Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the...

In the past, Ana Reyes made efforts to contact the teacher who helped change her life, but couldn’t find her because she couldn’t...
Picture of Emma Stevens wearing a beekeepers outfit and holding a rack from her hive filled with bees.

Greenup County student buzzing following national beekeeping award

Like many younger children in her district, Emma Stevens used to be terrified of bees. Now, as the vice-president of Greenup County High School’s FFA chapter, she is playing an instrumental role in fighting common misconceptions about bees in her community.
Donnie Piercey works with his students on a project in a classroom.

Fayette County’s Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Donnie Piercey, a 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School (Fayette County), has been named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. Piercey, a 38-year-old Lexington resident, is using technology to help his school stay in touch with parents and students during remote learning.
Laura Peavley, Kentucky's 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaching her students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Peavley moved to West Louisville...

In Jefferson County, Laura Peavley has played a prominent role in shaping the school’s Montessori program, hoping to impact future generations. A believer in reaching students where they are, she relocated to be closer to them and better understand their daily struggles.
Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, teaching in his classroom.

2021 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Christopher McCurry uses poetry as an...

In Fayette County, Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, uses poetry to provide an outlet for students to discover their true selves. In response to the racial unrest in the country, he developed a course that focuses on the history of Black literature in America.
Graphic reading: From the desk of the commissioner, An update from Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.

Talking with Students About Jan. 6, 2021

Throughout the course of my education career, I have engaged in numerous discussions on how and if schools should discuss and teach controversial topics with students.
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Seniors: What’s your next step?

It soon will be a time of new beginnings for this year’s high school seniors. Even though their senior year hasn’t been what they anticipated, now is the time to be following through with plans for what comes next in their lives.
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What I’m most grateful for as a teacher in 2020

Erlanger-Elsmere Independent's Amanda Bell shares what she's been thankful for as a teacher for the 2020 school year.
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Americans have been learning skills to help them through the pandemic for over 75...

For many, it has taken a global pandemic to remind them of the importance of basic life skills. With restaurants closed and stay-at-home mandates, a growing number of adults have turned to online tutorials, social media recipes, and family and friends to learn basic life skills.
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My take on work-life balance as a teacher

Kenton County's Allison Stacy shares how she structures her classroom hours to ensure she keeps her time on the weekends for her family.
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Wishing you a happy holiday season

I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, much like all of you I’m sure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the things I like the most about the holidays are the traditions – decorating, spending time with neighbors and special dinners with friends and family.
Kentucky 2020-2021 Education Support Staff Professional Award: Robert Walker and Shelly Thomas

Walker, Thomas receive first Kentucky Education Support Staff Professional Award

Shelly Thomas from Barren County and Robert Walker of Harrison County were presented with the KESSP Award on Jan. 19. The newly created state award honors excellence by classified school employees and will be given annually.
School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council Virtual Meeting: January 19, 20201

SCAAC recommends changes to proposed weights in Kentucky’s accountability system

During its Jan. 19 virtual meeting, members of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)'s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC) approved a motion to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) that would adjust the recommended weights in the state’s accountability system. 
News

Public comment sought on addendum to Kentucky’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan

The Kentucky Department of Education will be seeking public comment on an addendum to Kentucky’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan to implement the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Graphic reading: Superintendents Webcast, January 12, 2021

Superintendents hear about $928 million in new funds, vaccine distribution plan

New federal legislation provides the largest discretionary K-12 funding in history, with new allowable uses and streamlined spending.
Graphic reading: 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Nominate a teacher. Deadline Feb. 20, 2021

Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.
Announcements

Apply for a chance at virtual tour of Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, which normally sees more than 15,000 students annually, hasn’t been able to host field trips during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the museum is giving away virtual field trips to 40 teachers and their classrooms – 20 from Kentucky and southern Indiana, and 20 to teachers in the rest of the country.
Conferences

Free summit Jan. 21 on teaching math during COVID-19

Education Week is offering a free online summit on Teaching Math in a Pandemic 1-2:30 p.m. ET Jan. 21. Participants can ask journalists and expert guests how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment and engagement in math.
Announcements

New Kentucky LEADS Academy aims to improve special education

A new academy at three Kentucky public universities, funded by a $1 million federal grant, aims to recruit and retain holders of Advanced Educational Leader - Director of Special Education certification, increasing the state’s capacity to provide services for children with disabilities.
Resources

Free online session on presidential transition

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and WORLD Channel are offering a free interactive event for students about hopes and expectations for the incoming Biden administration.
Contests

Four Kentucky students named finalists in national science contest

Four Kentucky students are among 300 semifinalists in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search, selected from 1,760 applicants across the nation and in 10 foreign countries.

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