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Two elementary schools are National Title I Distinguished Schools

Two Kentucky schools have been recognized as part of the National Title I Association’s National Title I Distinguished Schools program.

Schools are chosen in two categories. Beechwood Elementary (Beechwood Ind.) is the state’s category 1 school, a school that has exceeded adequate yearly progress for two or more years. Cuba Elementary (Graves Co.) is the state’s category 2 school, a school that significantly closed the achievement gap between student groups.

The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program since 1996. Title I is a major component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program provides billions of dollars annually to fund supplementary education for the country’s most at-risk students. Continue Reading

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Board of education receives grant to advance work on assessments

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded $11,500 to the Kentucky Board of Education to advance the state’s education reform work on Kentucky Core Academic Standards (English/language arts, mathematics and science) and Measures of Deeper Learning. Kentucky is one of only six state boards to receive a stipend award. The grant will support the board’s efforts through December.

Kentucky’s stipend will fund the exploration of new and innovative approaches to assessment and accountability that more authentically measure a student’s mastery of content as well as other non-cognitive “deeper learning” competencies like collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. The board’s efforts will inform implementation and lay the groundwork for future communications strategies and messaging around 21st-century assessments.

“The Kentucky Board of Education is grateful to NASBE for this funding,” Kentucky Board of Education Chair Roger Marcum said. “With implementation of new standards, it will allow the board to explore options for assessment including more Continue Reading

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Districts of Distinction recognized

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and Kentucky Department of Education recognized three school districts as Districts of Distinction at the board’s meeting yestefrday.

The districts earned the recognition under the second year of the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All accountability system. To qualify as a District of Distinction, a district had to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher (based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness and graduation rate), meet its current year Annual Measurable Objective, a 95 percent participation rate, and not have a Focus or Priority School in the district. The achievement data is based on K-PREP testing in spring 2013.

The Districts of Distinction for the 2012-13 school year are:

• Russell Independent
• Science Hill Independent Continue Reading

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Grissom Award goes to multiple winners

Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Roger Marcum, left, and Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, right, present Tim Schlosser and the Franklin-Simpson High School Student Support Team with the Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award in Frankfort, Ky. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2014

Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Roger Marcum, left, and Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, right, present Tim Schlosser and the Franklin-Simpson High School Student Support Team with the Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award in Frankfort, Ky.
Photo by Amy Wallot, April 9, 2014

The Kentucky Board of Education presented the fifth annual  Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award to Jefferson County Chief Academic Officer Dr. Dewey Hensley, Franklin-Simpson High School Principal Tim Schlosser and the Student Support Team at Franklin-Simpson High School this week.

The award recognizes those who exhibit leadership, commitment and service to promote high student achievement through instructional equity and in closing the achievement gap for all children.

Hensley was nominated by Dr. Christine Sherretz, Instructional Systems Specialist with the Fort Knox Schools.

“Dr. Hensley is motivated by one thing – always doing what is best for students,” she noted in her nomination letter. “He has a tireless work ethic, exceptional instincts, timeless wisdom and a relentless sense of urgency to ensure that all students in Kentucky achieve.”

Throughout his career in education, Hensley has served as a school principal, associate commissioner at the Kentucky Continue Reading

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New website features more than 3,000 Common Core lessons

Kentucky teachers are contributing to a unique and worthwhile national initiative that shares more than 3,000 Common Core lessons with educators.

Teachers in the state are strongly encouraged to use this valuable resource that features classroom-ready lessons built entirely for the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS), which includes the Next-Generation Science Standards.

The National Education Association (NEA) and BetterLesson launched the cc.betterlesson.com/mtp website in January.

Also featured are insights and tips from more than 130 Master Teachers who represent every K-12 grade level for mathematics and English/language arts and literacy. Master Teachers will share:

  • the “how” and the “why” of their effective practice, narrating their enactment of each section of a lesson
  • videos of particular instructional strategies
  • thoughts on their implementation of the new standards Continue Reading

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Nominations open for 2015 Kentucky Teacher Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc.

Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at kentuckytoy.com. The deadline for nominations is May 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Additional qualifications are cited on the application. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals or superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.

All nominated teachers are required to complete a formal application, which must be submitted by June 30. Judging will take place in August by a blue ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state, and up to 24 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in September.

Following site visits with nine semifinalists in September and personal interviews with the top three candidates, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort. At that time, all 24 teachers will be honored with cash awards and other mementos. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500; two of the three finalists will receive a cash gift of $3,000; and the Teacher of the Year will receive a cash prize of $10,000, along with an exciting professional development opportunity. The Kentucky Teacher of the Year then will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines the best elements of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This is the 14th year for this innovative collaboration between private industry and public education.

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County profiles present snapshot of early childhood status

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) released county-specific early childhood data profiles today aimed at highlighting barriers to school readiness. For the first time, these data profiles provide fuller data about every county in the state, thanks to results from a new kindergarten screener used in every school district last fall.

The Early Childhood Profiles, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), are compiled to help community leaders, Community Early Childhood Councils and school districts with data to assist in developing local strategies for helping every child in their community arrive at kindergarten ready to do kindergarten work.

“Better preparing children for school has positive long-term effects on school achievement,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The Early Childhood Profile is a tool that can help communities assure that every child in the Commonwealth gets the best possible start in life.”

The reports include information about the quality and availability of child care, results from the 2013 statewide kindergarten Continue Reading

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March event targets student preparation

In 2012, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday talked with sophomore Alex Kearns about his future college and career plans during Operation Preparation at Gallatin County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 15, 2012

In 2012, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday talked with sophomore Alex Kearns about his future college and career plans during Operation Preparation at Gallatin County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 15, 2012

This month, thousands of Kentucky students will be getting advice on what they can do academically to prepare for college or career as part of the third annual Operation Preparation.

During Operation Preparation, trained community advisors meet with 8th- and 10th-grade students to review each student’s Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and talk about:

• career aspirations and required education/training
• whether the student is on target to meet his or her goals
• whether the student is taking the courses recommended to prepare him or her for the future

“We want to provide every resource available to help students realize their potential, maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during and after high school whether they choose college or a career pathway,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.  Continue Reading

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Kentucky Green Ribbon School award winner named

Wellington Elementary (Fayette County) has been named a 2014 Kentucky Green Ribbon School by the Kentucky Department of Education, along with its “green” partners, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council; Department for Energy Development and Independence; Kentucky School Boards Association; and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project.

The school becomes a nominee for the 2014 National Green Ribbon School Awards, which will be announced on April 22. If selected as an honoree for the 2014 National Green Ribbon Schools Awards, representatives from Wellington Elementary will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 22.

This award is a comprehensive recognition of exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education. It recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates. Continue Reading

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Three outstanding educators join Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, left, and Gov. Steve Beshear welcomed teacher Cynthia S. Wooden (Kenton County) into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame at the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Clinton Lewis/WKU, Feb. 6, 2014

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, left, and Gov. Steve Beshear welcomed teacher Cynthia S. Wooden (Kenton County) into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame at the Capitol Rotunda.
Photo by Clinton Lewis/WKU, Feb. 6, 2014

Three outstanding educators with a combined experience of more than 100 years were inducted into Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame this month.

Debra Burgess of Murray, Golda Pensol Walbert of Glasgow and Cynthia S. Wooden of Florence were all recognized in Frankfort during a luncheon at Berry Hill Mansion and an induction ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.

“Our teachers work tirelessly day in and day out to better educate our young people about classroom and life lessons,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “Today, I am very proud to recognize and honor three outstanding teachers as they are inducted into the Kentucky Teachers Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Golda Pensol Walbert, Debra Burgess and Cynthia S. Wooden, and thank you for your lifelong dedication to education.”

Created in 2000 through a gift from former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn, the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes the vital role primary and secondary teachers play in educating Kentucky’s youth and ensuring they are college- and career-ready Continue Reading

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