Sunday, December 8, 2019
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.
Brian Noll, assistant principal of the Ignite Institute (Boone County), talks with a student in a collaboration area at the school in which several classes can work simultaneously. Photo by Mike Marsee, Aug. 22, 2019

Innovative new school ignites interests of students, teachers

Ignite Institute opened in August with a focus on project-based learning in STEAM-related fields and on providing career opportunities for students while they are still in high school.
Electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students in 2018.

Electronic cigarettes becoming a bigger problem for Kentucky teens

Electronic cigarettes, originally designed as an alternative for adult smokers, have become popular with teens and are raising many health concerns.
Terrelle Likins, a special education teacher at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School (Laurel County), high-fives a student during an after-school learning session.

After-school instruction benefits Laurel Blue Ribbon school

Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Laurel County, provides after-school instruction that helps both struggling and high-performing students.
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.

An open letter about vaping

We are writing to share important educational information and links to resources for school administrators, teachers, parents and students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use and vaping.
Students tour the formal garden at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Ashland offers variety of resources for new social studies standards

Young Kentuckians of today are about to become very familiar with Kentuckians of the past. The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies incorporates Kentucky studies throughout a student's primary and secondary education.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

School resource officers are vital assets to all Kentucky communities

While there is no single school safety measure that will ever completely eliminate the threat of harm in our schools, as a dad and the husband of a high school educator, I am comforted in knowing there is a well-trained, experienced SRO who is ready and willing to meet danger at the school door if need be.
Breathitt County schools Superintendent Phillip Watts speaks to the Kentucky Board of Education at its meeting Dec. 4.

KBE votes to move Breathitt Co. schools from state management to assistance

Following eight years of being under state management, the Kentucky Board of Education voted Dec. 4 to approve Commissioner Wayne Lewis’ recommendation that Breathitt County Schools move to state assistance.
News

Kiley Whitaker receives 2019 Noland-Miller Award

Kiley Whitaker, assistant director of the Division of Technical Schools and Continuous Improvement at the Kentucky Department of Education , received the 2019 Kevin M. Noland-Mary Ann Miller Award Dec. 4 from Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier announces a new partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to improve the physical and mental well-being of Kentucky’s youth called Kentucky CARES.

CHFS, KDE partner on framework to improve student care and well-being

The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services are collaborating on a framework to improve the physical and mental well-being of Kentucky’s youth, called Kentucky CARES.
In the 2019 State of Education address Dec. 3, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued a call to action to the state’s education community and encouraged education leaders, educators, policymakers and families.

Commissioner celebrates innovation in education; emphasizes student readiness

In the 2019 State of Education address Dec. 3, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued a call to action to the state’s education community and encouraged education leaders, educators, policymakers and families to work together to ensure each and every student is well-prepared for life and the opportunities of the 21st century economy.
News

LSAC discusses accountability, School Report Card

The Local Superintendents Advisory Council discussed amendments to school and district report card, accountability system regulations.
Recognitions

Nelson administrator, former KDE associate commissioner receives national CTE award

Laura Arnold, director of workforce development for Nelson County schools, has been named the 2020 the Association for Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year.
Conferences

KET offers free multimedia workshops for educators, students

Kentucky Educational Television offers free workshops in multimedia production and related topics for educators and students in the KET Media Lab at the KET Network Center in Lexington.
Recognitions

Wayne principal named a National Distinguished Principal by NAESP

Derrick Harris, the principal at Bell Elementary School (Wayne County), was recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as part of its 2019 Class of National Distinguished Principals during National Principals Month.
Announcements

Teachers sought to help develop horse industry curricula

The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a website project at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, is recruiting teacher representatives to help create lessons and activities that will assist with developing the project’s educational goals and resources.
Announcements

NBCT candidates should check access to National Board account

Teachers who are candidates for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards should ensure that they can access their National Board account prior to the release of component scores Dec. 7.

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