Friday, April 10, 2020
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.
Colton Kessinger, from Spencer County High School, operates a driving simulator from CAT.

K4C Construction Days draws about 3,000 students from across Kentucky

Students visited exhibitors that ranged from construction professionals to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and different colleges to talk about their next steps after graduation.
Summer Amro, a second-year social studies teacher at Woodford County High School,

Woodford County aims to retain teachers with induction program

Woodford County Public Schools has created a teacher induction program that is instilling a culture within the district that is making its teachers want to stay.
Brian Noll, assistant principal of the Ignite Institute (Boone County), talks with a student in a collaboration area at the school in which several classes can work simultaneously. Photo by Mike Marsee, Aug. 22, 2019

Innovative new school ignites interests of students, teachers

Ignite Institute opened in August with a focus on project-based learning in STEAM-related fields and on providing career opportunities for students while they are still in high school.
Electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students in 2018.

Electronic cigarettes becoming a bigger problem for Kentucky teens

Electronic cigarettes, originally designed as an alternative for adult smokers, have become popular with teens and are raising many health concerns.
Terrelle Likins, a special education teacher at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School (Laurel County), high-fives a student during an after-school learning session.

After-school instruction benefits Laurel Blue Ribbon school

Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Laurel County, provides after-school instruction that helps both struggling and high-performing students.
Monica Jones, a novice reduction coach at Oak Hill Elementary School (Pulaski County), works with a group of students at the school.

Coach underscores Blue Ribbon school’s focus on novice reduction

Oak Hill Elementary School, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School in Pulaski County, has seen success since hiring a novice reduction coach to help students who are struggling in mathematics.