Saturday, August 19, 2017
Michael Biggers, a junior from Seneca High School (Jefferson County), and his partner, junior Kali Riggs, present to judges at the Educators Rising conference about ethical dilemmas teachers might face. For the competition, students were asked to explain how they would handle parents disagreeing with new teaching standards at schools. Kentucky recently formed a state chapter of Educators Rising in hopes of encouraging more students to pursue careers in education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 11, 2017

Helping rising educators

A new education career pathway and a new student organization are designed to help Kentucky school districts grow their own teachers.
Althea Hurt, the principal at Meadow View Elementary School (Hardin County), talks with 5th-grade student Michael Meanor and his mother, Angela, during a stop by the school's Care-A-Van. The Care-A-Van makes home visits to students who are setting a good example for their classmates and rewards them for a job well done. Photo submitted, Feb. 15, 2017

Care-A-Van carries rewards to deserving students

Teachers and administrators at a Hardin County elementary school are paying some of their best students a visit to recognize them for a job well done.
Isabella Norsworthy, left, and Reagan Beavers, 2nd-graders at Southwest Calloway Elementary, measure a bookcase during an activity in their kindergarten class. The faculty at the school uses data to measure where their students stand and to plan instruction. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 8, 2016

Expectations are consistently high at Calloway Blue Ribbon school

Southwest Calloway Elementary’s staff loves to celebrate student accomplishments and works to make sure that success remains a part of the school culture.
Alyssa Wray, of Boyle County High School, stands on stage with her fellow poets as she competes in the Kentucky State Finals of Poetry Out Loud. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 7, 2017

Poetry, loud and proud

Students from across the state traveled to the Grand Theatre in Frankfort March 7 to take part in the state finals of Poetry Out Loud.
Michelle Ritchie, principal at Perry County Central High School, speaks with students at East Carter High School during a visit. East Carter has been designated a Hub school and serves as a model for school turnaround efforts. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 15, 2017

A hub of school improvement

Kentucky’s school turnaround efforts, including the Hub School program, have been lauded as one of the strongest school turnaround models in the nation.
Beau Baker, an Advanced Placement arts and English teacher at Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County), speaks to senior students in the Ivy Plus Academy. Baker directs the academy, which seeks to help students get into some of the nation's top colleges and get scholarship money to pay for those schools. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 14, 2017

Making connections that change lives

Fern Creek High School’s Ivy Plus Academy is helping students get into and pay for colleges that they never imagined they could attend.
Stephanie Herndon, a 3rd-grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary (Shelby County), reads a word problem to her class during a math lesson. Herndon serves on a committee that the principal has tasked with analyzing the TELL results and making recommendations on school improvements. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 1, 2017

TELLing it like it is

The biennial anonymous survey of working conditions in Kentucky’s public schools runs through March.
Marquis Estill, center, jokes with Special Olympics athletes during the skills clinic portion of the night. Former University of Kentucky players ran through shooting drills, ball handling and defense with Special Olympics athletes during the night. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 21, 2017

Star players

For kids all over Kentucky, the dream is to someday stand on the floor at Rupp Arena and shoot that game winning shot, hearing the crowd go wild and having a championship-winning player pat you on the back.
Brayden Barckholtz, a 7th-grader at Gray Middle School (Boone County) paints a part of a mural on a hallway wall during an after school art club. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 24, 2017

Community, academics and arts lead to Blue Ribbon

Gray Middle School’s success hinges on supportive parents, rigorous academics and placing emphasis on the arts.
Frances King, left, and Lindsey Highley, center, students George Rogers Clark High School (Clark County), are shown a machine used to test medicine by Pavan Dasari during a tour of a laboratory in which they will be working at Catalent Pharma Solutions in Winchester. The students have been hired through the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) program, through which students can gain real-world experience at businesses that previously might not have been able to hire them. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 9, 2017

Employment initiative opens doors for students, employers

The Youth Employment Solutions program allows schools and businesses to work together to give students real-world work experience.