Tuesday, August 14, 2018
John Scott Brewer, who teaches at The Phoenix School of Discovery (Jefferson County), uses Magic the Gathering cards as a point system for students in his 11th- and 12th-grade alternative placement English classes at the optional alternative school. Brewer employs a gamification strategy using a website that features game-design elements and principles to help them take more ownership of their work as they improve their ability in reading, writing and language mechanics. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 23, 2018

Handing students the keys

A teacher at a Jefferson County alternative school has turned to an online gaming approach to help his students develop employability skills.
Arushi Gupta, left, and Sanjana Kothari hand out yarn as STEM You Can! goers make a food web in a game where they decide whether a certain organism is either a producer or consumer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 13, 2018

STEM camp for girls

For Arushi Gupta, there's a specific goal in mind when it comes to her summer STEM camps for girls. 
Teachers tour the Digital Experience Center at Humana in Louisville. As part of the visit, computer science teachers also got to speak to Humana employees and interns about careers available at the company, such as cybersecurity, end user computing and working in the data center. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 7, 2018

Teachers see information technology in action

Computer science teachers from across the state recently visited Humana to learn what one of Kentucky’s largest employers looks for when hiring information technology graduates.
Carter Fretters, a 2nd-grader at Campbell Ridge Elementary School, left, spends "money" that he earned for good behavior. The rewards are part of a small-group focusing on behavior as part of Campbell County Schools' comprehensive counseling program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 23, 2018

Campbell County does ‘whatever it takes’ to counsel students

A comprehensive school counseling program has increased student achievement and attendance and decreased behavioral referrals.
Garrett Duncan, right, a student at Calloway County High School, interviews with Allyson Foster, an executive adviser in the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services. The interview is part of a program in which high school students interested in a career in social work can obtain apprenticeships in local DCBS offices. Duncan was the first student enrolled in the pilot program, which fills a need in a field in which it can be difficult to recruit and retain workers. Photo submitted

Home-grown help in social services staffing

A new apprenticeship program allows high schools students to work in local offices of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.
Jessica Dueñas

Preparing to build relationships and character

Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares how she spent her summer preparing herself to be the type of leader she wants her students to be at the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor

Hip-hop into learning

Jefferson County's NyRee Clayton-Taylor shares how she used hip-hop based education to find a new way to reach her students.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

The path to state management and assistance is not short

Following my recommendation to place Jefferson County Public Schools in state management, some school leaders, teachers and parents outside Louisville have asked “will our district be next?” The simple answer is “no,”
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Holding education to a higher standard

There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
Kate Fryar

Teaching teamwork through TV

Boyle County's Kate Fryar helped her 9th-grade students learn how to communicate and work together by getting them to create and film a TV pilot.
Stephanie Beason

Untapped potential: Identifying gifted minority students

Warren County's Stephanie Beason says educators, schools and districts need to take extra steps when identifying students who could be best served in a gifted program to make sure they are not overlooking children due to their background or home lives.

As students go back to school, drivers reminded to use caution

As students return to school, Kentucky drivers are being reminded of the laws that apply to keep students safe.
Associate Commissioner David Horseman, left, Associate Commissioner Amanda Ellis and Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis address the Kentucky Board of Education during the first reading of the newly proposed high school graduation requirements during its Aug. 2 meeting. High school students would have to demonstrate foundational skills in reading and mathematics and achieve academic or career readiness to graduate, among other requirements. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 2, 2018

Board of Education discusses new graduation requirements

High school students would have to demonstrate foundational skills in reading and mathematics and achieve academic or career readiness to graduate, among other requirements, under a proposal before the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) at its meeting in Frankfort Aug. 2.
Hal Heiner addresses members of the Kentucky Board of Education after being named chairman during the board's regularly scheduled August meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 2, 2018

KBE elects Hal Heiner chair; Milton Seymore elected vice chair

In the opening moments of its regular board meeting Aug. 2, Kentucky Board of Education members voted to elect Hal Heiner as chair and Milton Seymore as vice-chair.

Administrative operations of EPSB move to Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education applauded the creation of a new office within the agency that will serve as the administrative arm of the Education Professional Standards Board, which was previously under the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
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KDE announces campaign to familiarize students with careers

Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis has announced a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness about career and technical education careers.

Nominations open for KCSS outstanding teacher award

The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies is accepting nominations for its 2018 Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award.

PBS LearningMedia offers tools, tips for teachers

PBS LearningMedia offers several tools and tips teachers can use in their classrooms, as well as Google Classroom Integration:

Grant available to help Brazilian educators develop English teaching capacity

The Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil is offering a funding opportunity to support the development of English teaching capacity for Brazilian public school teachers in bilingual schools through an in-person and online exchange program.

Stock Market Game teaches economics, investing

Teachers in grades 5-12 may register their students to participate in the Stock Market Game, an interactive, educational simulation and competition that teaches personal finance, economics, technology and team-building skills and can be used in mathematics, reading, writing, economics, social studies and business classes.

McConnell Center scholars program open to social studies teachers

The University of Louisville McConnell Center Civics Education Program is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 cohort of its Teacher Scholars Program lecture and seminar series.

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