Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Brian Noll, assistant principal of the Ignite Institute (Boone County), talks with a student in a collaboration area at the school in which several classes can work simultaneously. Photo by Mike Marsee, Aug. 22, 2019

Innovative new school ignites interests of students, teachers

Ignite Institute opened in August with a focus on project-based learning in STEAM-related fields and on providing career opportunities for students while they are still in high school.
Electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students in 2018.

Electronic cigarettes becoming a bigger problem for Kentucky teens

Electronic cigarettes, originally designed as an alternative for adult smokers, have become popular with teens and are raising many health concerns.
Terrelle Likins, a special education teacher at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School (Laurel County), high-fives a student during an after-school learning session.

After-school instruction benefits Laurel Blue Ribbon school

Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Laurel County, provides after-school instruction that helps both struggling and high-performing students.
Monica Jones, a novice reduction coach at Oak Hill Elementary School (Pulaski County), works with a group of students at the school.

Coach underscores Blue Ribbon school’s focus on novice reduction

Oak Hill Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Pulaski County, has seen success since hiring a novice reduction coach to help students who are struggling in mathematics.
Kentucky’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law on April 5.

What you need to know about the new minimum high school graduation requirements

Damien Sweeney, program coordinator for comprehensive school counseling from the Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, provides insight on the new minimum high school graduation requirements and how it will affect incoming high school freshmen.
June McCreary, a health sciences instructor at Madison County Area Technology Center’s campus at Estill County High School, laughs with fellow teachers at a New Teacher Institute training session at the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education’s summer conference in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, July 24, 2019

Smoothing an alternative pathway for CTE teachers

The Kentucky Department of Education’s New Teacher Institute plays an important role in training and retaining CTE teachers who come from the workforce.
Christine Webb, a student at Monroe County Area Technology Center, reviews specifications and instructions for the cabinetmaking competition at the SkillsUSA Championships at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 26, 2019

All students succeed at SkillsUSA

Students came to the national SkillsUSA conference for the competition, and they benefitted from the experience no matter where they finished.
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.