Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Students in the Bloom Elementary (Jefferson County) mindful drumming group perform for their peers.

Jefferson County elementary students learning to Bloom through mindfulness

Cindy Plappert is a 20-year educator, the last 10 years being at Bloom Elementary. It was at Bloom where she began to implement mindfulness strategies, including calming breaths and periods of reflection, in her classroom because she noticed that some of her 3rd-grade students were struggling with anxiety.
A student works during a welding class at Corbin Area Technology Center. Photo by Jacob Perkins, Oct. 2, 2019

Data points to Kentucky’s student outcomes crisis

Statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students indicate that the number of students who are achieving success in postsecondary education isn’t what it should be.
Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, works on a greenhouse.

Western Hills junior creating Moore Goodness

Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, founded Moore Goodness for her supervised agricultural experience.
Sherri Clusky, a program consultant in KDE’s Division of Student Success who trains school staff members in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, explains an exercise to Montgomery County school staff members during a training session at the Montgomery County Public Library.

District presents a united front to battle bullying

Montgomery County schools are implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program across the entire district.
Colton Kessinger, from Spencer County High School, operates a driving simulator from CAT.

K4C Construction Days draws about 3,000 students from across Kentucky

Students visited exhibitors that ranged from construction professionals to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and different colleges to talk about their next steps after graduation.
Molly Greer

A vocabulary based solution for all learners

Former Boone and Oldham County teacher Molly Greer shares how she used functional vocabulary boards to help her students become more verbal.
Maria Derivan-George

Student work: How to get the results you want and know it

Since 2009, the Literacy Design Collaborative has been partnering with Kentucky teachers to create rigorous, authentic to the discipline, writing-in-response to reading assignments.
Amanda Klare

Using social media to lift other teachers up

Teachers should be supporting other teachers; not competing against one another or trying to outdo the person in the classroom down the hall. We should be sharing our ideas, celebrating one another’s successes and trying to lift one another up when we are down.
Melanie Callahan

Early Literacy: Beyond bells and whistles

Early literacy is a crucial step in overcoming learning gaps and propelling students toward proficiency. From pre-K to kindergarten, families and schools are on...
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Declaring war on Novice performance

More than 60,000 of Kentucky’s elementary and middle school students and nearly 1-in-4 of Kentucky’s high school students are in that state of academic emergency. It is an incredibly dangerous place for our children to be.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

In education, preparing students for the current and future workforce is key

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority.
News

Comments from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown on Gov. Beshear’s budget address

Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown offered the following comments following Gov. Andy Beshear's first budget address on Tuesday evening.
News

TAC meets in Frankfort to discuss Impact Kentucky, GoTeachKY

Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Education met with the Teacher’s Advisory Council to highlight KDE initiatives.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized seven employees from the Office of Education Technology for their dedication and support of education technology by selecting them as recipients of the 2019-2020 Stilwell Award.

Seven KDE employees named recipients of the 2019-2020 Stilwell Award

KDE employees selected as recipients of the Stilwell Award for their dedication and support of education technology.
News

Input sought on proposed waiver to allow carryover funds to be spent on school...

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver (called a Tydings waiver) to use carryover federal funds rather than returning them to the federal government.
Community Survey: Help us define which qualities are important in Kentucky's next education commissioner

SURVEY: KBE seeks feedback in search for next commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education is inviting residents and stakeholders to take a community survey on the qualities they would like to see in the state’s next education commissioner.
Contests

KACTE Entrepreneurship Event winners announced

The winners of the ninth annual Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) Entrepreneurship Event have been announced.
Announcements

WKU awarded $1.1M federal grant for special education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs.
Contests

Judges needed for National History Day competitions

The Kentucky Historical Society is seeking judges for its National History Day in Kentucky regional and state contests. Regional contests will take place March 13-28 at five colleges and universities across the state, and the state contest will be April 25 in Lexington.
Contests

American Society of Human Genetics sponsoring student essay contest 

The American Society of Human Genetics invites students to enter its 2020 DNA Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and asks them to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics.
Conferences

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education to hold conference

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education will hold its annual conference Feb. 24-25 at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Resort.

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