Friday, January 20, 2017
Eric Ball, the assistant principal at Collins Elementary (Boone County) takes notes during a visit to Grandview Elementary (Bellevue Independent) to observe teaching methods from the Public Education & Business Coalition. Educators have been flocking to the small district the past two years to see how those methods have created deeper student learning and engagement. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 2, 2016

Equipping students for success

Educators at Bellevue Independent are transforming their instruction using techniques that empower students to take ownership of learning.
Pogue Elementary School (Ashland Independent) students Laura Beth Stanfield, right, tells Aiden Johnson to shoot the ball during a game of noonball. In the game, which was created by a former principal at the school, every player on the team gets a chance to shoot the ball. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 29, 2016

Noonball changes the game at Ashland school

An indoor recess activity has been teaching students at an Ashland Independent school about inclusiveness for more than 20 years.
Destiny Barrancotta, a 7th-grader at Foley Middle School, works on a coding game during the Hour of Code. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 7, 2016

Madison County’s Hour of Code

Madison County was recognized recently for being the first recipient of the Computer Science Education Incentive Award from AdvanceKentucky and Time Warner Cable. The award promotes the growth and awareness of computer science education in school districts throughout Kentucky.
Henry Webb, superintendent of Floyd County schools, talks to students at May Valley Elementary. Webb, who emphasizes the importance of focusing on every child in the district, was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Photo submitted

Superintendent of the year remains a coach at heart

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb has led a turnaround in his district by making sure its schools are focused on all children.
Principal Jamie Gilliam helps students get crayons as they color bookmarks for a contest at Johnson Elementary School. Gilliam said students at the school consistently meet the high expectations teachers have for them. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 18, 2016

Staff pulls together to make Laurel school ‘a hidden jewel’

A small but experienced staff has powered Johnson Elementary to recognition as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.
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.

Dreamers wanted

Before a thing can be made, it has to be imagined. But in order to be tomorrow’s dreamers, today’s students need to have a sound backing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
Julia Durbin Bishop

Developing professionalism and collaboration among faculty

Lee County's Julia Durbin Bishop said professional learning communities and helped teachers come together when her district merged two schools over the summer.
Tiffany Blazina

Learning lessons about teaching on the soccer field

Crittenden County's Tiffany Blazina shares how she discovered the tough lessons being taught by her daughter's soccer coach also apply to her as an educator.

Summer Food Service Program offers Best Practices Sessions

The Kentucky Department of Education‘s Division of School and Community Nutrition is presenting Summer Food Service Program Best Practices Sessions to school and nonprofit organizations that participate in this federal child nutrition summer meals program.

Kentucky awarded $2 million to improve career education

The Council of Chief State School Officers and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced Jan. 11 that Kentucky is one of 10 states that will receive a $2 million grant to strengthen and expand career education pathways for students.

Nominations open for 2018 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have adopted a new schedule for the awards to provide the Teacher of the Year more flexibility in taking a sabbatical and preparing for the national Teacher of the Year awards.

KDE pays 2016-17 AP test fees for qualifying students

In an effort to increase students’ opportunity to take Advanced Placement exams, the Kentucky Department of Education will underwrite the cost of the tests in the 2016-17 school year for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Kentucky school districts on national Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Eight Kentucky public school districts have been named to the 7th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll, the College Board announced.

Vans art competition open to high school students

Registration is open for the Vans Custom Culture Art Competition, in which students in grades 9-12 customize blank Vans shoes around specific themes. Americans...

Nominations open for KySTE technology awards

The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) is accepting nominations for its outreach awards, which will be presented at its annual conference March...

Presentation on UK horticulture science track offered

Rebecca von Groote, the academic coordinator for the University of Kentucky’s horticulture, plant and soil science degree, offers a presentation on the crop, soil...

Teachers can enter contest for $1,000 technology grant

Directpackages.com is offering $1,000 grants to teachers who describe the most innovative and beneficial uses for classroom technology. Teachers must write a 400- to...

Derby poster contest open to high school students

The governor’s office has redesigned its Kentucky Derby poster contest to open it to students who are in high school. Students are invited to...

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