Saturday, February 27, 2021
Thomas Woods-Tucker, center, a former superintendent of Douglas County Schools in Colorado, visits a classroom of students in his former district.

Thomas Woods-Tucker becomes Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer

The grandson of sharecroppers, Thomas Woods-Tucker looks to tackle equity as the Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer.
Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education and an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, knows the value of a good education.

KBE SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Thompson believes every child should have the chance to learn

Aaron Thompson knows the power of a good education. His life is a testament to education’s value and he’s lived in service of it most of his adult life.
Kim Bowman works with her students Ahmed Hadi and Baw Htoo on improper fractions at Henry F. Moss Middle School (Warren County). Bowman said that even if foreign students’ mathematics skills are at grade level, they sometimes struggle with the language of math.

Self-contained classes help English learners learn in English

Intensive language classrooms provide students a safe place to transition to learning in English.
Kristi Whittaker, left, and Jalina Wheeler stand in front of a sign for the Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) program.

Erasing the stigma of incarceration

KRUSH is a weekly support group for students that are coping with family members or guardians that are or have been incarcerated.

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered Part III

By Amy Wallot In the final installment of one photo from every school district, I share Nelson County through Woodford County. (Please click here for the first installment and here for the second.) The photo...
Marcus Blakeney, a mathematics teacher at Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County), and Traci Blanford, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, join other new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) at a recognition ceremony in Frankfort. Photo by Marvin Young, Feb. 11, 2020

Pilot program elevates teaching, interest in National Board certification

The National Board Professional Learning Schools program supports schools that are dedicated to ensuring accomplished teaching for all students and that are willing to made systemic changes using NBPTS resources.
Ben Wilcox, Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, stands in Farristown Middle School in Madison County in August. 2019.

Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky school security marshal amid COVID-19

Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, Ben Wilcox, was preparing for an initial round of school safety inspections when COVID-19 closed schools statewide. But he and his subordinates are moving forward with required risk assessments, working with school administrators to get in compliance with state standards.
Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, was the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. He spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
First-grade teacher Heidi Dees presents a student’s family glyph at Deer Park Elementary School (Daviess County). First-grade students at the school were studying families and diversity through the IB unit entitled “Who We Are.” Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 25, 2012

Elementary schools use IB to get students to ask questions, create solutions

Two Kentucky elementary schools are using the International Baccalaureate program.
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.