Thursday, September 23, 2021
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New superintendent Brian Robinson bringing a fresh start to Fort Thomas school district

Northern Kentucky native Brian Robinson has always been drawn to the classroom and that lure led to a career in education. On July 1, he became superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS), replacing Karen Cheser, who retired at the end of June.
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New Casey County Superintendent Barry Lee focuses on making sure students understand academics and...

Barry Lee is starting his 20th year in education as the new Casey County superintendent. A native of Casey County, Lee graduated from Casey County High School in 1996. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University as a first-generation college student.
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New Oldham County superintendent Jason Radford stresses the importance of school culture

Jason Radford is on a new educational journey, beginning his tenure as the new Oldham County superintendent July 1. He replaces Greg Schultz, who retired June 30, following five years at Oldham County and a total of 31 years in education.
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Commissioner Glass returns to hometown to honor Meade County choir teacher who helped shape...

Many educators have made an impact on Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass, but the educator he spent the most time with was his choir teacher, Shirley Jones. On Aug. 9, Glass returned to his hometown of Brandenburg to the Meade County school district’s opening day ceremony to present the Greenwave Legacy Award to Jones.
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Former Bullitt County superintendent Keith Davis returns to the classroom in JCPS after retirement

For almost 30 years, Keith Davis has been out of a public school classroom. But it wasn’t until he was on the brink of retirement that he realized he had more gas in the tank.
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Eastern High School senior says students must be part of the solution to youth...

Eastern High School senior Solyana Mesfin reflects on the tragic loss of a fellow student and how she and her fellow students must be part of the solution to youth violence.
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Damien Sweeney and Micki Ray assume new positions at Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Jason E. Glass announced that Damien Sweeney, Ed.D., and Micki L. Ray are assuming new roles at KDE beginning Sept. 15.  Sweeney will now serve as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and Ray is now the chief academic officer, both in the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL).
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Student drawings show why teacher diversity matters in Kentucky

About a year ago, someone from the Kentucky Education Association reached out to our office and asked if we would like to display the drawings our public school students did as part of their Difference Makers Art Contest. As those drawings were recently being taken down, it got me thinking about how they connect to the department’s efforts on teacher diversity and teacher recruitment.
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KDE remains committed to promoting student voice in education

There’s a phrase you may hear in education circles – particularly in Kentucky – called student voice. Student voice is the idea that students should have some say about how their education takes place.
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Semifinalists named for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Ten outstanding teachers from across the state – four elementary, three middle and three high school – are semifinalists for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline Inc. announced on Aug. 2.
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Rep. Ed Massey says collaboration is key to making education better

Earlier this year I was asked to participate in the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education (KCAE). As an individual who has been involved in Kentucky’s educational system for nearly 30 years, I welcomed this invitation. 
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SCAAC discusses spring 2021 Kentucky Summative Assessment, upcoming School Report Card release

In preparation for the upcoming School Report Card data release, KDE officials met with the School Curriculum Assessment and Accountability Council to discuss the spring 2021 Kentucky Summative Assessment.
2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education names 5 Kentucky Public Schools: Anchorage Independent, Gamaliel Elementary, Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary, Heath Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary

Five Kentucky public schools named 2021 Blue Ribbon winners

The U. S. Department of Education named five Kentucky public schools as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence.
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Kentucky Department of Education releases new guidance on Senate Bill 1

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new guidance document on Sept. 20 to support schools and districts as they implement Senate Bill 1 (SB1), which was passed on Sept. 9 during the General Assembly’s recent special session.
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Commissioner Glass wins KWLA award recognizing support for world language education

Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass is the recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association’s (KWLA) 2021 Amici Linguarum (Friend of Languages) Award in the education category. He received the award on Sept. 17 during KWLA’s virtual awards ceremony.
Graphic reading: Kentucky Education Summit, Nov. 1-2, 2021. Proof of COVID vaccine or negative COVID-19 test required for attendance. Masks also required.

Vaccination proof or negative COVID test required for 2021 Kentucky Education Summit

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will require individuals attending the 2021 Kentucky Education Summit to present their original COVID-19 vaccination card or show proof of negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours prior to Nov. 1.
Conferences

American Association for Employment in Education’s Annual Conference Set for Oct. 26-28

Are you involved in teacher preparation, recruitment and/or retention? Want to connect with representatives from universities, school systems, state departments of education and other organizations in a friendly atmosphere to tackle these challenging topics together? Consider attending the American Association for Employment in Education's Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Louisville on Oct. 26-28.
Announcements

Registration open for the KFEC Financial Literacy Townhall

The Kentucky Financial Empowerment Coalition has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to host a Financial Literacy Townhall on Sept. 28 from 3:30-5 p.m. ET.
Recognitions

Nominate a teacher who’s made difference in your life

After the year we all had last year, teachers are getting the appreciation we know they've always deserved! We want to give all those educators a chance to be recognized by someone that they've impacted.
Recognitions

Jefferson County Student recognized for National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award

Martin McAdam, a student at Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County), has been recognized for receiving the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Outstanding Achievement Award. McAdam is the first Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) student to receive the honor and the second in the Commonwealth.
Recognitions

Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition announces 2021 Teacher and Student of the Year

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy recognized the 2021 Financial Literacy Teacher and Student of the Year at the first annual awards dinner held on July 22 at the Galt House in Louisville.

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