Sunday, February 26, 2017
Students at the Breckinridge County Area Technology Center are building a wooden version of the Kentucky Department of Education's logo that will be displayed at the KDE offices in Frankfort. Students such as Nick Stinson, left, are working on the logo under the direction of carpentry instructor Will Farmer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 21, 2016

Filling the halls of KDE’s new home

Breckinridge County ATC students are among those whose works will be displayed at KDE’s new home.
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.

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.
Newly certified teachers and those renewing their certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pose in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History after a ceremony in Frankfort recognizing their accomplishment. There were 18 teachers certified for the first time last year, and 101 renewed their certification. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 23, 2017

New class of National Board-certified teachers celebrated

The newest class of 18 NBCTs includes a first for one Kentucky district, and many more will be coming behind them.
Kentucky's Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the Commonwealth must do more to ensure all students receive the same educational opportunities and access to rigorous coursework, Pruitt made those remarks at a press conference Feb. 22 to release "The State of P-12 Education in the Commonwealth," which outlines both the progress and the challenges that remain in education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 22, 2017

Pruitt issues State of P-12 Education report

Kentucky must do more to ensure all students receive the same educational opportunities and access to rigorous coursework, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said during his State of Education news conference Feb. 22.

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.

Nominate a teacher for earth science award

Nominations are open for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ 2017 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award, which is given to educators who have contributed...

State School Bus Safety Poster Contest open to students

Students are invited to submit posters for the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s 2017 State School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The contest is open...

The Race for Education offers equine-related scholarships

Students are invited to apply for scholarships offered by The Race for Education, which provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant...

Educators of blind, visually impaired invited to conference

The Kentucky Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired will hold its annual state conference March 20-23...

EKU planetarium offers three new shows for children

The Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond offers several academic field trips for students of various ages. The planetarium is offering three new...

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