Friday, July 19, 2019
Samantha Fowler makes a point using American Sign Language during one of the two ASL classes at West Jessamine High School (Jessamine County). Photo by Mike Marsee, May 10, 2019

Breaking a language barrier

A Jessamine County High School offered American Sign Language courses for the first time this year that could be used to fulfill a world language requirement.
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year passes on her passion for reading

Erin Ball was named the 2020 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Callahan, a 4th-grade science teacher at London Elementary School (Laurel County), was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year by Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). Kaufman, a high school English teacher at Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County), was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year.

Teachers of the Year make the most of creativity

Melanie Callahan was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Matt Kaufmann was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year
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.
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.

A call to shake things up

An unconventional principal told educators at the Kentucky Department of Education’s Persistence to Graduation Summit they should be willing to disrupt the status quo to improve their schools.
Joseph Dechant, left, and Dylan Burch work on assignments as coordinator Leslie Miller moves past them at Jackson Academy (Warren County), which was one of the districts featured in the report.

New KDE publication highlights Persistence to Graduation success stories

The Kentucky Department of Education and the American Policy Youth Forum have collaborated on a report that features examples of key strategies and practices in four areas.

SCAAC discusses Kentucky’s accountability system, new standards

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and every three years thereafter, KDE will identify a school for ATSI if the school has been identified for TSI and has at least one subgroup that performs in the lowest 5% of all schools.
David Horseman, center, associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, told a legislative task force July 10 that the top priority in developing a unified system for delivering career and technical education should be finding the best way to share the resources.

A better CTE system starts with pooling resources

Associate Commissioner David Horseman told the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force that finding the best way to share resources should be the top priority in developing a unified system for career and technical education.

Kentucky making great gains in providing summer meals to children

While participation in the Summer Food Service Program is on the decline nationally, Kentucky’s participation increased in 2018 for the third year in a row, according to a new report from the nonprofit Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).

Kentucky Council for the Social Studies seeks conference proposals

The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) is accepting proposals for its annual conference Sept. 13-14 at Valley High School in Louisville.

Leslie schools recognized for entrepreneurial education

The Leslie County schools have been recognized for its work in entrepreneurial education by Hazard Community and Technical College and the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

Rowan teacher named Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year

Bradley McKinney, an agriculture teacher at Rowan County Senior High School, has been named the Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky FFA Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators.

KDE seeks applicants for assessment item review

The Kentucky Department of Education Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability is seeking classroom teachers in grades 3-12 and content specialists working in support of teachers to review items for future Kentucky assessments in reading and writing, mathematics and social studies.

NKCES offering physical education, visual and performing arts academy

The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services will host the Regional Physical Education/Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy on July 29 at the NKCES training center in Cold Spring.

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