Friday, September 22, 2017
Jackson White, a 1st-grader at Schaffner Traditional Elementary, reads a book under a desk during literacy center time in Sarah Dickinson's class. The Jefferson County school was one of five Kentucky public schools to be named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon winner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 18, 2017

High expectations, structure, parental support help Schaffner shine

The Jefferson County school won a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award.
Ryan New, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, makes a point during a town hall meeting at the Laurel County Center for Innovation in London. New said one thing he likes about Kentucky's proposed accountability system is that it eliminates the inclination to compete against other schools. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 13, 2017

New accountability system nearing completion

Thousands of Kentuckians have had a say in the new system designed to make it easier for residents to see progress being made in the Commonwealth’s classrooms.

Award-winning teachers drawn to classroom

Belinda Furman of Grant County was named the 2018 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Meo-Sexton was named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Kellie Clark directs her students while practicing a piece during class. Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, asked students what feelings the composer made them feel as a way to help them forge deeper connections to musical pieces. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2017

Teacher of the Year hits the right note

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran choral teacher from Boone County, was named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Aubrery Day, left, and Addison Moore look at a snake being held by a Wildlife Educator during a field trip to Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 14, 2017

Wild times at Salato Wildlife Center

Take a look at what happens when a bunch of Scott County 4th-graders take a field trip to the Salato Wildlife Center.
Harlan County High School Spanish teacher Emmanuel Anama-Green, from left, South Floyd High School Spanish teacher Gloria Newsome and Knott County Central High School Spanish teacher Tamara Kunkel are part of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative's professional action network called the Holler Fellows. The trio created the ¡Grita Fuerte! community on the Holler website to connect Spanish students in eastern Kentucky. Submitted photo

Eastern Kentucky Spanish students shout out loud

Three high schools are helping Eastern Kentucky elementary school students get a taste of Spanish while improving their own skills.
April Craft, an 8th-grade science teacher at James E. Bazzell Middle School (Allen County), celebrates as Rico Tyler, a master teacher in Western Kentucky University's SKyTeach program, helps set up her homemade telescope to view the sun during a solar science workshop at WKU. The workshop was designed to help teachers use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a teaching opportunity. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 7, 2017

Solar eclipse prep underway for teachers

Teachers learned how to use the Aug. 21 event as a teaching opportunity at a Western Kentucky University’s SKyTeach workshop.
Robert Stafford, the superintendent of Owen County schools, looks at a plaque commemorating the induction of Vice Adm. Willis A. Lee Jr. into the Owen County High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Lee won more Olympic medals than any other Kentuckian competing in the Olympics and was later credited with helping lead the U.S. Navy to a critical victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 20, 2017

Project-based learning shines spotlight on a hometown hero

Owen County students studied the life of an accomplished native son and worked in a collaborative writing environment to make his story known.
James-Etta Goodloe, left, and Jennifer Pusateri take notes while observing a class at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind. The school has been using Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching concepts for more than a decade. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 13, 2017

Helping all students learn

Getting to know students and how they learn can help teachers plan lessons that will encourage everyone to thrive.
Ryan Burchett, an 8th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) watches an LED bulb light up as a result of his activity on a stationary bicycle at an exhibit manned by Ockerman Middle School (Boone County) teacher Jennifer Davis and 8th-grade student Jordan Lowry. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 27, 2017

Improving the environment, one project at a time

Students' work was on display last week at the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon at Frankfort Convention Center.