Thursday, April 26, 2018
Alex Meckes and Ben Shirley work on Shirley's egg design. The design was only allowed to use gold, green, yellow, pink and blue for its colors and had to be emblematic of the state. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 15, 2018

Presidential Easter eggs

On April 2, 2018, a 4-by-2-foot Easter egg will show off the work of a student from the Kentucky School for the Deaf at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. 
Zoe Castle, an 8th-grader at Johnson County Middle School and academic team captain, writes down a math problem during a quick recall match. The school's academic team has won the Governor's Cup 15 times. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Governor’s Cup makes academics “in”

For 32 years, Kentucky schools have been competing for the Governor’s Cup in a statewide academic competition designed to mirror athletics.
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.
Lincoln Elementary students watch as Larry Elliott waves to students as they enter the gym. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 18, 2018

Breaking a world record with Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School is, unofficially, the new world record holder for the most Abraham Lincoln impersonators in one place at the same time. 
Elizabeth Byron, left, talks to freshman Ella Pena during Byron's Advanced Placement Human Geography class at the J. Graham Brown School (Jefferson County). Byron's class includes the AP with WE Service component, which incorporates service learning into AP courses. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 25, 2018

AP students’ actions speaking louder than words

A service learning component for Advanced Placement courses allows students to apply their classroom work to the real world.

Bullitt County students capture winter in photos

As winter comes to a close, we here at Kentucky Teacher thought it might be a neat idea to see what some students from across the state have been up to with their photography.