Sunday, January 21, 2018
Laura DeVettori, left, a teacher in the Spanish immersion program at Bryan Station High School (Fayette County), talks with student Maria Vela about a piece of literature tied to the painting "Saturn Devouring His Son" in her Spanish immersion AP literature course. Students at Fayette County schools who become proficient in at least two languages are eligible to earn the Seal of Biliteracy from the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 7, 2017

The benefits of biliteracy

New programs in two school districts are recognizing students who are proficient in more than one language.
Buddy the Elf, Holden Stamper, lifts Jovie, Anna Story, into the air during the closing number of "Elf the Musical Jr." Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 8, 2017

A professional middle school musical

If there's one thing that Carlee Cornett does not want someone walking out of the plays put on by Lincoln County Middle School to say it's this: "That was cute." 
Rae Burgess, a Kentucky Department of Education safe schools consultant, records a video of Grant County Middle School students as they recite a pledge during the Sources of Strength training.

Finding the strength

Kentucky schools using the suicide prevention program Sources of Strength, which mobilizes student social networks to promote positive behaviors.
Adam Grigsby, an instructor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Danville campus, demonstrates how to use robots in his classroom. High school students in regional career academies being developed by New Skills for Youth Kentucky could be learning some of the same skills Grigsby's students do, as the academies are being designed to help students prepare for high-demand careers in their areas. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 30, 2017

Focusing on the future of career education

School districts, postsecondary institutions and other entities are pooling their resources to create more opportunities for students through New Skills for Youth Kentucky.
Larry Smith, a 1st-grader at Norton Elementary (Jefferson County), works on a reading worksheet in Tiffany Brown's class. Students were encouraged to dress up for class during the day to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 26, 2017

Blue Ribbon winner Norton Elementary wants to be even better

Emily Iliff, the assistant-principal of Norton Elementary, says that part of what makes her school so successful is the family atmosphere that exists inside the schoolhouse walls. Norton recently was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Belinda Furman

Helping students become reflective thinkers

Grant County's Belinda Furman says teachers can help their students become more reflective thinkers if they intentionally work it into their daily classroom routines.

Pushing forward

2018 holds the potential for foundational changes that will lead to a stronger and more effective system of public education in Kentucky. However, we are at a pivotal point in the Commonwealth.
Belinda Furman

Growing readers one child at a time

Grant County's Belinda Furman shares how she tried to foster a love of reading among her young students.

Student input vital in education

One of the curious things in education is while we tend to seek input from educators, parents and community members when making policy decisions, we don’t always seek input from those who are affected most by those decisions – the students.

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.
Belinda Furman

Conferring 101

Grant County's Belinda Furman explains why holding brief, regular conferences with your students provides big benefits.
(From left) Belinda Raye Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Sherman Elementary (Grant County); Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year from Randall K. Cooper High School (Boone County); Jennifer Meo-Sexton, the 2018 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year from Bondurant Middle School (Franklin County) and Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt pose for a photo after the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ceremony in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 16, 2017

Nominations open for 2019 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened the nomination process for the 2019 awards.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, left, and Fayette County Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk speak with Brooke Powers after she was named as a 2017-18 Milken Educator Award winner. Powers, a 7th-grade math teacher and math department chair at Beaumont Middle School, is the only Milken Award winner from Kentucky this year, and is among just 44 honorees for 2017-18. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 9, 2018

Fayette County’s Brooke Powers earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Pop Quiz: When is 1 equal to 1.5 or 2? When Brooke Powers is your math teacher, because her students at Beaumont Middle School (Fayette County) show 1.5 to two years growth in math progress per year.

KDE releases New Skills for Youth request for applications

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the New Skills for Youth Round 2 Request for Applications.

Kentucky’s accountability plan moving through review process

Kentucky’s plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act has taken a step forward in the process toward approval.

More feedback sought on English/language arts, math standards

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking additional feedback on current English/language arts (ELA) standards and current mathematics standards.

KASC offering multi-session workshop

The Kentucky Association of School Councils is offering a workshop featuring multiple sessions with original ideas for teaching and learning Feb. 15 at NorthEast Christian Church in Lexington.

KCTE conference registration open

Registration is open for the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (KCTE) annual conference Feb. 23-24 at Embassy Suites Lexington.

Kentucky Economics Challenge looking for student teams

Registration is open for the Kentucky Economics Challenge, a free online competition in which students can demonstrate their knowledge of economic literacy.

Derby poster contest open to high school students

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit original artwork for the Governor’s Derby Poster Contest. Students are invited to submit their rendition of what they think Derby day looks like, with the winning poster to be displayed in the Capitol.

The Henry Ford awards recognize innovative teachers

Nominations are open for The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. The awards recognize teachers who demonstrate an original and creative approach to teaching, exhibit resourcefulness, engage students and are making a positive impact on not only their classroom but their community, colleagues, administrators, school, and/or district.

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