Saturday, July 22, 2017
Warren County ATC automotive instructor Michael Emberton watches as students Jacob Whitson, left, and Freddy Hernandez work on the Corvette. The students and their car are competing against students from South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College as part of the On Track program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 11, 2017

‘On Track’ to develop a skilled workforce

Students and instructors at Warren County Area Technology Center have benefited from a program designed to help fill a growing number of automotive jobs.
George Whitehead, a 3rd-grader at Walton-Verona Elementary (Walton Verona Independent) practices with a cardboard dulcimer. The group meets after school once a week and plays at community events. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2017

Dulcimers help students swing into love of music

Walton-Verona Independent’s commitment to music education leads to national award.

Pool party

After closing in December 2008 for what was supposed to be a temporary repair, the pool at the Kentucky School for the Deaf experienced several problems during the next eight years that kept students from enjoying it.
Stephanie Wade, right, the technology integration specialist for Boyle County schools, works with Heather Wheeler, a Spanish teacher at Boyle County High School, on Flipgrid, a program Wheeler uses to help her students submit assignments. Wade filled a newly created position in 2014 in which she collaborates with teachers to help them better use instructional software and network resources. Boyle County has since enlisted other teachers and library media specialists to assist her. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 18, 2017

‘Human capital’ can help districts maximize technology

As more technology is put into students’ hands, efforts are underway to urge districts to ensure that teachers know how to use it in their classrooms.
Catherine Knapp, right, an art teacher at Taylorsville Elementary School, reads a note given to her by Savanna Arnold, a 6th-grader, as she cleans her room on the last day of school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 23, 2017

The last, last day

The last day of school at Taylorsville Elementary School carried with it an extra sense of finality this year, as students and teachers will move to a new building next school year.
Jackson White, a 1st-grader at Schaffner Traditional Elementary, reads a book under a desk during literacy center time in Sarah Dickinson's class. The Jefferson County school was one of five Kentucky public schools to be named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon winner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 18, 2017

High expectations, structure, parental support help Schaffner shine

The Jefferson County school won a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award.
Ryan New, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, makes a point during a town hall meeting at the Laurel County Center for Innovation in London. New said one thing he likes about Kentucky's proposed accountability system is that it eliminates the inclination to compete against other schools. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 13, 2017

New accountability system nearing completion

Thousands of Kentuckians have had a say in the new system designed to make it easier for residents to see progress being made in the Commonwealth’s classrooms.

Award-winning teachers drawn to classroom

Belinda Furman of Grant County was named the 2018 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Meo-Sexton was named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Kellie Clark directs her students while practicing a piece during class. Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, asked students what feelings the composer made them feel as a way to help them forge deeper connections to musical pieces. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2017

Teacher of the Year hits the right note

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran choral teacher from Boone County, was named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Aubrery Day, left, and Addison Moore look at a snake being held by a Wildlife Educator during a field trip to Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 14, 2017

Wild times at Salato Wildlife Center

Take a look at what happens when a bunch of Scott County 4th-graders take a field trip to the Salato Wildlife Center.