Saturday, November 25, 2017
Stephanie Floyd, left, Rometta Brown and Dawn Curtsinger use a net and tote to search for insects, crayfish and other water life in a creek outside of Pulaski County High School during a water quality workshop put on to help science teachers introduce their students to water quality labs. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 31, 2017

Testing the waters

Teachers went wading recently through Caney Fork Creek as part of a water quality testing workshop, overseen by Tabitha Owens, an environmental education specialist with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council. 
Brandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), has developed a staged-discipline plan that has been proven to lower the numbers of referrals at his school. Hensley presented the discipline plan, which is designed to keep students in the classroom, in June at the Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning Conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 13, 2017

Keeping students with discipline problems in the classroom

A Pulaski County middle school teacher found a way to decrease referrals and increase student learning.
Breckinridge County Area Technology Center students, from left, Luke Mattingly, Brenden Kiper and Wyatt Lucas check on parts being machined with a water drill. The parts will be used in the air filtration system on the International Space Station as part of the school's work with NASA's HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 9, 2017

Students’ work heading into space

Students at Breckinridge County Area Technology Center have completed their third year in a NASA program in which they build training hardware.
Whitney Dotson, a 4th-grade teacher at Conkwright Elementary School (Clark County), pets a hedgehog during the Louisville Zoo in 3D. Teachers from around the state toured behind the scenes at the Louisville Zoo and sat in on lectures from Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and Dr. Terri Roth, the director of Cincinnati Zoo's CREW. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 13, 2017

Behind the scenes at the Louisville Zoo

As a group of teachers from across the state entered the room for one recent professional learning session, they were greeted by some animals that you don't normally see in a reception area. The teachers had come to take part in the Louisville Zoo in 3D event, a day focused on showing educators that the zoo can be a valuable educational tool. 
Sarah Vivian, the principal at The Academy (Franklin County), finds a card showing that she and her "family" had been evicted and received a utility shut-off notice during a poverty simulation held at the Persistence to Graduation Summit. The simulation was designed to help educators understand the problems some of their students face on a daily basis. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 14, 2017

Getting a glimpse of what poverty feels like

Simulation at the Persistence to Graduation Summit helps educators understand the problems many of their students face.
Becca Williams, a teacher at Madison Central High School (Madison County), looks under a rock for wildlife during the outdoor learning symposium. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 15, 2017

Growing students with environmental education

Teachers discover the benefits of learning outside at the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education’s Outdoor Learning Symposium.
Woodford County firefighters use knives to cut out the windshield of a tipped school bus during a mass casualty simulation at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 20, 2017

Preparing for the worst

Students help first responders train during a simulated bus and train collision at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum in Versailles.
Kiley Power, left, and Shantel Sturgill with their recently sheared alpacas, Henri and Billy Mae. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 30, 2017

Alpacas make a buzz at Locust Trace

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Fayette County, there are two young women doing something that no other students in the state are, farming alpacas. 
Metcalfe County High School student Taylor Brown glazes cinnamon roles while working at the Old School Cafe. Students can work one morning a week from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 24, 2017

Bakery helping students rise

Metcalfe County uses doughnuts to teach students skills that will help them in any profession.
Warren County ATC automotive instructor Michael Emberton watches as students Jacob Whitson, left, and Freddy Hernandez work on the Corvette. The students and their car are competing against students from South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College as part of the On Track program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 11, 2017

‘On Track’ to develop a skilled workforce

Students and instructors at Warren County Area Technology Center have benefited from a program designed to help fill a growing number of automotive jobs.