Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Melissa Smith, a 5th-grade teacher at LBJ Elementary School (Breathitt County), has her picture taken with a Twitter post photo frame at a recognition ceremony for teachers who have been newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Frankfort. Smith is among 191 Kentucky teachers who earned National Board certification in 2018. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 19, 2019

New National Board-certified teachers called on to improve education

A group of nearly 200 NBCTs includes a Breathitt County teacher who didn’t earn her certification until the 20th year of her teaching career.
Angie Beavin’s students celebrate with her following the surprise announcement at which she was named a Milken Educator Award winner. Beavin’s students have consistently ranked at or near the top of the district in MAP scores for the past three years, and her school, Peaks Mill Elementary School, went from being ranked last among Franklin County’s elementary schools to being ranked first. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 11, 2019

Milken award winner shines when teaching both students, teachers

Angie Beavin, a 5th-grade teacher in Franklin County, is passionate about helping her fellow teachers grow as well as her students.
Students in a woodworking class at Bullitt Area Technology Center greeted Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis on a tour of the school before the “Conversations with the Commissioner” event. Photo by Megan Gross, Jan. 29, 2018

Commissioner tours Bullitt, Nelson County schools

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis recently began a monthly series of visits to Kentucky area technology centers, and high, middle and elementary schools across the Commonwealth.
Shawnda Fizer, a 5th-grade teacher at Ewing Elementary School (Fleming County), discusses “The Opportunity Myth” study with colleagues at a meeting of the Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council in Frankfort. The study released last year concludes that while students tended to succeed equally on grade-level work, many students of color are not being given grade-level assignments. Photo by Mike Marsee, Jan. 18, 2019

Study’s findings can sharpen KDE’s efforts to close the gap

A report examining students’ educational experiences could help the Kentucky Department of Education’s efforts to address the achievement gap.
Rob Akers, the associate commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Education’s newly created Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE), talks with colleagues as he and other members of his staff make the move to KDE's headquarters in Frankfort. Akers' office, which was created through a merger and a reorganization, serves educators and future educators in areas ranging from teacher recruitment and preparation to principal certification. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 13, 2018

The one-stop shop for ‘all things teacher’

Rob Akers was ready to take on a challenge as associate commissioner of KDE’s new Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Kentucky’s students cannot afford to lose instructional days due to work stoppages

On March 14, in accordance with the authority granted to the Kentucky commissioner of education by a state law that dates back decades, I sent an email to 10 school district superintendents requesting records and documents.
Nyree Clayton-Taylor

Remixing the traditional essay to empower students

As a freshman in college, I remember being mesmerized by a young artists and repertoire executive named Sean “Puffy” Combs from Uptown Records. While Puffy can take credit for reconstructing the remix, Obasi Shaw and A.D. Carson, two young African American scholars, can be credited with the modernizing and remixing of the traditional essay.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

New program aims to increase diversity in teacher workforce

There is no greater education equity issue in Kentucky than ensuring every public school student in Kentucky has a highly-qualified and effective teacher. But as we continue to build our teacher workforce around effectiveness, we also must be attuned to building a workforce that is more reflective of the incredible diversity of Kentucky students and communities.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

We can make black history today

Learning about and celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the building, development and success of the United States was an important part of my childhood and schooling. It is important to me as an educator and even more important to me as a father.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

The imperative of achievement gap closure in Kentucky

One of the most notable of the education challenges we continue to face are socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps. Even with the progress we have made in recent decades with increases in achievement overall, we have made very little progress with closing such gaps.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Early identification key for children with dyslexia

The Kentucky Department of Education recently released a K-3 Dyslexia Toolkit for families and teachers. This 20-page document provides guidance for teachers about how to identify and provide support for children who have dyslexia.

Bullitt bus driver, administrator lauded for helping to save student’s life

A bus driver and an assistant principal from the Bullitt County schools have been recognized by Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis for their role in saving a student’s life.

KDE celebrating Public Schools Week March 25-29

The Kentucky Department of Education is joining educators and education organizations around the nation in celebrating Public Schools Week March 25-29.

Revised Kentucky Academic Standards adopted for 2019-2020 school year

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for health education, physical education, reading and writing, and mathematics have been adopted into law.
Damien Sweeney, KDE’s program coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling, addresses mental health concerns from the Student Advisory Council. Photo by Jacob Perkins, March 20, 2019

Student Advisory Council discusses mental health, teacher quality

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council met March 20 to discuss student mental health and Kentucky’s need for high-quality teachers.

Work to create standards for school counselors continues

School counselors and postsecondary partners on two advisory councils are working to develop standards both for school counselors and for the preparation of prospective counselors, as well as a model that will illustrate what effective school counseling should look like.

Lecture to focus on preparing students for success in a globalized world

Louisville Collegiate School will host a talk by Derrick Gay on preparing students for success in a globalized world from 5:30-7 p.m. March 27 at Thornton Dining Commons on the school’s campus.

Rural College Access and Success Summit to be held in Lexington

The Rural College Access and Success Summit will be April 28-30 at Lexington Convention Center.

KAEE offers teaching resources for environmental educators

The KAEE TREE has been developed as a means to connect educators with professionals who can assist with the integration of environmental concepts into all content areas.

EKU hosting Science and Math Camp for junior and seniors

The Eastern Kentucky University College of Science will host its Science and Math Camp June 2-7 on the EKU campus in Richmond.

Summer journalism camp offered in Morehead

The Morehead Writing Project will offer a summer journalism camp for high school students June 9-15 at Morehead State University.

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