Sunday, July 15, 2018
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.
Students take assessment tests in a computer lab at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent). High school students taking Algebra II, biology and English II will take new, online end-of-course field tests that have been developed by Kentucky teachers during a 10-day testing window in April. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 26, 2018

A look at what’s new in assessments

The biggest change in assessments given to Kentucky students in the 2017-18 school year is the field-testing of end-of-course exams in three high school courses.
Ashland Middle School students set up their booth at the KVEC Showcase in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 6, 2018

Ashland students show off at KVEC Showcase

At the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative Showcase at the Capitol, students from Ashland Middle School played the stars as they showed off their Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project. They created a device, with the help of a 3-D printer, that will let police officers pick up used needles safely.