Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Adam Grigsby, an instructor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Danville campus, demonstrates how to use robots in his classroom. High school students in regional career academies being developed by New Skills for Youth Kentucky could be learning some of the same skills Grigsby's students do, as the academies are being designed to help students prepare for high-demand careers in their areas. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 30, 2017

Focusing on the future of career education

School districts, postsecondary institutions and other entities are pooling their resources to create more opportunities for students through New Skills for Youth Kentucky.
Larry Smith, a 1st-grader at Norton Elementary (Jefferson County), works on a reading worksheet in Tiffany Brown's class. Students were encouraged to dress up for class during the day to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 26, 2017

Blue Ribbon winner Norton Elementary wants to be even better

Emily Iliff, the assistant-principal of Norton Elementary, says that part of what makes her school so successful is the family atmosphere that exists inside the schoolhouse walls. Norton recently was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Chronic absenteeism is taking significant numbers of students away from Kentucky classrooms. The Kentucky Department of Education's measures to combat chronic absenteeism include making it a part of the new accountability system that will be put in place next year. Photo Illustration by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 8, 2017

Keeping students in their seats

Chronic absenteeism has a place in Kentucky’s new accountability system, as well as a definition that has been written into a regulation.
Owen LauBach, a 3rd-grader at Clear Creek Elementary (Shelby County), shows his work to teacher Stephanie Herndon during a mathematics lesson. The Kentucky Department of Education is creating a uniform system of course codes that will be linked to the Kentucky Academic Standards. The biggest change will be at the elementary school level, where the teaching of standards will be now tied to course codes. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 1, 2017

Equity a driving force behind course code changes

The Kentucky Department of Education has been working to streamline its lists of course codes and to link specific standards to them.
Faith Woolery, a 5th-grader at Lansdowne Elementary, stands in a window frame while working on a house frame during a build put on by If I Had a Hammer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 19, 2017

Hammering Home Math

Working with power tools, hammering nails and climbing ladders with your friends and classmates – what more could a 5th-grader want? 
Amy Green, a 5th-grade teacher at Baker Intermediate School (Clark County), uses a chakra bowl to help her students with breathing exercises during class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 2, 2017

Mindful of learning

Clark County teachers are using a curriculum designed to teach students social and emotional awareness, resilience and how to embrace a calm focus for learning.
LaTonya Taylor-Rowe, a 1st-grade teacher at Highland Elementary School (Johnson County), points to fellow teachers who are demonstrating one of the songs she uses to help her students better understand mathematics standards during the Let’s TALK: Conversations About Effective Teaching and Learning conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 12, 2017

Igniting students’ interest in math

A Johnson County teacher uses elements of writing, art and music to help her students master mathematics skills.
Kelly Sanders, right, a 1st-grade teacher at Northside Elementary shrugs her shoulders as she is asked by preschooler London Sherrad why she hasn't eaten her apple at the Northside Fall Festival. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 27, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Photographer Bobby Ellis takes a look at how the staff and students at two different Woodford County elementary schools celebrated Halloween.
Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, gives ice cream balls to students as they prepare make fried ice cream in one of her classes. Raikes was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 17, 2017

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington teacher

The 2017 ACTE Teacher of the Year has spent more than 30 years teaching students valuable skills and helping them become leaders in their school and community.
Tim Shaughnessy, developer of career pathway programs of study for the Southern Regional Education Board, worked with Laura Arnold, associate commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, to create a streamlined pathway to help students earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Sept. 18, 2017.

Nursing the pathway to success

A new pathway helps students earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing faster, with lower costs and more opportunities to earn credentials along the way.