Sunday, July 12, 2020
Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School (Jefferson County), was named the 2020 Southern Conference on Language Teaching teacher of the year.

Jefferson County teacher Elena Kamenetzky up for national language award

Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School (Jefferson County), was named the 2020 Southern Conference on Language Teaching Teacher of the Year. She’ll go on to the national competition to face off against the other regional winners for the honor of being named the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.
Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem talks with Bloom Elementary School students about their technology projects during a February 2020 visit to the school.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky public education

Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky’s public education. From his work while serving in the Kentucky General Assembly to saving Bloom Elementary Jefferson County), Karem has dedicated his career to the children of the Commonwealth.
Virginia Moore, an American Sign Language interpreter, signs “We Go Together,” as the video that the McCracken County High School drama students made plays during Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 address.

The show goes on in McCracken County, seniors honor teacher on closing night

COVID-19 has canceled plans for students throughout Kentucky. When a performance was postponed for the drama class at McCracken County High School, the students decided that the show must go on.
Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher at Scott High School (Kenton County) is interviewed by Lauren Minor of WXIX-TV after Cole was named a Milken Educator Award winner in a surprise ceremony at the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

Milken award winner helping students, colleagues excel

Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher in Kenton County who was the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, chose teaching over accounting and has impacted both students and fellow teachers.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles assisted Harrison County School Superintendent Harry Burchett and other school officials with meal distribution due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

How Harrison County handled being the first Kentucky school district impacted by COVID-19

Harry Burchett, superintendent of Harrison County schools, explains how he and his staff handled being the first Kentucky school district to cease in-person classes because of COVID-19.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An Update for Kentucky's Families, July 10, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 10 letter to families

I am pleased to share that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced today that Jason Glass will be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. Dr. Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver area since 2017.
Carta del 26 de junio del Comisionado interino Kevin C. Brown a las familias Por Kevin C. Brown

Carta del 26 de junio del Comisionado interino Kevin C. Brown a las familias...

A medida que continúan las discusiones sobre la reapertura de las escuelas en el otoño, estoy compartiendo con ustedes la guía Healthy at School de Kentucky publicada el miércoles.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, June 26, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s June 26 letter to families

As discussions continue about reopening schools in the fall, I am sharing with you Kentucky's Healthy at School guidance released Wednesday.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families, June 5, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s June 5 letter to families

I am writing today because you are critical partners to our educational system. Your voice matters and everything we do in education is a direct response to the teaching and learning that we know is extraordinarily important to the growth of your children.
A Statement from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

A statement from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Our country and our Commonwealth are hurting. So many of us have been shaken over the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Louisville’s Breonna Taylor. We are seeing an outcry of grief and anger with many of our students, families and educators gathering to speak out about racial injustice.
Amanda Ellis

Help keep your child learning all summer long

While summer is a time for kids to have fun, sleep in and play outside, it’s often a time educators worry about due to the “summer slide”. Also, when we consider the reopening of schools, the effects of summer slide pose greater challenges than ever before.
Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, July 10, 2020

KBE affirms its commitment to racial equity in Kentucky public schools

The Kentucky Board of Education approved a resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity in Kentucky’s public schools, voted to provide additional flexibility to school districts and announced Kentucky’s new education commissioner during a special meeting on July 10.
2020 Commissioner Search: Jason Glass, Ed.D.

Jason Glass named Kentucky’s next education commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced July 10 that Jason Glass will be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.
School districts updated on Legislative Appropriations for School Security

Kentucky school districts updated on legislative appropriations for school security measures

By Sky Carroll sky.carroll@education.ky.gov During a July 9 webcast, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) updated local school district staff on a new School Security Request...
Local Superintendents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, July 9, 2020

Kentucky superintendents hear about flexibility coming on school funding, attendance counts

At its June 9 meeting, the Local Superintendents’ Advisory Council (LSAC) unanimously approved amendments to two regulations aimed at giving districts flexibility in measuring student attendance and decoupling Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from attendance numbers for the 2020-2021 school year.
Standards and Assessment Process Review Committee Virtual Meeting: July 8, 2020

Kentucky’s blueprints for standards assessments are sufficient, review committee determines

The Standards and Assessment Process Review Committee ruled in a July 8 virtual meeting that the alignment process of assessment blueprints for reading and writing, mathematics and social studies was sufficient.
Contests

KEDC hosting mask contest

Students are invited to submit their designs for the Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative’s (KEDC) Healthy at School Coloring Contest.
Helping to distribute the boxes recently were Miss Kentucky Alex Francke, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Kentucky Department of Education Division Director Lauren Moore.

Jefferson County Schools adding fresh produce to summer meals

Locally grown corn, squash, carrots and apples will be on the dinner menu for families visiting Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) feeding sites this summer. JCPS will be providing boxes filled with 11 pounds of fresh produce at more than 40 feeding sites from until July 31.
Announcements

Women Ambassadors Forum offers online summer coding course

The Women Ambassadors Forum (WAF) is hosting a five-week online summer coding course for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in learning how to code.
Announcements

Kentucky State Police to hold virtual summer camp

Registration is now open for the Kentucky State Police’s (KSP) free virtual summer camp hosted from Trooper Island on Dale Hollow Lake. Virtual campers will earn a certificate and camp patch for completion of the program that begins on June 30 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday through July 30.
Resources

Hands-on virtual activities available through the Cleveland Fed

Looking for opportunities to engage your kids during the summer? The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has created a variety of virtual summer programming hands-on activities that teach important financial literacy concepts while providing fun for the whole family.

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