Thursday, June 20, 2019
Colin Mooney, from South Warren High School (Warren County), presents his project, LockBox, at the 2019 LGEC.

Future business leaders shine at 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Northern Kentucky University hosted the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 12. Students from throughout the state gathered to present their projects and ideas to various business professionals.
A Glasgow High School (Glasgow Independent) student wears a school T-shirt in Misty Claywell’s foods and nutrition class. Photo by Megan Gross, April 8, 2019

A model of success

Glasgow High School has established a culture in which it motivates its students to succeed and provides them with the means to do so.
Matthew Courtney, center, an educational recovery consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits, talks with Curtis Higgins, left, and Leesa Moman, two of KDE’s educational recovery specialists, during a workshop on supporting the evidence-based requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Elevating Evidence is ‘really just what good educators do’

The Kentucky Department of Education is helping schools meet the evidence-based requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
David Mato, instructional media teacher at Maxwell Elementary School (Fayette County), shows off the interactive bulletin board created by the school's STLP students.

Embassy of Spain names Maxwell Elementary the 2018-2019 School of the Year

Students at Maxwell Elementary, Kentucky’s oldest immersion program, learn global competency along with their regular classes.
Jessica McPherson, the principal at Gamaliel Elementary School (Monroe County), takes a look at what student Danyel Combs is working on in a social studies class.

Novice reduction, one relationship at a time

The staff at a Monroe County elementary school works to make sure its struggling students don’t continue to struggle.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

More than just funding needed to ensure equity, achievement in schools

While it is important that we address our funding challenges in public education, I am deeply concerned that much of the dialogue has been largely limited to just a funding conversation. The reality of our situation is that achieving KDE and KBE’s shared vision of ensuring that each and every student, regardless of background and characteristics, is empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, will take much more than funding.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Addressing teacher shortages: Traditional and alternative routes to teaching

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before.
Aaron Thompson

Letter to Kentucky graduates: College is still worth it

You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used to be.  As president of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, I challenge this notion and assure you that your college education was worth it.
Beverly Joan Boulware

Opening the treasures of the language of math with children’s literature

During the past 25 years, the use of children’s literature as a context for teaching mathematical language has become a popular classroom practice and has been accompanied by an explosion in the number of children’s books that have been written specifically for such use.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Novice: The academic emergency room

One of THE most important initiative we’re undertaking at the Kentucky Department of Education is novice reduction.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Congratulations to this year’s graduating seniors

For this year’s graduates, I want to be one of the first to say congratulations. Your hard work and your persistence are bearing fruit as you leave your graduation ceremony with your diploma in hand.
The Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force is ready to take a hard look at career and technical education in Kentucky in an attempt to address inequities in the system.

Legislative task force to examine CTE systems

The Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force held the first in a series of meetings June 18 that could lead to structural and funding reforms.
Members of the Education Professional Standards Board listen as Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, third from left, and Kentucky Department of Education Chief Digital Officer Marty Park, front right, discuss the need for more computer science teachers in Kentucky. Lewis told the board KDE will be working to combat teacher shortages in a number of areas. Photo by Danielle Harris, June 17, 2019

KDE, EPSB to tackle teacher shortages

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said raising awareness of teaching opportunities available to other professionals will be an important part of the work to combat “significant” teacher shortages in Kentucky.
More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by KDE staff.

More than 2,000 Kentucky educators attend academic standards learning labs

More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by Kentucky Department of Education staff.

KBE moves Menifee County from state management to state assistance

At its regular meeting on June 5, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to move Menifee County schools from being under state management to state assistance.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, center, announces a new summer reading and math initiative at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting June 5.

Kentucky Department of Education launches summer reading initiative

Children will be given free books at several lunch programs being held across the state this summer as a part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s summer reading and math initiative, Stride, Don’t Slide!

Nominations open for KBE’s Kelly Award

The Kentucky Board of Education is accepting nominations for the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership. The award honors a Kentucky businessperson who has partnered with a public school or district to provide outstanding leadership that promotes school improvement and student success.

North American Association for Environmental Education to meet in Lexington

The North American Association for Environmental Education will hold its annual conference Oct. 16-19 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Kentucky Science Center hosting STEM summits for students

The Kentucky Science Center is hosting Youth Science Summits for middle school and high school students June 22 at Lexmark in Lexington and July 10 at Genscape in Louisville.

Nominations open for annual environmental education awards

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education is accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Environmental Education Awards.

Revised reading and writing, math standards documents available

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for reading and writing and mathematics have been adopted into law.

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