Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kentucky Board of Education member Alesa Johnson, left, speaks with KBE Member Ben Cundiff during the boards' June 2016 meeting. A resident of Somerset, Johnson was one of five new members appointed to the board last year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 8, 2016

Johnson says state board needs to keep its eye on the whole child

When people talk about the need to increase the number of women in science, improve communication between industry leaders and educators, or get more parents involved in schools, they’re all kind of talking about Alesa Johnson.
Contestants Shawne Bryan, Cheryl Storms and Jason Smith, cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliot County) during the final episode of the Holiday Baking Championship, Season 3. Provided by Food Network

Rising to the top

Jason Smith, cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary in Elliot County, won Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship.
Jacob Saal reacts after smelling three-day-old hamburger during a lab activity meant to show the effects of decay on food in Jacob Ball's class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 17, 2017

Science you can smell

As the students walk into Jacob Ball's lab at the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Lexington, they're met with tables of food – old food.
Teacher of the Year award winners pose with Commissioner Stephen Pruitt after the award ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. From left are, 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School, Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Sarah Mills of Eastside Middle School, and Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year Kellie Jones of Taylor County Elementary School are congratulated by Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 19, 2016

Teacher of the Year program gives educators chance to speak for their profession

Kentucky Teacher caught up with 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair of North Oldham High School and 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School and asked them what they got out of the Teacher Achievement Awards program and why other teachers should get involved. Here’s what they had to say.
A Robertson County School student slaps a "No Novice" sign on as he leaves a classroom. The district started the practice as a way to motivate students. Last school year, no students performed a the novice level in 8th-grade social studies or 3rd-grade math. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 13, 2016

Back from the brink

Two years after nearly collapsing, Robertson County schools are seeing enrollment and test scores grow.

Show some love for our public schools

During this Valentine's Day week, let’s take time to show some love for our public schools.
Kristina Slusser

Why I read to my high school students

Kenton County's Kristina Slusser shares her thoughts on why she thinks teachers shouldn't stop reading to their students once they leave elementary school.

It’s time to take a second look at CTE

Too often in the past we’ve thought of career and technical education as being an alternative pathway for students who, for one reason or another, weren’t going to attend a college or a university. It is time for all of us in the Commonwealth to realize that CTE is for everyone.
Allison Slone and Madison Marie Ortega

Student voice: Two perspectives, one goal

Rowan County teacher Allison Slone and student Madison Marie Ortega share their thoughts on why student voice is an increasingly important factor in education in the Commonwealth.

Thank a board of education member

Kentucky's Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says everybody should give thanks to the hard work and dedication of local school board members during January, which is Local Board of Education Appreciation Month.
Kellie Jones

Emotions are the hook that imbeds concepts in students’ minds

Taylor County's Kellie Jones says students may come with different experiences – and it’s important to keep up with the changing times – but connect with them on an emotional level and you will have an experience that remains embedded in their hearts and minds.

Kentucky cited as a national leader in school turnaround

At the Feb. 8 Kentucky Board of Education meeting in Frankfort, board members learned that Kentucky’s efforts to turn around low-performing schools are among the most effective in the nation.

Districts of Distinction recognized

The Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education recognized 16 school districts as Districts of Distinction at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting.

Kentuckians recognized for math, science teaching

Four Kentucky teachers have won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Kentucky Board of Education recognized the teachers at its Feb. 8 meeting in Frankfort.

Kentucky Board of Education discusses new accountability system

The Kentucky Board of Education took a first look at the proposed new accountability system for Kentucky schools and districts during a work session Feb. 7 and generally liked what it saw.

Kindergarten entry age cutoff moves to Aug. 1

Beginning with the upcoming school year, children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Up until now, the cutoff was Oct. 1.

Kentucky civic education award nominations open

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Presented by the Kentucky Office of Secretary of State in conjunction...

KASC offers growth mindset tool kit

The Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC) is offering a growth mindset tool kit suited both for schools and classrooms that are experienced in...

Sayre history symposium spotlights World War I

Sayre School will host the F. Kevin Simon History Symposium on the theme, “War and Memory: American and European Perspectives on the Great War,...

KASA offers program on deeper learning

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) is offering a professional learning program on deeper learning March 2 at the Galt House Hotel in...

KASC adds academies focusing on closing the gap

The Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC) has added additional sessions of two professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators in February in Bowling...

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