Wednesday, May 24, 2017
April Craft, an 8th-grade science teacher at James E. Bazzell Middle School (Allen County), celebrates as Rico Tyler, a master teacher in Western Kentucky University's SKyTeach program, helps set up her homemade telescope to view the sun during a solar science workshop at WKU. The workshop was designed to help teachers use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a teaching opportunity. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 7, 2017

Solar eclipse prep underway for teachers

Teachers learned how to use the Aug. 21 event as a teaching opportunity at a Western Kentucky University’s SKyTeach workshop.
Robert Stafford, the superintendent of Owen County schools, looks at a plaque commemorating the induction of Vice Adm. Willis A. Lee Jr. into the Owen County High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Lee won more Olympic medals than any other Kentuckian competing in the Olympics and was later credited with helping lead the U.S. Navy to a critical victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 20, 2017

Project-based learning shines spotlight on a hometown hero

Owen County students studied the life of an accomplished native son and worked in a collaborative writing environment to make his story known.
James-Etta Goodloe, left, and Jennifer Pusateri take notes while observing a class at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind. The school has been using Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching concepts for more than a decade. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 13, 2017

Helping all students learn

Getting to know students and how they learn can help teachers plan lessons that will encourage everyone to thrive.
Ryan Burchett, an 8th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) watches an LED bulb light up as a result of his activity on a stationary bicycle at an exhibit manned by Ockerman Middle School (Boone County) teacher Jennifer Davis and 8th-grade student Jordan Lowry. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 27, 2017

Improving the environment, one project at a time

Students' work was on display last week at the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon at Frankfort Convention Center.
Darden Marleisha, a kindergarten teacher at Brandeis Elementary (Jefferson County), works with a student during her class. Throughout May, Kentucky Teacher is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month. Tune in daily to the Kentucky Department of Education’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to take a look at some of the great men and women we’ve had the chance to meet in classrooms across the Commonwealth. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 31, 2016

Thanking Kentucky’s educators, one day at a time

Throughout May, we’re revisiting some of our favorite stories from the past year to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month.

Taking your place at the table

It is Teacher Appreciation Week – a time that should be celebrated on the highest levels, but is often overlooked. So, if you will...
This sketch shows what the Kentucky School for the Blind looked like in 1884, when the school already was 42 years old. The school is celebrating its 175th year of serving Kentucky students with visual impairments. Submitted photo

Kentucky School for the Blind celebrating 175 years of service

Each May the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) celebrates Founder’s Day, an event that commemorates its rich history of providing educational services to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired. This year’s event is especially significant because the school is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Ensuring a strong public education system is top priority

Commissioner Pruitt shares his thoughts about the implications of House Bill 520, which was signed into law in March and gives local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville the authority to authorize charter schools.

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.
(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

Kellie Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt speaks at a May 15 news conference at which he detailed the schedule for review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards. English/language arts and mathematics standards are currently online and open for public comment. Current standards will remain in place until new or revised standards are adopted. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 15, 2017

Academic standards review and revision process moves forward

The Kentucky Department of Education is moving forward with the review and revision process for academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics.
Adam Ruschival gives a speech after being awarded the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award at the Kentucky School for the Blind 175th Anniversary Founder's Day Dinner. Ruschival graduated from KSB in 1965 and returned to the school as the program manager of the Kentucky Instructional Materials Resource Center in 1987, where he stayed until his retirement in 2004. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 9, 2017

Kentucky School for the Blind announces Langan Award

The Kentucky School for the Blind presented the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to Adam Charles Ruschival III during its 175th Celebration Dinner and Founder's Day Program at the school’s Louisville campus May 9.

Lt. Gov. Hampton launches Bluegrass Book Buddies

The Bluegrass Book Buddies is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared experience.

Lexington school named national Green Ribbon winner

A Kentucky public elementary school is among 64 schools, districts and postsecondary institutions nationwide recognized for focusing their students on sustaining the environment and promoting personal health and wellness as a part of their everyday lives.

KDE offering professional learning on peer-to-peer collaboration

The Kentucky Department of Education is offering face-to-face summer professional learning sessions on peer-to-peer collaboration, including formative observation and feedback techniques, for educators in...

New PBIS video modules available

The Kentucky Department of Education has made the 2017 installment of positive behavioral intervention and support (PBIS) video modules available to educators. The modules...

Proposals sought for science teachers’ conference

The Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA) is seeking proposals for its KSTA Annual Conference & Professional Learning, which will be Nov. 9-11 at the...

Louisville Zoo hosting NGSS-based professional learning program

The Louisville Zoo will host a professional learning program for teachers June 13 at the zoo. “The Zoo in 3D” will feature three-dimensional resources for...

Art contest invites students to depict life on Mars

The Mars Society is holding an art contest in which students in grades 4-12 may submit up to three works of art illustrating human...

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