Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Christopher Lorentz holds up an alligator gar caught using an electrofishing boat by teachers visiting the Thomas Moore Biology Field Center. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 18, 2017

Teachers discover possibilities at the field station

Bobby Ellis bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov If you've ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity,...
Anne Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County), assists 7th-grade students Abby Davidson, left, and Sarah Fritz as they work during Lopez's drone engineering class. Students research, design and build drones during the nine-week class, which is designed to teach the engineering design process. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 11, 2017

Drones becoming the buzz in more classrooms

Some Kentucky schools are teaching students how to design and build drones, while others are using them as teaching tools in a number of subject areas.
Dianna Williams, an art teacher at Nelson County High School, looks at a picture for reference during the landscape pastels in a day class during the Berea Festival of Learnshops. Williams said that she had attended the workshops four years in a row for her professional development credit. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 11, 2017

Hands-on workshops

Teachers came from across Kentucky, and the country, to take part in a wide range of classes at the Berea Festival of Learnshops.

‘I need to be doing something for somebody’

Longtime Augusta Independent Custodian Kathy Fryman received the 10th annual Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Ryan New, social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, explains how to teach controversial topics in social studies classes during the Kentucky History Education Conference. New says that creating a space where all students feel comfortable to express their ideas, no matter how controversial, teaches student to be able to discuss issues and listen to other's points of view.

Controversy comes to the classroom

Social studies teacher wants students to learn how to handle tough topics at school, so they can handle them in the real world.
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.
Bullitt East engineering student Maddie Back captured the total solar eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21. Photo by Maddie Back

Solar eclipse provides real-world project for engineering students

Bullitt County's Darrell Vincent shares how he used his students' interest in August's solar eclipse to create a project-based lesson his engineering students won't soon forget.
Belinda Furman

Building relationships takes time, but worth the effort

Grant County's Belinda Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, says it takes a lot of effort to build relationships with students, but it's vital for students to succeed.

Meeting the mental and emotional needs of children

While we – as educators and parents – often talk about academic achievement, it’s not the only concern I have as Kentucky's commissioner of education. We need to begin talking more often about the social and emotional health of our students

Commissioner proclaims Safe Schools Week Oct. 15-21

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has signed a proclamation declaring that Oct. 15-21 is Safe Schools Week in Kentucky.
Former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) member and state legislator David Karem (far left) and KBE Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler, accompanied by Commissioner Stephen Pruitt (far right) presents the first David Karem Award to Dr. Blake Haselton (holding plaque). The award is given to state policymakers, education leaders or citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Haselton receives first David Karem Award

The Kentucky Board of Education named Dr. W. Blake Haselton, superintendent-in-residence and associate clinical professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, as the first recipient of the David Karem Award during the board’s regular meeting Oct. 4 in Frankfort.
Kentucky Board of Education Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler, accompanied by Commissioner Stephen Pruitt (far left), presents the Joseph W. Kelly Award to northern Kentucky attorney C. Ed Massey (holding plaque), a long time Kenton Co. Board of Education member. The award, named for former KBE chair and businessman Joe Kelly (far right), is given to businesspeople who offer outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equitable educational opportunities for all Kentucky children. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Northern Kentucky attorney receives Joseph W. Kelly Award

At its meeting Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the 17th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award to C. Ed Massey, a northern Kentucky attorney and a longtime member of the Boone County Board of Education.
Jonathan Bogar, second from left, a welding instructor at Belfry Area Technology Center, received the 2017 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award for significant service to Kentucky's public schools. At the presentation on Oct. 4 were, from left, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, Chief of Staff Mary Ann Miller, former long-time KDE employee Kevin Noland and Kentucky Board of Education Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Bogar receives 2017 Noland/Miller Award

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Oct. 4, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt presented the 2017 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award to Jonathan Bogar, a welding instructor at the Belfry Area Technology Center.
House Bill 520 (2017) cleared the way for the first charter schools in the state and during its regular meeting on Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education approved four regulations governing the establishment and operation of public charter schools. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education approves charter regulations

House Bill 520 (2017) cleared the way for the first charter schools in the state and during its regular meeting Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education approved four regulations governing the establishment and operation of public charter schools.

Workshops on environmental education curricula available

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) is offering several workshops this fall, including professional learning opportunities in which educators can become certified in Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project WILD and other curricula.

Bowling Green workshops focus on implementing science standards

Teachers can explore the fundamental principles of science education and its parallels to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in two professional learning workshops Oct. 19-20 at the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative in Bowling Green.

OVEC hosts summit on early childhood education

Educators and others are invited to the Kentucky Leads the Nation Summit on Innovations in Early Childhood, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

High school teachers can learn from UK faculty at STEM workshop

High school teachers can learn to develop research experiences and opportunities for freshman STEM students in a workshop Nov. 18 in the Cameron Williams Auditorium at the University of Kentucky Plant Science Building in Lexington.

Nominations open for gifted education awards

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education is accepting nominations for its awards programs.

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