Monday, June 1, 2020
Seniors from the class of 2019 learning about cars in the Adulting 101 program.

Fern Creek High School’s Adulting 101 program goes virtual

Kentucky’s public high schools strive to prepare their students for life after high school. By the time students receive their diploma, the hope is that they are college or career ready. Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County) Academies of Louisville Coach Sara Wilson-Abell created the Adulting 101 program to focus on life skills.
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.
Jessica Dueñas helps Jadeynn White with a question during an English class at Oldham County Middle School. Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the year, co-teaches as part of a two-person team that is a model for the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2018

2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year a force for struggling students

Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles assisted Harrison County School Superintendent Harry Burchett and other school officials with meal distribution due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

How Harrison County handled being the first Kentucky school district impacted by COVID-19

Harry Burchett, superintendent of Harrison County schools, explains how he and his staff handled being the first Kentucky school district to cease in-person classes because of COVID-19.
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Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered

I’ve finally done it. It took five years, but I have photographed all of Kentucky’s 174 school districts, plus the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind. 
Virginia Moore, an American Sign Language interpreter, signs “We Go Together,” as the video that the McCracken County High School drama students made plays during Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 address.

The show goes on in McCracken County, seniors honor teacher on closing night

COVID-19 has canceled plans for students throughout Kentucky. When a performance was postponed for the drama class at McCracken County High School, the students decided that the show must go on.

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered Part III

By Amy Wallot amy.wallot@education.ky.gov In the final installment of one photo from every school district, I share Nelson County through Woodford County. (Please click here for the first installment and here for the second.) The photo...
Kentucky School for the Deaf History Teacher Kelsey Grievson signs with Georgia Bell Judge, a student at KSD.

KSB, KSD staff personally deliver NTI materials

Staff from both the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Deaf set out to personally deliver non-traditional instruction materials to their students throughout the state. The visits provide some positivity for students and staff during these unprecedented times.
Callahan, a 4th-grade science teacher at London Elementary School (Laurel County), was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year by Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). Kaufman, a high school English teacher at Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County), was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year.

Teachers of the Year make the most of creativity

Melanie Callahan was named the 2020 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Matt Kaufmann was named the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year
Kindergarten teacher Erin Donnerman works with a group of students during a class at Brandenburg Primary School (Meade County).

A special education success story

Meade County has enjoyed success in novice reduction since it began an overhaul of its special education structure in 2014.