(Public Education Achieves in Kentucky -- Nomination deadline extended to Nov. 22)
The KSBA PEAK Award was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts aimed specifically at enhancing student learning skills and, in doing so, to promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in the Commonwealth.
Recognition will come in the following forms:
- Selection will be announced at KSBA's Annual Conference, KSBA's social media and in local and statewide press releases.
- An article on the winning program will appear in the Kentucky School Advocate, KSBA's magazine mailed to education leaders across the state.
- In addition to recognition at KSBA's Annual Conference, a unique, engraved PEAK Award statue will be presented locally during a school board meeting by a delegation from the KSBA Board of Directors and staff.
Nominations must be submitted electronically at this link. When submitting your nomination, you will be asked to complete multiple open-ended questions as well as attach multiple letters of recommendations. It is recommended that you compile this information before beginning the form. More information can be found below and at the nomination link.
Nominations will be accepted only from the local board of education or the district administration. Only programs specifically designed to improve the academic achievement of students will be considered for the PEAK Award. Nominated programs may be districtwide, shared by multiple schools or based at an individual school in the district. Nominated programs may also be shared by multiple districts. Programs must have already be in operation at least one year as of Nov. 15, 2022; proposals will not be considered as eligible if not implemented for at least one year. Programs should be able to show data confirming the objectives of the program have been met. Nominated programs should be non-commercial, locally created and innovative. PEAK nominations limited to one entry per district*. (*Districts that are part of a multi-district entry may also submit a separate individual entry.)
Nominations will consist of the following information/documents to be submitted online
- Program overview from the district with information on the following points:
- history of the program
- objectives of the program
- scope of the program (one school, multiple schools, districtwide, number of students involved)
- uniqueness of the program
- costs and funding source for the program
- degree of school board involvement
- an assessment of the progress of the program towards those stated goals, including both quantitative and qualitative data (Judges consistently weigh proven program results over anecdotal evidence)
The above portion of the entry will account for 70 percent of the scoring.
- Three letters of endorsement, specifically listing the reasons for that endorsement, one from each of the following individuals and/or entities:
- A letter from a teacher (or teachers) involved in the program. This letter should detail the instructor's impressions on the impact the program has already had and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students involved;
- A letter from one or more students or parent(s) of student(s) benefiting from the program. This letter should detail the program's helpful impact on the student's academic achievement or improved classroom instruction.
- A letter from a school board member (or school board members). This letter should express the board's support for the program and detail the impact and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students.
Each of these three letters, which must contain the writer's signature, will be judged as part of the entry with points scored for letters demonstrating both a knowledge of the goals and of the progress to date made by the program. Each letter may be no more than two pages. This portion of the entry will account for 30 percent of the scoring (10 percent for each letter).
No other materials submitted with an entry will be considered as part of the nomination nor will they be passed along for consideration by the panel of judges.
Programs not selected for the PEAK Award may be re-nominated. The district will need to resubmit the nomination during a future judging cycle. It is recommended entries that are resubmitted be updated to include new data or other information that would support the program's nomination.
Individual districts that previously have received the PEAK
Award must wait five years before being eligible for the award again. This does not
apply if a district was part of a multidistrict-winning entry.
Entries must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, Nov. 22. Districts may submit entries at this link.
Service Contact: Matt McCarty