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New Garrard County Superintendent Kevin Stull is pictured in a classroom talking to teachers on a videoconference call.

Superintendent Kevin Stull brings experiences from KDE to Garrard County

Whenever Kentucky Department of Education employees begin making their way back into KDE headquarters in Frankfort, one familiar face will have already hit the ground running in Garrard County.
Picture of Chad Molley

A family tradition in Erlanger-Elsmere

New Erlanger-Elsmere Superintendent Chad Molley follows in his father’s footsteps, who also served as the district’s superintendent from 1994 to 2002.
New Butler County Superintendent Robert Tuck, far left, works during a school board meeting July 14.

Superintendent Tuck seeks to develop leaders in Butler County

Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard.
Josh Hurt loads packaged food as meals for students onto buses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Metcalfe County Superintendent Josh Hurt has passion for teaching and coaching

When Josh Hurt started teaching, he had no intentions of going into school administration. Now with 23 years of experience of education, he’s the next superintendent for Metcalfe County Schools.
A student sits at a table surrounded by a trifold backdrop that has pockets for a schedule, pencils and a calendar.

Louisville teacher’s NTI setup draws rave reviews

A Jefferson County public school teacher’s home setup for her children is being shared far and wide, providing other parents with ideas to keep kids focused during online schooling.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week this October

This year, Oct. 18-24 will be recognized as Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This annual event – which has recognized issues such as preventing cyberbullying, hatred and violence – has taken on a bit of a different perspective due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

KDE stands ready to work with districts and schools as classes resume

I know this is the most unusual opening Kentucky – and the rest of the country – probably has ever had. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and I stand ready to help all our districts as the school year begins.
Graphic: From the Desk of the Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. A Thank You to Kentucky's Families for Your Patience During the COVID-19 Crisis. August 14, 2020.

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s Aug. 14 letter to families

I know these are frustrating times for all of Kentucky’s public school families.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Families, educators must remain flexible and good examples if schools are to reopen

I think one of the hardest things for those of us who are planning for the upcoming school year – parents and teachers alike – is the uncertainty of it all.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, July 24, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 24 letter to families

As plans are being created for the upcoming school year, we are all struggling with how children will learn, remain safe and traverse an environment unlike one we have ever experienced. It’s a time when parents are trying to figure out whether their children will be taught at school or through non-traditional instruction from home, along with how their children will get to school and what they will do after school.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. A Letter to Kentucky's Teachers and Staff, July 24, 2020

A letter to teachers and school staff from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Dear Public School Family: I just wanted to thank all of you who attended the “Reopening Kentucky Schools: Virtual Town Hall for Educators and Staff” on...
Budget Review Subcommittee on Education Virtual Meeting, October 21, 2020

KDE presents draft budget reduction plan to Budget Review Subcommittee on Education

Leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) presented the department’s preliminary draft budget reduction plan to the General Assembly’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Education on Oct. 21.
Donnie Piercey on his porch holding a large check for $10,000 with state and local education officials.

Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in first virtual ceremony in...

Donnie Piercey, a 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School (Fayette County), is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Graphic that reads: Live on YouTube. 20201 Kentucky Teacher Awards and announcement of Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Oct. 22, 2020. 10:30 a.m. ET

KDE to stream 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year ceremony on Oct. 22

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will stream the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year ceremony 10:30 a.m. ET this Thursday to honor some of the state's best teachers. The event can be watched live on the KDE Media Portal.
News

Public comment sought on proposed alternate assessment waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public comment on its request to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to extend its waiver on the number of students tested using alternate assessments due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Special Superintendents' Webcast: October 13, 2020

Communication, cooperation key in managing COVID-19, Kentucky school and health leaders say

Three superintendents from around Kentucky and the leaders of their local health departments compared COVID-19 experiences during the Oct. 13 Special Superintendents’ Webcast. All agreed that close cooperation between schools, health authorities and local officials are essential to controlling outbreaks.
Conferences

Virtual training available Nov. 11 on teaching STREAM classes

Online training is scheduled for Nov. 11 on how to teach science, technology, writing, engineering, art and math virtually.
Contests

Profile in Courage essay contest open until Jan. 15

The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open until Jan. 15 for submissions from high school students.
Recognitions

Hardin County teacher wins Financial literacy teaching award

West Hardin Middle School (Hardin County) teacher Joy Knight has been named 2020 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and ClassAct Federal Credit Union.
Conferences

Louisville Writing Project offering argument writing seminar

The Louisville Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project based at the University of Louisville, is offering a three-part Virtual Administrator’s Academy on argument writing for Kentucky teachers.
Contests

Entries for radon awareness poster contest due Nov. 2

Students are invited to submit posters for the Kentucky Radon Program’s 2020-2021 Radon Poster Contest. Children ages 9-14 are eligible to participate in the contest and may be enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal or home school.

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