Thursday, July 19, 2018
Alexis Stone, an 8th-grade student at Mason County Middle School, uses a cutting torch as welding instructor Adam Wallingford looks on. Stone was among 18 students attending a camp designed to expose students to nontraditional career fields. Twelve camps were held at area technology centers across the state in May and June. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 30, 2018

Thinking outside the stereotype

In its second year, nontraditional camps at several of the state’s area technology centers are giving students a look at careers they might not have considered.
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018

Graduation season

All across the state, graduates have been saying goodbye to the halls they wandered for four years as high school students. Photographer Bobby Ellis took a look recently at Campbell County High School's graduation ceremony.
Alex Stine, left, a junior at Kentucky School for the Blind, and Dan Sharrard, the school's career and technical education teacher, man the controls at KSB's internet radio station, which began broadcasting earlier this spring. The station is an extension of the school's CTE program that allows students to develop skills they can use after they leave high school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 21, 2018

Finding their niche on the air

An internet radio station at Kentucky School for the Blind is the latest component in the school’s career and technical education program.
Frieda Gebert, the drama teacher at Boyle County High School, has the cast of "Sister Act" come together before the final performance at the Ragged Edge Theater in Harrodsburg. The school has to rent the theater because it does not have a performance space. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Making room for drama

Boyle County’s drama program makes do with no performing space, but will soon have a new home.
Christopher Furhman sits in the driver's seat of a machine used to blacktop roads at the Big Dig event at the Boone County Fair Grounds. The event, which was open to the public, allowed children a chance to sit on and operate different machines as a way to introduce them to the construction and building industry. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2018

Kids discover the construction industry at the Big Dig

KDE photographer Bobby Ellis got the chance to visit with a lot of young children discovering the world of big machines and construction at the Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Holding education to a higher standard

There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
Kate Fryar

Teaching teamwork through TV

Boyle County's Kate Fryar helped her 9th-grade students learn how to communicate and work together by getting them to create and film a TV pilot.
Stephanie Beason

Untapped potential: Identifying gifted minority students

Warren County's Stephanie Beason says educators, schools and districts need to take extra steps when identifying students who could be best served in a gifted program to make sure they are not overlooking children due to their background or home lives.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Public charter schools: An additional tool for improving public education

Traditional public schools have been and will continue to be the primary vehicle for delivering instruction to our students, but public charter schools may provide a much-needed opportunity for a high-quality education for some of our Commonwealth's most at-risk children.
Joshua DeWar

Schools are calling: Males wanted

Nelson County's Joshua DeWar says educators need to make sure children have a variety of role models at schools, which includes recruiting more males at the elementary level.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Changes coming to accountability system, School Report Card

We have some big changes coming up in education over the next year and I want to take some time to share how it will be impacting your family and your school.

Input sought on proposed alternate assessments waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on a request to extend its waiver on the number of students who can be tested using an alternate assessment on annual statewide Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests.

Lewis applauds expansion of Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship

Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to now include dual credit courses in Career and Technical Education pathways for high school students.

Lewis cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington June 26 as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education...

Kentuckians win Presidential Award for math, science teaching

Grant County's Shannon Brickler and Somerset Independent's Natasha Craft are among 104 educators nationwide to be recognized as winners of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

CPE amends minimum college admission guidelines

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend an administrative regulation that would require traditional high school students to earn a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university.

Southeast/South-Central co-op to host NGSS workshop

The Southeast/South-Central Educational Cooperative will host a workshop on the Next Generation Science Standards for new or relatively new science teachers July 23 at its office in London.

Virtual Math Summit offers 31 presentations for elementary teachers

Build Math Minds will host its Virtual Math Summit, a free online professional learning event featuring 31 mathematics education presentations for teachers in grades pre-K-5, from July 30-Aug. 1.

NKCES offering physical education, arts and humanities academy

The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services will host the NKCES Regional Physical Education and Arts and Humanities Summer Academy on July 26 at North Pointe Elementary School in Hebron.

National Board Professional Learning Schools launch set for Aug. 1

The Kentucky Department of Education will host the summer’s second launch of new and continuing National Board Professional Learning Schools for 2018-2019 on Aug. 1 at the Shelby County extension office in Shelbyville.

Workshop will help educators understand progression of fractions

Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) will host a workshop designed to help educators deepen their understanding of the progression of fractions July 24-25 at its training facility in Bowling Green.

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