Sunday, December 17, 2017
Faith Woolery, a 5th-grader at Lansdowne Elementary, stands in a window frame while working on a house frame during a build put on by If I Had a Hammer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 19, 2017

Hammering Home Math

Working with power tools, hammering nails and climbing ladders with your friends and classmates – what more could a 5th-grader want? 
Owen LauBach, a 3rd-grader at Clear Creek Elementary (Shelby County), shows his work to teacher Stephanie Herndon during a mathematics lesson. The Kentucky Department of Education is creating a uniform system of course codes that will be linked to the Kentucky Academic Standards. The biggest change will be at the elementary school level, where the teaching of standards will be now tied to course codes. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 1, 2017

Equity a driving force behind course code changes

The Kentucky Department of Education has been working to streamline its lists of course codes and to link specific standards to them.
Amy Green, a 5th-grade teacher at Baker Intermediate School (Clark County), uses a chakra bowl to help her students with breathing exercises during class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 2, 2017

Mindful of learning

Clark County teachers are using a curriculum designed to teach students social and emotional awareness, resilience and how to embrace a calm focus for learning.
LaTonya Taylor-Rowe, a 1st-grade teacher at Highland Elementary School (Johnson County), points to fellow teachers who are demonstrating one of the songs she uses to help her students better understand mathematics standards during the Let’s TALK: Conversations About Effective Teaching and Learning conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 12, 2017

Igniting students’ interest in math

A Johnson County teacher uses elements of writing, art and music to help her students master mathematics skills.
Kelly Sanders, right, a 1st-grade teacher at Northside Elementary shrugs her shoulders as she is asked by preschooler London Sherrad why she hasn't eaten her apple at the Northside Fall Festival. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 27, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Photographer Bobby Ellis takes a look at how the staff and students at two different Woodford County elementary schools celebrated Halloween.
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.
Jennifer Meo-Sexton

A strong classroom foundation keeps your students’ learning on track

Franklin County's Jennifer Meo-Sexton explains why it's worth the time to build a strong classroom community based on respect.

Kentucky’s new accountability system designed to push education forward

After almost two years, more than 20 town hall meetings and thousands of public comments, Kentucky finally has a new accountability system and it is one of which we all should be proud.

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.
Associate Commissioner Amanda Ellis presents results of the kindergarten screener during the December meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 6, 2017

Readiness results highlight need for quality early learning

Many Kentucky students are at a disadvantage for learning before they even start school, according to Kindergarten Readiness Screener data released by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Kentucky Board of Education approves budget, legislative priorities

At its meeting in Frankfort Dec. 6, the Kentucky Board of Education approved its budget and legislative priorities for the 2018 session of the General Assembly, among other items.
Rhonda Sims, associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, presents statements of consideration for the new Kentucky accountability system during a special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 5, 2017

Board moves accountability, charter regulations forward

At a special meeting in Frankfort Dec. 5, the Kentucky Board of Education approved statements of consideration for regulations that would govern Kentucky’s accountability system and several aspects of charter schools.

Kentucky school districts on National Advanced Placement Honor Roll

The Hart County and Owensboro Independent public school districts have been named to the 8th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll, the College Board announced Dec. 6.

Applications opening soon for Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant

KyCL-FLUENT, the title of Kentucky’s birth to grade 12 approach to literacy planning, addresses the gaps in early learning, transition points along the way and issues of equity.

KASC offering two January academies

The Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC) is offering two academies for teachers and administrators focusing on closing the achievement gap and increasing student achievement in January at three locations.

Applications open for P21 Exemplar Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 cohort of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning’s (P21) Exemplar Program, which highlights best practices in early learning centers, schools, districts and beyond school spaces that are preparing students for college, career and life.

Federal junior duck stamp contest underway

Students are invited to submit artwork for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program, which provides a creative outlet for students through a contest that can be incorporated into almost any subject.

Competition challenges students to develop clean technology solutions

Students ages 15-18 are invited to enter the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, an international research and design challenge for pre-college students that encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

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