Monday, February 24, 2020
Beginning Feb. 24 and continuing through March 6, the Kentucky Department of Education will conduct field tests that will assess the current, newly adopted content area standards.

Elementary and middle schools to begin online testing in 2019-2020

Beginning Feb. 24 and continuing through March 6, the Kentucky Department of Education will conduct field tests that will assess current, newly adopted content area standards.
Former University of Kentucky basketball player and current Director of Campus Wellness at Kentucky State University Twany Beckham (right) speaks with his mentee Braelyn Taylor.

Frankfort Independent using mentors to help close the gaps

Frankfort Independent Schools has enlisted the help of faculty and staff from Kentucky State University to assist students in finding their passion areas while providing them with a sense of belonging.
Kathy Maciel, left, and Lisa Loague, right, behavior consultants with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, discuss the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines with educators at the Kentucky Department of Education’s Persistence to Graduation Summit in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, July 10, 2019

Threat assessment model catching on in Kentucky schools

School threat assessment teams are adopting the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines as a result of regional trainings by education cooperatives across the state.
Students in the Bloom Elementary (Jefferson County) mindful drumming group perform for their peers.

Jefferson County elementary students learning to Bloom through mindfulness

Cindy Plappert is a 20-year educator, the last 10 years being at Bloom Elementary. It was at Bloom where she began to implement mindfulness strategies, including calming breaths and periods of reflection, in her classroom because she noticed that some of her 3rd-grade students were struggling with anxiety.
A student works during a welding class at Corbin Area Technology Center. Photo by Jacob Perkins, Oct. 2, 2019

Data points to Kentucky’s student outcomes crisis

Statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students indicate that the number of students who are achieving success in postsecondary education isn’t what it should be.
KDE Employee Spotlight: Shelby County Area Technology Center business instructor LaShonda Hardin. "The best part of my job is witnessing those points of growth. Getting to see my students successfully apply the skills and concepts they've learned in my class is great."

KDE Employee Spotlight: LaShonda Hardin

This week is #LoveTeaching Week and to continue to honor CTE Month, the KDE Employee Spotlight goes to one of KDE’s amazing Area Technology Center teachers, LaShonda Hardin.
Aaron Thompson

Black History Month is urgent reminder to close Kentucky’s achievement gaps

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student at Berea.
KDE Employee Spotlight: Executive Adviser Leslie Slaughter

KDE Employee Spotlight: Leslie Slaughter

This week Leslie Slaughter is under the KDE Employee Spotlight. Learn more about her roles with the department and what she was doing prior to joining KDE.
Program Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling Damien Sweeney

KDE Employee Spotlight: Damien Sweeney

In the inaugural KDE Employee Spotlight,and in honor of National School Counseling Week 2020, we feature Program Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling Damien Sweeney.
Molly Greer

A vocabulary based solution for all learners

Former Boone and Oldham County teacher Molly Greer shares how she used functional vocabulary boards to help her students become more verbal.
Maria Derivan-George

Student work: How to get the results you want and know it

Since 2009, the Literacy Design Collaborative has been partnering with Kentucky teachers to create rigorous, authentic to the discipline, writing-in-response to reading assignments.

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students

Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017.

Kentucky School for the Blind to host Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge

The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and the American Printing House for the Blind will host the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Feb. 20 on the KSB campus at 1867 Frankfort Ave. in Louisville.

Feedback sought on Carl D. Perkins State Plan

Based on recent public input, the Kentucky Department of Education is seeking final feedback on its revised draft of the Carl D. Perkins State Plan, also known as Perkins V or the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
Some of the 219 Kentucky educators who make up the most recent class of National Board Certified Teachers pose for a photo at the Kentucky State Capitol. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 11, 2020

Kentucky recognizes 219 new National Board Certified Teachers

A total of 219 Kentucky educators were recognized Feb. 11 for recently obtaining the highest possible certification in the teaching profession, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

New summary report available on the School Report Card

The Kentucky Department of Education has released a new School Report Card school-level summary to provide parents, guardians and other stakeholders an at-a-glance view of how their schools are doing.

K-5 teachers invited to apply for Kentucky Reading Project

Applications are being accepted for the Kentucky Reading Project, a year-long graduate-level course focused on research-based literacy instruction for teachers in grades P-5.

Kentucky Ornithological Society offers funding opportunities

The Kentucky Ornithological Society offers two funding opportunities to help students who are interested in studying birds and/or a career in the field.

WKU Distinguished Educator Awards will celebrate educators’ contributions

The Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is accepting nominations for the inaugural WKU Distinguished Educator Awards, which will celebrate the contributions educators make to the teaching profession.

Honor an educator through UK recognition program

The University of Kentucky College of Education invites people to honor a teacher, professor, principal or other education professional who has made a difference through the Teachers Who Made a Difference program.

Kentucky 4-H encouraging schools to welcome international youth delegates

Kentucky 4-H is seeking to encourage Kentucky schools to allow international youth delegates from the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program to visit their schools in July and August.

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