Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Teacher Aneesah Nu'Man, right, works with Yennifer Coca during her AP Computer Science Principles class at Iroquois High School (Jefferson County). Nu’Man is one of more than 100 teachers across the state now teaching computer science thanks to the computer science initiative, which includes a professional learning component aimed at training computer science teachers. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 23, 2018

Spreading computer science across Kentucky

KDE’s three-year initiative is designed to expand access to and participation in computer science courses and bring advanced coursework to underserved students.
Diane Stivers Allen addresses Kentucky Department of Education staff during a town hall at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation in London. Stivers Allen, an instructional supervisor in the Clay County schools, said an important part of preparing students for future success is preparing teachers to work outside of traditional content areas to meet students’ needs. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2018

Taking on the process of building better graduates

The Kentucky Department of Education is gathering feedback about possible changes to high school graduation requirements.
Emily Northcutt, left, a library media specialist at Hearn Elementary School (Franklin County), helps a colleague at a #KYGoDigital regional event last summer in Bowling Green, where she helped lead a track for library media specialists. Seven regional meetings will be held this summer, including an online event. Photo submitted, June 8, 2017

#KYGoDigital: More than a hashtag

Live online events, regional learning events and a hashtag are part of an educator-led initiative to help schools and districts make the most of digital tools.
Daphne Boles, a pre-school teacher at Graves Central Elementary, looks at a seed growing experiment with Dahlia Ruelas, Alana Hearson and Sophie Williams in Boles' pre-schoool class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 28, 2018

Graves Central Elementary armors up as a Blue Ribbon School

Graves Central Elementary, recognized as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, credits the recognition to the school's family atmosphere and strong belief in students' ability to succeed.
Fifth-grade students at Taylorsville Elementary (Spencer County) are being taught about repsonsibility by a Spencer County High School student. The district's new Work Ethic Certification program is based on Junior Achievement’s curriculum with grades 4-12 each learning different skill. Photo submitted

The skills to succeed

Districts across the state are teaching their students what they need to be successful in the workplace.
The Mt. Washington Elementary Primary STEM team reacts as their rubber band power car enters the "sweet spot" area. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 8, 2018

A challenging STEM competition

Bullitt County has come up with a unique way of making sure more of the district's younger students get the chance to test their building skills with the STEM Challenge.
Elizabeth Burton, a junior at Simon Kenton High School (Kenton County) uses a syringe to mix chemicals while executing a through-course task in Deborah Brock's chemistry class. Through-course tasks, which make up one of three major components in Kentucky's new science assessment system, provide a way for students to demonstrate science skills. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 29, 2018

Through-course tasks taking hold

Through-course tasks being implemented as part of Kentucky’s new science assessment system are helping both students and teachers.
Alex Meckes and Ben Shirley work on Shirley's egg design. The design was only allowed to use gold, green, yellow, pink and blue for its colors and had to be emblematic of the state. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 15, 2018

Presidential Easter eggs

On April 2, 2018, a 4-by-2-foot Easter egg will show off the work of a student from the Kentucky School for the Deaf at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. 
Zoe Castle, an 8th-grader at Johnson County Middle School and academic team captain, writes down a math problem during a quick recall match. The school's academic team has won the Governor's Cup 15 times. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Governor’s Cup makes academics “in”

For 32 years, Kentucky schools have been competing for the Governor’s Cup in a statewide academic competition designed to mirror athletics.
Stephanie Anderson, far right, discusses the effects of tariffs with her Advanced Placement U.S. History class at Seneca High School (Jefferson County). The Kentucky Department of Education is setting aside funds for the second consecutive year to pay for AP exams taken by students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Picking up the tab

For the second straight year, KDE will cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals that would otherwise be paid by districts.