Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.
Belinda Furman

Conferring 101

Grant County's Belinda Furman explains why holding brief, regular conferences with your students provides big benefits.
Jennifer Meo-Sexton

A strong classroom foundation keeps your students’ learning on track

Franklin County's Jennifer Meo-Sexton explains why it's worth the time to build a strong classroom community based on respect.

Kentucky’s new accountability system designed to push education forward

After almost two years, more than 20 town hall meetings and thousands of public comments, Kentucky finally has a new accountability system and it is one of which we all should be proud.
Garris Landon Stroud

Get more hands-on by flipping your classroom

Hopkins County's Garris Landon Stroud says flipping his classroom gave him the opportunity to encourage deeper learning in his science classroom.
Bullitt East engineering student Maddie Back captured the total solar eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21. Photo by Maddie Back

Solar eclipse provides real-world project for engineering students

Bullitt County's Darrell Vincent shares how he used his students' interest in August's solar eclipse to create a project-based lesson his engineering students won't soon forget.
Belinda Furman

Building relationships takes time, but worth the effort

Grant County's Belinda Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, says it takes a lot of effort to build relationships with students, but it's vital for students to succeed.

Meeting the mental and emotional needs of children

While we – as educators and parents – often talk about academic achievement, it’s not the only concern I have as Kentucky's commissioner of education. We need to begin talking more often about the social and emotional health of our students
This is a picture of the Longbranch Elementary School building.

Honoring Sophia by helping a wish come true

The teachers and students at one Boone County school turned their grief of losing one student into a schoolwide project - and learning experience - to help someone else.
Kellie Clark

Looking for inspiration? Just look up

Boone County's Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, says inspiration for new classroom lessons can come from anywhere if you are willing to look.