration Academies for June and July; DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 17th

Since 2000, the Kentucky Department of Education has partnered with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and KET to present Arts Academies and Arts Integration Academies. This summer The Kentucky Center will present four varied and exciting academies in several locations around the Commonwealth:

· Arts Academy in Corbin – June 15-19

· STEAM Academy in Murray – July 6-10

· Arts-Literacy Academy in Florence – July 20-24

· Arts-World Languages Academy (Chinese & Spanish) in Bowling Green – July 27-31

All four academies will take place on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Teachers are expected to attend all five days. Each academy will accept up to 30 teachers.

Teachers attending the academies will receive hands-on, standards-aligned training and a $500 stipend ($100 per day). Teachers may elect to receive professional development credit as approved by their districts (6 hours per day) instead of stipends for some of these days. We do not have funding to cover transportation or lodging.

Applications must be submitted electronically by April 17, 2015. For further information including faculty information and eligibility criteria, as well as the online application, go to: http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Community/Academies.

If you have questions, contact Cecilia Reyna at creyna@kentuckycenter.org or 502-566-5151 (e-mail preferred).

Trivia Question of the Week

Another St. Patrick's Day Question:
What is the translation for "Erin go Bragh"?

The first person to respond with the correct answer will receive a small prize!

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 18: Reports Cards; Late Arrival Day
  • Now-March 24: Student Voice Survey for Grades 3-12
  • Now-March 31: TELL Kentucky Survey
  • March 19 & March 24: Ed Study Seminar #6
  • March 24: Secondary Literacy Leader Meeting (rescheduled)
  • March 26: Excellence in Education Dinner
  • March 27-April 3: Spring Break