Saturday, May 27, 2017
April Craft, an 8th-grade science teacher at James E. Bazzell Middle School (Allen County), celebrates as Rico Tyler, a master teacher in Western Kentucky University's SKyTeach program, helps set up her homemade telescope to view the sun during a solar science workshop at WKU. The workshop was designed to help teachers use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a teaching opportunity. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 7, 2017

Solar eclipse prep underway for teachers

Teachers learned how to use the Aug. 21 event as a teaching opportunity at a Western Kentucky University’s SKyTeach workshop.
Robert Stafford, the superintendent of Owen County schools, looks at a plaque commemorating the induction of Vice Adm. Willis A. Lee Jr. into the Owen County High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Lee won more Olympic medals than any other Kentuckian competing in the Olympics and was later credited with helping lead the U.S. Navy to a critical victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 20, 2017

Project-based learning shines spotlight on a hometown hero

Owen County students studied the life of an accomplished native son and worked in a collaborative writing environment to make his story known.
James-Etta Goodloe, left, and Jennifer Pusateri take notes while observing a class at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind. The school has been using Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching concepts for more than a decade. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 13, 2017

Helping all students learn

Getting to know students and how they learn can help teachers plan lessons that will encourage everyone to thrive.
Ryan Burchett, an 8th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) watches an LED bulb light up as a result of his activity on a stationary bicycle at an exhibit manned by Ockerman Middle School (Boone County) teacher Jennifer Davis and 8th-grade student Jordan Lowry. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 27, 2017

Improving the environment, one project at a time

Students' work was on display last week at the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon at Frankfort Convention Center.
Darden Marleisha, a kindergarten teacher at Brandeis Elementary (Jefferson County), works with a student during her class. Throughout May, Kentucky Teacher is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month. Tune in daily to the Kentucky Department of Education’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to take a look at some of the great men and women we’ve had the chance to meet in classrooms across the Commonwealth. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 31, 2016

Thanking Kentucky’s educators, one day at a time

Throughout May, we’re revisiting some of our favorite stories from the past year to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month.
Michelle Ritchie, principal at Perry County Central High School, speaks with students at East Carter High School during a visit. East Carter has been designated a Hub school and serves as a model for school turnaround efforts. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 15, 2017

Public education sees significant changes during 2017 Regular Session

Local school boards and districts will be implementing lots of new provisions through the coming months with the significant changes made to public education during the 2017 Regular Session.
Casey County High School sophomore Chris Propes carries a ladder back to the classroom after working on a tiny house the class is building in the high school's parking lot.

Tiny house teaching big lessons

Casey County High School teacher Garlen Whitis decided go small for his construction class after years teaching students to build larger homes.
Isabell Hagan, a 5th-grader at Field Elementary School (Jefferson County), rides on a gyroscopic chair at the STLP State Championship. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 201`7

STLP state championship

Elementary, middle and high school students from all over the Commonwealth converged on the Lexington Convention Center April 12 with projects that dazzled the mind as part of the STLP State Championship.
Ben Brown, standing, a student at Shelby County High School, practices his portion of a presentation for the Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge with teammates Noah Gartland and Lunden Bryson. The three students, along with Paige Donovan, pitched the Kentucky Change Market on April 12 in one of five regional competitions. Photo by Mike Marsee, March 21, 2017

Taking the entrepreneurship challenge

Students are learning about the mechanics of starting a business and how to present their idea in the inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge.
First-grade students at Lowe Elementary School (Jefferson County) use straws and different construction materials to experiment with wind while taking part in a distance learning session with the Kentucky Science Center. The center offers distance learning programs for students at all grade levels. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 14, 2017

Helping students find the answers

The Kentucky Science Center’s distance learning program tailors its lessons to allow students to investigate a question and reach their own conclusions.