Sunday, June 24, 2018
Jessica Dueñas helps Jadeynn White with a question during an English class at Oldham County Middle School. Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the year, co-teaches as part of a two-person team that is a model for the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2018

2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year a force for struggling students

Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.

Teachers of the Year find power in music

NyRee Clayton-Taylor was named the 2018 the Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Tiffany Marsh was named the High School Teacher of the Year.
Kandice Kilcoyne, an art teacher at Drakes Creek Middle School (Warren County) and a mentor in the Academy at the Creek, talks with student Michael Lang. The Academy at the Creek is a daily period for the school's gifted and talented students in which they work on problems and explore projects that pique their interest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 25, 2018

Gifted and talented every day

A Warren County middle school brings its academically advanced students together in an ungraded class to work on problem-solving and projects that pique their interest.
Jalin Benson, a junior at Franklin County High School, dances during the senior prom at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Prom night at Franklin County

Spring is well underway, and with the season comes warm weather, horse racing and the staple of high schools around the country – prom. 
The 2018 Regular Session ended with a new budget for the 2018-20 biennium, along with changes to the current tax provisions that provide some relief in the latest round of budget cuts. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 13, 2018

Budget, pension system and tax provisions dominate 2018 Regular Session

Local boards of education, school-based decision making councils and teachers will be implementing lots of new laws passed by the 2018 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Schools are calling: Males wanted

Nelson County's Joshua DeWar says educators need to make sure children have a variety of role models at schools, which includes recruiting more males at the elementary level.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Changes coming to accountability system, School Report Card

We have some big changes coming up in education over the next year and I want to take some time to share how it will be impacting your family and your school.
Sheri A. Rhodes

Meeting the needs of gifted students in mixed-ability classrooms

Jefferson County's Sheri A. Rhodes said she felt like she was failing her gifted students because so much of her time was being spent on students who were below grade level, but then she discovered how differentiated instruction could help everyone in her classroom.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Giving thanks to all of Kentucky’s teachers

Teaching is a demanding profession. To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, scheduled for May 7-11, I'd like to thank all of Kentucky's educators for the outstanding things they do for their students every day.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Doing our best for every child

I've recorded a new short video for all of Kentucky's teachers to share my priorities in education. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and thank you for all you do for the Commonwealth's children.
Amy Bolar

A different way to get students to buy in

Fleming County's Amy Bolar said when you are trying to get student buy-in, it might be best to focus your efforts on a particular small set of students.

CPE amends minimum college admission guidelines

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend an administrative regulation that would require traditional high school students to earn a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university.

Hands-on summer training for school nutrition professionals

This summer, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of School and Community Nutrition is collaborating with the Institute of Child Nutrition to offer 11 sessions of Healthy Cuisine for Kids to school nutrition professionals across the state.

10 alternative programs recognized for exemplary work

In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, the Kentucky Department of Education has named 10 Alternative Programs of Distinction.
Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis speaks during the June meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. During his report to the board, Lewis laid out his goals and priorities as interim commissioner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 6, 2018

Interim commissioner lays out his priorities to Kentucky Board of Education

Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis laid out his priorities to the Kentucky Board of Education at its Jan. 6 meeting, telling board members that “everything that we do ought to be aligned to improving student outcomes.”

Fletcher named chief communications officer at KDE

Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis announced June 6 the hiring of Jessica Fletcher as the chief communications officer for the Kentucky Department of Education . She will begin her role with the department on June 11, focusing on internal and external communication strategies.

KYSPRA accepting submissions for school information services contest

The Kentucky School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA) is accepting submissions for its annual Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services awards program.

Workshop offers help with two social thinking curricula

The Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) will host a workshop on how to use strategies in two curricula to teach concepts related to social-emotional learning July 10 at NorthEast Christian Church in Lexington.

Workshop can help teachers create, use aquaponics systems in classroom

Foodchain will host a workshop on using aquaponics in the classroom July 21 at its facility in Lexington.

Two teachers nominated for LifeChanger of the Year award

Two Kentucky teachers have been nominated for the National Life Group Foundation’s 2018-19 LifeChanger of the Year award.

Nominations open for annual environmental education awards

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education is accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Environmental Education Awards.

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