Sunday, December 15, 2019
Jessica McPherson, the principal at Gamaliel Elementary School (Monroe County), takes a look at what student Danyel Combs is working on in a social studies class.

Novice reduction, one relationship at a time

The staff at a Monroe County elementary school works to make sure its struggling students don’t continue to struggle.
Bell Central School Center (Bell County) students Sophia Goode and Eli Knuckles compete in the Robo Challenge Xtreme competition at the STLP State Championship.

2019 STLP State Championship brings 12,000 students to Lexington

Nearly 12,000 K-12 students from across the state showed judges what they can do with technology in arts and STEM at the 2019 Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship April 18 in Rupp Arena.
A first responder leans in to help Ady Hulett search for eggs in the KSB library during the accessible Easter egg hunt. First responders from Louisville and Fort Knox assisted the students in their search for accessible Easter eggs. Photo by Jacob Perkins, April 19, 2019

KSB students enjoy Easter fun with an accessible egg hunt

Hunting eggs has long been a staple for children around Easter. However, children with visual impairments can miss out on the fun. The Kentucky School for the Blind has found a way to get their students involved in the Easter tradition by hosting an accessible egg hunt.
Charles Parker, a member of the Laurel County schools’ Security Response Team, high-fives a student as he drops into a class at South Laurel Middle School. In the future, there may be more school safety people with the passage of Senate Bill 1 during the 2019 Regular Session of the Kentucky Legislature. Known as the School Safety and Resiliency Act, the bill calls for establishing a state school safety marshal, conducting risk assessments, boosting safety and prevention training, requiring superintendents to appoint a school safety coordinator, increasing awareness of suicide prevention efforts, encouraging collaboration with law enforcement, and, as funds become available, hiring more counselors and school resource officers in school districts. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

2019 Regular Session sees changes in school safety, teacher tribunals and accountability

Local school boards and districts will see changes as a result of legislation passed during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session, which came to a close on March 28. The most notable changes includes those in Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 175 and House Bill 11.
Two students at King Elementary School (Jefferson County), part of a group of gifted and talented students who are brought together for instruction, collaborate on a project in which they will build a bed for a doll. The school had three students in an advanced program for gifted students in 2015, which was the start of a four-year project that has helped the school identify and serve more gifted students from underserved populations. There will be 27 students in the program when the 2019-2020 school year begins. Photo by Megan Gross, March 11, 2019

Digging deeper to unearth gifted students

A program that has helped identify and serve gifted students in underserved populations at some Jefferson County schools could have implications across the state.
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.