Thursday, September 19, 2019
June McCreary, a health sciences instructor at Madison County Area Technology Center’s campus at Estill County High School, laughs with fellow teachers at a New Teacher Institute training session at the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education’s summer conference in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, July 24, 2019

Smoothing an alternative pathway for CTE teachers

The Kentucky Department of Education’s New Teacher Institute plays an important role in training and retaining CTE teachers who come from the workforce.
Christine Webb, a student at Monroe County Area Technology Center, reviews specifications and instructions for the cabinetmaking competition at the SkillsUSA Championships at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 26, 2019

All students succeed at SkillsUSA

Students came to the national SkillsUSA conference for the competition, and they benefitted from the experience no matter where they finished.
Alexis Adams from Mason County High School stands in front of her project for the Agriscience fair at the 2019 FFA State Convention Expo.

FFA State Convention Expo draws more than 2,300

Students competed in various competitions at the 90th Kentucky State FFA Convention, but it was the experiences and skills they learned along the way that they will take with them into college and the workforce.
Trina Fuller shows a book to her 4th-grade students at Hickman County Elementary School during a reading lesson. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 23, 2019

Improving reading through attention to detail

A research project has increased student proficiency in some west Kentucky elementary schools by focusing on what they need within each school and within small groups of students.
Patti Farley, a Title I interventionist at Spottsville Elementary School, works with a group of students during a Tier II intervention. Photo by Megan Gross, March 20, 2019

Retired teachers help raise the bar at Spottsville

Spottsville Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Henderson County, is providing interventions to all students in mathematics and reading.
Melanie Callahan

London Elementary building a brand with Tippy the Tiger

London Elementary School (Laurel County) students are in for a terrific treat this year. Students in pre-K through 5th grade are being introduced to a reboot of their Positive Behavioral Intervention System mascot, Tippy the Tiger.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Understanding Kentucky’s new 5-Star accountability system

When Kentucky’s 5-star school accountability system goes live this fall, it will offer parents across the Commonwealth a new and more transparent way to understand how their children’s schools are performing.
Claire Gwaltney

Museum resources for the social studies classroom

The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies look very different from the old ones. Perhaps the most notable change is the new emphasis on Kentucky studies, a subject once relegated to 4th grade but now addressed in every K-12 classroom.
Torri Lee Martin

PD for you and me

Jefferson County's Torri Lee Martin says using the workshop model for professional development can lead to more effective learning and more satisfied teachers.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

As the workplace changes, so must education

It is imperative that we ensure our students have the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in this changing economy. Understanding how technology is affecting us in the present and how our schools have to adapt quickly to those changes is not easy, but we have to do it.
Leigh Cocanougher

How environmental education can lead to novice reduction

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education's Leigh Cocanougher explains how environmental education may be a tool to help reduce the number of students scoring Novice on statewide testing.

Public feedback sought on new minimum high school graduation requirements

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public feedback on the state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements.

SREB offers look at six state CTE systems

A report from the Southern Regional Education Board to the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force emphasized the importance of knowing what Kentucky’s workforce should look like in 10 to 15 years.
Ben Shirley, a senior at Kentucky School for the Deaf, talks to directors of special education at a conference held by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Strengthening special education through teamwork

A conference for directors of special education was designed to strengthen their partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education.
Brian Gong of the Center for Assessment leads a discussion with a panel of educators and other stakeholders whose recommendations were used to define the parameters of Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 5, 2019

Commissioner accepts recommendation that will define 5-star rating system

A panel convened by the Kentucky Department of Education has made recommendations as to how schools and districts will be classified in Kentucky’s new school accountability system.

Kentucky receives C- grade on state’s education system from Ed Week

The Education Week Research Center released nationwide results from the third and final installment of the "Quality Counts 2019" report card today, rating Kentucky a C-, just below the national average of C.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary offers free field trips, travel grants

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary near Lexington offers free field trips for classes and transportation grants for Fayette County educators.

KAPHERD convention to be held in Louisville

The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will hold its annual convention Oct. 13-15 at Westport Middle School and the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Bullitt school earns recognition from Special Olympics

Bullitt East High School (Bullitt County) has been recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School and as a national banner recipient by Special Olympics. Bullitt East is the only Kentucky school in the 2019 class of National Banner Unified Champion Schools and one of three in Kentucky to achieve this recognition.

Prichard Committee’s parent leadership institute accepting applications

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is accepting applications for the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Class of 2020.

‘Student Bill of Rights,’ ‘In God We Trust’ legislation available on LRC website

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is required by law to inform district and school administrations as well as all classified staff of specific laws pertaining to the Kentucky "Student Bill of Rights" and the requirement that "In God We Trust" be placed in a prominent location in all Kentucky schools.

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