Saturday, November 25, 2017

‘I need to be doing something for somebody’

Longtime Augusta Independent Custodian Kathy Fryman received the 10th annual Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Ryan New, social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, explains how to teach controversial topics in social studies classes during the Kentucky History Education Conference. New says that creating a space where all students feel comfortable to express their ideas, no matter how controversial, teaches student to be able to discuss issues and listen to other's points of view.

Controversy comes to the classroom

Social studies teacher wants students to learn how to handle tough topics at school, so they can handle them in the real world.
Deborah Hensley, an 8th-grade science teacher at Adair Couty Middle School, sorts through birdseed to find beads as part of a lesson used to demonstrate more sustainable mining techniques during the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association teachers' workshop. The workshop was revived after a one-year absence, with an emphasis on providing lessons aligned with Kentucky standards. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 21, 2017

Going beneath the surface for a better PD

Teachers mined a wealth of information and materials for their classrooms at a workshop held by the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association.
A composite image taken from outside Allen County-Scottsville High School (Allen County) shows the Aug. 21 solar eclipse before, during and after totality. Students at four Allen County schools viewed the eclipse during the school day, and teachers and administrators planned for months to make the event a safe, memorable and educational experience for the students. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 21, 2017

Solar eclipse demonstrates district’s capability to collaborate

Allen County plans to apply the lessons learned from planning for the recent total solar eclipse to future projects.

Fair time

The Kentucky State Fair comes to Louisville every year, but there always seems to be something new and surprising to find as a photographer when I go there.

Reading the music

Making connections between music and literacy can benefit students’ understanding of both, teachers learn at Arts Integration Academy.

Kentucky goes back to school

It's that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky. 
Jarred Moore, left, and Dakota Washington, both 9th-grade students at The Providence School (Jessamine County), pet Kompass, a therapy dog used at the school. Kompass is one of two therapy dogs that interact with students at The Providence School, one of 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education earlier this year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2017

State’s top alternative programs are true success stories

From canine companions to community outreach, there are many ways in which districts are working to meet students’ needs.
Scott King, a 7th-grade science teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School (Boone County), analyzed his school's TELL survey results with Michelle New, Kentucky Education Association director of professional excellence, at KEA's TALK conference. Teachers delved into their school’s data to find areas for celebration and opportunities for improvement. Photo by Brenna Kelly, June 13, 2017.

Kentucky educators TELL it all

A record 91 percent of eligible Kentucky school-based certified educators responded to a survey about teaching conditions at their school.
Michelle Hendricks, an instructional coach at Boston Elementary School (Nelson County), listens to a fellow educator during her presentation on reducing classroom time lost in transitions at the Let's TALK: Conversations About Effective Teaching and Learning conference. Hendricks' seminar addressed how to reduce transition time by completing necessary tasks calmly, quickly and efficiently. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2017

Finding more time for teaching

A Nelson County teacher helps educators reclaim some of the up to 90 hours she says are lost to transitions during the school year.