Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Teacher Aneesah Nu'Man, right, works with Yennifer Coca during her AP Computer Science Principles class at Iroquois High School (Jefferson County). Nu’Man is one of more than 100 teachers across the state now teaching computer science thanks to the computer science initiative, which includes a professional learning component aimed at training computer science teachers. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 23, 2018

Spreading computer science across Kentucky

KDE’s three-year initiative is designed to expand access to and participation in computer science courses and bring advanced coursework to underserved students.
Diane Stivers Allen addresses Kentucky Department of Education staff during a town hall at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation in London. Stivers Allen, an instructional supervisor in the Clay County schools, said an important part of preparing students for future success is preparing teachers to work outside of traditional content areas to meet students’ needs. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2018

Taking on the process of building better graduates

The Kentucky Department of Education is gathering feedback about possible changes to high school graduation requirements.
Emily Northcutt, left, a library media specialist at Hearn Elementary School (Franklin County), helps a colleague at a #KYGoDigital regional event last summer in Bowling Green, where she helped lead a track for library media specialists. Seven regional meetings will be held this summer, including an online event. Photo submitted, June 8, 2017

#KYGoDigital: More than a hashtag

Live online events, regional learning events and a hashtag are part of an educator-led initiative to help schools and districts make the most of digital tools.
Daphne Boles, a pre-school teacher at Graves Central Elementary, looks at a seed growing experiment with Dahlia Ruelas, Alana Hearson and Sophie Williams in Boles' pre-schoool class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 28, 2018

Graves Central Elementary armors up as a Blue Ribbon School

Graves Central Elementary, recognized as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, credits the recognition to the school's family atmosphere and strong belief in students' ability to succeed.
Fifth-grade students at Taylorsville Elementary (Spencer County) are being taught about repsonsibility by a Spencer County High School student. The district's new Work Ethic Certification program is based on Junior Achievement’s curriculum with grades 4-12 each learning different skill. Photo submitted

The skills to succeed

Districts across the state are teaching their students what they need to be successful in the workplace.
Sheri A. Rhodes

Meeting the needs of gifted students in mixed-ability classrooms

Jefferson County's Sheri A. Rhodes said she felt like she was failing her gifted students because so much of her time was being spent on students who were below grade level, but then she discovered how differentiated instruction could help everyone in her classroom.
Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis Jr.

Giving thanks to all of Kentucky’s teachers

Teaching is a demanding profession. To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, scheduled for May 7-11, I'd like to thank all of Kentucky's educators for the outstanding things they do for their students every day.
Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis Jr.

Doing our best for every child

I've recorded a new short video for all of Kentucky's teachers to share my priorities in education. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and thank you for all you do for the Commonwealth's children.
Amy Bolar

A different way to get students to buy in

Fleming County's Amy Bolar said when you are trying to get student buy-in, it might be best to focus your efforts on a particular small set of students.
Amelia Brown

Being a teacher means continuing to learn

Kenton County's Amelia Brown says pursuing National Board certification is a major investment of time and resources, but teachers and students benefit by trying to stretch their abilities.
Stacey Russell

School counselors: A key to student success

Boone County's Stacey Russell explains how the role of school counselor has changed over the years and why it's so important for counselors to have the time to focus on student needs.

KASA names Fred Award finalists

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators announced the finalists for the 2018 Fred Award.

Kentucky launches apprenticeship program for social services

Gov. Matt Bevin announced an innovative new registered apprenticeship pilot program aimed at strengthening social services careers throughout the Commonwealth.
Jessica Dueñas, of Oldham County Middle School, was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), was named the 2019 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 15, 2018

Jessica Dueñas named 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Jessica Dueñas, a 10-year teaching veteran who has taught special education classes for three years at Oldham County Middle School, is the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Feedback sought on revised reading and writing standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading and Writing, formerly known as English/language arts standards.

Input sought on proposed waiver to spend carryover funds on school improvement

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver to use carryover federal funds rather than returning them to the federal government.

Wolf Creek hatchery program features two outdoor curricula

The environmental education team at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery will host a professional learning program featuring the Project Flying Wild and Project Aquatic Wild curricula July 18 at its facility near Jamestown.

EPA seeking schools for Air Quality Flag Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking new participants for its Air Quality Flag Program, which can inform students, staff and parents about the air quality in their communities.

Morehead Writing Project presents Online Summer Institute

The Morehead Writing Project will offer its Online Summer Institute July 2-27. The asynchronous seminar allows teachers who are unable to attend a traditional invitational summer institute the opportunity to participate in the National Writing Project (NWP) experience.

Federal Reserve offers program on teaching economics through children’s literature

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch, is offering a free professional learning program on teaching economic concepts to elementary school students using popular children’s books. The program is set for June 12-14 at its office in the National City Tower in Louisville.

Persistence to Graduation Summit focuses on dropout prevention

Registration is open for the 2018 Persistence to Graduation Summit: Cultivating Resilience, which will be June 28-29 at the Lexington Convention Center.

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