Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kelly Sanders, right, a 1st-grade teacher at Northside Elementary shrugs her shoulders as she is asked by preschooler London Sherrad why she hasn't eaten her apple at the Northside Fall Festival. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 27, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, gives ice cream balls to students as they prepare make fried ice cream in one of her classes. Raikes was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 17, 2017

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington teacher

The 2017 ACTE Teacher of the Year has spent more than 30 years teaching students valuable skills and helping them become leaders in their school and community.
Tim Shaughnessy, developer of career pathway programs of study for the Southern Regional Education Board, worked with Laura Arnold, associate commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, to create a streamlined pathway to help students earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Sept. 18, 2017.

Nursing the pathway to success

A new pathway helps students earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing faster, with lower costs and more opportunities to earn credentials along the way.
Abriana Norris, a 12th-grader at KSD, competes in the corn eating contest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 6, 2017

KSD’s farm-fresh festival

As part of the harvest season, the Kentucky School for the Deaf hosted its second annual Sweet Corn Festival Oct. 6 with games like bobbing for apples, hay bale rolling, corn shucking and a corn eating contest. 
Hannah Caudill, a student at Berea Community High School (Berea Independent), notes instances of "red dot" behavior and barriers to "green dots" during a meeting of students who have been trained in the Green Dot program. About 125 students in the school have been trained in the program. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 22, 2017

Green Dot marks the spot for safer schools

A proactive violence prevention program is empowering students to keep their schools safe.
Literacy Coach Debbie Baker works with Desmond Hernandez, a 2nd-grader at Simmons Elementary, on building words with magnetic letters. The school uses the letters, white boards and sound boxes to help students build literacy skills. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 9, 2017

Building literacy from the ground up

At Simmons Elementary guided reading and a literacy coach help move more students to reading proficiency by 3rd grade.

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.
Belinda Furman

Conferring 101

Grant County's Belinda Furman explains why holding brief, regular conferences with your students provides big benefits.
Jennifer Meo-Sexton

A strong classroom foundation keeps your students’ learning on track

Franklin County's Jennifer Meo-Sexton explains why it's worth the time to build a strong classroom community based on respect.

Kentucky’s new accountability system designed to push education forward

After almost two years, more than 20 town hall meetings and thousands of public comments, Kentucky finally has a new accountability system and it is one of which we all should be proud.
Garris Landon Stroud

Get more hands-on by flipping your classroom

Hopkins County's Garris Landon Stroud says flipping his classroom gave him the opportunity to encourage deeper learning in his science classroom.
Bullitt East engineering student Maddie Back captured the total solar eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21. Photo by Maddie Back

Solar eclipse provides real-world project for engineering students

Bullitt County's Darrell Vincent shares how he used his students' interest in August's solar eclipse to create a project-based lesson his engineering students won't soon forget.

KDE seeking comment on draft Bible Literacy Standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on proposed Bible Literacy Standards.

Commissioner Pruitt receives Thornton Award

The Kentucky School Public Relations Association has presented Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt with the 2017 Richard Thornton Award for exceptional leadership and dedication to public education in Kentucky.

Feedback sought on revised health and physical education standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on proposed health and physical education standards.

Draft pension bill released

The proposed pension reform bill that would affect the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System has been released to legislators.

Students selected for commissioner’s advisory council

Seven Kentucky public high school students have been named to the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt.

Transportation Cabinet offers civil engineering scholarships

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is accepting applications for its Civil Engineering Scholarship and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship programs.

Lexington arts and science center offers programs

The Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington offers science discovery field trips, planetarium shows and outreach programs to schools.

Historical society offers teen video documentary program

Middle school and high school students who are interested in filmmaking and history may apply to the Kentucky Historical Society’s teen video documentary program, in which they can build skills that will help them create short video documentaries on Kentucky history.

Greeting card company holding scholarship art contest

High school students may enter The Gallery Collection’s Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest, in which they can submit original artwork, computer graphics or a photograph for the front of a greeting card.

KDE seeks help in naming new statewide instructional materials resource

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is launching an initiative to identify and develop a repository of quality instructional materials for use in classrooms...

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