Monday, December 11, 2017
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.
Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, gives ice cream balls to students as they prepare make fried ice cream in one of her classes. Raikes was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 17, 2017

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington teacher

The 2017 ACTE Teacher of the Year has spent more than 30 years teaching students valuable skills and helping them become leaders in their school and community.
Tim Shaughnessy, developer of career pathway programs of study for the Southern Regional Education Board, worked with Laura Arnold, associate commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, to create a streamlined pathway to help students earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Sept. 18, 2017.

Nursing the pathway to success

A new pathway helps students earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing faster, with lower costs and more opportunities to earn credentials along the way.

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.
Garris Landon Stroud

Get more hands-on by flipping your classroom

Hopkins County's Garris Landon Stroud says flipping his classroom gave him the opportunity to encourage deeper learning in his science classroom.
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.

Computer Science Week brings coding, standards feedback opportunities

Thousands of Kentucky public school students will have the opportunity to gain experience in computer coding starting today as part of Computer Science Education Week.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs June 24-July 14 at Transylvania University in Lexington. The program is open to students in grades 9-11, and participants can earn high school class credit and scholarships to Kentucky colleges and universities.

Kentucky middle school mock trial competition set

Madison County schools will host the 11th annual Kentucky Middle School Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 9 in Richmond. The event is open to teams of students who will try a case in a real-life practice situation.

Bullitt teacher named Kentucky Health Teacher of the Year

Jodi Grant Jones, a teacher at Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County), has been named the 2017 Kentucky Health Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAPHERD).

Student entries sought for EcoART Contest

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 2017-18 EcoART Contest is open to Kentucky high school students. The contest provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Used as a tool for environmental education, art supports DEP’s mission to protect and conserve Kentucky’s environment.

White House History Teacher Institute accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 White House History Teacher Institute, scheduled for July 16-20 in Washington, D.C. The workshop allows educators to discover the history behind the White House and explore how stories from the building can be used to enhance social studies classrooms.

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