Monday, May 10, 2021
Two women sit in chairs with their sleeves rolled up, while two nurses give them a shot in their arms.

Ballard County school nurses help health department give COVID-19 shots

Two nurses from the Ballard County school district are helping the local health department administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
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Ground zero for first COVID-19 case in Kentucky, Harrison County closes in on return...

Harrison County was the first Kentucky school district to be impacted by COVID-19. Now, the district is one step closer to a return to in-person instruction.
Janet Throgmorton, principal at Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County), takes a photo with her students before driving them home from school.

Kentucky principal goes the extra mile to ensure continued learning

Three years ago, Principal Janet Throgmorton of Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County) was looking for a way to save her district some money while addressing one of its most pressing needs.
A picture of a woman on stilts, a girl sitting on a bouncing ball and a boy playing with a baseball bat in a gym.

Kentucky shines in Healthy Schools awards

Forty-one of 45 Kentucky schools recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are part of the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville.
A woman sits at a desk with a computer in front of her, holding a virtual meeting.

BAVEL sets benchmark for Kentucky online education

BAVEL, Kentucky’s all-virtual public school, offers lessons for other districts now working to set up full-time online instruction due to COVID-19.
Christopher McCurry

Empathy, forgiveness and grace: Teaching tools we sharpened during the pandemic

This has not been a typical year, and I find myself in my students shoes more frequently. Maybe because the pair we’ve been given fit all of us: a pandemic that changed the way we live and learn.
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Celebrate yourself during Teacher Appreciation Week

Remember sitting in your undergraduate education classes, being bombarded with hypothetical situations to play out in your mind? That was scary. There were lots of things that made us think, “Is that really going to happen?” We had no idea what we were in for.
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Don’t forget to #ThankATeacher to show your appreciation this May

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 3-7. This year’s theme is #ThankATeacher. I am thankful every day for the teachers who have helped and inspired me along the way.
David Cook

Rethinking education: How am I smart?

In 2018, I had the good fortune of hearing a young man named Jemar Lee speak at the annual symposium of what is now called the Aurora Institute. At the time, Jemar was a student at Iowa Big, a leading learner-centered high school. Today, Jemar is a fellow with Education Reimagined, a national leader in learner-centered education and someone I’m proud to call friend.
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High-quality instructional resources matter

All of us at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are committed to the core values of equity, achievement, collaboration and integrity. These are the values that drive our work day after day.
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Teach a child, change a life

I like to say that people who are drawn to becoming teachers generally have a calling. That got me thinking; why do we often call teaching a calling?
A group of people wearing faces masks tour a workshop with a diesel engine in the foreground.

Commissioner Jason E. Glass tours Kentucky area technology center

Since joining the Kentucky Department of Education last September, Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass has been confined to a virtual view of the state’s 51 area technology centers.
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End of virtual Commissioner’s Listening Tour will begin Kentucky’s journey to a new education...

As Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass’ virtual Listening Tour comes to an end, the feedback and input received from Kentucky’s education community will be used to shape the future of public education in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky School for the Blind Advisory Board Virtual Meeting: Monday, May 3

Kentucky School for the Blind moves forward with in-person learning, summer school

In a year full of unique challenges, Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) students and staff continue to persist through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee Virtual Meeting: April 30, 2021

Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee works to establish vision ahead of science standard...

Over the course of two virtual meetings, the Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee established a vision that will guide their work as they begin the revision process for the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science.
COVID-19 American Rescue Plan: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER)

KDE updates ESSER guidance to include American Rescue Plan Act ESSER

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released updated guidance on the use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds on May 3 following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Announcements

KASC offering formative assessment online course

KASC is expanding its online course offerings to include “Assessment of Learning.”
Recognitions

Tina Haggard receives KASA Office Professional Award

Tina Haggard, the school office administrator for The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary (Fayette County), received the 2021 Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) Office Professional Award.
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Pulaski County senior chosen as Educators Rising national vice president

Educators Rising Kentucky is proud to announce that one of their own student leaders has been selected to serve as the national vice president of programs for Educators Rising for the 2021-2022 school year.
Announcements

Counselor openings at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation camps

Counselors are needed for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s summer conversation camps.
Contests

Seth Lance Memorial Film Festival accepting submissions

The Seth Lance Memorial Film Festival is accepting film submissions for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship.

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