Friday, April 10, 2020
Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, was the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. He spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Fleming County High School culinary students show their treats to Superintendent Brian Creasman.

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year leads turnaround in Fleming County

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year Brian Creasman talks about the journey Fleming County has been on since state management.
Allison Slone works with a group of students in a classroom at McBrayer Elementary School (Rowan County). Submitted photo by Mandy Triplet, Feb. 12, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Allison Slone serving as first full-time teacher on state school board

Allison Slone, a special education teacher in Rowan County, has found herself in a position to speak up for her colleagues and her profession as the first active, full-time teacher to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education.
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year to focus on teacher recruitment

Erin Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), recently began a semester-long ambassadorship with the Kentucky Department of Education. During this time, one of her goals is focusing on teacher recruitment – specifically minority teachers.
Jessamine Career and Technology Center (Jessamine County) students get instructions from Pat Molloy, a retired state and federal prosecutor serving as the presiding judge for their mock trial practice at the Jessamine County Courthouse. Photo by Mike Marsee, Dec. 9, 2019

In defense of exposing younger students to career pathways

Jessamine County has put an emphasis on helping students in middle school and even elementary school understand the career pathways options available to them.
Cameron McPherson (55) puts his arms around Kentucky School for the Deaf teammates Jaser Alfred (34) and John Collins (33) following the Colonels’ loss to South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

The intersection of competition and culture

A conference basketball tournament hosted by Kentucky School for the Deaf gives participants not only the opportunity to play for a championship, but also the chance to immerse themselves in Deaf culture.
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.
Beginning Feb. 24 and continuing through March 6, the Kentucky Department of Education will conduct field tests that will assess the current, newly adopted content area standards.

Elementary and middle schools to begin online testing in 2019-2020

Beginning Feb. 24 and continuing through March 6, the Kentucky Department of Education will conduct field tests that will assess current, newly adopted content area standards.
Former University of Kentucky basketball player and current Director of Campus Wellness at Kentucky State University Twany Beckham (right) speaks with his mentee Braelyn Taylor.

Frankfort Independent using mentors to help close the gaps

Frankfort Independent Schools has enlisted the help of faculty and staff from Kentucky State University to assist students in finding their passion areas while providing them with a sense of belonging.
Kathy Maciel, left, and Lisa Loague, right, behavior consultants with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, discuss the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines with educators at the Kentucky Department of Education’s Persistence to Graduation Summit in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, July 10, 2019

Threat assessment model catching on in Kentucky schools

School threat assessment teams are adopting the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines as a result of regional trainings by education cooperatives across the state.