Superintendent of the Year, remarks by Commissioner Holliday, State Auditor Edelen highlight KASS Winter Conference, Dec. 8-10 in Louisville

District CEOs who attend next month’s Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Winter Conference in Louisville will hear from speakers and about topics which have been making education news recently across the state.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will be one of the presenters Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, at the Galt House East in Louisville. He will share the dais with Southern Regional Education Board Vice President Andy Baxter, who will speak on educator performance evaluations. Al Cross, former political writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and now director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and an assistant professor in UK’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications, rounds out the conference opening session.

Monday’s program begins with the announcement of the 2014 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, a recognition sponsored by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Much of remainder of the day’s agenda focuses on staff of the Kentucky Department of Education updating superintendents on development of the new teacher and principal evaluation system.

Monday’s luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Debbie Silver, author, university professor and a past Louisiana Teacher of the Year. Two of her books, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning and Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, are touted as learning resources for parents, teachers and administrators alike.

The Tuesday morning lineup of speakers features Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen, whose office has conducted more than a dozen special probes of school districts in the past two years. University of Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich, Kentucky Early Childhood Council founder Rick Hulefeld and updates from various education agencies and associations will complete the conference.

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