Sunday, September 23, 2018
Marlie Conley, of Georgetown, pokes her head through a barricade to get a better look at a Triceratops at Jurassic Quest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 6, 2018

Walking with dinosaurs

If you've ever watched "Jurassic Park" and thought that a Tyrannosaurus rex would be fun to ride on or that you might actually want to meet a 6-foot tall carnivorous lizard, then Jurassic Quest is the place for you. 
New Kentucky Board of Education Chair Hal Heiner talked with students from West Hardin Middle School (Hardin County) about their solar heater at the ninth annual Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort. Heiner, who spent the past two years as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, says he hopes to bring a sense of urgency and an understanding of the rapidly changing economy to the board. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 28, 2016

Heiner wants to bring understanding of changing economy to state board

Louisville public high school graduate Hal Heiner, who most recently served as secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, became a Kentucky Board of Education member in April and was named chair at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in August.
Students take part in a live performance at the closing of the iRap Summer Camp at Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County). Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 27, 2018

iRap Summer Camp

Fans of hip-hop music have known for years that it has been used by artists to express feelings and shed light onto topics affecting their neighborhoods and communities.
Jesse Hairston, a research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helps students taking part in a scavenger hunt at a cybersecurity camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Kentucky School for the Deaf. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2018

Cybersecurity camp catches on at KSD

A summer camp exposed deaf and hard-of-hearing students to cybersecurity and the possibility of careers within the field.
The Kentucky Department of Education is helping to raise awareness of human trafficking in schools through its participation in a statewide task force. Human trafficking can take the form of either sex trafficking or labor trafficking. The image shows a woman with her hand on the shoulder of a girl, leading her toward a light. Photo illustration by Bobby Ellis

Taking steps in schools to fight human trafficking

The Kentucky Department of Education is part of a statewide task force that is raising awareness of human trafficking and providing training to educators and others on how to spot and report it.
Stephanie S. Luckett

The bridge to literary engagement

Owensboro's Stephanie S. Luckett says giving her students choice about which books they read through a "tasting menu" helped them become more engaged in their own learning.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

New system means big changes to school accountability measures

Starting this month, you’ll begin hearing much more about our new school accountability system and what it means for each district, school and student.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Proposed graduation requirements offer flexibility, accountability

Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Under Kentucky’s current graduation requirements, the answer is no, which is why I believe now is the time for us to make significant revisions to our requirements.
Bridget Powell

Educators can make a difference in mental health of students

Marshall County's Bridget Powell says teachers have a key role to play in helping their students become more resilient and develop good decision-making skills.
Jessica Dueñas

Preparing to build relationships and character

Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares how she spent her summer preparing herself to be the type of leader she wants her students to be at the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor

Hip-hop into learning

Jefferson County's NyRee Clayton-Taylor shares how she used hip-hop based education to find a new way to reach her students.

Kentucky high school students post dual credit gains

High school students taking dual credit courses and the number of credits they are earning is on a sharp rise in Kentucky, according to a report presented Sept. 21 at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education meeting.

2017-2018 state assessment results pre-release briefing scheduled

In preparation for the release of data from 2017-2018 state assessments and accountability determinations, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Communications will hold a virtual briefing 10 a.m. ET Sept. 20 for members of the working media and school public relations staff.

Child and Adult Care Food Program eligibility guidelines revised

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set the income eligibility guidelines for students and adults to participate in free/reduced-price meal programs through the Child and Adult Care Food Program for 2018-2019.
Scott Stump, assistant secretary of the United States Department of Education, left, talks with Aaron Sturgill, a senior at East Jessamine High School (Jessamine County), on board an educational bus used by AMTECK at its apprenticeship training facility in Lexington. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Sept. 12, 2018

Kentucky high school apprenticeship program receives national attention

The Tech Ready Apprenticeship for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) program was in the national spotlight Sept. 12 as U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Scott Stump toured a program site in Lexington as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Rethink School” Back-to-School tour.

Applications sought for Financial Literacy standards committees

Applications are being accepted for the Financial Literacy Standards Review and Development Committees and Advisory Panels.

One week remains to give feedback on revised social studies standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Computer-based ACT to be repeated for students unable to take exam

ACT plans to repeat the first ACT that was exclusively computer-based at international testing centers Sept. 29 for students who were unable to take the test due to glitches.

RFA issued for 21st Century Community Learning Centers program

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Continuous Improvement and Support is issuing a request for application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program for fiscal year 2019.

PIMSER to showcase math teachers’ work in grant project

The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) will host a showcase event featuring participants in the PIMSER-led 2016-2018 Making Algebraic Connections (MAC) grant project on Sept. 25 in the Perkins Building at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

PIMSER offers fall professional learning courses

The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) is offering a number professional learning opportunities in the coming months.

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