Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A successful first step toward a better system

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said he was encouraged by the level of interest in the state’s new accountability system at the recent Education Town Hall Meetings, and teachers will be involved in every step of the system’s development.

Eye Can Derby

Pam Cox and her guide dog Horace were major attractions at the 2016 Eye Can Derby in Warren County.

Passing the torch at KEA

Mary Ann Blankenship, who recently retired as executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, leaves an organization that she said has made progress in a number of critical areas for teachers.

Technology championships showcase student leadership

More than 10,000 people attended the STLP championships in Lexington, where the best of Kentucky students’ instructional, technical and community service projects were on display.

Highlights from the 2016 Regular Session

While the legislature was focused this session on how to deal with the state’s underfunded pension systems, a few education bills made it into law.

Keeping schools, community and the environment healthy

Students showed off their projects to improve the environment and conserve energy at the Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort.

Passing legislation the old-school way

Jefferson County elementary school students get to see how lawmakers worked in the 19th century during a tour of Frankfort's Old Capitol building.

Students take the lead at new regional career academy

The first-of-its-kind in Kentucky high school aims to prepare students for high-demand jobs.
Emily Northcutt, right, the library media specialist at LeGrande Elementary School (Hart County), works with student Haley Lewis, left, as student Evan Minor listens in. Northcutt was the only school librarian to sign on for The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky’s Next Generation Instructional Design project, where she is part of a group of teachers who are designing lessons that implement the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. Photo by Kaitlyn Mathis, April 21, 2016

Collaborating outside her comfort zone

A Hart County library media specialist was attracted to the idea of collaborating outside her school, but she wasn’t interested in taking the easy way out.

Finding a place of their own

Freshman girls in Kenton County who might have taken a back seat in male-dominated engineering classes are thriving in a new career academy designed just for them.