Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. uses humanity to...

As a child growing up in Floyd County, Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. recalls having limited access to the recourses he needed for school. Whether it was paper, pencils or even a pair of shoes, he knew he could rely on his teachers to help him get by.
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Kentucky 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth helps students learn outside...

Kentucky’s 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth wanted to be a teacher since she was little. She was inspired to pursue the calling by her father, a health and physical education teacher, and her mother, a computer technology teacher.
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Kentucky 2022 Elementary Teacher of the Year discovered passion for teaching while working at...

Ashley Ritchie, a 2nd-grade teacher at Beechwood Elementary (Beechwood Independent), is dedicated to engaging her students and loves to make learning come to life with her classroom transformations.
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Community means everything to Dennis Messer, new Barbourville Independent superintendent

Dennis Messer has a new role in education. On July 1 he took on the position of superintendent for Barbourville Independent. He replaced Lenora Kay Dixon, who retired at the end of June.
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School is a passion for new Floyd County superintendent Anna Shepherd

Anna Shepherd was named superintendent for Floyd County schools on July 26, replacing Danny Adkins, who resigned and is now superintendent of Woodford County. Awarded a four-year contract, Shepherd previously served as chief early childhood officer and interim superintendent in the district.
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Now is the time to work together to create a new future in education

It’s been a little over a year now since I joined the Kentucky Department of Education as its commissioner. During that time, my focus has been on listening to the people of my home state telling us what is working in education in the Commonwealth and where we need to improve.
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Kentucky Education Summit provides a clear path forward for education in the Commonwealth

I have always admired that our Commissioner of Education, Jason E. Glass, often refers to himself as the Commonwealth’s chief learner. As chair of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), I also held a similar title while attending the 2021 Kentucky Education Summit – chief listening officer.
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Remember to thank our veterans this holiday season

Veterans play an essential role in our education community. Some of Kentucky’s teachers, classified staff, and school and district leaders have answered the call to serve our country. Now, they serve our students.
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Reflecting on the past and looking toward the future

I marked my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education last month with a trip to Meade County, the school district I graduated from more years ago than I like to admit.
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Eastern High School senior says students must be part of the solution to youth...

Eastern High School senior Solyana Mesfin reflects on the tragic loss of a fellow student and how she and her fellow students must be part of the solution to youth violence.
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Damien Sweeney and Micki Ray assume new positions at Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Jason E. Glass announced that Damien Sweeney, Ed.D., and Micki L. Ray are assuming new roles at KDE beginning Sept. 15.  Sweeney will now serve as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and Ray is now the chief academic officer, both in the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL).
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2021 Kentucky Teacher of Year Donnie Piercey presents Year in Review to KBE

As his year as 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year (KTOY) comes to a close, Donnie Piercey had the opportunity to reflect on his past year before passing the torch to the 2022 KTOY winner Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.
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KBE approves regulation placing more requirements on schools using corporal punishment

The Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) had the opportunity to host the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on its campus for the board’s regular meeting on Dec. 1.  As part of a packed schedule, the board approved a regulation relating to the use of corporal punishment.
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Reeca Carver receives 2021 Kevin M. Noland-Mary Ann Miller Award

Reeca Carver, state adviser for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), was named the winner of the 2021 Kevin M. Noland-Mary Ann Miller Award at the December Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) meeting. Carver also serves as an education vocational program consultant in the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE).
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Marion County High School representing Kentucky in 2021 National Christmas Tree display

The Kentucky Department of Education has selected Marion County High School (MCHS) to represent the Commonwealth in the 2021 National Christmas Tree display.
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LSAC approves draft regulation on corporal punishment in schools

The Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) approved a draft regulation during its meeting on Nov. 23 to limit the use of corporal punishment in schools. The draft regulation will go before the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) at its meeting on Dec. 1 for approval.
Announcements

WKEC offering webinar on dealing with negative and toxic environments

The West Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC) invites educators to its final Wellness Wednesday webinar of 2021, “Naughty or Nice: Dealing With Negativity and Toxicity” on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. CT.
Announcements

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offering Dec. 13 webinar on talking to parents about...

The Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky is offering a free one-hour webinar, “How to Talk with Parents About COVID-19 Vaccines for Their Children,” on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.
Conferences

KAGE issues call for proposals for 2022 annual conference

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) invites individuals to submit a proposal for the 42nd KAGE Annual Conference, to be held virtually Feb. 22-23.
Announcements

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications now being accepted for 2022 summer program

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, is taking applications for its summer 2022 program at for students currently in grades 9-11. The program will take place at Northern Kentucky University in two separate sessions: June 12-July 2 and July 10-30.
Resources

New KET website designed for families to help improve kindergarten readiness

Let’s Learn Kentucky, a new website developed and curated by KET, is a resource hub for parents and caregivers navigating those first formative years in a child’s development.

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