Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Passion fuels learning in Innovation Lab

Students at Robert D. Campbell Junior High in Clark County spend nine weeks taking charge of their own learning.
Sharon Roberson, a science lab teacher at Brooks Elementary (Bullitt County) demonstrates sound waves by having students do the wave during a lesson on the science of music. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 19, 2016

Exploring the science of music

A cooperative atmosphere helps Bullitt County teachers create new ways for students to explore.
Students in Franklin-Simpson High School's agriculture program scored higher than booth the school and state average on last year's ACT. Photo provided by Simpson County schools.

Franklin-Simpson in the sweet spot of agriculture education

High school’s agriculture program brings academic, career and technical education and leadership skills together for success.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt recently spoke with students enrolled in the Falcon Academy. All were enthusiastic about their experience, with some students admitting they thought college was out of reach until they started earning credits through the program. Photo by Becky Blessing, Feb. 2, 2016

Students soaring toward college thanks to Falcon Academy

Hickman County's Falcon Academy is a dual credit program that provides the opportunity for juniors and seniors to earn college credit while still in high school, all at no cost to the students.

Relationships key to learning

Kelly Teague of Muhlenberg North Middle School is Kentucky’s Special Education Teacher of the Year.
Dawson Barr, left, plays a snare drum while Hayden Ashley tests a cymbal during a program at the American Printing House for the Blind held in conjunction with the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. Younger students participating in the competition tried their hand at a variety of percussion instruments during a program held while their work was being judged. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016

Rising to the challenge

About 40 students from around the state got to compete and participate in workshops at the annual Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge.

Planning for tomorrow today

More than 2,000 Kentucky public school students visited Kentucky State University in Frankfort as part of the month-long push to get students thinking about life after high school.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, a health and physical education teacher at Southside Elementary (Shelby County), speaks at the first Education Town Hall Meeting, which her school hosted. The next town hall meeting will be March 22 at Campbellsville University. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 14, 2016

Bending the commissioner’s ear

Educators and others took advantage of the chance to weigh in on a new education accountability system, and there is ample opportunity for others to make their voices heard.
West Irvine Intermediate School Principal Lorretta Cruse talks to other Estill County school leaders during a Novice Reduction workshop. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Feb. 22, 2016.

Taking on the gap

Estill County is one of 11 districts participating in a KDE pilot program designed to close achievement gaps by reducing the number of novice students.

Districts backing National Board certification

A number of schools and districts are supporting their teachers who want to become National Board certified – and even recruiting them.