Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Showing career/tech students what’s possible

Teachers have seen the value SkillsUSA and its Louisville-based national competitions have for their students.

Transforming binge watching to binge learning

Marion County English teacher uses content from a social studies class to improve her students’ literacy skills.

Have Mercy, Take the Reins!

Students at Julius Marks Elementary (Fayette County) got the chance to meet Mercy, a rescued Belgian draft horse, as part of a new service learning program designed to show students the job opportunities in Kentucky's horse industry.

Move toward new accountability system gathering momentum

A steering committee and a former KDE associate commissioner are leading the effort to develop a new system.
Students at Mason County Middle School analyze fossil evidence in the outdoor science center that was built after teacher Brian McDowell won a $10,000 grant from Toyota. Photo submitted by Brian McDowell

Funding the margins

Two teachers find ways to pay for learning experiences by thinking outside the budget.

Uniting for a common purpose

Although Sept. 11, 2001, was a horrible tragedy, it united the country in a way few had seen. It's time to create a new sense of unity to improve Kentucky's education system and help create the future of the Commonwealth.

How I became a student-centered science teacher

Boyd County's Carly Baldwin turned to an idea used by Google to get her students more involved in their own learning.

Taking ownership for closing achievement gaps

Achievement gaps have been around for decades. They exist in nearly every school, every school district and every state. Everyone agrees we have to do something about gaps – something that will solve the issue once and for all – but then it grows quiet.

KSD students remember teacher Heath McClain

When Shannon Heath McClain joined the Kentucky School for the Deaf in 2007 as a middle school teacher, he always said that KSD was his dream job.

The dream

Ask any teacher this week if they’ve had “the dream” and most would say yes.

Sometimes you just have to eat the reindeer

Oldham County's Ashley Lamb-Sinclair shares what she has learned during her tenure as a Teacher in Residence at the Kentucky Department of Education.

Best practice schools recognized

During the annual Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington on Sept. 20, the Kentucky Department of Education recognized six schools, one district and one educational cooperative for best practices.

24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline™ have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2017 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards. These teachers qualify to compete for the 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.

Students score higher on Advanced Placement tests

Kentucky students who took rigorous Advanced Placement tests in May scored higher according to data released from the College Board. In fact, the number of students scoring at the top two levels is up between 4 and 5 percent from last year.

Kentucky graduates make incremental gains on ACT

Kentucky public high school graduates held steady in meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in reading and English, but lost ground in meeting the state mathematics benchmark, according to data released by ACT.

Students encouraged to apply for commissioner’s advisory council

Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for membership on the Commissioner’s Student Council, an advisory group that provides input and feedback to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt.

Seminar offered on making math and science accessible for the blind

A free science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) consortium on making mathematics and science accessible for blind students will be held in conjunction with...

Proposals sought for KySTE conference

The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) is accepting proposals for its annual conference, KySTE 2017, which will be March 8-10 at the...

PIMSER offers fall professional learning courses

The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education at the University of Kentucky (PIMSER) is offering several professional learning opportunities this fall. Courses are...

$2,500 scholarship available to would-be entrepreneurs

AdvertiseMint is offering a $2,500 scholarship for creative students who show entrepreneurial characteristics. The contest, which is open to students ages 18-25 who are...

NGSS student work rubrics released

SCALE and the Literacy Design Collaborative have released a set of Next Generation Science Standards-aligned student work rubrics for K-12.

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