Monday, February 19, 2018
A composite image taken from outside Allen County-Scottsville High School (Allen County) shows the Aug. 21 solar eclipse before, during and after totality. Students at four Allen County schools viewed the eclipse during the school day, and teachers and administrators planned for months to make the event a safe, memorable and educational experience for the students. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 21, 2017

Solar eclipse demonstrates district’s capability to collaborate

Allen County plans to apply the lessons learned from planning for the recent total solar eclipse to future projects.

Fair time

The Kentucky State Fair comes to Louisville every year, but there always seems to be something new and surprising to find as a photographer when I go there.

Reading the music

Making connections between music and literacy can benefit students’ understanding of both, teachers learn at Arts Integration Academy.

Kentucky goes back to school

It's that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky. 
Jarred Moore, left, and Dakota Washington, both 9th-grade students at The Providence School (Jessamine County), pet Kompass, a therapy dog used at the school. Kompass is one of two therapy dogs that interact with students at The Providence School, one of 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education earlier this year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2017

State’s top alternative programs are true success stories

From canine companions to community outreach, there are many ways in which districts are working to meet students’ needs.
Scott King, a 7th-grade science teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School (Boone County), analyzed his school's TELL survey results with Michelle New, Kentucky Education Association director of professional excellence, at KEA's TALK conference. Teachers delved into their school’s data to find areas for celebration and opportunities for improvement. Photo by Brenna Kelly, June 13, 2017.

Kentucky educators TELL it all

A record 91 percent of eligible Kentucky school-based certified educators responded to a survey about teaching conditions at their school.
Michelle Hendricks, an instructional coach at Boston Elementary School (Nelson County), listens to a fellow educator during her presentation on reducing classroom time lost in transitions at the Let's TALK: Conversations About Effective Teaching and Learning conference. Hendricks' seminar addressed how to reduce transition time by completing necessary tasks calmly, quickly and efficiently. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2017

Finding more time for teaching

A Nelson County teacher helps educators reclaim some of the up to 90 hours she says are lost to transitions during the school year.
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.