Thursday, January 24, 2019
Students in Angela Page’s creek class at Louisville Male High School (Jefferson County) take to Beargrass Creek in canoes as they perform water quality tests on the Ohio River tributary. Page’s class exposes students to work in chemistry, forestry, botany and other disciplines. Students in Angela Page’s creek class take to Beargrass Creek in canoes as they perform water quality tests on the Ohio River tributary. Page’s class exposes students to work in chemistry, forestry, botany and other disciplines. Photo submitted

Advanced learning at the water’s edge

A Jefferson County teacher gives her students a close look at the results of human interactions with ecosystems in an advanced ecology class that places an emphasis on field study.
Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis, left, talks with Fayette County superintendent Manny Caulk during a visit to Frederick Douglass High School (Fayette County). Lewis said he has always been in awe of great teaching, and that he looks for it during school visits. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 3, 2018

From Katrina to the commissioner’s office

Wayne Lewis talks about some of the things that sparked his interest in education and educational leadership during his childhood and young adulthood and the path that led him to become Kentucky’s commissioner of education.
David Sandlin makes a point to student Cameryn McPherson during Sandlin’s financial literacy class at Walton-Verona High School (Walton-Verona Independent). Sandlin, who worked as an investment consultant prior to becoming a teacher, will serve on both a business and education advisory panel and a standards revision and writing committee during the process of developing financial literacy standards. Photo by Megan Gross, Nov. 19, 2018

Paving the path to financial literacy

The Kentucky Department of Education is developing standards to be used in a new graduation requirement for financial literacy.
Greenlee Resch, a freshman from Tates Creek High School (Fayette County), gets the chance to look at specimens under a microscope. Photo by Megan Gross, Nov. 5,2018

Students explore future jobs at Career Expo in Lexington

For my first photo blog at the Kentucky Department of Education, I recently went to the 2nd annual Academies of Lexington Career Expo over in Fayette County.
David Horseman, the associate commissioner of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the Kentucky Department of Education, said one of the most significant changes he has seen during his 24 years in career and technical education is a greater awareness of the role of CTE within the larger education community. Horseman, who has been at KDE since 2014, was named associate commissioner this summer. Photo by Megan Gross, Oct. 30, 2018

‘A really exciting time’ to be in CTE

David Horseman, the new associate commissioner of KDE’s Office of Career and Technical Education, said changes will continue to come to career and technical education.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Legislative agenda prioritizes student success and parent empowerment

At its Dec. 5 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve a list of legislative priorities for the 2019 session of the General Assembly that places student success and preparedness and family empowerment at the center of our legislative efforts during the upcoming session.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Increasing opportunities for student success in college, career and life

One of my top priorities here at the Kentucky Department of Education is to increase the number and percentage of high school students successfully completing early postsecondary opportunities, such as dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

The Kentucky high school diploma has to mean more

We have reached the point in Kentucky’s history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Time to break down educational barriers in Kentucky’s rural schools

Almost half of Kentucky’s population lives in rural areas. That means a significant portion of Kentucky’s students are being educated in rural school districts. Our rural schools face unique challenges compared to our suburban and urban schools.
Dana Lee Thomas

KY SENT: Support for new teachers

Marion County's Dana Lee Thomas explains how a new program set up by a group of Hope Street Fellows is designed to provide the support new teachers need.
Stacy Bewley

Essential questions to enhance student engagement

While lesson planning, classroom management and mastery of content are significant at every level, I think most teachers would agree that student engagement is the key ingredient to the perfect school day.

KDE launches School Report Card website

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with BrightBytes, launched the Kentucky School Report Card on Jan. 18, the fourth component in its School Report Card Suite
Jessica Dueñas, of Oldham County Middle School, was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), was named the 2019 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 15, 2018

Nominations open for 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards.

KDE moving toward update of performance standards for principals

The Commissioner’s Principal Advisory Council has recommended adoption of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders for evaluation of effective principals.

Lewis begins series of monthly school visits and stakeholder discussions

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis will begin a monthly series of visits to Kentucky area technology centers , high, middle and elementary schools across the state.
Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Ambassador Initiative Jan. 13. Participating student groups from public schools, faith-based organizations or nonprofit organizations will perform an education-related community service project over the remainder of the school year. In March, the student groups will submit a video and any supporting materials highlighting their project, including its impact. Commissioner Lewis will select five groups that made the largest local impact and invite them to an awards luncheon in April. Submitted photo

Commissioner Lewis announces Student Ambassador Initiative

In a news conference on Jan. 13, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued a call to action to student-based organizations across the Commonwealth, asking them to participate in a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of education.

KSBA accepting nominations for semiannual PEAK Award

The Kentucky School Boards Association is accepting nominations for its spring 2019 PEAK (Public Education Achieves in Kentucky) Award.

KSP rolls out mobile substance abuse education exhibit

The Kentucky State Police has introduced a new mobile substance abuse education exhibit designed to help inform the public about the effects of substance abuse that is available for use by schools and other organizations.

Code.org Professional Learning Program supports computer science teachers

Applications are open for the 2019-2020 Code.org Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers.

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.

KAPHERD annual award recipients include four public school teachers

Four Kentucky public school teachers were among the 2019 award winners named by the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at its annual convention in November.

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