Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Wearing the mathematician hat, preschool student Kaden Coons helps his teacher Donna Howard solve a math word problem at Whitesville Elementary School (Daviess County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 5, 2015

Helping parents understand math helps students

Teachers across the state and country are trying to help parents understand today’s mathematics instruction and why it will help their children develop a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts.
Marie Cavanah helps 7th-grade students Michael Dotson and Dylan Cobb with class work at South Middle School (Henderson County). Photo by Amy Wallot, April 2011

District uses computerized tests to MAP students’ skills, needs

Henderson County is one of many Kentucky school districts using a computerized program to assess students.
Tates Creek Elementary School (Fayette County) P.E. teacher Daniel Hill demonstrates stretching before running to 1st-grade students Camryn Mullins, MyKel Allen and Mikaila Mason. The class was learning about locomotor skills and was broke down into different center including running, jumping, leaping and skipping. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 2, 2015

Two honored as PE teachers of the year

The 2014 KAHERD teachers of the year are Daniel Hill, a teacher at Tates Creek Elementary (Fayette County) and Rhonda Smith, a teacher at Lloyd Memorial High School (Elsmere-Erlanger Independent).
Alex Tumey and Kacie Clements research the Empire State building during Amanda Caudill's class at Harrison County Middle School. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 5, 2011

National science, social studies standards in the works

Two groups, both receiving input from Kentucky, are working on national science and social studies standards, respectively.

Word nerds: Teachers help students grasp vocabulary

Two Jefferson County teachers are innovative in teaching vocabulary.
Brooke Whitlow helps 8th-grade student Derek Grant prepare for an interview for a position on the school's weekly newscast at East Hardin Middle School (Hardin County). Grant was interested in the AV technician position. Photo by Amy Wallot, Oct. 21, 2013

Work Ethic program teaches students secrets to success in the workplace

College/career ready means having a good work ethic in Hardin County.
Students take assessment tests in a computer lab at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent). High school students taking Algebra II, biology and English II will take new, online end-of-course field tests that have been developed by Kentucky teachers during a 10-day testing window in April. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 26, 2018

A look at what’s new in assessments

The biggest change in assessments given to Kentucky students in the 2017-18 school year is the field-testing of end-of-course exams in three high school courses.

Perfecting formative assessment in science

Twelve Washington County teachers are enhancing their use of formative assessment practices in science classes as part of grant to improve science instruction and assessment.
Myra Little, librarian at Allen County High School, shows her students some of the resources available through the Allen County Public Library website. Submitted photo courtesy of Lisa Willams, Allen County High School English teacher

Students and teachers benefit from public library partnership

Allen County schools is the first district in the state to give all students full access to the local public library.
Jonathan Miller, the principal at Graves County Middle School, helps direct his team to put a rod on the ground as part of a group exercise during the Leadership Institute for School Principals. The institute is an initiative of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that provides executive-style leadership training to school principals. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 26, 2017

Taking it from the top

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s training for principals aims to improve schools by developing stronger leaders.