Monday, April 23, 2018
Stephanie Anderson, far right, discusses the effects of tariffs with her Advanced Placement U.S. History class at Seneca High School (Jefferson County). The Kentucky Department of Education is setting aside funds for the second consecutive year to pay for AP exams taken by students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Picking up the tab

For the second straight year, KDE will cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals that would otherwise be paid by districts.
Students take assessment tests in a computer lab at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent). High school students taking Algebra II, biology and English II will take new, online end-of-course field tests that have been developed by Kentucky teachers during a 10-day testing window in April. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 26, 2018

A look at what’s new in assessments

The biggest change in assessments given to Kentucky students in the 2017-18 school year is the field-testing of end-of-course exams in three high school courses.
Ashland Middle School students set up their booth at the KVEC Showcase in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 6, 2018

Ashland students show off at KVEC Showcase

At the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative Showcase at the Capitol, students from Ashland Middle School played the stars as they showed off their Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project. They created a device, with the help of a 3-D printer, that will let police officers pick up used needles safely.
More than 40 parents and educators came together on a recent Saturday morning at Beechwood Elementary School for ParentCamp, an unstructured conference designed to break down the barriers between home and school in hopes of improving students’ education experience. Penny Christian. right, shared what she learned during the conference with other parents and educators. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Jan. 27, 2017.

Parents and educators working together for student success

ParentCamp breaks down barriers between home and school.
Noraa Ransey, a 3rd-grade teacher at North Calloway Elementary School (Calloway County), calls on a student during class. Ransey said she had a great deal of help during the process of becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and she said she is ready to help others on their road to certification. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 19, 2018

Kentucky produces bumper crop of National Board teachers

The second-largest class of National Board-certified teachers the state has produced includes a Calloway County teacher who is happy to use her story of struggle to encourage others.
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.

It’s time to revisit graduation requirements

It’s been eight years since any significant changes have been made to Kentucky’s graduation requirements. Eight years is a long time in our economy.
Amelia Brown

Being a teacher means continuing to learn

Kenton County's Amelia Brown says pursuing National Board certification is a major investment of time and resources, but teachers and students benefit by trying to stretch their abilities.

Creating a new focus on literacy

As parents and educators, we need to recognize that teaching children to be literate citizens has its place in all of the classes we teach in Kentucky’s schools.
Stacey Russell

School counselors: A key to student success

Boone County's Stacey Russell explains how the role of school counselor has changed over the years and why it's so important for counselors to have the time to focus on student needs.

Equity means doing what is right for each and every student

When most educators hear the word “equity,” they usually think of issues related to race or of someone relinquishing some rights, services, power or privileges so that members of under-served groups can benefit. Equity is so much more than either of those notions, and the truth is that everyone wants equity.

Interim Commissioner Lewis to visit Jefferson County Schools

The Kentucky Department of Education announced April 20 that Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis will visit Jefferson County Public Schools April 25-26 as part of an ongoing management audit.

Town halls called off; public input still sought on graduation requirements

To speed the process for developing new graduation requirements,, the Kentucky Department of Education now will collect input online through an expanded survey instead of town hall meetings.
Milton Seymore, left, was elected as the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education at the board's April 17 special meeting. Wayne D. Lewis Jr. , right, was named as interim commissioner of education at the same meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 17, 2018

Wayne D. Lewis Jr. named interim commissioner of education

During a special April 17 meeting at which newly appointed members were sworn into office, the Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr. the interim commissioner of education.
Jennifer Zinth, of the Education Commission of the States, a nonpartisan education organization, presents different high school requirements from across the country to members of the Kentucky Board of Education during the board's April 11 meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Kentucky Board of Education begins graduation requirements revamp

The Kentucky Board of Education kicked off its examination of the state’s graduation requirements at its regular meeting April 11 with a national overview of what other states are doing to ensure their high school graduates can successfully transition to careers and college.
Roszalyn Akins, of the Black Males Working Academy, poses with Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and KBE Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler as she accepts the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for the Black Males Working Academy. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Lexington organization receives Dr. Samuel Robinson Award

At its meeting April 11 in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to the Black Males Working (BMW) Academy program.

Kentucky Storytelling Conference seeks workshop proposals

The Kentucky Storytelling Association is accepting proposals for workshops at the Kentucky Storytelling Conference Nov. 16-17 in Owensboro.

Applications open for Purchase Area Literary Academy

Applications are being accepted for the Purchase Area Literacy Academy, which will be offered this year as an online class through Murray State University in July.

UK hosting STEM workshop for middle, high school teachers

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Arts and Sciences’ STEMCats learning program is hosting a free workshop for middle and high school teachers on learning to develop research experiences and opportunities for STEM students June 8 at the Jacobs Science Building on the UK campus in Lexington.

Financial literacy resources available from Department of Financial Institutions

The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is celebrating Financial Literacy Month in April by sharing resources and lessons with teachers and extension agents across Kentucky.

Webinar on tracking student attendance data offered

Regional Educational Laboratory West will host a webinar on the importance of accurately tracking student attendance data and how it can be used to help students who are chronically absent get back on track 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET April 26.

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