Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Christy Bryce, the director of intervention in the Warren County schools, leads a training on trauma-informed practices for bus drivers and monitors at the district’s transportation center. The training was part of a districtwide initiative to include classified staff in training on trauma-informed practices for all adults who interact with students. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 22, 2019

Seeing what students bring onto the bus

School bus drivers and monitors in Warren County have been given trauma-informed training to help them better understand their students.
At Huntertown, teachers cultivate positive relationships in every learning setting. Third-grader Lila Slade, center, and her classmates focus on learning while taking a memory moment during Chinese lessons in physical education class.The students watch their Chinese teacher act out different actions while they say what she is doing in Chinese. Photo by Megan Gross, March 14, 2019

Relationships define Blue Ribbon winner Huntertown Elementary

Huntertown Elementary in Woodford County is one of five public schools in Kentucky recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement by improving student engagement that is used to improve the reading and mathematics skills of struggling students throughout the district. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 14, 2019

Boyle schools bridging the gap with SHARED learning model

Improving student engagement has led to increased achievement for special-needs students and those students who qualified for free- and reduced-price meals in Boyle County.
Amanda White poses for a picture with her 1st grade class at Straub Elementary (Mason County). The class is collecting shoes to donate to Haiti. They began with a goal of 25 pairs of shoes and are now at almost 200. Photo submitted by Amanda White

Straub Elementary donating shoes to Haiti

In what began as a discussion on helping the environment during Dr. Seuss Week, Amanda White’s 1st-grade class at Straub Elementary (Mason County) came up with the idea of collecting shoes to donate to Haiti.
Shelby Halstead, from left, Kristen Story and Kaitlyn Witt pose for a picture at the Educators Rising Kentucky annual state conference and competition. Story is an English teacher and Educators Rising adviser at Lincoln County High school, where both Halstead and Witt attend. Photo by Megan Gross, March 6, 2019

Kentucky’s future educators continue to grow through Educators Rising

The Educators Rising curriculum, which can be offered through the Teaching and Learning pathway, gives students that are interested in education a hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession and helps them develop the skills they need to be successful educators.
North Bullitt High School students, from left, Dakota Centers, Alex Rightsell and Brandon Bowles work on their roller coaster track. Photo submitted

Going loopy over STEM in Bullitt County

This year’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for middle and high schools in Bullitt County required constructing a roller coaster in less than two hours using specific materials and without parental assistance. Each roller...
Melissa Smith, a 5th-grade teacher at LBJ Elementary School (Breathitt County), has her picture taken with a Twitter post photo frame at a recognition ceremony for teachers who have been newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Frankfort. Smith is among 191 Kentucky teachers who earned National Board certification in 2018. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 19, 2019

New National Board-certified teachers called on to improve education

A group of nearly 200 NBCTs includes a Breathitt County teacher who didn’t earn her certification until the 20th year of her teaching career.
Angie Beavin’s students celebrate with her following the surprise announcement at which she was named a Milken Educator Award winner. Beavin’s students have consistently ranked at or near the top of the district in MAP scores for the past three years, and her school, Peaks Mill Elementary School, went from being ranked last among Franklin County’s elementary schools to being ranked first. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 11, 2019

Milken award winner shines when teaching both students, teachers

Angie Beavin, a 5th-grade teacher in Franklin County, is passionate about helping her fellow teachers grow as well as her students.
Students in a woodworking class at Bullitt Area Technology Center greeted Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis on a tour of the school before the “Conversations with the Commissioner” event. Photo by Megan Gross, Jan. 29, 2018

Commissioner tours Bullitt, Nelson County schools

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis recently began a monthly series of visits to Kentucky area technology centers, and high, middle and elementary schools across the Commonwealth.
Shawnda Fizer, a 5th-grade teacher at Ewing Elementary School (Fleming County), discusses “The Opportunity Myth” study with colleagues at a meeting of the Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council in Frankfort. The study released last year concludes that while students tended to succeed equally on grade-level work, many students of color are not being given grade-level assignments. Photo by Mike Marsee, Jan. 18, 2019

Study’s findings can sharpen KDE’s efforts to close the gap

A report examining students’ educational experiences could help the Kentucky Department of Education’s efforts to address the achievement gap.