Monday, February 19, 2018
Students in Sarah Blades' 4th-grade class listen to Frank Mabson read a book about a young girl wanting to be president as part of the R.E.A.L. Men Read program. The program has been credited by Blades in helping her students improve their literacy scores on the MAP testing. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 24, 2018

R.E.A.L. Men Read

Amber Florence, a business teacher at Harrison County Area Technology Center, counts out money as sophomore Morgan Nickerson pays back a loan she received in Florence's entrepreneurship class. Florence has retooled the school's business program, which was in danger of being dropped due to low enrollment before she was hired in 2016. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 5, 2017

Business is booming at Harrison County ATC

A program that was in danger of being eliminated less than two years ago has seen swift and sharp growth thanks to the efforts of a nontraditional teacher.
Ella Simpson, a kindergartener at Second Street School (Frankfort Independent), sleds down a hill in front of her house in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 13, 2018

Snow day!

If you're not a fan of snow and the cold, 2018 may not be off to the best start. Kentucky Teacher photographer Bobby Ellis took in the fun Franklin County students had during one recent snowy day.
Brooke Powers, right, a 7th-grade mathematics teacher at Beaumont Elementary School (Fayette County) who was named a Milken Education Award winner Jan. 9, poses for a selfie with former Milken award winner Greta Casto, the chief information officer at Russell Independent schools, following the announcement of Powers' award. Powers is one of 44 Milken Educators who will be honored in 2017-18, and the only one in Kentucky. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 9, 2017

An unlikely math teacher shines as Milken award winner

Brooke Powers, a 7th-grade mathematics teacher in Fayette County, is the first Kentucky educator in three years to receive prestigious recognition.
Earl Simms, a graduate of duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County), has returned to Kentucky to lead the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of Charter Schools. Simms said charters are schools that will offer families another public education option. Photo by Bobby Ellis,, Jan. 11, 2018

New director to guide charter schools

Earl Simms will bring his experience working with charters in Missouri to bear as the state finalizes regulations governing new kind of public school in the Commonwealth.
Fourth-graders Cruz King, left, and Eli McGuffey use tiles to work out a word problem in Crystin Moore's math class at Junction City Elementary (Boyle County). Moore is using inquiry-based lessons as part of pilot program to spread inquiry-based learning to more subjects. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 30, 2017

Inquiring minds

Boyle County schools have expanded inquiry-based learning to multiple subjects and grade levels as part of a pilot project that educators hope will help students develop critical thinking skills.
Steve Martell

Creating community opportunities in the math classroom

Henry County's Steve Martell says getting community members into your math classroom is important to show students how math applies in the real world, but you need to ask them strategic questions to get the most out of the visit.

Why CTE Matters

February is national Career and Technical Education Month. I think it its a great idea to have a month where we as a nation can take the time to learn more about and appreciate all that career and technical education offers our students.
Dana Lee Thomas

Feedback: Moving students toward success

Marion County's Dana Lee Thomas describes how the feedback provided by live scoring student writing can help both students and teachers.
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.
Neighborhood children enjoy a free, nutritious meal as part of the statewide Summer Food Service Program. To locate an SFSP feeding site, call the National Hunger Hotline at (866) 3HUNGRY or (866) 348-6479. Meals also can be located by texting "Food" to 877-877. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 15, 2017

Summer Food Service Program Summit scheduled

Organizations from around the state will meet on Feb. 13 to discuss ways to alleviate child hunger during the summer months. The Summer Meals Summit will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville.
Commissioner Stephen Pruitt speaks to the Kentucky Board of Education during the February board meeting. Pruitt unveiled a plan to close achievement gaps, calling the plan KIDS(S). The plan focuses on K-3 literacy, individualized instruction and assessment, diploma requirements, student success at postsecondary, and the social and emotional well-being of students. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 7, 2018

Pruitt unveils five-point plan aimed at bolstering student achievement

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting on Feb. 7, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt outlined his plan for moving Kentucky education forward.

Two Kentucky schools named National Title 1 Distinguished Schools

The National Title I Association will honor two Kentucky schools as 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools on Feb. 9 during the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia.

Free summer meals may have homegrown flavor

Free summer meals served to children across the state may be home grown – at least in part – with new incentives to serve fruits and vegetables produced in the Bluegrass State.

Kentuckians asked to wear blue/orange for Marshall County on Friday

In memory of the victims of last week’s Marshall Co. school shooting and in honor of the staff and students at Marshall County High School, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is asking Kentuckians statewide to wear the school’s colors of blue and orange on Friday, Feb. 2.

Professional learning webinar on climate education scheduled

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will host a professional learning webinar by the Sustainability and Livelihood Research Organization on climate education at 10 a.m. ET Feb. 21.

Children’s Literature Conference bringing authors, illustrators to Asbury

Asbury University will host the Asbury Children’s Literature Conference to promote awareness of new youth literature March 24 on the Asbury campus in Wilmore.

KHS seeks proposals for history education conference

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is accepting proposals for its Kentucky History Education Conference (KHEC) July 12 in Frankfort.

Personnel Cabinet poster contest open to students

Students ages 6-16 are invited to participate in the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s 2018 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest, which is intended to increase awareness of the achievements and contributions of state employees in the workplace and their communities.

Bernheim Forest hosting workshops on nature-based play

Registration is open for four Nature Play Training Institutes to be held March through June at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont. The workshops will focus on the benefits of play-based learning for child development and improving outdoor play opportunities.

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