Thursday, December 13, 2018
Jordan Tedrow, left, a welding instructor at Marion County Area Technology Center, watches as student Brianna Yolcum works. Yolcum is part of a group of 8th-grade students from Marion County Knight Academy who are taking a semester-long class at the ATC that gives them an up-close look at the school's advanced manufacturing pathway. Photo by Megan Gross, Oct. 15, 2018

A head start down a career pathway

Marion County Area Technology Center is offering 8th-grade students a hands-on preview of its advanced manufacturing and Project Lead the Way curricula through a pair of elective classes.
Elizabeth Forbes shows Sam Garbin, left, and Abby Adams-Smith brood cells inside of the honey bee hive. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

The buzz around bees

Elizabeth Forbes, a school psychologist, has been a beekeeper since 2009. She has been the head of the Bowling Green High School beekeeping program since helping to get it started in 2012. 
Charles Parker, a member of the Laurel County schools’ Security Response Team, high-fives a student as he drops into a class at South Laurel Middle School. Team members have quickly become accepted by the students and staff at the schools where they are assigned. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Smiling faces and a staunch deterrent

A new team of retired law enforcement officers has added a layer of security and increased the sense of safety in Laurel County schools.
Pulaski County native Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher at Shopville Elementary School, is the new chair of the Education Professional Standards Board. While having a classroom teacher chair EPSB is relatively uncommon, Burnett said her daily experiences give her a good idea of what teacher preparation programs need to look like and what kind of support new teachers need. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Classroom teacher takes her place as EPSB chair

Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher in Pulaski County, thinks her experience in the classroom will help guide her decisions as head of the Education Professional Standards Board.
Gueneverie Diffenbacher, an 11th-grader at the Academy at Shawnee (Jefferson County), is helped into a bomb suit by EOD2 David Eninger, left, and EOD2 Abraham Ruic. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 23, 2018

Showing off the Navy’s toys

Students at the Academy @ Shawnee were given the chance to talk to United States Navy pilots, air crewmen and explosives disposal teams when they visited the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the school for part of Navy Week. 
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Increasing opportunities for student success in college, career and life

One of my top priorities here at the Kentucky Department of Education is to increase the number and percentage of high school students successfully completing early postsecondary opportunities, such as dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

The Kentucky high school diploma has to mean more

We have reached the point in Kentucky’s history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Time to break down educational barriers in Kentucky’s rural schools

Almost half of Kentucky’s population lives in rural areas. That means a significant portion of Kentucky’s students are being educated in rural school districts. Our rural schools face unique challenges compared to our suburban and urban schools.
Dana Lee Thomas

KY SENT: Support for new teachers

Marion County's Dana Lee Thomas explains how a new program set up by a group of Hope Street Fellows is designed to provide the support new teachers need.
Stacy Bewley

Essential questions to enhance student engagement

While lesson planning, classroom management and mastery of content are significant at every level, I think most teachers would agree that student engagement is the key ingredient to the perfect school day.
Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Bringing parents to the table

The Every Student Succeeds Act – the federal law that governs K-12 public education – the phrase “parent and family engagement” is used in lieu of “parental involvement.” While that seems like a minor change, I think it is a big shift in how we think about the relationship between families and our schools.
Members of the Kentucky Department of Education's Social Studies Advisory Panel discuss feedback on the proposed social studies standards revisions during a meeting in Frankfort. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 11, 2018

Advisory panel responds to feedback on proposed social studies standards

KDE’s Social Studies Advisory Panel met this week to consider a charge from the Kentucky Board of Education to address concerns about specificity that emerged from feedback on the standards.

KBE approves high school graduation requirement proposal

In a unanimous vote Dec. 5, the Kentucky Board of Education approved changes to the regulation on minimum graduation requirements for Kentucky students entering high school in 2019 and 2020.

Readiness results highlight need for quality early learning

Many Kentucky students are at a disadvantage for learning before they even start school, according to Kindergarten Readiness Screener data released by the Kentucky Department of Education.

KBE approves legislative agenda

During its Dec. 5 regular meeting in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the department’s legislative agenda as its own.
Amanda Ellis, chief academic officer and deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the Kevin Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award from Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis at the Kentucky Board of Education's Dec. 5 meeting. The award recognizes a KDE employee for significant service to Kentucky's public schools and for providing inspiration for education. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 5, 2018

Amanda Ellis receives 2018 Noland/Miller award

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Dec. 5, Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis presented the 2018 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award to Amanda Ellis, chief academic officer and deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Kentucky Historical Society offering professional learning workshops

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is offering three professional learning workshops for teachers in the coming months.

Three teachers, three schools receive awards from Kentucky ITEEA

Three teachers and three schools have been honored by the Kentucky affiliate of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, which recognizes outstanding efforts in engineering, aviation and STEM areas.

Applications open for AOPA high school aviation curriculum

Schools now may apply to use the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) 9th- or 10th-grade aviation STEM courses during the 2019-2020 school year.

U.S. JCI Senate Foundation offers scholarships

The U.S. JCI Senate Foundation is offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited postsecondary colleges, universities or vocational schools.

Resources on evidence-based practices available from KDE

The Kentucky Department of Education has compiled several resources to assist schools in the selection of evidence-based practices. The resources, which can be found on the Evidence-Based Practices webpage, include guidance documents, training modules and tools for schools to use when evaluating evidence and selecting evidence-based interventions.

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