Sunday, July 15, 2018
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018

Graduation season

Alex Stine, left, a junior at Kentucky School for the Blind, and Dan Sharrard, the school's career and technical education teacher, man the controls at KSB's internet radio station, which began broadcasting earlier this spring. The station is an extension of the school's CTE program that allows students to develop skills they can use after they leave high school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 21, 2018

Finding their niche on the air

An internet radio station at Kentucky School for the Blind is the latest component in the school’s career and technical education program.
Frieda Gebert, the drama teacher at Boyle County High School, has the cast of "Sister Act" come together before the final performance at the Ragged Edge Theater in Harrodsburg. The school has to rent the theater because it does not have a performance space. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Making room for drama

Boyle County’s drama program makes do with no performing space, but will soon have a new home.
Christopher Furhman sits in the driver's seat of a machine used to blacktop roads at the Big Dig event at the Boone County Fair Grounds. The event, which was open to the public, allowed children a chance to sit on and operate different machines as a way to introduce them to the construction and building industry. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2018

Kids discover the construction industry at the Big Dig

KDE photographer Bobby Ellis got the chance to visit with a lot of young children discovering the world of big machines and construction at the Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Jessica Dueñas helps Jadeynn White with a question during an English class at Oldham County Middle School. Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the year, co-teaches as part of a two-person team that is a model for the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2018

2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year a force for struggling students

Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.

Teachers of the Year find power in music

NyRee Clayton-Taylor was named the 2018 the Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Tiffany Marsh was named the High School Teacher of the Year.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Holding education to a higher standard

There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
Kate Fryar

Teaching teamwork through TV

Boyle County's Kate Fryar helped her 9th-grade students learn how to communicate and work together by getting them to create and film a TV pilot.
Stephanie Beason

Untapped potential: Identifying gifted minority students

Warren County's Stephanie Beason says educators, schools and districts need to take extra steps when identifying students who could be best served in a gifted program to make sure they are not overlooking children due to their background or home lives.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Public charter schools: An additional tool for improving public education

Traditional public schools have been and will continue to be the primary vehicle for delivering instruction to our students, but public charter schools may provide a much-needed opportunity for a high-quality education for some of our Commonwealth's most at-risk children.

Schools are calling: Males wanted

Nelson County's Joshua DeWar says educators need to make sure children have a variety of role models at schools, which includes recruiting more males at the elementary level.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Changes coming to accountability system, School Report Card

We have some big changes coming up in education over the next year and I want to take some time to share how it will be impacting your family and your school.

Lewis applauds expansion of Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship

Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to now include dual credit courses in Career and Technical Education pathways for high school students.

Lewis cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington June 26 as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education...

Kentuckians win Presidential Award for math, science teaching

Grant County's Shannon Brickler and Somerset Independent's Natasha Craft are among 104 educators nationwide to be recognized as winners of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

CPE amends minimum college admission guidelines

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend an administrative regulation that would require traditional high school students to earn a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university.

Hands-on summer training for school nutrition professionals

This summer, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of School and Community Nutrition is collaborating with the Institute of Child Nutrition to offer 11 sessions of Healthy Cuisine for Kids to school nutrition professionals across the state.

Workshop will help educators understand progression of fractions

Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) will host a workshop designed to help educators deepen their understanding of the progression of fractions July 24-25 at its training facility in Bowling Green.

Nominations open for KBE’s Kelly, Karem awards

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is accepting nominations for two of its awards, the 16th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award and the second annual David Karem Award.

Kentucky PTA to mark 100 years at annual convention

Kentucky PTA will hold its annual convention July 20-21 at Seneca High School in Louisville. The organization will celebrate 100 years of advocating for children since its formation in April 1918.

Workshop showcases environmental education curriculum

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host two workshops for teachers on environmental education curricula July 20 and 26 at The Arboretum in Lexington.

Math teachers’ group seeks proposals for fall conference

The Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM) is accepting proposals for the KCTM Fall Conference, which will be Nov. 3 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

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