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PD Resources

KET PD resources are available for use anytime by individual teachers or in professional learning communities, pre-service education courses, faculty meetings, parent and community meetings. Some of these resources are available online, others are available only on CD-ROM.

Available resources:

Cost: Variable

Registration: Variable

KET has an older professional development catalog, all of which features models of instruction still relevant to today’s teachers.

For more information, contact:
KET Professional Development

(800) 432-0951, ext. 7271
Fax: (859) 258-7390
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296

Characteristics Of Highly Effective Teaching And Learning

This FREE collection of learning objects illustrate and facilitate high quality instruction as described in The Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning, available at the Kentucky Department of Education website. First time users must register through KET EncycloMedia.


These learning objects include documents, power point presentations, templates, and multiple videos. Schools can use them as discussion starters for professional development for groups or individuals. Each learning object includes a brief background essay and discussion questions.

Characteristics for both teachers and students are divided into five sections:

Cost: Free


Inside Writing Communities: Building Skills For Success, Grades 3-5

16-part video series with participant’s guide and interactive Web site; available from Annenberg Media
This video workshop, produced by KET with funding from Annenberg Media, consists of eight pairs of half-hour videos, with each pair addressing a single broad topic related to the teaching of writing. The web site includes a viewing guide, resources for teachers, eight interactive activities, and a workshop guide that can be downloaded and printed. The first video in each pair explores how teachers in grades 3-5 create classrooms that nurture and support the writing confidence of all students and help them forge unique writing identities. It includes narration, interviews with literacy experts, and multiple classroom illustrations that communicate and support the workshop learning goals. Instructional content is reinforced by online reading assignments, pre-workshop activities, and discussion questions. The second video in each pair features extended classroom applications narrated by the teachers themselves along with commentary from literacy experts. The programs are available online as streaming video. Or you may purchase the videos and guide from Annenberg Media.

Kentucky Principals, Leading By Example

This 60-minute video features noted Kentucky educators discussing changes in principal preparation programs across the state. The panelists also discuss the impact on student learning of principals who serve as effective instructional leaders of their schools. This program was the precursor to KET's Education Matters, a monthly program focusing on Kentucky education issues.


Host Bill Goodman talks with panelists Debbie Daniels, Kentucky Department of Education; Dr. Phillip Rogers, Executive Director of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board; Linda France, Coordinator of Educational Leadership at Asbury College; Lorraine Williams, Principal of Millcreek Elementary School and Chair of the Education Professional Standards Board; and Michael Childress, Executive Director of Kentucky's Long-Term Policy and Research Center. Copyright, 2009.

Cost: DVD—$10 in Kentucky, $20 outside of Kentucky, includes shipping

Kentucky's Unbridled Learning—College/Career Readiness For All

This FREE collection of self-paced modules includes

Kentucky educators can use these modules for professional development credit, SBDM credit, or EILA credit with approval from their school or district. First time users must register through KET EncycloMedia.

Details: PD Credit, Self-paced modules

Cost: Free


Literacy Central—A Literacy Planning Resource For Kentucky

The FREE collection of information and resources in Literacy Central is designed to provide, in one location, guidance to educators on the development, implementation and monitoring of literacy plans. First time users must register through KET EncycloMedia.


Comprehensive literacy planning is a community responsibility that begins at birth, but the size and scope of the planning process can be challenging. Now, professional learning communities and/or literacy teams have an easy-to-access collection of videos, documents, reflection questions, activities, and templates to make the process easier.

The featured element of the collection is the interactive Literacy Plan for Kentucky, originally developed by the Kentucky Department of Education. This customizable resource helps you start and monitor the planning process and includes video tutorials to guide you through writing your plan. It also includes strategies for:

The Literacy Plan for Kentucky is fully integrated with the nine elements of the Literacy Program Effectiveness Review for Kentucky Schools (PERKS) and supports the implementation of Kentucky's Core Academic Standards for literacy.

Cost: Free


Literacy Leadership: Stories Of Schoolwide Success

KET and the Kentucky Department of Education visited a variety of schools in Kentucky and interviewed principals, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, state educational cooperative literacy consultants, and teachers in a effort to provide video examples of the type of leadership described in research-based standards. These video clips can be integrated into professional learning community discussions of effective instructional leadership or used in principal preparation programs.


Literacy Leadership examines successful literacy programs at nine Kentucky schools. Videos are organized by school and also can be navigated by the "Seven Disciplines for Strengthening Instruction" as defined in Change Leadership, A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools by Tony Wagner.

Cost: DVD—$10 in Kentucky, $20 outside of Kentucky, includes shipping


Literacy Strategies in Action

literacy strategies logo CD-ROM package distributed free to Kentucky elementary schools; additional sets available from KET
More than 100 classroom video clips and accompanying lessons and interviews, conveniently packaged on a set of two CD-ROMs, help primary teachers address five skills that are essential to learning to read. For primary teachers. Details »

More Reading Strategies In Action (No longer in print)

No longer in print. Please see Literacy Strategies in Action for updated version.

More reading strategies logo Successful classroom teachers describe and illustrate the strategies they use to help their students become strategic readers while covering necessary content in four subject areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This package of six CD-ROMs includes extensive video footage illustrating the strategies in action, plus printable classroom materials, and is cross-referenced by content area as well as by reading strategy. For content-area teachers, grades 6-10.

Literacy Without Limits: Help For Struggling Students, Grades 4-12

LWL logo Winner of the 2007 NETA Award—Resources for Primary Teachers: Instructional and Inservice

DVD package distributed free to Kentucky schools, with additional sets available from KET; also available online as streaming video
Produced in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, Literacy Without Limits is a helpful, non-intimidating, and immediately useful resource for teachers whose students struggle to read. Effective instruction in a variety of subjects and settings is illustrated through authentic Kentucky classroom video, with teachers providing insight into their planning and pedagogical reasoning. All videos are supported by explanations of key practices along with links to lesson materials. KDE has distributed a free copy of the DVD-ROMs to every public school in the state. Kentucky schools may freely duplicate the DVDs, and additional copies may be ordered from KET.

Ordering Information: Cost: $89 in Kentucky; $150 outside Kentucky (includes shipping). Write KET Professional Development, 600 Cooper Dr., Lexington, KY 40502-2296, or contact Cynthia Barton at (800) 432-0951, ext. 7271 or . Purchase orders may be faxed to (859) 258-7390.

Promise Not To Tell? A Teacher’s Guide To Recognizing And Responding To Child Sexual Abuse (No longer in print.)

No longer in print.

3-part video series with viewer’s guide
Teachers and other school personnel are required to report suspected child abuse. But what are the signs to look for? Whom should you call if you do suspect abuse? And what will happen then? This video series outlines the warning signs of sexual abuse, explains reporting requirements, and explores how teachers can support a young victim of sexual abuse throughout the legal process. For teachers and administrators, all levels.

Raindrops To Rivers

raindrops Presented on CD-ROM and the Web, Raindrops to Rivers is a resource containing both an electronic field trip and supporting professional development resources to help teachers in grades 2 through 12 introduce concepts involving watersheds, water pollution, non point source pollution, and common cures for everyday sources of water pollution. Raindrops to Rivers supports the content presented in the Electronic Field Trip to a Watershed with models of exemplary instruction. Teachers from classrooms throughout Kentucky illustrate scientific study as well as awareness and prevention of non point source water pollution. The teachers and students appearing in the videos are engaged in authentic activities, in both indoor and outdoor classrooms and at streams, creeks, and other watersheds. In addition to presenting engaging science lessons, the resource features collaborations between science and other content areas.

The CD-ROMs were distributed to Kentucky science teachers, and the same content can be accessed online.

Write In The Middle: A Workshop For Middle School Teachers

8-part video series with participant’s guide and web site; available from Annenberg Media
In this workshop series, produced by KET and distributed nationally by Annenberg Media, classroom video and insightful discussion illustrate effective ways teachers can help their students become confident and proficient writers. Middle school teachers from across the country share strategies they use with their students, while other video segments explore the phases of the writing process and illustrate successful strategies for teaching specific writing forms. The programs are available online as streaming video. Or you may purchase the videos and guide from Annenberg Media.

Professional Development Library

PD Library logo Available on KETED On Demand
Created specifically for Kentucky teachers, these KET-produced seminars focus on content knowledge and teaching strategies in the areas of arts and humanities, reading and writing, and science. Most are accompanied by in-depth print packets with classroom materials and follow-up resources. Details »


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