Saturday, July 24, 2021
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McCreary County schools shine in response to state review

The McCreary County School District wasn’t singled out for scrutiny in early 2020. The small district in southeastern Kentucky was just one of 10 randomly selected for state review each year.
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2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year launches Teachers Passing Notes project

Donnie Piercey’s life has been so consumed with helping his students survive COVID-era learning that he has had little time to think about much else. With the school year ending and a new opportunity on the horizon with the Kentucky Department of Education, he now has the chance to focus on his Teachers Passing Notes project.
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Rockcastle County teacher’s CTE work wins national recognition

Growing up in Rockcastle County, teaching was never something Tammy Camel thought she would want to do. Now, she’s the winner of the 2021 National ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award for her work as a family and consumer sciences teacher at her alma mater, Rockcastle County High School.
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Barren County senior finds his purpose through world languages

Cody Smith may be graduating from Barren County High School this year, but if everything goes according to plan, he'll be back in Kentucky public schools soon.
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James Academy, a new girls’ STEAM school, does everything differently

The Grace M. James Academy for Excellence in Jefferson County is an Afrocentric, single-gender STEAM school designed to give middle school students from historically marginalized groups a different educational and social experience.
Graphic reading: Voices from the Coalition: Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education. Stacie Gamble and Faneshia Jones

School leaders thankful coalition work has valued the voice of all in deciding the...

Our experience with the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education has given us hope for change in our educational system, a change that will reflect the voices of district and school leaders, teachers, students, families and community members.
Graphic reading: Voices from the Coalition: Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education. Susan Dugle

Shelby County administrator working with coalition to build a student-centered education system

As the chief academic officer for Shelby County, I was excited to participate in the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education (KCAE).  
Graphic reading: Voices from the Coalition: Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education. Caleb Bates

Recent graduate says Kentucky students should have a seat at the table when discussing...

As a student, participating in several discussions with education stakeholders from all corners of the Commonwealth during the 2021 Commissioner’s Virtual Listening Tour was an excellent experience.
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Creating a new better than normal for Kentucky’s students

The 2021-2022 school year is set to start up in just a few weeks and many of us – educators and parents alike – are contemplating what the next year will look like.
Graphic reading: Voices from the Coalition: Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education. Penny Christian

Parent optimistic for change during her journey on the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education

Fayette County parent Penny Christian describes her work serving on the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education.
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Learn how to teach peace in a world of conflict

Peace. A word with many levels of meaning and overwhelmingly lacking from the current worldview. Yet, peace is so desperately needed.
Graphic reading: Commissioner's Student Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, July 20, 2021

Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council hears details on proposed KBE student representative selection process

Students have a voice in the proposed selection process for future student representatives on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) heard about the proposed process during its regular meeting on July 20.
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Kentucky Summative Assessment, Advancing Education Project discussed at SCAAC meeting

The final administration of the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessment came last spring, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s School Curriculum Assessment and Accountability Council were told during their July 20 meeting.
Graphic reading: Finance Officer Webcast, July 15, 2021

Kentucky finance officers hear details on requirements for third round of ESSER funds

Kentucky’s superintendents and district finance officers received more information on requirements their districts must meet to receive the latest funding from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) during a Finance Officer Webcast on July 15.
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Kentucky Department for Public Health releases new K-12 guidance for in-person school operations

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) released new guidance on July 15 on ways schools can help slow the spread of COVID-19 as the 2021-2022 year begins.
Graphic reading: 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Teacher Achievement Award Winners

24 Kentucky Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named for 2022

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2022 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.
Conferences

Registration open for KAEE’s 2021 annual conference

Early bird registration is open for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education’s (KAEE’s) 45th annual conference. The virtual conference will take place Sept. 22-25, and will include online recorded sessions, virtual happy hours, in-person pre-conference outdoor meet-ups and environmental education information.
Learning

REL Appalachia hosts webinar on post-pandemic instruction strategies

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia is hosting a webinar on applying lessons learned from remote and hybrid instruction to post-pandemic contexts for K-12 educators and instructional coaches.
Announcements

Morehead State University launches scholarship for Appalachian new teacher candidates

Morehead State University’s (MSU’s) Volgenau College of Education announced a new scholarship program, the Appalachian Future Educators (AFE) Scholars Program, for new teacher candidates from Appalachian counties.
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Paducah paraeducator named 2021 Educational Support Professional of the Year

Chiffon Winston, a paraeducator who teaches digital literacy to 1st- through 5th-graders at McNabb Elementary (Paducah Independent), has been awarded the 2021 Educational Support Professional of the Year Award presented by the Kentucky Education Association (KEA).
Announcements

SESC announces new learning loss initiative

The Southeast South-Central Educational Cooperative (SESC) announced a new initiative to address student learning loss that may have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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