Thursday, April 26, 2018
Alex Meckes and Ben Shirley work on Shirley's egg design. The design was only allowed to use gold, green, yellow, pink and blue for its colors and had to be emblematic of the state. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 15, 2018

Presidential Easter eggs

On April 2, 2018, a 4-by-2-foot Easter egg will show off the work of a student from the Kentucky School for the Deaf at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. 
Zoe Castle, an 8th-grader at Johnson County Middle School and academic team captain, writes down a math problem during a quick recall match. The school's academic team has won the Governor's Cup 15 times. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Governor’s Cup makes academics “in”

For 32 years, Kentucky schools have been competing for the Governor’s Cup in a statewide academic competition designed to mirror athletics.
Stephanie Anderson, far right, discusses the effects of tariffs with her Advanced Placement U.S. History class at Seneca High School (Jefferson County). The Kentucky Department of Education is setting aside funds for the second consecutive year to pay for AP exams taken by students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Picking up the tab

For the second straight year, KDE will cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals that would otherwise be paid by districts.
Students take assessment tests in a computer lab at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent). High school students taking Algebra II, biology and English II will take new, online end-of-course field tests that have been developed by Kentucky teachers during a 10-day testing window in April. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 26, 2018

A look at what’s new in assessments

The biggest change in assessments given to Kentucky students in the 2017-18 school year is the field-testing of end-of-course exams in three high school courses.
Ashland Middle School students set up their booth at the KVEC Showcase in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 6, 2018

Ashland students show off at KVEC Showcase

At the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative Showcase at the Capitol, students from Ashland Middle School played the stars as they showed off their Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project. They created a device, with the help of a 3-D printer, that will let police officers pick up used needles safely.
Amy Bolar

A different way to get students to buy in

Fleming County's Amy Bolar said when you are trying to get student buy-in, it might be best to focus your efforts on a particular small set of students.

It’s time to revisit graduation requirements

It’s been eight years since any significant changes have been made to Kentucky’s graduation requirements. Eight years is a long time in our economy.
Amelia Brown

Being a teacher means continuing to learn

Kenton County's Amelia Brown says pursuing National Board certification is a major investment of time and resources, but teachers and students benefit by trying to stretch their abilities.

Creating a new focus on literacy

As parents and educators, we need to recognize that teaching children to be literate citizens has its place in all of the classes we teach in Kentucky’s schools.
Stacey Russell

School counselors: A key to student success

Boone County's Stacey Russell explains how the role of school counselor has changed over the years and why it's so important for counselors to have the time to focus on student needs.

Equity means doing what is right for each and every student

When most educators hear the word “equity,” they usually think of issues related to race or of someone relinquishing some rights, services, power or privileges so that members of under-served groups can benefit. Equity is so much more than either of those notions, and the truth is that everyone wants equity.
Belinda Raye Furman, from left, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Sherman Elementary (Grant County); Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year from Randall K. Cooper High School (Boone County); and Jennifer Meo-Sexton, the 2018 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year from Bondurant Middle School (Franklin County) pose for a photo after the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ceremony last year in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort. The 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award winner will be announced in Frankfort in May. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 16, 2017

24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2019 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards.

Interim Commissioner Lewis to visit Jefferson County Schools

The Kentucky Department of Education announced April 20 that Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis will visit Jefferson County Public Schools April 25-26 as part of an ongoing management audit.

Town halls called off; public input still sought on graduation requirements

To speed the process for developing new graduation requirements,, the Kentucky Department of Education now will collect input online through an expanded survey instead of town hall meetings.
Milton Seymore, left, was elected as the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education at the board's April 17 special meeting. Wayne D. Lewis Jr. , right, was named as interim commissioner of education at the same meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 17, 2018

Wayne D. Lewis Jr. named interim commissioner of education

During a special April 17 meeting at which newly appointed members were sworn into office, the Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr. the interim commissioner of education.
Jennifer Zinth, of the Education Commission of the States, a nonpartisan education organization, presents different high school requirements from across the country to members of the Kentucky Board of Education during the board's April 11 meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Kentucky Board of Education begins graduation requirements revamp

The Kentucky Board of Education kicked off its examination of the state’s graduation requirements at its regular meeting April 11 with a national overview of what other states are doing to ensure their high school graduates can successfully transition to careers and college.

Crushed stone association offers workshop on Kentucky’s rocks, minerals

The Kentucky Crushed Stone Association will hold its annual teachers’ workshop June 19-20 at the Georgetown College Leadership and Conference Center in Georgetown.

Fayette teacher receives Junior Achievement award

Cindy Gatsos, a business education teacher at Southern Middle School (Fayette County), has been named the Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Teacher of the Year.

Kentucky Youth Storytelling Competition open to students

The Kentucky Youth Storytelling Competition, a statewide effort by the Kentucky Storytelling Association to develop, encourage and highlight the talent of young storytellers, is open to children ages 7-17.

Kentucky Writing Project offers summer professional learning courses

The Kentucky Writing Project is offering several professional learning courses through its summer academy and summer professional development programs.

Reach the World offers free access to virtual exchange programs

Reach the World, which facilitates virtual exchange journeys between K-12 classrooms based in the U.S. and volunteer travelers who are studying, teaching and working around the world, is offering Kentucky schools and teachers the opportunity for free access to its global education programs for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year and at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

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