Sunday, October 20, 2019
Terrelle Likins, a special education teacher at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School (Laurel County), high-fives a student during an after-school learning session.

After-school instruction benefits Laurel Blue Ribbon school

Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Laurel County, provides after-school instruction that helps both struggling and high-performing students.
Monica Jones, a novice reduction coach at Oak Hill Elementary School (Pulaski County), works with a group of students at the school.

Coach underscores Blue Ribbon school’s focus on novice reduction

Oak Hill Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Pulaski County, has seen success since hiring a novice reduction coach to help students who are struggling in mathematics.
Kentucky’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law on April 5.

What you need to know about the new minimum high school graduation requirements

Damien Sweeney, program coordinator for comprehensive school counseling from the Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, provides insight on the new minimum high school graduation requirements and how it will affect incoming high school freshmen.
June McCreary, a health sciences instructor at Madison County Area Technology Center’s campus at Estill County High School, laughs with fellow teachers at a New Teacher Institute training session at the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education’s summer conference in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, July 24, 2019

Smoothing an alternative pathway for CTE teachers

The Kentucky Department of Education’s New Teacher Institute plays an important role in training and retaining CTE teachers who come from the workforce.
Christine Webb, a student at Monroe County Area Technology Center, reviews specifications and instructions for the cabinetmaking competition at the SkillsUSA Championships at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 26, 2019

All students succeed at SkillsUSA

Students came to the national SkillsUSA conference for the competition, and they benefitted from the experience no matter where they finished.
Melanie Callahan uses a puppet theater production of the book "Bear Feels Sick" by Karma Wilson during a creative dramatics class at Laurel County public schools.

Storytelling: Filling gaps with narrative

Storytelling is an ancient practice. From cave dwellers to Cub Scout circles, the stories spun around a fire still burn today.
Michael Rodenberg

Bus to Business creates an opportunity for students to ‘Go and See’

The challenge of connecting with potential employees often emerges when business leaders talk about the workforce. I too have questioned, how can we let young people know what modern manufacturing – or other vocations – offer in job variety, pay, advancement and other opportunities?
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

School Report Card designed to drive change through knowledge

The release of accountability data is an opportunity to engage in data-informed dialogue with schools and school staff about the strengths and areas for growth for both schools and students.
Melanie Callahan

London Elementary building a brand with Tippy the Tiger

London Elementary School (Laurel County) students are in for a terrific treat this year. Students in pre-K through 5th grade are being introduced to a reboot of their Positive Behavioral Intervention System mascot, Tippy the Tiger.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Understanding Kentucky’s new 5-Star accountability system

When Kentucky’s 5-star school accountability system goes live this fall, it will offer parents across the Commonwealth a new and more transparent way to understand how their children’s schools are performing.
Claire Gwaltney

Museum resources for the social studies classroom

The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies look very different from the old ones. Perhaps the most notable change is the new emphasis on Kentucky studies, a subject once relegated to 4th grade but now addressed in every K-12 classroom.
News

Teachers on KDE advisory council welcome educator development efforts

The Teachers Advisory Council heard about the Kentucky Department of Education’s work to recruit and retain teachers.
News

Commissioner convenes task force to study statewide curriculum development process

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis is convening a task force charged with making recommendations on improving the process of developing quality curriculum for Kentucky's public schools.
News

Public forums on Perkins V plan scheduled

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition is hosting a series of public forums on the Perkins V “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” plan.
News

KBE seeking nominations for award focusing on achievement gap closure

The Kentucky Board of Education is accepting nominations for its 2019 Priority Award, which will honor a Kentuckian whose work in the Commonwealth’s public schools has successfully closed achievement gaps between student groups.
Scott Stump, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, speaks to employers at the inaugural Inside TRACK to Youth Apprenticeships summit in Louisville.

Inaugural TRACK summit draws 200 employers to Louisville

The first Inside TRACK to Youth Apprenticeships summit brought in several speakers, including Scott Stump, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, who gave high praise to Kentucky’s TRACK Youth Apprenticeship program.
Conferences

National STEM Scholar Program open to middle school science teachers

The National STEM Scholar Program invites middle school science teachers to apply for its 2020 class.
Recognitions

Fayette social worker receives statewide award

Lori Vogel, a child guidance specialist at Leestown Middle School (Fayette County), has been named the 2019 Kentucky School Social Worker of the Year by the Kentucky Association for School Social Work.
Resources

PBS videos, lesson plans provide resources for Bullying Prevention Month

Kentucky Educational Television and PBS LearningMedia are offering a collection of resources that focuses on kindness, empathy and the importance of practicing mindfulness in conjunction with Bullying Prevention Month in October.
Conferences

EdWeek offers online summit on improving professional development

Education Week will host a free online summit on making professional development more targeted and meaningful, and how to overcome obstacles and challenges in STEM education 1-3 p.m. ET Oct 24.
Announcements

GSA summer program accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for the Governor’s School for the Arts 2020 summer program auditions.

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