Thursday, March 23, 2017
Marquis Estill, center, jokes with Special Olympics athletes during the skills clinic portion of the night. Former University of Kentucky players ran through shooting drills, ball handling and defense with Special Olympics athletes during the night. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 21, 2017

Star players

For kids all over Kentucky, the dream is to someday stand on the floor at Rupp Arena and shoot that game winning shot, hearing the crowd go wild and having a championship-winning player pat you on the back.
Brayden Barckholtz, a 7th-grader at Gray Middle School (Boone County) paints a part of a mural on a hallway wall during an after school art club. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 24, 2017

Community, academics and arts lead to Blue Ribbon

Gray Middle School’s success hinges on supportive parents, rigorous academics and placing emphasis on the arts.
Frances King, left, and Lindsey Highley, center, students George Rogers Clark High School (Clark County), are shown a machine used to test medicine by Pavan Dasari during a tour of a laboratory in which they will be working at Catalent Pharma Solutions in Winchester. The students have been hired through the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) program, through which students can gain real-world experience at businesses that previously might not have been able to hire them. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 9, 2017

Employment initiative opens doors for students, employers

The Youth Employment Solutions program allows schools and businesses to work together to give students real-world work experience.
Brooke Whitlow, the instructional technology coordinator for Hardin County schools, and students in her coding class at the Hardin County Early College and Career Center attempt to help Savannah Haynes as she tries to use code to draw Mickey Mouse for a project. Whitlow has adapted the Girls Who Code curriculum designed for after-school programs as an entry-level class for freshman and sophomore girls interested in learning how to code. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 30, 2017

These coders have class

Hardin County school becomes first in Kentucky to offer Girls Who Code as a class.
Simpson Elementary Librarian Sam Northern spent seven days exploring Antarctica as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program sponsored by National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions. Photo provided by Sam Northern

Icy exploration leads to lessons

Sam Northern, librarian at Simpson Elementary, is bringing his Antarctic expedition to the classroom through interdisciplinary lessons.
Kellie Jones

An apple for the teacher

Taylor County's Kellie Jones shares her thoughts about how important it is for teachers to keep their enthusiasm for education alive and well.

Share your thoughts on the proposed new accountability system

We're getting ready to kick off another round of Town Hall meetings across Kentucky to get your input into what you think about the state's proposed new accountability system.

Show some love for our public schools

During this Valentine's Day week, let’s take time to show some love for our public schools.
Kristina Slusser

Why I read to my high school students

Kenton County's Kristina Slusser shares her thoughts on why she thinks teachers shouldn't stop reading to their students once they leave elementary school.

It’s time to take a second look at CTE

Too often in the past we’ve thought of career and technical education as being an alternative pathway for students who, for one reason or another, weren’t going to attend a college or a university. It is time for all of us in the Commonwealth to realize that CTE is for everyone.
Allison Slone and Madison Marie Ortega

Student voice: Two perspectives, one goal

Rowan County teacher Allison Slone and student Madison Marie Ortega share their thoughts on why student voice is an increasingly important factor in education in the Commonwealth.
Mike Armstrong, executive director of the Kentucky School Boards Association, helped draw TELL Kentucky Survey winners with Robin Hebert, director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s division of Next Generation Professionals, on March 17. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Kentucky Department of Education

More than half of educators complete TELL Kentucky Survey

More than half of Kentucky’s school-based educators have taken part in the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Survey of school working conditions in just the first two weeks of the survey.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, right, and Jimmy Adams, the executive director of the Education Professional Standards Board, draw school and individual educator winners after the first week of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky Survey of school working conditions. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 10, 2017

TELL Kentucky off to a good start; participants earn cash

After just one week, more than 17,300 Kentucky educators have taken part in the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Survey of school working conditions. That represents about 38 percent of the school-based certified educators eligible to participate.

Pruitt to host Town Hall Meetings on school accountability

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will be hosting a series of regional Town Hall Meetings across the Commonwealth to gather feedback from Kentuckians on a new accountability system that has been under development for the past year.

2017 TELL Kentucky working conditions survey underway

From now through March 31, school-based certified educators in all 173 Kentucky school districts will be able to share their thoughts about the working conditions in their schools through the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.
Newly certified teachers and those renewing their certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pose in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History after a ceremony in Frankfort recognizing their accomplishment. There were 18 teachers certified for the first time last year, and 101 renewed their certification. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 23, 2017

New class of National Board-certified teachers celebrated

The newest class of 18 NBCTs includes a first for one Kentucky district, and many more will be coming behind them.

Kentucky History Education Conference looking for proposals

Do you have an innovative classroom practice or an engaging history topic to share with educators? Consider submitting your session proposal for the Kentucky...

Call Frankfort Cemetery to schedule your field trip to Boone’s grave

While a visit to Kentucky’s capital city isn’t complete without going to Frankfort Cemetery to see the burial site of Rebecca and Daniel Boone, cemetery officials are asking educators to let them know when a visit is scheduled to help ease traffic issues.

Pulaski husband, wife receive honors

A husband and wife from Pulaski County High School have received regional awards for their accomplishments. Brian Miller was named the 2016 12th Region...

Calloway janitor one of 10 finalists for national award

Cecil Lovett, a janitor at North Calloway Elementary School (Calloway County) is one of 10 finalists for Cintas Corporation’s Janitor of the Year contest,...

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education honors educators

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education honored seven educators for their work with and on behalf of Kentucky’s gifted and talented students at its annual...

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