Friday, June 18, 2021
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Jamie Bowling brings continuity, experience in education to KBE

Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Jamie Bowling to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on March 12 to serve the remainder of her late husband Mike Bowling’s term.
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Jefferson County teacher achieves National Board certification while reaching out to families

Alisa Keller was one of 82 educators recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky National Board Certified Teachers Network for obtaining National Board certification during a Feb. 11 virtual ceremony.
Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller poses for a photo at the National FFA Convention and Expo.

Garrard County’s Alex Miller receives his golden ticket to Hollywood

Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller captured the nation's attention with his recent American Idol audition. But for his hometown of Lancaster, this moment was years in the making.
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Ballard County school nurses help health department give COVID-19 shots

Two nurses from the Ballard County school district are helping the local health department administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
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Ground zero for first COVID-19 case in Kentucky, Harrison County closes in on return...

Harrison County was the first Kentucky school district to be impacted by COVID-19. Now, the district is one step closer to a return to in-person instruction.
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Learn how to teach peace in a world of conflict

Peace. A word with many levels of meaning and overwhelmingly lacking from the current worldview. Yet, peace is so desperately needed.
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Next steps on the way to building a stronger education system in Kentucky

By now, you’ve hopefully heard about the Commissioner’s Virtual Listening Tour. For more than a month, I led a series of virtual town halls in conjunction with the education cooperatives and the University of Kentucky’s College of Education to hear directly from parents, students, educators and community members about what is and isn’t working in Kentucky’s education system.
Christopher McCurry

Empathy, forgiveness and grace: Teaching tools we sharpened during the pandemic

This has not been a typical year, and I find myself in my students shoes more frequently. Maybe because the pair we’ve been given fit all of us: a pandemic that changed the way we live and learn.
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Celebrate yourself during Teacher Appreciation Week

Remember sitting in your undergraduate education classes, being bombarded with hypothetical situations to play out in your mind? That was scary. There were lots of things that made us think, “Is that really going to happen?” We had no idea what we were in for.
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Don’t forget to #ThankATeacher to show your appreciation this May

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 3-7. This year’s theme is #ThankATeacher. I am thankful every day for the teachers who have helped and inspired me along the way.
David Cook

Rethinking education: How am I smart?

In 2018, I had the good fortune of hearing a young man named Jemar Lee speak at the annual symposium of what is now called the Aurora Institute. At the time, Jemar was a student at Iowa Big, a leading learner-centered high school. Today, Jemar is a fellow with Education Reimagined, a national leader in learner-centered education and someone I’m proud to call friend.
Teachers Advisory Council Virtual Meeting: June 17, 2021

Kentucky Department of Education equity work discussed by Teachers Advisory Council

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is “unashamed” and moving forward with its equity work, Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass told the department’s Teachers Advisory Council (TAC) during its June 17 virtual meeting.
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KDE to provide meals through Summer Food Service Program

From June to August, the Summer Food Service Program, federally funded and administered by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will provide meals at no cost to children age 18 and under who are from low-income families.
2021 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year. Nominations due July 15, 2021

Nominations open for 2021 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year award. Any full-time special education teacher in the Commonwealth is eligible for this recognition.
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School Funding Task Force hears overview of SEEK funding formula

Officials from the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Finance and Operations met with the Legislative Research Commission’s (LRC) School Funding Task Force during its first meeting on June 14.
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KDE rescinds Healthy at School guidance as governor lifts COVID-19 restrictions

Pursuant to Gov. Andy Beshear's Executive Order 2021-386 (EO 2021-386), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on June 11 rescinded its flagship COVID-19 guidance document, “Guidance and Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” commonly known as Healthy at School.
Announcements

SESC announces new learning loss initiative

The Southeast South-Central Educational Cooperative (SESC) announced a new initiative to address student learning loss that may have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognitions

Two Fayette County school resource officers receive recognition for service

Two Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) school resource officers (SROs) have been selected by the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) to receive awards for their exemplary service.
Recognitions

Knott County senior receives Freedom Writers Foundation writing award

Breanna Parks, a senior at Knott County Central High School, received an award from the Freedom Writers Foundation of Long Beach, Calif. As part of the award, she will be included as a student author in an upcoming book set to be released in spring 2022.
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KDE’s Lynn McGowan-McNear named winner of the Walter R. Gattis Jr. Award

Lynn McGowan-McNear, the Kentucky Department of Education's resource management director, has received the Walter R. Gattis Jr. Award.
Recognitions

KASA names finalists for 2021 Fred Award

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) named its finalists for the 2021 Fred Award.

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