Monday, May 27, 2019
Bell Central School Center (Bell County) students Sophia Goode and Eli Knuckles compete in the Robo Challenge Xtreme competition at the STLP State Championship.

2019 STLP State Championship brings 12,000 students to Lexington

Nearly 12,000 K-12 students from across the state showed judges what they can do with technology in arts and STEM at the 2019 Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship April 18 in Rupp Arena.
A first responder leans in to help Ady Hulett search for eggs in the KSB library during the accessible Easter egg hunt. First responders from Louisville and Fort Knox assisted the students in their search for accessible Easter eggs. Photo by Jacob Perkins, April 19, 2019

KSB students enjoy Easter fun with an accessible egg hunt

Hunting eggs has long been a staple for children around Easter. However, children with visual impairments can miss out on the fun. The Kentucky School for the Blind has found a way to get their students involved in the Easter tradition by hosting an accessible egg hunt.
Charles Parker, a member of the Laurel County schools’ Security Response Team, high-fives a student as he drops into a class at South Laurel Middle School. In the future, there may be more school safety people with the passage of Senate Bill 1 during the 2019 Regular Session of the Kentucky Legislature. Known as the School Safety and Resiliency Act, the bill calls for establishing a state school safety marshal, conducting risk assessments, boosting safety and prevention training, requiring superintendents to appoint a school safety coordinator, increasing awareness of suicide prevention efforts, encouraging collaboration with law enforcement, and, as funds become available, hiring more counselors and school resource officers in school districts. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

2019 Regular Session sees changes in school safety, teacher tribunals and accountability

Local school boards and districts will see changes as a result of legislation passed during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session, which came to a close on March 28. The most notable changes includes those in Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 175 and House Bill 11.
Two students at King Elementary School (Jefferson County), part of a group of gifted and talented students who are brought together for instruction, collaborate on a project in which they will build a bed for a doll. The school had three students in an advanced program for gifted students in 2015, which was the start of a four-year project that has helped the school identify and serve more gifted students from underserved populations. There will be 27 students in the program when the 2019-2020 school year begins. Photo by Megan Gross, March 11, 2019

Digging deeper to unearth gifted students

A program that has helped identify and serve gifted students in underserved populations at some Jefferson County schools could have implications across the state.
Christy Bryce, the director of intervention in the Warren County schools, leads a training on trauma-informed practices for bus drivers and monitors at the district’s transportation center. The training was part of a districtwide initiative to include classified staff in training on trauma-informed practices for all adults who interact with students. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 22, 2019

Seeing what students bring onto the bus

School bus drivers and monitors in Warren County have been given trauma-informed training to help them better understand their students.
Beverly Joan Boulware

Opening the treasures of the language of math with children’s literature

During the past 25 years, the use of children’s literature as a context for teaching mathematical language has become a popular classroom practice and has been accompanied by an explosion in the number of children’s books that have been written specifically for such use.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Novice: The academic emergency room

One of THE most important initiative we’re undertaking at the Kentucky Department of Education is novice reduction.
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.

Feedback sought on assessment blueprints for reading/writing, math and social studies

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on draft assessment blueprints for reading/writing, mathematics and social studies.
Erin Elizabeth Ball, center, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), was named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a May 20 ceremony in Frankfort.

Erin Ball Named 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools.
Carolyn Gulley, daughter of the late Margaret D. Marshall, and Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis cut the ribbon to open the new Margaret D. Marshall Elementary School.

New elementary school building dedicated at KSD

Margaret D. Marshall Elementary School, a state-of-the-art facility on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, was dedicated May 14 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Social studies standards approved by regulation subcommittee

The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee approved new social studies standards during its May 14 meeting at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort and will tentatively go into law July 5.

New resources available for revised minimum graduation requirements

On April 5, Kentucky's new minimum high school graduation requirements became law. Several tools are available on the Minimum High Graduation Requirements webpage, including a FAQ and several charts to help people understand the new changes and how they impact other important elements of Kentucky education.

18 teachers receive scholarships for AP Summer Institutes

Eighteen Kentucky teachers have been awarded scholarships to one of four College Board Advanced Placement Summer Institutes. The scholarships totaling $18,200 cover the cost of tuition and, in some cases, expenses for the weeklong professional development programs.

KAEE offers environmental education boot camp

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) will hold its EE Boot Camp June 10-12 at Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory near Crab Orchard.

New summer ‘Stride, Don’t Slide’ resource available

The Kentucky Department of Education has compiled a list of resources to help families help their children fight summer reading and math regression. A new “Stride, Don’t Slide” flyer lists resources families can use this summer to help their children make strides while school is not in session.

KDE hosting free session on teacher retention

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the State Human Capital Alliance, is hosting a free full-day session on induction and retention of educators for school and district leaders June 13 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.

KDE offers clarification on early graduation program

The Kentucky Department of Education has attempted to clarify its early graduation program by adding several questions and answers to its list of frequently asked questions on minimum high school graduation requirements.

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