More than 70 faculty members and administrators from Campbellsville University, Lindsey Wilson College, and St. Catharine College assembled at St. Catharine on May 17 for a symposium focused on Senate Bill 1 and its implications for higher education.
The bipartisan Senate Bill 1 of 2009 is the most sweeping reform of education in Kentucky since the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. Senate Bill 1 calls for higher and more rigorous learning standards to ensure more Kentuckians graduate from high school ready for college or career. SB 1 requires collaboration among postsecondary institutions, with an emphasis on teacher preparation programs but also involving arts and sciences faculty, to accomplish this goal.
Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday provided the keynote for the symposium. Holliday reviewed the steps that the Kentucky Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Educational Standards Board have taken to implement Senate Bill 1 and discussed the critical role teacher preparation programs play in ensuring classroom teachers are able to implement Kentucky’s new standards.
Commissioner Holliday said that despite the complexity of Senate Bill 1 and the collaboration required to accomplish its goals, “Our vision is simple: every child must be proficient and prepared for success. And prepared for success translates to college and career ready.”
AIKCU President Gary S. Cox stressed to attendees from the three institutions that it is crucial for the independent college sector to be involved early in the implementation of Senate Bill 1, because the future of their programs and the success of their future students depends upon its success.
Other presenters during the morning session included Dr. Pam Rogers, AIKCU’s Senate Bill 1 Initiative coordinator, and Charles McGrew, Director of the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative. Rogers talked about the implications of Senate Bill 1 for the higher education classroom. McGrew discussed the development of Kentucky’s P-20 Data Collaborative, which when complete will link the P-12, postsecondary, teacher preparation/certification (EPSB), and workforce data systems to help policymakers and others assess the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs, among other things.
The afternoon was divided into four breakout sessions for faculty subgroups of teacher preparation, English, math, and other faculty to allow attendees to dive deeper into the particular implications of Senate Bill 1 for their disciplines.
The collaborative symposium involving CU, LWC, and SCC – a first of its kind professional development collaboration between multiple AIKCU members – was made possible by AIKCU’s Senate Bill 1 Initiative, which is in turn funded by a grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Under the grant AIKCU is charged with helping its members facilitate professional development activities that fulfill the requirements of Senate Bill 1. A portion of grant funds were allocated to support faculty development at individual campuses, while some funds were held in reserve for collaborative projects like this symposium. AIKCU will also facilitate additional collaborative opportunities.
To learn more about AIKCU’s grant-funded Senate Bill 1 Initiative, check out the project blog or contact Dr. Pam Rogers.
For more on the broad Kentucky postsecondary community’s Senate Bill 1 efforts, visit http://kycorestandards.org/.