Thursday, December 14, 2017
Robin Rixon, a college and career readiness counselor at Russell County High School, works with senior Maggie Hart during the school's college application day. Rixon is one of a number of counselors who were hired through a federal grant and retained by their districts after the grant expired. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 29, 2017

Counselors become too valuable to lose

Most of the college and career readiness counselors hired in 22 districts through a federal grant are still in place, even though the grant has ended.
Kentucky Department of Education officials say illegal passing of school buses remains a big problem in the state. A one-day count of illegal passing in April showed 304 illegal school bus passes in 34 of Kentucky's 173 school districts. Photo by Amy Wallot

It’s not just a stop sign

Every time a car illegally passes a stopped school bus, a student is at risk.
Christopher Lorentz holds up an alligator gar caught using an electrofishing boat by teachers visiting the Thomas Moore Biology Field Center. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 18, 2017

Teachers discover possibilities at the field station

Bobby Ellis bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov If you've ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity, the Thomas More Biology Field Station in California, Ky., has...
Anne Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County), assists 7th-grade students Abby Davidson, left, and Sarah Fritz as they work during Lopez's drone engineering class. Students research, design and build drones during the nine-week class, which is designed to teach the engineering design process. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 11, 2017

Drones becoming the buzz in more classrooms

Some Kentucky schools are teaching students how to design and build drones, while others are using them as teaching tools in a number of subject areas.
Dianna Williams, an art teacher at Nelson County High School, looks at a picture for reference during the landscape pastels in a day class during the Berea Festival of Learnshops. Williams said that she had attended the workshops four years in a row for her professional development credit. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 11, 2017

Hands-on workshops

Teachers came from across Kentucky, and the country, to take part in a wide range of classes at the Berea Festival of Learnshops.

‘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.