Saturday, November 25, 2017
Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, gives ice cream balls to students as they prepare make fried ice cream in one of her classes. Raikes was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 17, 2017

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington teacher

The 2017 ACTE Teacher of the Year has spent more than 30 years teaching students valuable skills and helping them become leaders in their school and community.
Tim Shaughnessy, developer of career pathway programs of study for the Southern Regional Education Board, worked with Laura Arnold, associate commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, to create a streamlined pathway to help students earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Sept. 18, 2017.

Nursing the pathway to success

A new pathway helps students earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing faster, with lower costs and more opportunities to earn credentials along the way.
Abriana Norris, a 12th-grader at KSD, competes in the corn eating contest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 6, 2017

KSD’s farm-fresh festival

As part of the harvest season, the Kentucky School for the Deaf hosted its second annual Sweet Corn Festival Oct. 6 with games like bobbing for apples, hay bale rolling, corn shucking and a corn eating contest. 
Hannah Caudill, a student at Berea Community High School (Berea Independent), notes instances of "red dot" behavior and barriers to "green dots" during a meeting of students who have been trained in the Green Dot program. About 125 students in the school have been trained in the program. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 22, 2017

Green Dot marks the spot for safer schools

A proactive violence prevention program is empowering students to keep their schools safe.
Literacy Coach Debbie Baker works with Desmond Hernandez, a 2nd-grader at Simmons Elementary, on building words with magnetic letters. The school uses the letters, white boards and sound boxes to help students build literacy skills. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 9, 2017

Building literacy from the ground up

At Simmons Elementary guided reading and a literacy coach help move more students to reading proficiency by 3rd grade.
Robin Rixon, a college and career readiness counselor at Russell County High School, works with senior Maggie Hart during the school's college application day. Rixon is one of a number of counselors who were hired through a federal grant and retained by their districts after the grant expired. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 29, 2017

Counselors become too valuable to lose

Most of the college and career readiness counselors hired in 22 districts through a federal grant are still in place, even though the grant has ended.
Kentucky Department of Education officials say illegal passing of school buses remains a big problem in the state. A one-day count of illegal passing in April showed 304 illegal school bus passes in 34 of Kentucky's 173 school districts. Photo by Amy Wallot

It’s not just a stop sign

Every time a car illegally passes a stopped school bus, a student is at risk.
Christopher Lorentz holds up an alligator gar caught using an electrofishing boat by teachers visiting the Thomas Moore Biology Field Center. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 18, 2017

Teachers discover possibilities at the field station

Bobby Ellis bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov If you've ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity, the Thomas More Biology Field Station in California, Ky., has...
Anne Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County), assists 7th-grade students Abby Davidson, left, and Sarah Fritz as they work during Lopez's drone engineering class. Students research, design and build drones during the nine-week class, which is designed to teach the engineering design process. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 11, 2017

Drones becoming the buzz in more classrooms

Some Kentucky schools are teaching students how to design and build drones, while others are using them as teaching tools in a number of subject areas.
Dianna Williams, an art teacher at Nelson County High School, looks at a picture for reference during the landscape pastels in a day class during the Berea Festival of Learnshops. Williams said that she had attended the workshops four years in a row for her professional development credit. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 11, 2017

Hands-on workshops

Teachers came from across Kentucky, and the country, to take part in a wide range of classes at the Berea Festival of Learnshops.