Thursday, June 22, 2017
Jackson White, a 1st-grader at Schaffner Traditional Elementary, reads a book under a desk during literacy center time in Sarah Dickinson's class. The Jefferson County school was one of five Kentucky public schools to be named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon winner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 18, 2017

High expectations, structure, parental support help Schaffner shine

The Jefferson County school won a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award.
Ryan New, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, makes a point during a town hall meeting at the Laurel County Center for Innovation in London. New said one thing he likes about Kentucky's proposed accountability system is that it eliminates the inclination to compete against other schools. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 13, 2017

New accountability system nearing completion

Thousands of Kentuckians have had a say in the new system designed to make it easier for residents to see progress being made in the Commonwealth’s classrooms.

Award-winning teachers drawn to classroom

Belinda Furman of Grant County was named the 2018 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Meo-Sexton was named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Kellie Clark directs her students while practicing a piece during class. Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, asked students what feelings the composer made them feel as a way to help them forge deeper connections to musical pieces. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2017

Teacher of the Year hits the right note

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran choral teacher from Boone County, was named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Aubrery Day, left, and Addison Moore look at a snake being held by a Wildlife Educator during a field trip to Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 14, 2017

Wild times at Salato Wildlife Center

Take a look at what happens when a bunch of Scott County 4th-graders take a field trip to the Salato Wildlife Center.

Effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources for the K-12 system.
Students in Whitney McWhorter’s class at Lemons Mill Elementary (Scott County) explain the responsibilities of employees serving on a marketing team. Over five weeks, the entire 2nd-grade class at the school divided into teams, such as accounting and marketing, to create a new business. Their pop-up businesses were showcased at the school's Exhibition Night in late March. Submitted photo by Rebecca Powell

Second-graders learn how to create a business

What happens when you combine six creative teachers, 150 enthusiastic 2nd-graders and a desire for project-based learning? You get six totally amazing and highly successful businesses!

Kentucky’s English and mathematics standards up for feedback

This summer, we are working on the standards for both English/language arts (E/LA) and mathematics. Please take some time and give us your thoughts on our draft standards and let us know how they can be improved.

Taking your place at the table

It is Teacher Appreciation Week – a time that should be celebrated on the highest levels, but is often overlooked. So, if you will...
This sketch shows what the Kentucky School for the Blind looked like in 1884, when the school already was 42 years old. The school is celebrating its 175th year of serving Kentucky students with visual impairments. Submitted photo

Kentucky School for the Blind celebrating 175 years of service

Each May the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) celebrates Founder’s Day, an event that commemorates its rich history of providing educational services to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired. This year’s event is especially significant because the school is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Ensuring a strong public education system is top priority

Commissioner Pruitt shares his thoughts about the implications of House Bill 520, which was signed into law in March and gives local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville the authority to authorize charter schools.

English 2 and Algebra 2 teachers sought to help develop EOC field tests

The kick off for developing new End of Course Assessments for English 2 and Algebra 2 – which will be field tested in the spring of 2018 – will take place in July.
Kids line up at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library for a free meal provided through the Summer Food Service Program. The program offers more than 2,000 school and community sponsored feeding sites across Kentucky this summer for children 18 and under. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 15, 2017

Kentucky Summer Food Service Program kicks off with recognition

The Kentucky Summer Food Service Program is once again making sure students’ stomachs are full even when classrooms are empty.

Pruitt named to new Kentucky Work Matters Task Force

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has been named to the new Kentucky Work Matters Task Force.

Review of health and physical education standards begins

The Kentucky Department of Education has begun the review and revision process for current academic standards in health education and physical education.
Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Rhonda Sims, right, and Brian Gong, facilitator of the Accountability Steering Committee, present the proposed new accountability system to the Kentucky Board of Education during their June meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 7, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education discusses accountability

Kentucky schools would be rated from one to five stars under a proposed accountability system discussed at the June 7 meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education in Frankfort.

Proposals sought for science teachers’ conference

The Kentucky Science Teachers Association is accepting proposals for its KSTA Annual Conference & Professional Learning, which will be Nov. 9-11 at the Lexington Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington.

KET Distance Learning changes name to KET online campus

Kentucky Educational Television has changed the name of KET Distance Learning to KET Online Campus.

Kentucky recognized for internet access

Kentucky was recognized for its commitment to provide high-speed internet access to all students in the Commonwealth in Education Week’s annual Technology Counts edition.

Vanderbilt children’s hospital to host Youth Sports Safety Conference

The Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will hold its Youth Sports Safety Conference and Celebration Gala July 13-14 at the Vanderbilt University Recreation and Wellness Center in Nashville, Tenn.

ParentCamp to hold its first Kentucky ‘unconference’ in Florence

ParentCamp, a national organization that holds “unconferences” for parents and educators, will host its first event in Kentucky, ParentCampNKY, on June 24 at Boone County High School in Florence.

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