Monday, December 10, 2018
Elizabeth Forbes shows Sam Garbin, left, and Abby Adams-Smith brood cells inside of the honey bee hive. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

The buzz around bees

Elizabeth Forbes, a school psychologist, has been a beekeeper since 2009. She has been the head of the Bowling Green High School beekeeping program since helping to get it started in 2012. 
Charles Parker, a member of the Laurel County schools’ Security Response Team, high-fives a student as he drops into a class at South Laurel Middle School. Team members have quickly become accepted by the students and staff at the schools where they are assigned. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Smiling faces and a staunch deterrent

A new team of retired law enforcement officers has added a layer of security and increased the sense of safety in Laurel County schools.
Pulaski County native Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher at Shopville Elementary School, is the new chair of the Education Professional Standards Board. While having a classroom teacher chair EPSB is relatively uncommon, Burnett said her daily experiences give her a good idea of what teacher preparation programs need to look like and what kind of support new teachers need. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Classroom teacher takes her place as EPSB chair

Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher in Pulaski County, thinks her experience in the classroom will help guide her decisions as head of the Education Professional Standards Board.
Gueneverie Diffenbacher, an 11th-grader at the Academy at Shawnee (Jefferson County), is helped into a bomb suit by EOD2 David Eninger, left, and EOD2 Abraham Ruic. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 23, 2018

Showing off the Navy’s toys

Students at the Academy @ Shawnee were given the chance to talk to United States Navy pilots, air crewmen and explosives disposal teams when they visited the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the school for part of Navy Week. 
Melanie White, a teacher at Jackson Academy, works with 11th-grade student Tyler Thompson on an assignment. Jackson Academy is among 10 schools honored as 2018 Alternative Programs of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

Building relationships in alternative programs

Working closely with students and their families helps to ensure the success of students in some of the state’s top alternative programs.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Increasing opportunities for student success in college, career and life

One of my top priorities here at the Kentucky Department of Education is to increase the number and percentage of high school students successfully completing early postsecondary opportunities, such as dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

The Kentucky high school diploma has to mean more

We have reached the point in Kentucky’s history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Time to break down educational barriers in Kentucky’s rural schools

Almost half of Kentucky’s population lives in rural areas. That means a significant portion of Kentucky’s students are being educated in rural school districts. Our rural schools face unique challenges compared to our suburban and urban schools.
Dana Lee Thomas

KY SENT: Support for new teachers

Marion County's Dana Lee Thomas explains how a new program set up by a group of Hope Street Fellows is designed to provide the support new teachers need.
Stacy Bewley

Essential questions to enhance student engagement

While lesson planning, classroom management and mastery of content are significant at every level, I think most teachers would agree that student engagement is the key ingredient to the perfect school day.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Bringing parents to the table

The Every Student Succeeds Act – the federal law that governs K-12 public education – the phrase “parent and family engagement” is used in lieu of “parental involvement.” While that seems like a minor change, I think it is a big shift in how we think about the relationship between families and our schools.

KBE approves high school graduation requirement proposal

In a unanimous vote Dec. 5, the Kentucky Board of Education approved changes to the regulation on minimum graduation requirements for Kentucky students entering high school in 2019 and 2020.

Readiness results highlight need for quality early learning

Many Kentucky students are at a disadvantage for learning before they even start school, according to Kindergarten Readiness Screener data released by the Kentucky Department of Education.

KBE approves legislative agenda

During its Dec. 5 regular meeting in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the department’s legislative agenda as its own.
Amanda Ellis, chief academic officer and deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the Kevin Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award from Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis at the Kentucky Board of Education's Dec. 5 meeting. The award recognizes a KDE employee for significant service to Kentucky's public schools and for providing inspiration for education. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 5, 2018

Amanda Ellis receives 2018 Noland/Miller award

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Dec. 5, Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis presented the 2018 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award to Amanda Ellis, chief academic officer and deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Commissioner announces changes to high school graduation proposal

In a news conference at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington Dec. 3, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced proposed revisions to 704 KAR 3:305, minimum high school graduation requirements, in response to input received from educators and other education stakeholders.

PIMSER to host math leadership academy

The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) will host a leadership academy for mathematics administrators beginning Dec. 11 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

White House History Teacher Institute accepting applications

The White House History Teacher Institute is accepting applications for teacher workshops hosted by the White House Historical Association (WHAA) on July 8-12 and July 22-26 at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History in Washington.

Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition sponsoring poster contest

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition’s Kentucky Saves Week poster contest offers students an engaging, free activity that can boost their financial smarts.

Fayette, Henderson science teachers honored by KSTA

Abigail Guskey of Sandersville Elementary School (Fayette County) and Angela Marksberry of North Middle School (Henderson County) were among the recipients of the Kentucky Science Teachers Association’s (KSTA) 2018 Kentucky Science Teacher Awards.

PBS LearningMedia video collection explores life of Daniel Boone

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and PBS LearningMedia is offering a collection of video resources exploring the life of Daniel Boone.

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