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New standards a new challenge for science teachers

New standards a new challenge for science teachers

The new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science mean new approaches for teachers, but they say they’re worth it.

Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

An externship program gives Jefferson County educators a better idea of how to incorporate real-world problems into their teaching.

‘Nothing less than excellence,’ educator urges

‘Nothing less than excellence,’ educator urges

Former principal Baruti Kafele brought his message of the intentionality of excellence to more than 700 Kentucky educators recently during the Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington. Educators need to be intentional about what students see, feel, hear and experience at school because those things matter more than content, Kafele told the educators.

Veteran mentors help keep new teachers in field

Veteran mentors help keep new teachers in field

Stuart Middle School (Jefferson County) created a mentor program to help first-year teachers become successful in the classroom. The program, now in its fourth year, was recognized as a Best Practice at the recent Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington.

Ky. History Teacher of the Year brings past to life

Ky. History Teacher of the Year brings past to life

Sharon Graves, Kentucky’s History Teacher of Year 2014, engages all her students’ senses to make 8th-grade social studies fun.

Other school professionals test-drive PGES

Other school professionals test-drive PGES

Hundreds of library media specialists, counselors, speech pathologists, psychologists and instructional coaches are piloting the Other Professional Growth and Effectiveness System before it’s fully implemented for the 2015-16 school year.

Balancing choreography and calling in the classroom

23 October 2014

By Lee Ann Atherton leaann.atherton@mccracken.kyschools.us One Sunday night recently, I did something ridiculous for any self-respecting teacher. I went to a concert three hours away – on a school night. The concert got me thinking about our profession. I was somewhat of a groupie even before the artist became famous, traveling to see him at […]

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Superintendents’ Spotlight: Mike Deaton, Campbellsville Independent

23 October 2014

For five years, Campbellsville Independent has had the motto of “A Caring, Community School.” With this motto came a renewed sense of understanding of who the district’s teachers, administrators and staff are and what it wants to provide for students. Campbellsville Independent wants its students to leave prepared for success, proud of who they are and […]

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New standards a new challenge for science teachers

New standards a new challenge for science teachers

21 October 2014

The new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science mean new approaches for teachers, but they say they’re worth it.

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Proposed social studies standards teach civic responsibility

21 October 2014

By Tiffany Gruen Tiffany.Gruen@covington.kyschools.us On my 18th birthday, I awoke to find a paper taped to my bedroom door. Thinking it might be a sweet birthday note from my parents, I skipped from my bed toward the door and stared. The plain piece of white paper with small lettering read Voter Registration Form. At the […]

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The path to student success

21 October 2014

This week, Joellen Killion from Learning Forward and Karen Kidwell, director, Division of Program Standards with the Kentucky Department of Education, team up for a guest blog on the importance of professional learning and a new resource that can help ensure meaningful and effective professional learning opportunities, which are critical to the continuous improvement process […]

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How can teacher leaders respond to testing fatigue?

16 October 2014

By Sarah Yost, NBCT sarah.yost@jefferson.kyschools.us When A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, the American education system seemed to be shaken awake from the dreamy optimism of the 1970s to face the hard fact that public schools were not meeting all the needs of their students. Suddenly the era of open classrooms and holistic […]

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Superintendents’ Spotlight: Freddie Bowling, Jenkins Independent

16 October 2014

Jenkins Independent is a district that is constantly striving to provide every educational opportunity available to all students. Jenkins Independent School has made significant changes in the instructional program and is maintaining a positive academic growth pattern. Curriculum alignment and formative testing have been critical in ensuring all students are receiving access to a full […]

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2 districts that are making the numbers real

14 October 2014

As we looked more closely at numbers from the Unbridled Learning Accountability System last week, there was much to celebrate. School report cards showed more students reached college- and career-readiness, more students graduated, reading and math scores improved at elementary and middle school, and high school Advanced Placement and ACT results are at all-time highs. […]

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Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

14 October 2014

An externship program gives Jefferson County educators a better idea of how to incorporate real-world problems into their teaching.

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East Carter High named third Hub School

09 October 2014

Today, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) named East Carter High School as its third Hub School, joining Franklin-Simpson High School and Pulaski County High School, which were named Hub Schools last year. These schools have shown results of exponentially more college- or career-ready students than other schools and are selected based on data, monitoring […]

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