Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Mike Sexton, a teacher and technology coordinator at Montgomery County High School, supervises then-senior Sara Wood and then-junior Aaron Donathan as they fix a computer and printer for another teacher April 27, 2010. Districts are expanding their information technology programs to help students get skills necessary to succeed after high school. Photo by Amy Wallot

Students, teachers adapting to technology advancements

Even 10 years ago, the phrase “less than a computer but more than a calculator” might have generated a collective shoulder shrug from students. But that was then, and this is now. Educator Mike Sexton envisions such devices as learning tools in the years to come.
Della Kemper helps 4th-grade student Chase Gilbert with fire safety questions during Kemper’s health class at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) April 26, 2010. Miles Elementary is going into its second year using a standards-based grading system that replaces traditional grades A-D and F with standards set by teachers and students. Photo by Amy Wallot

Miles Elementary goes to standards-based grading

For the second year in a row, students at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) won’t receive grades. Yet teachers and the principal say students and their parents are better informed about what the children know – and what skills and information they still need to master. Bryant Gillis, in his seventh year as principal, said he never figured out in his 36 years in education what an A really means.

Technology meets outdoors

GIS, GPS tools guide students through surroundings By Susan Riddell susan.riddell@education.ky.gov Ever wondered why a certain plant is prominent in one part of your county but not another? Maybe you’re curious as to how urbanization and growth affect...
Erika Webb, an English teacher at East Jessamine High School (Jessamine County), celebrates being named Kentucky Teacher of the Year Oct. 19, 2010 in Frankfort, Ky. At right is Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Joseph Meyer. Photo by Amy Wallot

Teacher of the Year story a family feature

Meet Erika Webb, the 2011 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Diverse Schools to Watch have much in common

By Matthew Tungate matthew.tungate@education.ky.gov Kentucky’s seven 2010 Schools to Watch (STW) seem very different on paper. Four are spread across rural parts of Kentucky, while three are in Louisville suburbs. Two have fewer than 150 students,...
School psychologist Misty Lay demonstrates relaxation therapy with fifth-grade students Cameron Shockley and Quinton Brito at Lebanon Junction Elementary School (Bullitt County) Sept. 16, 2010. Photo by Amy Wallot

Bullitt educator named 2010 national School Psychologist of the Year

Bullitt County school psychologist Misty Lay began working with a defiant 2nd grader who spent most of his time in the principal’s office and not learning. But over the next three years, Lay worked with him on both his behavior and his academic needs to overcome a learning disability.

Stager makes connections with all students

Nami Stager, science and writing teacher at Northern Elementary School (Fayette County), is this year's winner of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.
Art teacher Samantha Young and eighth-grade student Kyla Johnson laugh as they discover Johnson's mask is too thin to move without tearing the clay during art class at Estill County Middle School Sept. 10 2010. They decided to wait until it dried to move it. Students started by sketching a mask, used Model Magic to sculpt, then painted the mask and created a background to go along with their story about the mask. Photo by Amy Wallot

Teachers learn to teach art by becoming students

In 1963, Jeffrey Jamner’s kindergarten teacher in New York begged his parents to get him piano lessons. The now-classically trained concert pianist said he was a “non-responsive” child who only became interested in school when his teacher played music.
Special education teacher Seth Crisp and curriculum resource teacher Linda Bartrum review test scores with principle Charles Rowe at Allen Elementary School (Floyd County) Sept. 23, 2010. Photo by Amy Wallot

Floyd recruits teachers to CIA for leadership training

Twenty Floyd County teachers are in the final year of a three-year leadership-focused professional development program established through a unique partnership with Morehead State University.
Tina Clark offers her son, Kenneth, support while he works with teacher Robin Flannery at Paris Middle School (Paris Ind.) Aug. 26, 2010.

Schools understand role parents play in education

Districts excel at keeping parents involved in students' school lives, learning