Monday, January 16, 2017
Destiny Barrancotta, a 7th-grader at Foley Middle School, works on a coding game during the Hour of Code. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 7, 2016

Madison County’s Hour of Code

Madison County was recognized recently for being the first recipient of the Computer Science Education Incentive Award from AdvanceKentucky and Time Warner Cable. The award promotes the growth and awareness of computer science education in school districts throughout Kentucky.
Henry Webb, superintendent of Floyd County schools, talks to students at May Valley Elementary. Webb, who emphasizes the importance of focusing on every child in the district, was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Photo submitted

Superintendent of the year remains a coach at heart

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb has led a turnaround in his district by making sure its schools are focused on all children.
Principal Jamie Gilliam helps students get crayons as they color bookmarks for a contest at Johnson Elementary School. Gilliam said students at the school consistently meet the high expectations teachers have for them. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 18, 2016

Staff pulls together to make Laurel school ‘a hidden jewel’

A small but experienced staff has powered Johnson Elementary to recognition as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

Making student transitions easier

Northern Kentucky teachers are working together to meet the needs of students in this highly mobile region.

An afternoon of Kentucky ballads

Students of Millie Fields at Lafayette High School practice singing the songs of Kentucky composer John Jacob Niles for a special December performance.
Kellie Jones

Emotions are the hook that imbeds concepts in students’ minds

Taylor County's Kellie Jones says students may come with different experiences – and it’s important to keep up with the changing times – but connect with them on an emotional level and you will have an experience that remains embedded in their hearts and minds.

Dreamers wanted

Before a thing can be made, it has to be imagined. But in order to be tomorrow’s dreamers, today’s students need to have a sound backing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
Julia Durbin Bishop

Developing professionalism and collaboration among faculty

Lee County's Julia Durbin Bishop said professional learning communities and helped teachers come together when her district merged two schools over the summer.
Tiffany Blazina

Learning lessons about teaching on the soccer field

Crittenden County's Tiffany Blazina shares how she discovered the tough lessons being taught by her daughter's soccer coach also apply to her as an educator.

Where do we go from here?

Wayne County's Leah Turner has found that the closer she gets to retirement, the more she asks herself, 'Where do I go from here?' It's a question her community has been asking too.

Changes offer new opportunities

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says when it comes to education, we have to put politics aside, take ownership for our responsibility as education shareholders and simply make the best decisions for students and their future success.

Kentucky awarded $2 million to improve career education

The Council of Chief State School Officers and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced Jan. 11 that Kentucky is one of 10 states that will receive a $2 million grant to strengthen and expand career education pathways for students.

Nominations open for 2018 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have adopted a new schedule for the awards to provide the Teacher of the Year more flexibility in taking a sabbatical and preparing for the national Teacher of the Year awards.

KDE pays 2016-17 AP test fees for qualifying students

In an effort to increase students’ opportunity to take Advanced Placement exams, the Kentucky Department of Education will underwrite the cost of the tests in the 2016-17 school year for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Kentucky school districts on national Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Eight Kentucky public school districts have been named to the 7th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll, the College Board announced.

Kentucky CTE demonstrates award-winning leadership

Kentucky’s national leadership in Career and Technical Education (CTE) was recognized recently with several awards presented at the Career Tech Vision 2016 Conference, and the accompanying conferences of the National Association of Agriculture Educators and the National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Transportation Cabinet offers civil engineering scholarships

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is accepting applications for its Civil Engineering Scholarship and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship programs. The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program awards...

KDE presents online professional learning for math teachers

The Kentucky Department of Education is offering the KY Math Academy, an online professional learning program designed to increase mathematical knowledge for teaching in...

Applications open for PBS Digital Innovators program

Applications are being accepted for the PBS Digital Innovators program, which recognizes preK-12 teachers and administrators who excel at using technology and digital media...

Students invited to youth bluegrass music competition

The Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians will host a youth bluegrass music competition for students in grades 5-12 Jan. 28 at Marion County High School...

Teachers, librarians invited to professional learning on makerspace

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is offering a one-day professional learning program on makerspace Jan. 26 in Bowling Green. The training is for...

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