Sunday, November 17, 2019
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.
Monica Jones, a novice reduction coach at Oak Hill Elementary School (Pulaski County), works with a group of students at the school.

Coach underscores Blue Ribbon school’s focus on novice reduction

Oak Hill Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Pulaski County, has seen success since hiring a novice reduction coach to help students who are struggling in mathematics.
Kentucky’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law on April 5.

What you need to know about the new minimum high school graduation requirements

Damien Sweeney, program coordinator for comprehensive school counseling from the Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, provides insight on the new minimum high school graduation requirements and how it will affect incoming high school freshmen.

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.
Stacy Crawford Bewley

Using explicit instruction to accelerate student learning

No matter what grade or subject we teach, our time with students is short. To optimize that time, we need to become masterful in the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based practices. For students with disabilities, we have to do even more to accelerate their learning.
Melanie Callahan uses a puppet theater production of the book "Bear Feels Sick" by Karma Wilson during a creative dramatics class at Laurel County public schools.

Storytelling: Filling gaps with narrative

Storytelling is an ancient practice. From cave dwellers to Cub Scout circles, the stories spun around a fire still burn today.
Michael Rodenberg

Bus to Business creates an opportunity for students to ‘Go and See’

The challenge of connecting with potential employees often emerges when business leaders talk about the workforce. I too have questioned, how can we let young people know what modern manufacturing – or other vocations – offer in job variety, pay, advancement and other opportunities?
News

Curriculum development task force wraps up meetings

On Nov. 14, a task force of educators convened by Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis and led by the Kentucky Department of Education completed four days of meetings aimed at improving the process of developing quality curriculum for Kentucky's public schools that are directly aligned to the state’s academic standards.
News

Annual Summer Food Service Program camp sponsor training dates announced

Sponsors are being sought and training has been scheduled for the 2020 Summer Food Service Program for residential camps and Upward Bound programs.
News

We need your feedback!

Throughout November and December, BrightBytes on behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education will be conducting user experience sessions to collect feedback on Kentucky’s School Report Card. 
News

Chaliff receives Outstanding FFA Executive Secretary Award

Matt Chaliff was selected as the Outstanding FFA Executive Secretary by the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education at the group’s annual conference in Indianapolis.
News

Kentucky ACT scores drop in 2019

The percentage of Kentucky 2019 public high school graduates meeting college readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in English, mathematics, science and reading saw a two-point percentage decrease since last year, according to data released Oct. 30 by ACT.
Conferences

Virtual conference promotes global understanding, collaboration

The Global Education Conference Network will hold an online conference Nov. 18-20 that is designed to increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.
Resources

Technical assistance and resources in the area of behavior

The Kentucky Academic and Behavioral Response to Intervention project provides support to schools to assist with the development of plans to increase student achievement and decrease inappropriate behavior.
Resources

ILP Playbooks now available for grades 5-12

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the Individual Learning Plan Playbooks, which offer recommendations for chronological themes and lessons for career exploration and social and emotional development to teach at each grade level in grades 5-8 and 9-12.
Recognitions

Fayette family and consumer sciences teacher earns national recognition

Anna Sullinger, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Beaumont Middle School (Fayette County), will receive the 2019 Award of Merit from the National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Recognitions

Fayette student receives leadership award from National WWII Museum

Rosemary Carruthers, a student at Henry Clay High School (Fayette County), received the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award for Kentucky from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

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