Sunday, July 5, 2020
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.
Students in the Bloom Elementary (Jefferson County) mindful drumming group perform for their peers.

Jefferson County elementary students learning to Bloom through mindfulness

Cindy Plappert is a 20-year educator, the last 10 years being at Bloom Elementary. It was at Bloom where she began to implement mindfulness strategies, including calming breaths and periods of reflection, in her classroom because she noticed that some of her 3rd-grade students were struggling with anxiety.
A student works during a welding class at Corbin Area Technology Center. Photo by Jacob Perkins, Oct. 2, 2019

Data points to Kentucky’s student outcomes crisis

Statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students indicate that the number of students who are achieving success in postsecondary education isn’t what it should be.
Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, works on a greenhouse.

Western Hills junior creating Moore Goodness

Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, founded Moore Goodness for her supervised agricultural experience.
Sherri Clusky, a program consultant in KDE’s Division of Student Success who trains school staff members in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, explains an exercise to Montgomery County school staff members during a training session at the Montgomery County Public Library.

District presents a united front to battle bullying

Montgomery County schools are implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program across the entire district.