Friday, September 22, 2017

Fair time

The Kentucky State Fair comes to Louisville every year, but there always seems to be something new and surprising to find as a photographer when I go there.

Reading the music

Making connections between music and literacy can benefit students’ understanding of both, teachers learn at Arts Integration Academy.

Kentucky goes back to school

It's that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky. 
Jarred Moore, left, and Dakota Washington, both 9th-grade students at The Providence School (Jessamine County), pet Kompass, a therapy dog used at the school. Kompass is one of two therapy dogs that interact with students at The Providence School, one of 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education earlier this year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2017

State’s top alternative programs are true success stories

From canine companions to community outreach, there are many ways in which districts are working to meet students’ needs.
Scott King, a 7th-grade science teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School (Boone County), analyzed his school's TELL survey results with Michelle New, Kentucky Education Association director of professional excellence, at KEA's TALK conference. Teachers delved into their school’s data to find areas for celebration and opportunities for improvement. Photo by Brenna Kelly, June 13, 2017.

Kentucky educators TELL it all

A record 91 percent of eligible Kentucky school-based certified educators responded to a survey about teaching conditions at their school.
Bullitt East engineering student Maddie Back captured the total solar eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21. Photo by Maddie Back

Solar eclipse provides real-world project for engineering students

Bullitt County's Darrell Vincent shares how he used his students' interest in August's solar eclipse to create a project-based lesson his engineering students won't soon forget.
Belinda Furman

Building relationships takes time, but worth the effort

Grant County's Belinda Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, says it takes a lot of effort to build relationships with students, but it's vital for students to succeed.

Meeting the mental and emotional needs of children

While we – as educators and parents – often talk about academic achievement, it’s not the only concern I have as Kentucky's commissioner of education. We need to begin talking more often about the social and emotional health of our students
This is a picture of the Longbranch Elementary School building.

Honoring Sophia by helping a wish come true

The teachers and students at one Boone County school turned their grief of losing one student into a schoolwide project - and learning experience - to help someone else.
Kellie Clark

Looking for inspiration? Just look up

Boone County's Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, says inspiration for new classroom lessons can come from anywhere if you are willing to look.
Belinda Furman

Are you ready to fly?

Grant County's Belinda Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, thinks there are a lot of similarities between packing for a vacation and preparing for a new school year.

Best Practices schools recognized

During the annual Continuous Improvement Summit Sept. 19 in Lexington, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized five schools and two districts for best practices.

Kentucky submits consolidated state plan under ESSA

After more than a year-and-a-half of extensive outreach and engagement efforts, the Kentucky Department of Education has submitted its Consolidated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act to the United States Department of Education.

2017 Kentucky Winner’s Circle schools recognized

The Kentucky Department of Education recognized 10 Kentucky public schools on Sept. 18 for outstanding teaching and learning conditions. These Winners’ Circle schools were recognized for their effective teaching and school leadership practices and will be shared as models of best practices across the state.

Students encouraged to apply for Commissioner’s Advisory Council

Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for membership on the Commissioner’s Student Council, an advisory group that provides input and feedback to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. The council also is designed to engage student leaders in learning by doing.

Kentucky graduates hold steady on ACT

he percentage of Kentucky public high school graduates meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in reading and mathematics increased marginally, but slightly fewer students met the state English benchmark, according to data released today by ACT.

Nominations open for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting nominations for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Adopt-A-Highway Art Contest accepting student entries

Students are invited to enter the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which is designed to increase public awareness about the damaging effects of litter, change attitudes and behaviors about littering and educate Kentuckians about the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Kentucky Storytelling Conference to be held in Louisville

Registration is open for the Kentucky Storytelling Conference Nov. 3-4 at the Hotel Louisville.

KDE, AdvancEd offer continuous improvement training

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Continuous Improvement and Support and AdvancEd are offering a series of training sessions this fall that will provide an overview of comprehensive school improvement planning, highlighting the four-phase process and transition from ASSIST to eProve in 2017-18.

Proposals sought for English/language arts teachers’ conference

The Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (KCTE) is accepting proposals for its annual conference Feb. 23-24 at Embassy Suites Lexington.

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