Monday, October 22, 2018
Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant at North Butler Elementary (Butler County), hugs Aiden Justis during class. Renfrow, who began working at the school as a volunteer, received the 2018 Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

A heart for kids – and a whole bunch of hugs

Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant in Butler County, is the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Fred Award.
Teresa Spann, the principal at McNabb Elementary School (Paducah Independent), takes a walk around the school grounds. Such walks are among the self-care techniques Spann practices. She said she has come to realize the value of self-care, which can take a number of forms. Submitted photo by Wayne Walden

A careful approach to self-care

Educators are learning that it’s necessary to take some time to take care of themselves in order to better meet the needs of their students.
Cherry tomatoes are chopped up during the lab portion of a hands on summer training session for school nutrition professionals put on by the Kentucky of Education in partnership with the Institute of Child Nutrition at Henry County Middle School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2018

Cooking from scratch

Over the summer the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of School and Community Nutrition teamed up with the Institute of Child Nutrition to host a series of hands-on summer training sessions for school nutrition professionals. 
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis meets with Myron Jackson, a student at the Jessamine Career and Technical Center, to hear what the senior has learned in his medical pathway. During Lewis' State of Education Address, he said it is important that all students get the chance to explore careers and find a future they are passionate about. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 28, 2018

Helping kids find their passion

At his State of Education address, Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis said educators need to find new ways of making sure a child’s biggest supporter – their parents – is involved in the classroom.
Tiffany Gruen, an instructional coach and gifted and talented teacher at Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, center, works with the 13-member Review and Development Committee during the writing of proposed new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies. Feedback on the draft standards will be collected by the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center through Sept. 27. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2018

Teachers create new draft of social studies standards

K-12 teachers, postsecondary representatives and members of the business community have all been involved in writing the new standards, which are now out for public comment.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Bringing parents to the table

The Every Student Succeeds Act – the federal law that governs K-12 public education – the phrase “parent and family engagement” is used in lieu of “parental involvement.” While that seems like a minor change, I think it is a big shift in how we think about the relationship between families and our schools.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor

Unleashing the power of ‘I Can’ by believing in students

Jefferson County's NyRee Clayton-Taylor explains how teachers can help their students achieve by giving them a voice and the opportunity to succeed.
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.
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KDE launches new professional learning website

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new Professional Learning Bulletin Board website, which gives educators information regarding professional development providers and programs.

Kentucky graduates see slight increase on ACT

The percentage of Kentucky public high school graduates meeting the state’s college readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in English, mathematics and reading saw an incremental increase, according to data released Oct. 17 by ACT.
Kentucky Department of Education Social Studies Consultant Lauren Gallicchio works with teachers from across Kentucky serving on the Social Studies Advisory Panel to consider and respond to more than 5,000 comments received from the public about the proposed new social studies standards. Photo by Megan Gross, Oct. 15, 2018

Social Studies Advisory Panel reviews public comments on standards

Social studies teachers from across the Commonwealth met Oct. 15-16 at the Kentucky Department of Education’s offices to thoughtfully consider and respond to the 1,227 respondents who provided 5,306 public comments on the survey of the draft Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies.

KDE seeks feedback on career studies standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Career Studies (formerly known as vocational studies).
Neighborhood children enjoy a free, nutritious meal as part of the statewide Summer Food Service Program. To locate an SFSP feeding site, call the National Hunger Hotline at (866) 3HUNGRY or (866) 348-6479. Meals also can be located by texting "Food" to 877-877. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 15, 2017

Kentucky children benefited from more summer meals in 2018

Kentucky Summer Food Service sponsors, along with many partners across the state, are celebrating the increase in the number of summer meals served to children across Kentucky in 2018.

REL Appalachia to host workshop on family engagement in Manchester

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia will host a family engagement workshop Nov. 7 at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester Campus.
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KDE launches new professional learning website

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new Professional Learning Bulletin Board website, which gives educators information regarding professional development providers and programs.

Kentucky Exceptional Children’s Institute to be held in Louisville

The Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children and the Kentucky Department of Education will host their annual Kentucky Exceptional Children’s Institute Nov. 18-20 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

KAPHERD to hold annual conference in Lexington

The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will hold its annual convention Nov. 11-13 at Embassy Suites Lexington.

PBS offering professional learning series on literature

PBS is offering a free virtual professional learning series about literature in the classroom.

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