Friday, February 24, 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.
A Robertson County School student slaps a "No Novice" sign on as he leaves a classroom. The district started the practice as a way to motivate students. Last school year, no students performed a the novice level in 8th-grade social studies or 3rd-grade math. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 13, 2016

Back from the brink

Two years after nearly collapsing, Robertson County schools are seeing enrollment and test scores grow.
Myra Little, librarian at Allen County High School, shows her students some of the resources available through the Allen County Public Library website. Submitted photo courtesy of Lisa Willams, Allen County High School English teacher

Students and teachers benefit from public library partnership

Allen County schools is the first district in the state to give all students full access to the local public library.
The 2017 Regular Session for the Kentucky General Assembly is underway. One education issue rising to the top of the list for policymakers is charter schools. At a special meeting in early December, the Kentucky Board of Education advanced a list of best practices it hopes the legislature will consider if it moves forward with charter legislation. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 7, 2016

Historic change in the Kentucky General Assembly

The 2017 Regular Session for the Kentucky General Assembly is underway. For the first time since 1921, the Republicans will control the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Students write the law at Kentucky Youth Assembly

While the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly may have just started, state policymakers already have some new suggestions in their inboxes thanks to students from the Kentucky YMCA Youth Assembly.
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.