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Meeting about Future of KATH

In Alerts,Business Meeting,KATH Conference on September 3, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth

Kentucky Association of Teachers of History

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 10:00-2:00 (EST)

Hardin County Public Library (100 Jim Owen Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701)


1. Greetings and Introductions
2. Discussion 1: KATH’s Stated Mission: What is Out Purpose?
3. Discussion 2: Is KATH Needed?
4. Brainstorming Session: What Can Be Done to Revive Interest & Participation in KATH?
5. The 2020 Conference (This assumes we have some attendees, and there is interest in the continuation of KATH)





In Alerts,Business Meeting on August 19, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

Meeting to discuss future of KATH – all interested in the teaching of history are welcome.

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 (EST) 10:00 – 2:00

Where: Hardin County Public Library – 100 Jim Owen Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

RSVP by Wednesday, September 4: Pattie Dillon –


Item Review

In Alerts on July 16, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability (OSAA), is seeking classroom teachers (grades 3-12) and content specialists working in support of teachers to review items for future Kentucky assessments in Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies. Senate Bill 1 (2017) requires that the department implement a process to review Kentucky’s Academic Standards (KAS) and the alignment of corresponding assessments for possible revision or replacement.

Current classroom teachers (grades 3-12) or content specialists working in support of teachers interested in the review of assessment items are needed. A pool of candidates is being gathered for this critical work and participants will be notified if accepted. Currently, applications are being accepted through August 15th, 2019.

Applicants who are selected will be required to meet in Frankfort or Lexington for multiple days. Substitute teacher expense along with travel will be reimbursed. Timeline of activities will be communicated to individuals once they are determined, with work taking place in early fall.

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to



In Alerts,Spotlight on July 9, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies adopted for 2019-20 school year

Kentucky Department of Education News Release, July 9, 2019

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in January 2018, revised standards for social studies became law on July 5.

The newly adopted standards will be implemented in Kentucky classrooms beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and may be accessed at A “Getting to Know Your KAS for Social Studies” module also is available to support educators in the implementation of the new social studies standards.

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) adopted the revised social studies standards in February, and they received legislative review in May.

The process of revising the standards, last adopted in 2006, was part of the ongoing review of content area standards and aligned assessments mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly in Senate Bill 1 (2017).

Kentucky educators were involved in every step of the development of the standards. Educators, along with business and industry professionals, comprised advisory panels and a review and development committee. There were revisions by educators and community members informed by public feedback, along with review by the KBE, before the standards underwent final legislative review and became law.

The standards written by teams of Kentucky teachers outline the minimum knowledge and skills Kentucky students should learn at each grade level.

For more information on the standards revision process, visit the Kentucky Academic Standards Revision Process webpage. Contact the standards team at with any questions regarding the newly adopted standards or the standards revision process.

Kentucky Department of Education

Media Contact: Jessica Fletcher

Chief Communications Officer

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4611

Cell: (502) 229-1915


KDE needs you

In Alerts on April 18, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

KDE Seeks Applicants for Standards and Assessment Committee Work

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking Kentucky educators to help develop assessments that are of the highest quality, accurately measure the Kentucky Academic Standards, and are fair to all test takers.

Creating assessments is a complex process that involves many steps including blueprint development, item writing, bias review and standards setting. The legislatively required assessment review and development committees and advisory panels are part of this important process.

K-12 and postsecondary educators, as well as community stakeholders, interested in participating in the assessment development and review work are needed. A pool of candidates is being gathered for these critical steps and other supporting activities that may occur. Applications are being accepted for each of these activities in reading/writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Educators may select to be considered for a single activity or for all activities.

Applicants will be required to meet in Frankfort or Lexington at least one day; other activities may require multiple days. Some collaborative work may be accomplished virtually. Timeline for activities will vary for the content areas.

Selected team members will receive reimbursement for travel expenses. Substitute teacher expenses will be reimbursed to the teacher’s school district. The online application can be found in this application form online.

Applications will be accepted through April 30. Selected team members will be notified via phone or email. Questions regarding the application process may be sent to

Lauren Gallicchio, NBCT
Social Studies Consultant
Division of Program Standards
Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability
Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-9850, ext. 4140


Clements Award

In Alerts on April 11, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Send in your self-nomination for the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers. The University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and the National Archives invite Kentucky K-12 history and civics teachers to apply for the Clements Award. Up to three educators will win $1,000 each.

Applications are due May 10th!

The Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award honors the late Earle C. Clements‘ lifelong commitment to education and public service by recognizing promising and innovative Kentucky educators.

Review award criteria and submit an application online here:

Email Deirdre Scaggs if you have questions – include Clements Award in the subject line.


Judges Needed

In Alerts,KATH Awards on May 31, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Writing Award 2018 Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Sorrell (, seeks volunteers to serve as judges for the undergraduate history research paper submissions.

This is a great way to support KATH, and we always get really terrific papers sponsored by great faculty across the state. See more details about this in her post on H-Kentucky here.


KCSS statement

In Alerts,Spotlight on April 20, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , ,

The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) has issued a statement advocating the inclusion of more Social Studies as a graduation requirement for Kentucky high school students. See the Kentucky Department of Education’s website on minimum requirements here:

KCSS seeks to have more attention paid to civic health – and readiness for civic engagement as an adult. Read the KCSS statement on their website here:

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