Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Chris Check films Sarah Burns, a 2nd-grade teacher at North Washington Elementary (Washington County), for KET as she teaches her students about volcanoes and how they change the landscape. The videos of Burns and 11 other Washington County teachers using formative assessment practices will be available on PBS Learning Media. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 21, 2017

Performance of science

Washington County science teachers work to improve instruction and assessment across the state and nation with formative assessment practices.
Kentucky School for the Blind teacher Jackie Williams helps student Mikah Taylor sort socks that will go to homeless men as part of Project Care, a project-based learning opportunity Williams created for her five students. Photo submitted

KSB students show community ‘we care’

Kentucky School for the Blind students create 55 care packages for Louisville’s homeless.
Sovann Chang, a junior at J. Graham Brown School (Jefferson County), votes on a proposal while representing Russia in the KUNA General Assembly. Students studied other nation's culture along with their political views for around six months in preparation for KUNA. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 13, 2017

Kentucky United Nations Assembly highlights culture and policy

During the month of March, students from across Kentucky attended a session of the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), a 3-day long program put on by the YMCA.
Michael Biggers, a junior from Seneca High School (Jefferson County), and his partner, junior Kali Riggs, present to judges at the Educators Rising conference about ethical dilemmas teachers might face. For the competition, students were asked to explain how they would handle parents disagreeing with new teaching standards at schools. Kentucky recently formed a state chapter of Educators Rising in hopes of encouraging more students to pursue careers in education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 11, 2017

Helping rising educators

A new education career pathway and a new student organization are designed to help Kentucky school districts grow their own teachers.
Althea Hurt, the principal at Meadow View Elementary School (Hardin County), talks with 5th-grade student Michael Meanor and his mother, Angela, during a stop by the school's Care-A-Van. The Care-A-Van makes home visits to students who are setting a good example for their classmates and rewards them for a job well done. Photo submitted, Feb. 15, 2017

Care-A-Van carries rewards to deserving students

Teachers and administrators at a Hardin County elementary school are paying some of their best students a visit to recognize them for a job well done.

Doing the impossible for Kentucky’s students

Our new vision for Kentucky education is one that puts students at the center of our work, values the profession of education, and values the education of the whole child, not simply test scores.
Heidi Givens

Finding my new why

Frankfort Independent's Heidi Givens describes whyshe changed her teaching beliefs regarding the rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

School libraries rock!

When we talk about how rapidly education is changing, I think we often overlook the thing that is at the heart of every school – the library.
Elizabeth Lovett

Underdog – My pathway to teacher leadership

Knox County's Beth Lovett shares her story of how she became a teacher leader and how other teachers can find their own leadership path.
Kellie Jones

An apple for the teacher

Taylor County's Kellie Jones shares her thoughts about how important it is for teachers to keep their enthusiasm for education alive and well.

Share your thoughts on the proposed new accountability system

We're getting ready to kick off another round of Town Hall meetings across Kentucky to get your input into what you think about the state's proposed new accountability system.

Semifinalists named for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and ValvolineTM announced.
Students from Breckinridge County Area Technology Center present Kentucky Department of Education logos made of wood and aluminum to the Kentucky Board of Education at its meeting in Frankfort on April 12. Pictured, from left, are (seated) Luke Mattingly, Zane Denner, Hunter Robinson, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, Clayton Thompson, Coy Mattingly, Michael Nash, (standing) principal Jonathan Bennett, carpentry instructor Will Farmer, Ebonee East, CNC instructor Dean Monarch, Dalton Shepard, Jonathan Embry, Branden Kiper, Nathan Patterson, Wyatt Lucas, Austin Norton, Nathan Douglas, Nicholas Stinson and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman William Twyman. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 12, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education updated on new laws

At its regularly scheduled April meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education received an update on new education laws passed by the 2017 General Assembly. House Bill 520 allows non-religious public charter schools for the first time in Kentucky. Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said work has already started at the Kentucky Department of Education to prepare for the establishment of charters.

Two organizations receive Robinson Award

At its April 12 meeting in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to co-winners – Kentucky Educational Television and the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

Kentucky Board of Education discusses new accountability system

At a work session on April 11, the Kentucky Board of Education took a deeper dive into the various components of a new accountability system.

24 educators chosen for Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2018 Valvoline Teacher...

Fayette teacher receives Junior Achievement award

Elizabeth Davis, a 2nd-grade teacher at Yates Elementary School (Fayette County), has been named the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass Teacher of the...

KDE literacy consultants offering sessions on feedback

Kentucky Department of Education literacy consultants Jamee Barton and Teresa Rogers are offering a new professional learning series that dives into current research about the...

Fayette nutrition employee honored

Trish Dawson, an employee in the Fayette County school district’s child nutrition department, has been named the School Nutrition Association’s Southeast Region Employee of...

Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education summit set

The Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education and its member organizations will hold the Kentucky Arts Education Summit June 14-15 at the Galt House Hotel...

Nominations open for Stand Up for STEM Award

Million Women Mentors – Kentucky is accepting nominations for its Stand Up for STEM Award, which is given to an individual, organization or company...

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