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Hopkins schools learn the power of positive behavior Superheroes help Johnson Elementary succeed Edcamp light on structure, heavy on learning Ky. Teacher of the Year makes school an adventure New standards a new challenge for science teachers Teachers get lesson from workforce partners
 
Hopkins schools learn the power of positive behavior

Hopkins schools learn the power of positive behavior

Thousands of Kentucky educators are learning more about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports thanks to free training that meets the requirements of a new state regulation on the use of restraint and seclusion in Kentucky schools.

Superheroes help Johnson Elementary succeed

Superheroes help Johnson Elementary succeed

Students, administrators and teachers say that the family-like atmosphere, the community’s commitment to education and innovative teachers are why Robert D. Johnson Elementary was one for four public schools in the state to receive the 2014 National Blue Ribbon designation from the U.S. Department of Education.

Edcamp light on structure, heavy on learning

Edcamp light on structure, heavy on learning

Nearly 200 teachers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana gathered recently at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown for the state’s first Edcamp, an “unconference” where educators set the agenda when they arrive at the event.

Ky. Teacher of the Year makes school an adventure

Ky. Teacher of the Year makes school an adventure

Sarah Reed, the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and the state's top middle and high school teachers share an attribute: They want to help others.

New standards a new challenge for science teachers

New standards a new challenge for science teachers

The new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science mean new approaches for teachers, but they say they’re worth it.

Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

Teachers get lesson from workforce partners

An externship program gives Jefferson County educators a better idea of how to incorporate real-world problems into their teaching.

Public relations group honors KDE Chief of Staff Floyd

20 November 2014

Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd has received the Richard Thornton Award from the Kentucky School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA). Floyd was presented the award at the organization’s annual conference Nov. 14. Floyd was named to the newly created position about a year and a half ago, after 5½ years as superintendent […]

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Superintendents’ Spotlight: Travis Hamby, Trigg County

20 November 2014

Trigg County has embarked on a journey to transform the learning experience for students, referring to this as the 21C Movement – Empowering the Next Generation. The district believes that true college- and career-readiness goes beyond a test score, and includes both academic knowledge and 21st-century skills. The goal is to create authentic and meaningful […]

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Act now to help create globally competent students

20 November 2014

By Randy Barrette randy.barrette@menifee.kyschools.us Across the country each year, one week is set aside for International Education Week. This joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is part of a larger effort to promote school programs that prepare K-12 students for the global environment, one that both departments […]

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Hopkins schools learn the power of positive behavior

Hopkins schools learn the power of positive behavior

18 November 2014

Thousands of Kentucky educators are learning more about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports thanks to free training that meets the requirements of a new state regulation on the use of restraint and seclusion in Kentucky schools.

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Will it be politics as usual, or not?

18 November 2014

As the dust settles from the election, there is much talk and speculation about the impact the election may have on public education in this country. At least that was a primary topic for discussion at the Council of Chief State School Officers Annual Policy Forum that I attended last week. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan […]

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Superintendents’ Spotlight: Alvin Garrison, Covington Independent

13 November 2014

During his first year, Superintendent Alvin Garrison spent a lot of time listening, meeting, watching and getting to know and understand the Covington Independent school district and the Covington community. During conversations with students, teachers and staff, parents, administrators, alumni, business leaders and community members, one thing was clear: everyone wants to move students to […]

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It comes down to trust

13 November 2014

By Sarah Yost, NBCT Sarah.yost@jefferson.kyschools.us For two years, I’ve served my school in the hybrid role of teacher and lead teacher for English/language arts. I teach two hours of reading intervention every day and spend the rest of my time working on various leadership initiatives for the school. When my principal gave me the opportunity […]

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Community collaboration stretches preschool dollars

11 November 2014

This week, Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd, who represents the Kentucky Department of Education on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, is my guest blogger. The topic is preschool and how to serve more children who could benefit from a quality early learning experience with the limited funding available. Terry Holliday, Ph.D. Education Commissioner In […]

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Superheroes help Johnson Elementary succeed

Superheroes help Johnson Elementary succeed

11 November 2014

Students, administrators and teachers say that the family-like atmosphere, the community’s commitment to education and innovative teachers are why Robert D. Johnson Elementary was one for four public schools in the state to receive the 2014 National Blue Ribbon designation from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Governor, first lady honored for dropout prevention work

06 November 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear this week received the National Dropout Prevention Network’s 2014 Crystal Star Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service. “Governor Beshear and the first lady have demonstrated their commitment to education by championing programs and legislation designed to ensure that students throughout the state not only graduate high school […]

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