Thursday, January 23, 2020
A student works during a welding class at Corbin Area Technology Center. Photo by Jacob Perkins, Oct. 2, 2019

Data points to Kentucky’s student outcomes crisis

Statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students indicate that the number of students who are achieving success in postsecondary education isn’t what it should be.
Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, works on a greenhouse.

Western Hills junior creating Moore Goodness

Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, founded Moore Goodness for her supervised agricultural experience.
Sherri Clusky, a program consultant in KDE’s Division of Student Success who trains school staff members in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, explains an exercise to Montgomery County school staff members during a training session at the Montgomery County Public Library.

District presents a united front to battle bullying

Montgomery County schools are implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program across the entire district.
Colton Kessinger, from Spencer County High School, operates a driving simulator from CAT.

K4C Construction Days draws about 3,000 students from across Kentucky

Students visited exhibitors that ranged from construction professionals to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and different colleges to talk about their next steps after graduation.
Summer Amro, a second-year social studies teacher at Woodford County High School,

Woodford County aims to retain teachers with induction program

Woodford County Public Schools has created a teacher induction program that is instilling a culture within the district that is making its teachers want to stay.
Molly Greer

A vocabulary based solution for all learners

Former Boone and Oldham County teacher Molly Greer shares how she used functional vocabulary boards to help her students become more verbal.
Maria Derivan-George

Student work: How to get the results you want and know it

Since 2009, the Literacy Design Collaborative has been partnering with Kentucky teachers to create rigorous, authentic to the discipline, writing-in-response to reading assignments.
Amanda Klare

Using social media to lift other teachers up

Teachers should be supporting other teachers; not competing against one another or trying to outdo the person in the classroom down the hall. We should be sharing our ideas, celebrating one another’s successes and trying to lift one another up when we are down.
Melanie Callahan

Early Literacy: Beyond bells and whistles

Early literacy is a crucial step in overcoming learning gaps and propelling students toward proficiency. From pre-K to kindergarten, families and schools are on...
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Declaring war on Novice performance

More than 60,000 of Kentucky’s elementary and middle school students and nearly 1-in-4 of Kentucky’s high school students are in that state of academic emergency. It is an incredibly dangerous place for our children to be.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

In education, preparing students for the current and future workforce is key

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority.
Community Survey: Help us define which qualities are important in Kentucky's next education commissioner

SURVEY: KBE seeks feedback in search for next commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education is inviting residents and stakeholders to take a community survey on the qualities they would like to see in the state’s next education commissioner.
Kentucky Board of Education Special Meeting January 17, 2020

KBE lays out next steps in search for new education commissioner

At a special meeting Jan. 17, the Kentucky Board of Education appointed board members Cody Pauley Johnson, Sharon Porter Robinson and Lee Todd to a team that will evaluate proposals from executive search firms vying to help the board find Kentucky’s next education commissioner.
Announcements

GoTeachKY using 10 teacher ambassadors to promote teaching profession 

The GoTeachKY campaign to recruit the next generation of educators has partnered with 10 teacher ambassadors across the state to help promote the teaching profession.
News

Nominations open for KBE’s Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy

The Kentucky Board of Education is accepting nominations for the Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy. The award, which is named for board chairman David Karem, will recognize a Kentucky policymaker, education leader or citizen who has made notable state-level contributions to the improvement of Kentucky's public education system.
News

Konz Tatman named interim communications director at KDE

Toni Konz Tatman, a communications coordinator for the Jefferson County schools and a former journalist, has been named interim director of communications for the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown announced today
Contests

KACTE Entrepreneurship Event winners announced

The winners of the ninth annual Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) Entrepreneurship Event have been announced.
Announcements

WKU awarded $1.1M federal grant for special education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs.
Contests

Judges needed for National History Day competitions

The Kentucky Historical Society is seeking judges for its National History Day in Kentucky regional and state contests. Regional contests will take place March 13-28 at five colleges and universities across the state, and the state contest will be April 25 in Lexington.
Contests

American Society of Human Genetics sponsoring student essay contest 

The American Society of Human Genetics invites students to enter its 2020 DNA Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and asks them to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics.
Conferences

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education to hold conference

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education will hold its annual conference Feb. 24-25 at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Resort.

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