Monday, December 17, 2018
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis meets with Myron Jackson, a student at the Jessamine Career and Technical Center, to hear what the senior has learned in his medical pathway. During Lewis' State of Education Address, he said it is important that all students get the chance to explore careers and find a future they are passionate about. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 28, 2018

Helping kids find their passion

At his State of Education address, Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis said educators need to find new ways of making sure a child’s biggest supporter – their parents – is involved in the classroom.
Tiffany Gruen, an instructional coach and gifted and talented teacher at Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, center, works with the 13-member Review and Development Committee during the writing of proposed new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies. Feedback on the draft standards will be collected by the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center through Sept. 27. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2018

Teachers create new draft of social studies standards

K-12 teachers, postsecondary representatives and members of the business community have all been involved in writing the new standards, which are now out for public comment.
Marlie Conley, of Georgetown, pokes her head through a barricade to get a better look at a Triceratops at Jurassic Quest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 6, 2018

Walking with dinosaurs

If you've ever watched "Jurassic Park" and thought that a Tyrannosaurus rex would be fun to ride on or that you might actually want to meet a 6-foot tall carnivorous lizard, then Jurassic Quest is the place for you. 
New Kentucky Board of Education Chair Hal Heiner talked with students from West Hardin Middle School (Hardin County) about their solar heater at the ninth annual Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort. Heiner, who spent the past two years as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, says he hopes to bring a sense of urgency and an understanding of the rapidly changing economy to the board. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 28, 2016

Heiner wants to bring understanding of changing economy to state board

Louisville public high school graduate Hal Heiner, who most recently served as secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, became a Kentucky Board of Education member in April and was named chair at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in August.
Students take part in a live performance at the closing of the iRap Summer Camp at Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County). Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 27, 2018

iRap Summer Camp

Fans of hip-hop music have known for years that it has been used by artists to express feelings and shed light onto topics affecting their neighborhoods and communities.
Jesse Hairston, a research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helps students taking part in a scavenger hunt at a cybersecurity camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Kentucky School for the Deaf. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2018

Cybersecurity camp catches on at KSD

A summer camp exposed deaf and hard-of-hearing students to cybersecurity and the possibility of careers within the field.
The Kentucky Department of Education is helping to raise awareness of human trafficking in schools through its participation in a statewide task force. Human trafficking can take the form of either sex trafficking or labor trafficking. The image shows a woman with her hand on the shoulder of a girl, leading her toward a light. Photo illustration by Bobby Ellis

Taking steps in schools to fight human trafficking

The Kentucky Department of Education is part of a statewide task force that is raising awareness of human trafficking and providing training to educators and others on how to spot and report it.
Corey Resinger, of Kentucky, competes in the high school automotive service technology competition at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 28, 2018

Bringing career tech to the fore

During the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education's annual conference in Louisville, Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a new campaign to increase the public's awareness about career and technical education. 
Laura Timberlake listens to testimony during her first Kentucky Board of Education meeting.  Timberlake, who has children in the public school system, said she wants to help ensure a successful future for all of Kentucky's children. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 6, 2018

KBE’s Timberlake wants to be bridge between education and businesses

Ashland’s Laura Timberlake became a new member of the Kentucky Board of Education in April.
John Scott Brewer, who teaches at The Phoenix School of Discovery (Jefferson County), uses Magic the Gathering cards as a point system for students in his 11th- and 12th-grade alternative placement English classes at the optional alternative school. Brewer employs a gamification strategy using a website that features game-design elements and principles to help them take more ownership of their work as they improve their ability in reading, writing and language mechanics. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 23, 2018

Handing students the keys

A teacher at a Jefferson County alternative school has turned to an online gaming approach to help his students develop employability skills.