Monday, July 15, 2019
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year passes on her passion for reading

Erin Ball was named the 2020 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Callahan, a 4th-grade science teacher at London Elementary School (Laurel County), was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year by Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). Kaufman, a high school English teacher at Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County), was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year.

Teachers of the Year make the most of creativity

Melanie Callahan was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Matt Kaufmann was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year
Colin Mooney, from South Warren High School (Warren County), presents his project, LockBox, at the 2019 LGEC.

Future business leaders shine at 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Northern Kentucky University hosted the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 12. Students from throughout the state gathered to present their projects and ideas to various business professionals.
A Glasgow High School (Glasgow Independent) student wears a school T-shirt in Misty Claywell’s foods and nutrition class. Photo by Megan Gross, April 8, 2019

A model of success

Glasgow High School has established a culture in which it motivates its students to succeed and provides them with the means to do so.
Matthew Courtney, center, an educational recovery consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits, talks with Curtis Higgins, left, and Leesa Moman, two of KDE’s educational recovery specialists, during a workshop on supporting the evidence-based requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Elevating Evidence is ‘really just what good educators do’

The Kentucky Department of Education is helping schools meet the evidence-based requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

More than just funding needed to ensure equity, achievement in schools

While it is important that we address our funding challenges in public education, I am deeply concerned that much of the dialogue has been largely limited to just a funding conversation. The reality of our situation is that achieving KDE and KBE’s shared vision of ensuring that each and every student, regardless of background and characteristics, is empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, will take much more than funding.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Addressing teacher shortages: Traditional and alternative routes to teaching

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before.
Aaron Thompson

Letter to Kentucky graduates: College is still worth it

You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used to be.  As president of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, I challenge this notion and assure you that your college education was worth it.
Beverly Joan Boulware

Opening the treasures of the language of math with children’s literature

During the past 25 years, the use of children’s literature as a context for teaching mathematical language has become a popular classroom practice and has been accompanied by an explosion in the number of children’s books that have been written specifically for such use.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Novice: The academic emergency room

One of THE most important initiative we’re undertaking at the Kentucky Department of Education is novice reduction.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Congratulations to this year’s graduating seniors

For this year’s graduates, I want to be one of the first to say congratulations. Your hard work and your persistence are bearing fruit as you leave your graduation ceremony with your diploma in hand.
David Horseman, center, associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, told a legislative task force July 10 that the top priority in developing a unified system for delivering career and technical education should be finding the best way to share the resources.

A better CTE system starts with pooling resources

Associate Commissioner David Horseman told the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force that finding the best way to share resources should be the top priority in developing a unified system for career and technical education.
News

Kentucky making great gains in providing summer meals to children

While participation in the Summer Food Service Program is on the decline nationally, Kentucky’s participation increased in 2018 for the third year in a row, according to a new report from the nonprofit Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).
News

KDE officials call for legislators to create unified CTE system

In a presentation to the Kentucky Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis and Associate Commissioner David Horseman called for legislators to create a unified system for delivering quality career and technical education for students in the Commonwealth.
News

Revised social studies standards adopted for 2019-2020 school year

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in January 2018, revised standards for social studies became law on July 5.
About 125 educators attended the summit, which was supported by the Kentucky State Personnel Development Grant. The grant’s goals include better preparing all students with disabilities to reach proficiency and graduate from high school. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 27, 2019

Office of Special Education and Early Learning works to build bridges to student success

KDE’s Office of Special Education and Early Learning focused its first summit on helping school- and district-level educators improve school climate and culture for students with disabilities.
Conferences

KAEE members eligible for discount for national conference in Lexington

Members of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education may receive a discount off registration for the North American Association for Environmental Education’s annual conference, which will be Oct. 16-19 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Conferences

KDE to host training for new professional development coordinators

The Kentucky Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness will hold an orientation session for new professional development coordinators (PDCs) at 11 a.m. ET July 23.
Conferences

Virtual Math Summit offers 39 presentations for elementary teachers

Build Math Minds will host its Virtual Math Summit, a free online professional learning event, from July 29 to Aug. 1.
Resources

Resources available for teaching about U.S. Constitution

Liberty Lives Forever, a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating Americans about the contents of the U.S. Constitution, offers ideas, materials and suggestions for teaching about the Constitution.
Announcements

Revised social studies course standards documents available

The course standards documents for required social studies courses have been revised to include the newly adopted standards and are available on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Course Standards webpage.

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