Sunday, December 8, 2019
Melanie Callahan

Early Literacy: Beyond bells and whistles

Early literacy is a crucial step in overcoming learning gaps and propelling students toward proficiency. From pre-K to kindergarten, families and schools are on...
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Declaring war on Novice performance

More than 60,000 of Kentucky’s elementary and middle school students and nearly 1-in-4 of Kentucky’s high school students are in that state of academic emergency. It is an incredibly dangerous place for our children to be.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

In education, preparing students for the current and future workforce is key

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority.

An open letter about vaping

We are writing to share important educational information and links to resources for school administrators, teachers, parents and students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use and vaping.
Students tour the formal garden at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Ashland offers variety of resources for new social studies standards

Young Kentuckians of today are about to become very familiar with Kentuckians of the past. The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies incorporates Kentucky studies throughout a student's primary and secondary education.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

School resource officers are vital assets to all Kentucky communities

While there is no single school safety measure that will ever completely eliminate the threat of harm in our schools, as a dad and the husband of a high school educator, I am comforted in knowing there is a well-trained, experienced SRO who is ready and willing to meet danger at the school door if need be.
Stacy Crawford Bewley

Using explicit instruction to accelerate student learning

No matter what grade or subject we teach, our time with students is short. To optimize that time, we need to become masterful in the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based practices. For students with disabilities, we have to do even more to accelerate their learning.
Melanie Callahan uses a puppet theater production of the book "Bear Feels Sick" by Karma Wilson during a creative dramatics class at Laurel County public schools.

Storytelling: Filling gaps with narrative

Storytelling is an ancient practice. From cave dwellers to Cub Scout circles, the stories spun around a fire still burn today.
Michael Rodenberg

Bus to Business creates an opportunity for students to ‘Go and See’

The challenge of connecting with potential employees often emerges when business leaders talk about the workforce. I too have questioned, how can we let young people know what modern manufacturing – or other vocations – offer in job variety, pay, advancement and other opportunities?
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

School Report Card designed to drive change through knowledge

The release of accountability data is an opportunity to engage in data-informed dialogue with schools and school staff about the strengths and areas for growth for both schools and students.