Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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.
Sandy Phelps, an art teacher at Oak Hill Elementary (Pulaski County) paints flowers during a watercolor painting class at the Festival of Learnshops at Berea. During the workshops, teachers can take classes to count towards professional development. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 19, 2018

Berea workshops teach through art

Every year, the Festival of Learnshops at Berea opens its doors to art enthusiasts from around the country, including teachers who come to the workshops to take professional development classes. 
Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant at North Butler Elementary (Butler County), hugs Aiden Justis during class. Renfrow, who began working at the school as a volunteer, received the 2018 Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

A heart for kids – and a whole bunch of hugs

Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant in Butler County, is the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Fred Award.
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.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor

Unleashing the power of ‘I Can’ by believing in students

Jefferson County's NyRee Clayton-Taylor explains how teachers can help their students achieve by giving them a voice and the opportunity to succeed.
Stephanie S. Luckett

The bridge to literary engagement

Owensboro's Stephanie S. Luckett says giving her students choice about which books they read through a "tasting menu" helped them become more engaged in their own learning.

Funding mechanism for charter schools is needed, Lewis tells council

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis told members of the Kentucky Charter School Advisory Council that until the Kentucky General Assembly provides a funding mechanism for charter schools, there is no way that charter applications can be processed by local boards of education.

Math committee to resubmit grad requirements recommendations

Members of the Committee for Mathematics Achievement discussed their recommendations for modifications to proposed graduation requirements.

Commissioner Lewis announces structural reorganization of KDE

In a message to Kentucky Department of Education staff Nov. 6, Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a structural reorganization which is retroactively effective as of Nov. 1.

STLP regional events highlight student tech skills

Over the next several weeks, more than 7,400 Kentucky students will demonstrate their innovative ideas and technological savvy at regional events as part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program.

KDE seeking feedback on proposed ELA and math assessment blueprints

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the proposed English language arts and mathematics assessment blueprints.

Registration opens for entrepreneurship challenge

Registration is open for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC), a tiered business pitch competition designed to introduce students to a realistic competitive business environment and to promote business ownership and lifelong learning.

National WWII Museum accepting nominations for leadership award

The National WWII Museum is accepting nominations for its Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, which is given annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity and perseverance in their community.

WKU offering summer course in United Kingdom

The Western Kentucky University School of Teacher Education is offering a summer course June 28-July 8 in the United Kingdom.

Workshop on motivating students with disabilities set in Cincinnati

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati will host a conference on motivating students with disabilities Jan. 26 at Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati.

Fayette psychologist earns statewide award

Patrick Ballard, a psychologist with Fayette County schools, has been named School Psychologist of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.

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