Friday, August 18, 2017
Whitney Dotson, a 4th-grade teacher at Conkwright Elementary School (Clark County), pets a hedgehog during the Louisville Zoo in 3D. Teachers from around the state toured behind the scenes at the Louisville Zoo and sat in on lectures from Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and Dr. Terri Roth, the director of Cincinnati Zoo's CREW. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 13, 2017

Behind the scenes at the Louisville Zoo

As a group of teachers from across the state entered the room for one recent professional learning session, they were greeted by some animals that you don't normally see in a reception area. The teachers had come to take part in the Louisville Zoo in 3D event, a day focused on showing educators that the zoo can be a valuable educational tool. 
Sarah Vivian, the principal at The Academy (Franklin County), finds a card showing that she and her "family" had been evicted and received a utility shut-off notice during a poverty simulation held at the Persistence to Graduation Summit. The simulation was designed to help educators understand the problems some of their students face on a daily basis. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 14, 2017

Getting a glimpse of what poverty feels like

Simulation at the Persistence to Graduation Summit helps educators understand the problems many of their students face.
Becca Williams, a teacher at Madison Central High School (Madison County), looks under a rock for wildlife during the outdoor learning symposium. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 15, 2017

Growing students with environmental education

Teachers discover the benefits of learning outside at the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education’s Outdoor Learning Symposium.
Woodford County firefighters use knives to cut out the windshield of a tipped school bus during a mass casualty simulation at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 20, 2017

Preparing for the worst

Students help first responders train during a simulated bus and train collision at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum in Versailles.
Kiley Power, left, and Shantel Sturgill with their recently sheared alpacas, Henri and Billy Mae. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 30, 2017

Alpacas make a buzz at Locust Trace

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Fayette County, there are two young women doing something that no other students in the state are, farming alpacas. 
Kellie Clark

Looking for inspiration? Just look up

Boone County's Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, says inspiration for new classroom lessons can come from anywhere if you are willing to look.
Belinda Furman

Are you ready to fly?

Grant County's Belinda Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, thinks there are a lot of similarities between packing for a vacation and preparing for a new school year.

Embracing new opportunities

With the start of the new school year just around the corner, now is a great time for both parents and community members to get involved in their local schools.

How KDE is staying busy during the summer months

As an educator, the one question I hear more than almost any other is, “Do you get the summers off?” In a word, no.
Principal Tamala Howard of Uniontown Elementary School (Union County) snaps a quick picture with 5th-grade students, from left, Evan Logsdon, Olivia Burke, Kaitlyn Thompson and Maggie Baird from the school's Leader in Me Student Lighthouse Team. Union County was one of 22 school districts to participate in kid·FRIENDLy – Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged and Determined to Learn – funded by a $41 million Race-to-the-Top-District grant that focused on helping schools build personalized learning and discover ways to empower students. (Photo submitted)

Kid-FRIENDLy shifts districts, teachers to personalized learning for all

Kentucky is now one of the national leaders in student empowerment due to a $41 million Race-to-the Top-District grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded in 2013 for a project between the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

Effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources for the K-12 system.

Education organizations honored with Stilwell Award

The Kentucky Department of Education has recognized three educational organizations and their employees for their dedication and support of education technology by selecting them as recipients of the 2016-17 Stilwell Award.

Public comment sought on Every Student Succeeds Act plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky.
Jason Smith, the cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliott County), recently was named as winner of season 13 of the Food Network Star competition. Provided by Food Network

Elliott County cafeteria manager named new Food Network Star

Jason Smith, the cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliott County), was named the winner of season 13 of the Food Network Star competition.
Commissioner Stephen Pruitt drives "Buster the Bus" down through a row of booths at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair. Buster will be back by popular demand this year to teach children about school bus safety. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016

KDE participating in Kentucky State Fair

Kentuckians attending the 2017 Kentucky State Fair in Louisville Aug. 17-27 are invited to visit the Kentucky Department of Education booth in the Main Street Kentucky section of the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Amanda Ellis, left, and Anthony Mires update the Kentucky Board of Education about AdvanceKentucky, an initiative to increase access to and success in Advanced Placement courses, especially for low income and minority students. The group's newest cohort of schools enroll 5,900 students – 70 percent of whom are low income and 20 percent of whom are a minority. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 3, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education discusses 2018-20 biennial budget

According to Kentucky Department of Education staff, additional money will be needed to implement Senate Bill 1 (2017).

Kentucky NEED Project offers energy education workshops

The Kentucky NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project is offering 13 energy education workshops this fall. Participants will receive free materials on energy that...

KDE seeks teachers to participate in standards reviews

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking English/language arts and mathematics teachers from all grade levels to participate in review and revision of...

MakerMinded KY launching student video contest

MakerMinded KY, which seeks to interest students in STEM-related careers early in their educational paths, is hosting its first student video contest. The contest...

KDE offering training on English II end-of-course exam

The Kentucky Department of Education will host a series of training sessions on the new end-of-course exam for English II. Eight sessions will be...

KET, PBS offer resources relating to solar eclipse

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and PBS are offering several online and on-air resources about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, which can be seen as...

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