Thursday, April 9, 2020
Holly Bloodworth, center, a Kentucky Board of Education member who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, serves as a guest reader in Trina Fuller's 4th-grade class at Hickman Elementary School.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | For three decades, Holly Bloodworth has been educating Kentuckians

Holly Bloodworth, the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, originally planned on being a nurse during her first three years at Murray State University.
Kentucky Board of Education member Cody Pauley Johnson reads to a class at Peaks Mill Elementary (Franklin County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Cody Pauley Johnson brings a voice to Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Education member Cody Pauley Johnson hopes to tackle the decline of jobs in the Eastern Kentucky region by putting an emphasis on education.
Patrice McCrary, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, watches a student display his work in computer programming during a visit to Jennings Creek Elementary School (Warren County). Photo by Morgan Watson, Jan. 31, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Education was Patrice McCrary’s ‘yellow brick road’

After public education changed the course of her life, Patrice McCrary spent more than 30 years as a classroom teacher and teacher leader, and now she is lending her voice to the Kentucky Board of Education.
JoAnn Adams, center, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with McKenzie Hallman, left, and Keaton Mossman, two members of the Scott High School (Kenton County) student council, during a visit to the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | JoAnn Adams’ roots in Kentucky public education run deep

Kentucky Board of Education member JoAnn Adams taught for 33 years. She comes from a family of teachers that included her mother, grandmother, grandfather, great-grandmother and now, her daughter.
Chase Smith shares with Kentucky Board of Education member Mike Bowling one of the project-based learning activities that his team was working on as a capstone in the Jobs for America's Graduates program at Middlesboro High School (Middlesboro Independent).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Mike Bowling learned to serve from mother, high school civics teacher

New Kentucky Board of Education member Bowling said it is important for him to be of service to others. It’s a lesson he learned from his mother, who was born in Germany and spent 14 years of her life living in bomb shelters.
David Horseman

All education is career and technical education

A lot of times I hear people referring to career and technical education and college prep classes as two separate things. When it comes down to it, all education is career and technical education.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s April 3 letter to families

It should have come as no surprise to any of us when Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentucky’s school superintendents on Thursday to keep schools across the state closed for another two weeks. Both the Kentucky Department of Education and your child’s school were already preparing for this.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 27 letter to families

Our focus at KDE is now three-fold – Educate, Feed and Support. Our first priority is ensuring your children still receive their education through the use of Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program.
Erin Ball, Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Why teach?

Scott County's Erin Ball, the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares what brought her into the teaching profession and why she believes it's a rewarding field.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 20 letter to families

As the first week of school closures due to the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 draws to a close, I want to thank you all for the changes in schedules and sacrifices you have had to make to help keep our students and communities safe.
KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson. "Knowing the difference that good food and a full belly makes to students really drives me and the whole branch to continue to perfect and work on this program."

KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson

This week we head over to KDE’s Division of School and Community Nutrition to spotlight Program Coordinator Christina Johnson.
Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, April 9, 2020

KBE voices its support for educators, families during COVID-19 emergency

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) expressed its support at its April 9 meeting for educators and families during the extended period of school closures brought about by the COVID-19 emergency.
Photo illustration of three teachers work together during a summer conference in Montgomery County.

GoTeachKY launches virtual teacher mentorship program for COVID-19 support

A new GoTeachKY initiative called Teachers Helping Teachers is connecting experienced educators to provide virtual coaching and support directly to other teachers to help them deal with the stresses of the COVID-19 crisis.
Decorative screenshot of how the new COVID-19 webpage appears to visitors.

KDE launches new COVID-19 webpage

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new webpage on its website designed to provide 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) education-related updates and information educators, staff and families.
KDE Special Superintendent's Webcast, April 7, 2020

Kentucky schools could receive more than $200M in federal COVID-19 relief funds

Superintendents and finance officers of Kentucky’s 172 school districts were given an in-depth look at emergency federal funding, as well as some elements of the budget for fiscal year 2021 approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.
KDE Guidance for Districts: Considerations for the Class of 2020, for Professional Learning, for Instruction (NTI), for Mental Health & Wellness, for Assigning & Reporting Grades. Educate, Feed, Support

KDE releases guidance documents for districts dealing with COVID-19 closures

The Kentucky Department of Education released five guidance documents April 7 for districts to use when considering the implications of school building closures due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Announcements

GoTeachKY initiative offers support to teachers working remotely

GoTeachKY, an initiative from the Kentucky Department of Education, has launched an initiative designed to support teachers who are working remotely.
Announcements

GoTeachKY to host Twitter chat on adapting to teaching remotely

GoTeachKY, an initiative from the Kentucky Department of Education, will host a Twitter chat for teachers who are adapting to teaching remotely at 6 p.m. ET April 13.
Recognitions

Simpson library media specialist chosen for NEA Foundation fellowship

Sam Northern, a library media specialist at Simpson Elementary School (Simpson County), has been selected as a 2020 NEA Global Learning Fellow by the NEA Foundation.
Contests

Student essay contest focuses on the importance of a free press

The McCarthy Family Foundation and The Boston Globe are sponsoring a student essay contest on the importance of the free press.
Resources

White House history highlighted in weekly activity series

The White House Historical Association Education Team has created an educational activity series on White House history designed for students in grades K-5 utilizing non-traditional instruction.

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