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Rank Certification Info and Changes in EPSB

Rank Certification Information & Changes in EPSB

At its August 20, 2018 meeting, the Education Professional Standards Board waived the mandatory requirement for an educator to obtain a Rank II within the 5-year regulation timeline. KRS 161.1211 defines Rank II as "Those holding regular certificates and who have a master's degree in a subject field approved by the Education Professional Standards Board or equivalent continuing education." This definition has not changed. Educators are still able to pursue and obtain Rank II to advance in the profession. However, there is no longer a timeline associated to require this Rank change for educators. It is important to note that the Board did not waive program admission requirements or program completion requirements. If a program for certification requires completion of a master's degree, the educator will still need to obtain the master's and complete the program for issuance of a certificate. If a master's or Rank II is required for admission to a preparation program, that requirement is also still in effect. Also note, the path to advancing on the salary schedule in school districts is based on your rank of certification. You may refer to the statute that outlines qualifications for Rank changes in Kentucky here.

At their latest meeting on Monday, EPSB changed language in 16 KAR 5:010, Section 12 that identifies the program design components and program curriculum for any education master's program or planned fifth-year program that does not lead to an additional base or restricted base certificate. These programs are known as the Teacher Leader programs. The changes will allow more flexibility in the creation of programs leading to Rank II, a waiver of 16 KAR 5:010, Section 12, is necessary for Educator Preparation Programs. This waiver will allow EPPs in Kentucky to develop and earn EPSB approval for innovative programs to address teachers, schools, and district's professional development needs. Another change is that the KDE Office of Education Licensure and Effectiveness (specifically the Division of Certification) will now be handling all license and rank changes for educators moving forward. The EPSB office will also be relocating this week to the Sower Building in Frankfort where KDE is located. The best way to contact EPSB is through the web portal at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/ .

Now accepting California Casualty Thomas R Brown Athletic Grant Applications

The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program is in full swing and applications from NEA members for this year are being accepted through January 15th. Middle and High School athletics programs apply today! www.calcasathelticsgrant.com

2018-2019 JCTA Exemplary Student Scholarship Announcement


2018-2019 JCTA Martin Luther King Jr. Exemplary Student Scholarship



JCTA is offering Exemplary Student Scholarships to two Jefferson County Public School seniors.  The Jefferson County Teachers Association will honor these two JCPS seniors during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dinner with a $1,000 scholarship for each recipient.  The dinner will take place on January 26, 2019. The scholarship winners are requested to attend the memorial dinner and will be provided two complimentary tickets for guests.


2018-2019 Exemplary Student Scholarship Cover Sheet

2018-2019 Exemplary Student Scholarship Announcment and Criteria


If you have any questions, please contact UniServ Dawn Moretz at HCR@jcta.org or 454-3400.

NOTE: MLK, JR Divserity Arts Contest submissions are due to the JCTA Office by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2018.


2018 District Evaluation Appeals Panel Candidates


2018 District Evaluation Appeals Panel Candidates


Chester-Burton, Beverly – Maryhurst Academy - I believe that as educators we must be leaders in our profession.  I have served on various district and JCTA committees such as LEAP.  I would like to continue my participation by serving on the District Evaluation Appeal Panel (DEAP) to ensure fairness and equity for all.


Dunnagan, Philip – Highland Middle -  I am running for RE-ELECTION to the DEAP.  I am a former Asst. U.S. Attorney, and am a member in good standing of the KBA.  Teaching has become more difficult.  If you believe teachers should absolutely be afforded their Due Process rights while evaluated, please vote for me.  


Herder, Laura – Carter Elementary -  I would appreciate your vote for a position on the DEAP.  I am deeply committed to serving on the panel to ensure reasonable evaluations are being conducted on the teachers of JCPS. Thank you!


Mayfield, Jackie – Middletown Elementary As a current JCTA Board member, I am seeking to be your voice on DEAP, District Evaluation Appeals Panel to ensure fairness in the evaluation process for all JCPS Staff.


Nichols, George – Iroquois High - I would like to inform you of my interest in the Election for the District Evaluation Appeal Panel.  I feel that I could serve well in this position with my experience as a JCTA building rep and mentor to new teachers in my building.  Thank you for your consideration. 


Williams, Dwan – Seneca High - I’m currently at Seneca High School and would like to be considered for DEAP.  



Appplications Accepted for "Students of the Year" Philanthropic Leadership Development Program

Dear Louisville Educators,
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is seeking nominations of high school students to compete for scholarships, recognition, and the title of Student(s) of the Year! We’re looking for exemplary students who are well-organized, competitive, natural leaders capable of building a strong team, utilizing their network, and working strategically to achieve their goal.
Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program consisting of a 7-week challenge to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of local blood cancer survivors. The campaign offers the rare opportunity to develop professional skills such as marketing, project management, presentation skills, financial literacy, and networking, and it helps students have a set-apart resume during college applications. Most importantly, it teaches the importance of service and philanthropy while making a meaningful impact for families affected by cancer.
Do you know a high school student who would make an ideal Students of the Year candidate? I’d love to connect with them! Please provide the attached flyer to potential candidates, and don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or candidate nominations. Thank you for helping make this campaign a success and for joining us in the fight against cancer.
For the Cause,
Kristin Armstrong | Campaign Manager | Students of the Year
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter)
502.719.0548| kristin.armstrong@lls.org


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