Wednesday, June 20, 2018

10 alternative programs recognized for exemplary work

In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, the Kentucky Department of Education has named 10 Alternative Programs of Distinction.
Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis speaks during the June meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. During his report to the board, Lewis laid out his goals and priorities as interim commissioner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 6, 2018

Interim commissioner lays out his priorities to Kentucky Board of Education

Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis laid out his priorities to the Kentucky Board of Education at its Jan. 6 meeting, telling board members that “everything that we do ought to be aligned to improving student outcomes.”

Fletcher named chief communications officer at KDE

Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis announced June 6 the hiring of Jessica Fletcher as the chief communications officer for the Kentucky Department of Education . She will begin her role with the department on June 11, focusing on internal and external communication strategies.

Derrick Ramsey named as secretary of Education and Workforce Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Derrick Ramsey as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, responsible for educating, preparing and training Kentucky's current and future workforce.

KASA names Fred Award finalists

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators announced the finalists for the 2018 Fred Award.

Kentucky launches apprenticeship program for social services

Gov. Matt Bevin announced an innovative new registered apprenticeship pilot program aimed at strengthening social services careers throughout the Commonwealth.
Jessica Dueñas, of Oldham County Middle School, was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), was named the 2019 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 15, 2018

Jessica Dueñas named 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Jessica Dueñas, a 10-year teaching veteran who has taught special education classes for three years at Oldham County Middle School, is the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Feedback sought on revised reading and writing standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading and Writing, formerly known as English/language arts standards.

Input sought on proposed waiver to spend carryover funds on school improvement

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver to use carryover federal funds rather than returning them to the federal government.
Connie Hill, left, poses with Kentucky School for the Blind Principal Jackie Williams after receiving the 2018 Paul J. Langan Award at the school’s Founder’s Day Ceremony on May 8. Hill, a KSB low vision specialist, has worked with blind and visually impaired students for more than 21 years.

Kentucky School for the Blind announces Langan Award winner

The Kentucky School for the Blind presented the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award Tuesday, May 8, during its Founder's Day Program at the school’s Louisville campus.