Sunday, August 18, 2019
Alexis Adams from Mason County High School stands in front of her project for the Agriscience fair at the 2019 FFA State Convention Expo.

FFA State Convention Expo draws more than 2,300

Students competed in various competitions at the 90th Kentucky State FFA Convention, but it was the experiences and skills they learned along the way that they will take with them into college and the workforce.
Trina Fuller shows a book to her 4th-grade students at Hickman County Elementary School during a reading lesson. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 23, 2019

Improving reading through attention to detail

A research project has increased student proficiency in some west Kentucky elementary schools by focusing on what they need within each school and within small groups of students.
Patti Farley, a Title I interventionist at Spottsville Elementary School, works with a group of students during a Tier II intervention. Photo by Megan Gross, March 20, 2019

Retired teachers help raise the bar at Spottsville

Spottsville Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Henderson County, is providing interventions to all students in mathematics and reading.
Kristi Whittaker, left, and Jalina Wheeler stand in front of a sign for the Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) program.

Erasing the stigma of incarceration

KRUSH is a weekly support group for students that are coping with family members or guardians that are or have been incarcerated.
Samantha Fowler makes a point using American Sign Language during one of the two ASL classes at West Jessamine High School (Jessamine County). Photo by Mike Marsee, May 10, 2019

Breaking a language barrier

A Jessamine County High School offered American Sign Language courses for the first time this year that could be used to fulfill a world language requirement.
Torri Lee Martin

PD for you and me

Jefferson County's Torri Lee Martin says using the workshop model for professional development can lead to more effective learning and more satisfied teachers.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

As the workplace changes, so must education

It is imperative that we ensure our students have the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in this changing economy. Understanding how technology is affecting us in the present and how our schools have to adapt quickly to those changes is not easy, but we have to do it.
Leigh Cocanougher

How environmental education can lead to novice reduction

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education's Leigh Cocanougher explains how environmental education may be a tool to help reduce the number of students scoring Novice on statewide testing.
Andrew Waterhouse

Making project-based learning work in an AP curriculum

Jefferson County's Andrew Waterhouse explains how project-based learning can fit into the Advanced Placement curriculum and get students more engaged.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

More than just funding needed to ensure equity, achievement in schools

While it is important that we address our funding challenges in public education, I am deeply concerned that much of the dialogue has been largely limited to just a funding conversation. The reality of our situation is that achieving KDE and KBE’s shared vision of ensuring that each and every student, regardless of background and characteristics, is empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, will take much more than funding.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Addressing teacher shortages: Traditional and alternative routes to teaching

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before.
L.P. Howser Hall at Kentucky School for the Blind was reopened following a renovation that included a redesign of student living spaces, recreation areas, common areas and the student health center.

Renovated dormitory reopened at Kentucky School for the Blind

L.P. Howser Hall, a dormitory on the Kentucky School for the Blind campus, was reopened Aug. 9 following an extensive renovation.
News

School rating system to begin in September

At its Aug. 7 meeting in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) discussed the development and implementation of Kentucky’s new 5-star school rating system, which will go live in September after the 2018-2019 K-PREP test scores are released.
Citing both a national and statewide teacher shortage, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, fourth from the left, announced a new campaign and website to recruit and inspire the next generation of educators.

KDE announces Go Teach KY, a campaign aimed at inspiring the next generation of...

Citing both a national and statewide teacher shortage, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a new campaign and website to recruit and inspire the next generation of educators.
The Kentucky Board of Education presented the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership to Tammy Brock, chief nursing officer at Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Rockcastle hospital chief nursing officer receives KBE’s Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership

At its meeting Aug. 7, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership to Tammy Brock, chief nursing officer at Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon.
News

KDE seeking feedback on draft assessment blueprints for reading and writing, mathematics and social...

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on draft assessment blueprints for reading and writing, mathematics and social studies. This is the second opportunity for public review and comment on the assessment blueprints.
Recognitions

Muhlenberg custodian named winner of KASA’s Fred Award

Angela Shoemaker, a custodian at Muhlenberg South Middle School (Muhlenberg County), is the winner of the 2019 Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Conferences

KET offers professional development workshops on its resources

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) offers free professional development workshops on its instructional resources with KET education consultants, all designed to help students reach proficiency.
Announcements

KDE online book study to dig deeper into clarity in teaching and learning

Professional learning coordinators from the Kentucky Department of Education are offering a book study of “Clarity for Learning,” by John Almarode and Kara Vandas Sept. 16-Dec. 13.
Announcements

Service academy information fair to be held in Bowling Green

A service academy information fair for juniors and seniors who are interested in attending a military service academy will be held Sept. 5 at...
Resources

Stock Market Game teaches economics, investing

Teachers in grades 5-12 may register their students to participate in the Stock Market Game, an interactive, educational simulation and competition that teaches personal finance, economics, technology and team-building skills and can be used in mathematics, reading, writing, economics, social studies and business classes.

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