Senate Bill 1 Initiative and Compliance
Fall Faculty Update
Senate Bill 1 - On March 26, 2009, Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1 (2009) into law. This significant piece of legislation led to the implementation of several education initiatives impacting college readiness and degree completion in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 1 (2009) College and Career Readiness
Included in these initiatives was a mandate for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to develop a unified strategy to reduce college remediation rates of recent high school graduates by at least fifty percent by 2014 from the rates in 2010, and to increase the college completion rates of students enrolled in one or more remedial classes by three percent annually from 2009 to 2014.
Four key strategies have been identified to promote college and career readiness and degree completion:
- Accelerated Learning Opportunities (focusing on the expansion of AP/IB access and dual credit opportunities)
- Secondary Intervention Programs (focusing on the development of transitional coursework)
- College and Career Readiness Advising (focusing on the full implementation of the Individual Learning Plan and comprehensive advising programs)
- Postsecondary College Persistence and Degree Completion (focusing on bridge programming, accelerated learning opportunities, and student support and intervention systems)
Of the goals outlined, the goal that is of considerable importance to Bellarmine is the following:
Goal 4: All developmental education, college of education, and college of arts and sciences faculties will have access to training on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards by 2011.
- One hundred percent (100%) of college of education and college of arts and sciences faculties will have access to professional development opportunities around the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.
- Develop more effective teachers who ensure more students are career ready for high skill, high wage, or high demand jobs.
- Institutional data/reports.
- 100% faculty access to high-quality professional development programs.
The training is being provided via an online training developed by the state of Kentucky and is now being used by the School of Education and the Bellarmine College at Bellarmine University. The training is about 30-40 minutes in length and data regarding individual faculty completion is gathered both by the university and at the state level. The public will be informed as to the faculty completion rate via a report to the legislature compiled by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). To this date every full and part faculty member in Arts and Sciences and Education who instruct students enrolled in the School of Education have availed themselves of this training with the exception of three faculty members who have had more extensive training as outlined below.
Some School of Education faculty members, Dr Anne Bucalos, Dr Theresa Magpuri-Lavell and Dr Dorothy Willis have completed extensive Senate Bill trainings held either at the University of Louisville or in other venues.
- Jan. 15, 2011: Deconstructing Standards in the Common Core (University of Louisville, LWP)
- Aug. 3, 2011: New Common Core Literacy Standards in Content Areas : Science and Social Studies Standards (University of Louisville, LWP)
- Sept. 10, 2011: Common Core Standards, ELL and Content Literacy (Eastern Kentucky University, KWP)
- Sept. 17, 2011: Impact of Common Core Standards (University of Louisville, LWP)
- Sept. 20, 2011: Gates Foundation Meeting for Module Construction in Common Core (University of Louisville)
- Sept. 23, 2011: Teacher Education and the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators, Georgetown, KY)
Ongoing Implementation and Dissemination Via University Classes
The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education actively engages university students at all levels with knowledge of and practice in the Senate Bill 1 initiatives and goals and in particular the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.
Attached are a variety of documents which illustrate this involvement:
Ongiong Dissmeination Via University Meetings
The Senate Bill 1 mandates are disseminated to all faculty of the university via Undergraduate Education Affairs public meetings and Graduate Educational Affairs public meetings. This information is available and shared in every college, department and school. It is anticipated that Senate Bill I updates will be provided once each semester to these groups.
Attached are documents- agendas which verify this dissemination.
The discussion of Senate Bill 1 is ongoing and was considered at both the Undergraduate and Graduate Educational Affairs meetings in October of 2011 – see attached meeting agendas. The purpose of the discussion was to introduce Senate Bill 1 to all faculty - full and part time- and disseminate the knowledge campus wide. Updates will be provided each semester via this venue.
Additionally, The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education includes Senate Bill 1 and Kentucky Core Academic Standards in their university classrooms as a matter of course.
Senate Bill 1 Campus coordination is provided by the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education.
For further information and/or question, please contact Dr. Kathleen Cooter 502.272.7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Development Presentation on Senate Bill 1
On November 11, 2011, using materials/Powerpoint from the March 4, 2011 training given by the Council on Postsecondary Education, Theresa Magpuri-Lavell presented a faculty development session on Senate Bill 1. The following faculty attended the session:
- Bernard Minnis
- Dorothy Willis
- Jean Green
- Christy McGee
- Mary Lauren Pohl
- Anne Bucalos
- Carl Lee Williams
- David Paige
- Kevin Thomas
- Tara Belcher
- Robert Cooter
- Kathleen Cooter
- John Sizemore
- Christopher Walsh
- Sarah Bush