Saturday, July 22, 2017
Warren County ATC automotive instructor Michael Emberton watches as students Jacob Whitson, left, and Freddy Hernandez work on the Corvette. The students and their car are competing against students from South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College as part of the On Track program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 11, 2017

‘On Track’ to develop a skilled workforce

Students and instructors at Warren County Area Technology Center have benefited from a program designed to help fill a growing number of automotive jobs.
George Whitehead, a 3rd-grader at Walton-Verona Elementary (Walton Verona Independent) practices with a cardboard dulcimer. The group meets after school once a week and plays at community events. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2017

Dulcimers help students swing into love of music

Walton-Verona Independent’s commitment to music education leads to national award.

Pool party

After closing in December 2008 for what was supposed to be a temporary repair, the pool at the Kentucky School for the Deaf experienced several problems during the next eight years that kept students from enjoying it.
Stephanie Wade, right, the technology integration specialist for Boyle County schools, works with Heather Wheeler, a Spanish teacher at Boyle County High School, on Flipgrid, a program Wheeler uses to help her students submit assignments. Wade filled a newly created position in 2014 in which she collaborates with teachers to help them better use instructional software and network resources. Boyle County has since enlisted other teachers and library media specialists to assist her. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 18, 2017

‘Human capital’ can help districts maximize technology

As more technology is put into students’ hands, efforts are underway to urge districts to ensure that teachers know how to use it in their classrooms.
Catherine Knapp, right, an art teacher at Taylorsville Elementary School, reads a note given to her by Savanna Arnold, a 6th-grader, as she cleans her room on the last day of school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 23, 2017

The last, last day

The last day of school at Taylorsville Elementary School carried with it an extra sense of finality this year, as students and teachers will move to a new building next school year.

How KDE is staying busy during the summer months

As an educator, the one question I hear more than almost any other is, “Do you get the summers off?” In a word, no.
Principal Tamala Howard of Uniontown Elementary School (Union County) snaps a quick picture with 5th-grade students, from left, Evan Logsdon, Olivia Burke, Kaitlyn Thompson and Maggie Baird from the school's Leader in Me Student Lighthouse Team. Union County was one of 22 school districts to participate in kid·FRIENDLy – Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged and Determined to Learn – funded by a $41 million Race-to-the-Top-District grant that focused on helping schools build personalized learning and discover ways to empower students. (Photo submitted)

Kid-FRIENDLy shifts districts, teachers to personalized learning for all

Kentucky is now one of the national leaders in student empowerment due to a $41 million Race-to-the Top-District grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded in 2013 for a project between the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

Effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources for the K-12 system.
Students in Whitney McWhorter’s class at Lemons Mill Elementary (Scott County) explain the responsibilities of employees serving on a marketing team. Over five weeks, the entire 2nd-grade class at the school divided into teams, such as accounting and marketing, to create a new business. Their pop-up businesses were showcased at the school's Exhibition Night in late March. Submitted photo by Rebecca Powell

Second-graders learn how to create a business

What happens when you combine six creative teachers, 150 enthusiastic 2nd-graders and a desire for project-based learning? You get six totally amazing and highly successful businesses!

Kentucky’s English and mathematics standards up for feedback

This summer, we are working on the standards for both English/language arts (E/LA) and mathematics. Please take some time and give us your thoughts on our draft standards and let us know how they can be improved.

Taking your place at the table

It is Teacher Appreciation Week – a time that should be celebrated on the highest levels, but is often overlooked. So, if you will...

Input sought on proposed waiver to law that limits alternate assessments

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver on the number of students who can be tested using an alternate assessment on annual statewide Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress tests.

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin made several appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

English 2 and Algebra 2 teachers sought to help develop EOC field tests

The kick off for developing new End of Course Assessments for English 2 and Algebra 2 – which will be field tested in the spring of 2018 – will take place in July.
Kids line up at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library for a free meal provided through the Summer Food Service Program. The program offers more than 2,000 school and community sponsored feeding sites across Kentucky this summer for children 18 and under. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 15, 2017

Kentucky Summer Food Service Program kicks off with recognition

The Kentucky Summer Food Service Program is once again making sure students’ stomachs are full even when classrooms are empty.

Pruitt named to new Kentucky Work Matters Task Force

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has been named to the new Kentucky Work Matters Task Force.

Owensboro teacher honored by Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts

Lauren Coomes, a 3rd- and 4th-grade teacher at Estes Elementary School (Owensboro Independent), has been named the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts’ (KACD) Teacher...

KAEE annual conference coming to Gilbertsville

Registration is open for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education’s (KAEE) annual conference Sept. 7-9 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville....

KDE seeking biology teachers’ input on end-of-course assessments

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking biology teachers to work on the development of new end-of-course assessments for biology that align with...

Educators invited to apply for CTEPS collaborative program

Teachers, interventionists and library media specialists are invited to join Classroom Teachers Enacting Positive Solutions (CTEPS) in a collaborative effort throughout the 2017-18 school...

KDE hosts Kentucky Civics Symposium

The Kentucky Department of Education will host the 2017 Kentucky Civics Symposium to promote best practices in civic education this summer at three locations.

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