Monday, February 27, 2017
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi takes a selfie with students with students at Maxwell Elementary (Fayette County). Photo by Bobby Ellis, Sept. 23, 2016

Meeting a world changer

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited the Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary (Fayette County) recently, challenging the students to be kind.
Sierra Cross, left, and Kendra Kulac, seniors at Adair County High School work on Odysseyware assignments using the school's new Virtual Learning Academy, which opened earlier this year as a place for students to pursue online learning or to study. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Sept. 26, 2016

Students make themselves at home in new workspace

Adair County High School’s new virtual learning academy offers expanded online learning and an increased focus on college- and career-readiness.
Amy Razor, executive director of the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, explains how the co-op created regional professional learning communities during the Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington. Boone County Assistant Superintendent Jim Detwiler, who has helped with the PLC effort, also spoke at the session. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Sept. 21, 2016

Stronger together

The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services formed 10 professional learning communities in hopes of improving student achievement across the entire 17-district group.
Gary Houchens, a Bowling Green resident, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at Western Kentucky University. Houchens was one of five new members sworn into the Kentucky Board of Education in June. Gary Houchens, a Bowling Green resident, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at Western Kentucky University. Houchens was one of five new members sworn into the Kentucky Board of Education in June. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 5, 2016

‘Education is my life’s work and great passion’

New Kentucky Board of Education member Gary Houchens sees promise and challenges in Commonwealth’s system.
Diane Polley, a health and P.E. teacher at Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County), helps students carry CPR practice dummies to the gym. Seth Jones, left, a student at Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County), Kenza Magouh and Megan Schilling practice CPR on dummies during a hands-only CPR class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Sept. 23, 2016

Schools getting their hands on CPR

Schools and districts are determining how to offer students CPR training to meet the requirements of a new law.
Louisville's Rich Gimmel, right, speaks to Franklin County District Court Judge Chris Olds after being sworn in as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education. Gimmel was one of five new state board members sworn in in June. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 8, 2016

Gimmel hopes to bring his business perspective to state board

Louisville’s Rich Gimmel, chairman of Atlas Machine and Supply, was one of five people sworn in earlier this summer as new members of the Kentucky Board of Education.

Perfecting formative assessment in science

Twelve Washington County teachers are enhancing their use of formative assessment practices in science classes as part of grant to improve science instruction and assessment.
Chloe Stivers has a puppet look over her shoulder as she reviews footage from her groups video assignment. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Sept. 15, 2016

A new kind of library

By Bobby Ellis bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov There aren't many libraries that can claim to have a giant wall of computer monitors, a green screen, an aquaponics lab and a slide going from the second to first floor, but...

‘Like a grandfather for every student’

Daviess County’s Kenny Kelley brings home the 2016 Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.

State’s top alternative programs take many forms

The best programs in Kentucky are meeting students where they are and working to help them graduate on time and college- and career-ready.