Tuesday, August 4, 2020
This is a photo of Jason Glass, his wife and their two children.

Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education

Coming from a family of Kentucky educators, Jason Glass had a passion for learning, community and democracy. Now, with an extensive and diverse array of educational and professional experiences, he has been able to turn those passions toward the work of being Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.
Kentucky School for the Deaf graduate Andrew Olson signs "I love you" during the school's graduation.

Kentucky School for the Deaf Class of 2020 graduates in a non-traditional ceremony

Twelve director’s chairs were placed in the parking lot of Thomas Gym on the campus of Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). These chairs – properly distanced – were to signify that the 2020 graduates of KSD are now the directors of their own lives.
Jessica Napier is the middle and high school health education teacher for Lee County Schools and has taught health education for 18 years.

Lee County health education teacher brings home national award

Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony.
Seniors from the class of 2019 learning about cars in the Adulting 101 program.

Fern Creek High School’s Adulting 101 program goes virtual

Kentucky’s public high schools strive to prepare their students for life after high school. By the time students receive their diploma, the hope is that they are college or career ready. Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County) Academies of Louisville Coach Sara Wilson-Abell created the Adulting 101 program to focus on life skills.
Kentucky School for the Deaf History Teacher Kelsey Grievson signs with Georgia Bell Judge, a student at KSD.

KSB, KSD staff personally deliver NTI materials

Staff from both the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Deaf set out to personally deliver non-traditional instruction materials to their students throughout the state. The visits provide some positivity for students and staff during these unprecedented times.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, July 24, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 24 letter to families

As plans are being created for the upcoming school year, we are all struggling with how children will learn, remain safe and traverse an environment unlike one we have ever experienced. It’s a time when parents are trying to figure out whether their children will be taught at school or through non-traditional instruction from home, along with how their children will get to school and what they will do after school.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. A Letter to Kentucky's Teachers and Staff, July 24, 2020

A letter to teachers and school staff from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Dear Public School Family: I just wanted to thank all of you who attended the “Reopening Kentucky Schools: Virtual Town Hall for Educators and Staff” on...
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An Update for Kentucky's Families, July 10, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 10 letter to families

I am pleased to share that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced today that Jason Glass will be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. Dr. Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver area since 2017.
Carta del 26 de junio del Comisionado interino Kevin C. Brown a las familias Por Kevin C. Brown

Carta del 26 de junio del Comisionado interino Kevin C. Brown a las familias...

A medida que continúan las discusiones sobre la reapertura de las escuelas en el otoño, estoy compartiendo con ustedes la guía Healthy at School de Kentucky publicada el miércoles.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, June 26, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s June 26 letter to families

As discussions continue about reopening schools in the fall, I am sharing with you Kentucky's Healthy at School guidance released Wednesday.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families, June 5, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s June 5 letter to families

I am writing today because you are critical partners to our educational system. Your voice matters and everything we do in education is a direct response to the teaching and learning that we know is extraordinarily important to the growth of your children.
News

Three Kentucky students compete in national Braille competition

Three Kentucky students competed in the Braille Institute’s National Braille Challenge Competition and were recognized during a July 31 virtual awards celebration.
Healthy @ School logo with updated written across the top

Kentucky’s Healthy at School COVID-19 guidance on reopening updated

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) have released updates to the state’s flagship Healthy at School guidance.
Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown, center, receives the 2020 William T. Nallia Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).

Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown receives KASA Award

Kevin C. Brown, Kentucky’s interim education commissioner, has received the 2020 William T. Nallia Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).
Commissioner's Student Advisory Council Virtual Meeting: July 29, 2020

KDE’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council discusses mental health, non-traditional instruction

The Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council – comprised of 29 high school students throughout Kentucky – met virtually on July 29 to discuss concerns and hopes for the 2020-2021 school year. It was the first meeting for the 2020-2021 council.
Special Superintendents' Webcast: July 28, 2020

Contact tracing should be in full force by start of school, Kentucky superintendents told

A system of contact tracers should be deployed in almost every local health department in Kentucky by the end of July, according to Mark Carter, executive adviser to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Contests

Fayette County students receive National Beta Club virtual conference awards

Two students from Bryan Station High School (Fayette County) earned recognition for their Spanish skills during the 2020 National Beta Club Convention. James Grant placed ninth in the sophomore division and Victoria Lowe finished eighth in the junior division.
Announcements

Raimondo award nominations sought for parent leadership during COVID-19

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is seeking nominations for the Beverly Nickel Raimondo Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of an individual that reflects the goals and ideals of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.
Resources

KET shares resources that address race and racism

Recent events in Kentucky and across the United States have shed light on the need to rethink how we’re teaching children — and ourselves — to fight racism. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has created a list of free resources that address race and racism to use as tools to support learning for middle and high school students, as well as younger students.
Recognitions

Lafayette High School teacher named Japanese Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Association of Japanese Language Teachers selected Mariko Barnes of Lafayette High School (Fayette County) as the state’s Japanese Teacher of the Year.
Announcements

4-Reading Out Loud connects children with diverse children’s books

Fayette County Public Schools is launching 4-Reading Out Loud, a new literacy initiative spotlighting African-American authors who write books with children of color as the main character.

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