Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement by improving student engagement that is used to improve the reading and mathematics skills of struggling students throughout the district. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 14, 2019

Boyle schools bridging the gap with SHARED learning model

Improving student engagement has led to increased achievement for special-needs students and those students who qualified for free- and reduced-price meals in Boyle County.
Amanda White poses for a picture with her 1st grade class at Straub Elementary (Mason County). The class is collecting shoes to donate to Haiti. They began with a goal of 25 pairs of shoes and are now at almost 200. Photo submitted by Amanda White

Straub Elementary donating shoes to Haiti

In what began as a discussion on helping the environment during Dr. Seuss Week, Amanda White’s 1st-grade class at Straub Elementary (Mason County) came up with the idea of collecting shoes to donate to Haiti.
Shelby Halstead, from left, Kristen Story and Kaitlyn Witt pose for a picture at the Educators Rising Kentucky annual state conference and competition. Story is an English teacher and Educators Rising adviser at Lincoln County High school, where both Halstead and Witt attend. Photo by Megan Gross, March 6, 2019

Kentucky’s future educators continue to grow through Educators Rising

The Educators Rising curriculum, which can be offered through the Teaching and Learning pathway, gives students that are interested in education a hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession and helps them develop the skills they need to be successful educators.
North Bullitt High School students, from left, Dakota Centers, Alex Rightsell and Brandon Bowles work on their roller coaster track. Photo submitted

Going loopy over STEM in Bullitt County

This year’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for middle and high schools in Bullitt County required constructing a roller coaster in less than...
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.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Congratulations to this year’s graduating seniors

For this year’s graduates, I want to be one of the first to say congratulations. Your hard work and your persistence are bearing fruit as you leave your graduation ceremony with your diploma in hand.
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.
News

Former social studies teacher named executive director of KBE

Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced the hiring of Jennifer Fraker as executive director of the Kentucky Board of Education. She begins this role with the department April 16.

New KDE website brings standards info to central location

The Commissioner's Teacher Advisory Council heard updates on a new website for the Kentucky Academic Standards and on the adoption and development of computer science standards.
Mya Webb, a 5th-grader at John G. Carlisle Elementary (Covington Independent) rides in a gyroscopic chair at the STLP State Championship while others wait their turn. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2017

12,000 Students Headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday, April 18.
Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Charles Harman provided a 2020-2022 Biennial Budget Update to the Kentucky Board of Education at its April 8 meeting. Photo by Jacob Perkins, April 8, 2019

KBE chairman requests current and historical budget analysis

Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Charles Harman provided a 2020-2022 Biennial Budget Update to the Kentucky Board of Education at its April 8 meeting.
News

Commissioner Lewis defines ‘novice’ scores as academic emergency

During the Kentucky Board of Education's April 10 meeting, Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis presented a report titled “The Meaning and Significance of Novice Performance on Assessments.”
Recognitions

Fayette science teacher named KEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Melanie Trowel, a 7th-grade science teacher at Leestown Middle School (Fayette County), has been named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Education Association.
Conferences

Sign up now for ‘Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab’

If you are wondering how standards revisions will affect your school, your classroom or your preparation of future educators, the "Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab: Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for 2019-2020" is for you.
Conferences

Assessment coordinators’ group seeks proposals for annual workshop

The Kentucky Association of Assessment Coordinators is accepting proposals for the Scott Trimble Assessment Workshop Oct. 28-29 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.
Conferences

Crushed stone association offers workshop on Kentucky’s rocks, minerals

The Kentucky Crushed Stone Association (KyCSA) will hold its annual teachers’ workshop, “Rocks and Minerals in Modern Society,” June 18-19 at the Georgetown College Leadership and Conference Center in Georgetown.
Conferences

KAEE hosting outdoor learning symposium in Lexington

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) will host its annual Outdoor Learning Symposium June 18 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

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